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A Change of Tune

(Change #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  734 ratings  ·  92 reviews
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Johnny Rayne has had enough — enough of being at the top of the rock music industry for the last decade, enough of constant touring and recording. He wants something more — just something very different. Moving to a farm in West Virginia, Johnny meets Sheriff Virgil Grissom on his first morning in the mountains.

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ebook, 1st Edition, 373 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Torquere Press
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Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, 2013, m-m
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Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
I only got to page 183 in this book before I stopped. Virgil Grissom is a jackwad of epic proportions. I like alpha males but this guy breaks into johnny's house and spys on him in the shower. From the moment they meet he pushes him around sexually. Johnny gets spanked for swearing but Virgil swears and takes offense when it's pointed out. Grissom is a pretty selfish lover and irrationally jealous too. I almost stopped at the getting punished for being mad about a gun being kept in the sex toy d ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Mary Calmes! There, I said it! I wasn't going to, but I couldn't hold it in anymore. This book seems to have been whipped up from the Mary Calmes cookbook. You know; take one growly, dickish alpha-male-type and mix with one adorable, naive can-do-no-wrong love interest, add several sassy female characters to taste and voila! You get a passable story with some fairly hot sex and corny, corny, corniness. However, this story seems to have added some extra ingredients that, well, left a bad (worse) ...more
Dec 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, torquere
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Stacey Jo
An absolutely heart warming read! I listened to this on my Kindle for part of the time because I had things to do and couldn't stand the idea of putting the book down.

Johnny Rayne is a rockstar at the top of the charts but he's been there 15 years and he's tired and wants a family, so he leaves his band and moves to the mountains of West Virginia. His first day there, he meets Sheriff Virgil Grissom. Johnny has always denied his feelings toward men and never explored them but Grissom wakes him
Nov 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
At thirty-six years old, Johnny Rayne has had enough of being the top of rock music industry and the life it entails. He sells his things and then moves to West Virginia. On the very first day, he meets Sheriff Virgil Grissom. While he knows that he has always been interested in guys, Johnny never does anything about it for fear that it will kill his career. Soon Johnny realizes that the attraction they both feel is not one thing taken for granted -- and he might experience not only change in ge ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Tired of his rock star life and looking for a way to live life on his own terms Johnny Rayne quits his world famous band and moves to West Virginia. At thirty-six he's tired of being alone and longs to find someone to love. In the meantime he's decided to adopt a child and live as normal a life as he can manage. On his first day in his new home he meets Virgil Grissom, the town sheriff, and Johnny's life will never be the same. Grissom forces Johnny to really look at himself and finally come to ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

I wanted to like this more than I did, unfortunately.

Johnny Rayne is the lead singer for a band called Storm. He's at the top of his game, but he knows something is missing. He decides to move away from LA and move to a small town in WV. He buys a farm house on a lot of acres. His "friends" well, they aren't very supportive in my opinion. He a family. He wants to settle down and be happy.

In comes the sheriff in his new town introducing himself, Virgil Grissom, and from the word "go" he
What a great story, loved every minute of it.
Jason Bradley
Nov 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-list, ebook, m-m, musicians
This was a sweet story and a very enjoyable read. I will be looking forward to more from this author.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
I gave it three stars because I suppose there are worst books than this. It's not that bad. It's not good. I don't know what it was. That was my problem. Maybe it's more like a 2. 50? The writting was choppy, the endearments were repetitive and ridiculous ( Blondie, little man, Big bruiser ---- in almost every page), litlle to no tension, no depth to the characters and I'll just stop here.

I liked "Brainy and the Beast" ( a lot) so when I read this book, I almost checked the cover to see if it w
Lexi Ander
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
Johnny Rayne and Virgil Grissom drove me crazy. Grissom was at time a real jerk, barging in just as he pleased dragging Johnny along whether he wanted to go or not. A very overwhelming character. Johnny with is designer clothes, thinking he was dressing down for the country, quick anger and bossy attitude seemed to get trampled by Grissom’s forcefulness at least half the time.

…and somehow it worked, they worked. Of course, I wanted to bash heads a couple of times and I could have swore Johnny w
Ms. Nikki
I really liked, The Trouble with Angel, so I was seriously surprised I disliked this novel so much. Johnny, the retired 37 yr old musician came across as a naive, teenager-acting, gay virgin. Virgil, the sheriff, had that un-sexy stalker characteristic. He was over-the-top jealous and constantly pushing/managing Johnny from the get go. OH, and there was a FISTING scene. WHAT? The early "baby" syndrome cropped up along with other ploys and phrases that can cause many-a-reader to suspend belief. I ...more
Elisa Rolle
A Change of Tune is pretty much a story of good feelings and happily ever after, there is no drama, no angst, only love, passion and plenty of fun.

Johnny is a rock star who is tired of the old abused sex, drugs and rock and roll motto, above all since he has never really enjoyed the sex and drugs part. Plus, even if he has always played with his “androgynous” look, he has never really admitted he is gay. So that, he has also never had an homosexual relationship, even if he is more than tempted.
Did I Like or Dislike it? If you see just my rating (2 stars) you may believe I didn't enjoy it, but I did... let me explain it better

I think for a book with a rockstar here should be more references to the music business, so I dislike the lack of it.

