Book Title: Muted
Chords (The Road to
Author and Publisher: Samuel
Cover Artist: Natasha
Release Date: November 4,
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Tropes: Soul mates, work colleagues, insta-love
Themes: Belief in self
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 50 000 words/246
It is a standalone story
and does not end on a cliffhanger.
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Finding and keeping love
isn’t always easy.
Josh Shepard developed an intense connection to music,
despite being born deaf. None of his relationships have ever come close to his bond with
music. Then Branston ‘Bran’ Vale saunters into his life. Bran is the type of guy Josh always
fantasized about. With Bran in their band, traveling with them, Josh’s libido rises to an
Bran isn’t prepared for the impact Josh has on him. Bran
had trouble with entanglements before, derailing him. His feelings for Josh outshine
anything he’s ever had before. Josh could be the answer to everything, or he could be the
biggest mistake Bran has ever made.
Ready to commit to more, a ghost from Bran’s past comes
back to haunt him, stalling his future. Bran might have to give up everything to save the
band and Josh.
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Everyone could hear what they were saying, which added
another layer of heat to the embarrassment Josh already felt. He wasn’t used to attention
like this, so incredibly focused just on him.
“Like I said, that first riff you all played was magical. I mean,
it was a soundcheck, but the magic zipped up my spine and held me. I hadn’t planned on
staying for the show, but I couldn’t leave. I think there were maybe three hundred people in
“If that,” Casey snorted.
“We’ve grown a little since then,” Margot said.
Ish came up and put his arm around Josh’s shoulder. “My
boy Josh is magical. He’s the reason we sound so good.”
Now Josh’s cheeks hurt from the flames burning through
him. Ish seemed to delight in embarrassing him based on the smile spread from ear to
“I really want to play with you all. I know I’m new to you,
but I swear I’ll—”
“Wait.” Casey jumped up and rushed over. “Are you
serious? Like you want to play with us on stage?”
Bran turned to Casey and nodded. “Yeah, of course. I was
going to tell Munoz to fuck off when he called, but then I heard it was Eradicate Apathy, and
I jumped at the chance. I haven’t played on stage in a while, so I’d like you all to go easy on
me for the—”
“Holy shit!” Casey yelled and jumped up and down,
clapping his hands. “Sorry, we’re total dorks. I can’t believe you’re going to be on stage with
us. This is a dream come true.”
Josh stared at the group jumping around and hugging each
other as fear wove through him. Bran was too good-looking. Josh would have to watch his
reactions. Living on the bus together would be difficult. Branston Vale was definitely not the
type of guy who would ever be interested in him. Their new bass player was hot. His sex
appeal dripped from every word, every look. Josh would be helpless against that appeal.
Shit, he would have to keep control or risk blowing his load at the most embarrassing
Ish caught the look on his face and stilled, then everyone
turned to stare at him. He sucked in a breath, hating that he was freaking out and now
everyone was looking at him.
“Is that okay with you?” Casey asked.
Josh shook himself, trying to push away the weirdness.
“Yeah. I—that’s—it’s great.”
His voice didn’t sound like he meant it, and he could tell
Bran had picked up on his hesitancy. Why was he holding back?
Munoz narrowed his gaze but saved him by changing the
subject, asking Bran what he was currently working on. The rest of his band members kept
the conversation going as he tried to come to grips with how he’d reacted to this sexy
After an hour or so, he excused himself to the restroom and
breathed a sigh of relief as he stood alone and stared at the mirror. He shouldn’t be freaking
out, but his heart sped up every time he looked at Bran.
“Get it together.”
The door opened, and he quickly turned on the water,
washing his hands again so the person coming in didn’t think he was a dork talking to
himself. He hadn’t paid any attention to who had come in because they were in a private
area of the hotel and few people were back here. When Josh glanced up, he found Bran
studying him. A gasp escaped his lips.
Bran’s eyes narrowed, then he frowned. “I didn’t mean to
Josh shook his head. “No worries. I was deep in
Bran’s lips thinned and he crossed his arms over his chest.
“Have you got an issue with me playing in the band?”
Horror washed over Josh. “No. I-I…”
Bran moved closer. “What is it then?”
Josh’s whole body heated and sweat broke out on his
forehead. He couldn’t tell this man he thought he was hot. His lungs seemed to stop
working, and his gaze accidentally flicked to Bran’s lips, looking all sexy and plump behind his
dark beard. He swore Bran’s lips ticked up before stepping back a few inches.
“I’m just a normal guy, nothing special. I’ve been listening
to you all since I first heard you. It would be an honor if you allowed me to play on stage
Josh gulped in air. He had to get past the way this guy made
him feel. “I want you.”
Bran’s eyebrows lifted in the silence that followed Josh’s
declaration, but he hadn’t meant it to be a declaration. Shit, he’d left off a word.
“There. I want you there to play with me—us. I want you on
stage to play with the band.”
About the Author
Samuel York writes gay
fiction. He believes love is love. Celebrate the love of others and love yourself.
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