I believe for a erotic story it's perfect (ATTENTION fisting alert... yep, if you don't like fisting don't read it!). There are slow romantic love scenes, kinky, quick sex... everything. The main couple did it a lot, it's a VERY erotic book, and I e
Joyfully Reviewed
Everyone who listens to music knows of Johnny Rayne and his band Storm. He’s accomplished everything he set out to do all those years ago with hit albums, number one songs, sell out concerts, and the rest of it. Lately however, Johnny can’t seem to shake the restlessness and sense of emptiness. When he tells his inner circle that he wants to quit Johnny was hoping for support with his decision, but that definitely doesn’t happen.

Moving to a house in Elkins, West Virginia is about as different f
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
For anyone debating whether to buy this story, I'd suggest reading both the good reviews and the less positive views.

Some of the difficult aspects in this book are as follows. Grissom breaks into Johnny's house and spies on him in the shower. Grissom ignores Johnny's 'no' in the fisting scene. Grissom's aggressiveness. The ready made family is difficult to believe. Everything was fixed too quickly. There is an abundant use of "smaller man", "blonde man", "younger man" and my own disliked term "t
Main Characters: Virgil Grissom & Johnny Rayne
Key Themes: GFY, Coming Out, Men with Children
Location: West Virginia


MM romance between a famous rockstar and a small town sheriff.

To my disappointment, this was not the rock and roll romance of a famous globetrotting rockstar.

The story starts with Johnny's arrival at his new home, a farm in West Virginia. Johnny, is a closeted and sexually repressed rockstar who just got kicked out of left his band.

Aside from needlessly worrying about
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok, there's nothing more fun than stumbling over a few books to find the one that will catch and hold your interest to the very end. Oh and you wonder how many duds you had to read to find that little "diamond in the rough". 3, I had to read 3 duds to find this one. Change of Tune has been on my book shelves forever. And now that I've discovered what a fun read it was. I'll be downloading the rest of JM Cartwright's stories to gobble up. Loved the shower scene.
Thank You!!! JM for pulling me o
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was great to find a novel that was actually happy, non homophobic and weepy all at the same time. Great read...nothing terrible happens, sex scenes can be quite graphic but they're not excessive, as with the majority in this genre. One scene in particular was very graphic, but all in all this is a happy, feel-good love story.
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Virgil and Johnny. This was such a feel good story and they were so hot together whew , lol They were perfect for each other. I really did enjoy it and hated that it ended. I cannot wait until the second one to the series comes out. Awesome!!
Aug 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, not-for-me
Gave up at 62%.

I tried about 4 times to get into and finish this book only to get more aggravated and miserable with every attempt. Didn't care one bit for the characters, their story, not even the puppies. :(
Taylor Donovan
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story so much. Loved how Johnny was able to get his priorities straight, but more than anything I was fascinated by Grissom's emotional strength and the way in which he either helped or made things happen for Johnny.

Definitely a keeper.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, ebook, romance, gay, done
3.5 stars. Good m/m romance about a successful (and deeply closeted, even from himself) rock musician who leaves his band and moves to an out-of-the-way town in West Virginia, where he meets a very pushy sheriff...
Chris, the Dalek King
(There is a section of this review that might get a little curse heavy. Just so you know. I’m not sorry, but if that doesn’t float your boat, you might want to skip that section. I think it is pretty obvious which one it is.)

Life in West Virginia sure is different than the one Johnny Rayne lived as frontman for the band Storm. But after years of the fast paced craziness that comes with rock-star fame, he is more than ready for the slow days and nights in Ransom County. He is going to relax, mayb
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Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
Okay, my reaction at this second reading is roughly what I recall from the first. I.e. a lot less happy than I’ve had over that newer book by this author. And it’s crazy because the things I resented here are the same others disliked about Brainy and the Beast. I still don’t see it there.
Okay, back to this one.

I’m missing respect.
On both sides, actually, but it feels worse with Grissom because he’s in the position of power and uses that ruthlessly. He’s awfully grabby right off the bat. That’s j
Original Blog Post:

I read A Change of Tune way back in 2011 or was it 2012? It was one of my first MM reads. It got my attention because of these words: Elkins, West Virginia. It is a place very dear to me as I went to school in the local college Davis & Elkins and of course holds lots of good memories. Imagine my surprise, and delight to see that J.M. Cartwright decided to release this 2nd edition with a warning of changes and addition to the content
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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3 Stars
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

Johnny Rayne – music star for the band Storm has decided to get out of the business, so he can try to live a more normal life. He quits the band and buys a beautiful farm-house in West Virginia, hoping there, he can start his life over again. On his first day in his new house, Sheriff Grissom stops by to check out the new resident and to tell him to watch out due to a prisoner escaping the prison 45 minutes from Johnny’s new home. Johnny is in a pani
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