ARC Review by Annie: The One Thing I Know by Keelan Ellis


Talented studio musician, Henry Cole, is offered the dream job of touring with popular rock band, the Vulgar Details. Things aren’t all rosy, though, as he is hired to replace Dell Miller, creative force behind the band, who recently flamed-out in a car accident.

Henry is all too aware that he’s no replacement for someone like Dell. He’s not the only one who feels that way, either. Terry Blackwood, band front man, has been giving him a hard time even before the tour start. He seems to resent Henry’s presence beyond all reason. What Henry doesn’t know is that Terry and Dell’s relationship was both intensely close and fraught with conflict.

Terry’s grief over Dell’s death is overwhelming and threatens to destroy not only the band but his life. It doesn’t help that the new member of the band makes him feel things he doesn’t want to. Worse, when he sings, Henry sounds just like the man Terry cared so deeply for.

With so much at stake, everything could come crashing down around them and mean the end for the Vulgar Details. Or, just maybe, Henry and Terry will find the one thing they need most.

Sometimes redemption comes from the last place you expect to find it.

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Release Date: August 14


*a copy of this was provided by the author

I love rockstar-stories (and stories featuring musicians). So when the author asked if I wanted to review the story I jumped on it.

I was born in 1991, so I have absolutely no idea what the 70’s were like. I can’t tell you if it’s a realistic portrayal of the time. What I know of the 70’s I know from documentaries, movies or books. But throughout the story I never once felt like it wasn’t realistic.

Ellis’ writing style captured me, transported me back in time and did not let me go until I had read the last page.

What especially drew me in was the relationship between Henry and Terry. These two are outwardly complete opposites in pretty much every aspect. Henry prefers not to be in the spotlight whereas Terry needs it. He doesn’t care what people think or say about him. Henry on the other hand was comfortable being a back-up or working as a producer. But they both share the love for music.
When Henry first joins the band everyone but Terry welcomes him. And it seems like Terry is just an asshole, but it doesn’t take long until you realize that he’s just grieving the loss of Dell. He’s lost and doesn’t know how to deal with his feelings – because no one knows that he and Dell were more than just best friends. They were in a relationship – albeit a messed-up and dysfunctional one – and Terry can’t let go.

When Terry hit’s rock-bottom it’s Henry who is there for him. He helps him, and I loved seeing them not just falling in love but growing closer as friends as well. This one really hit me in the feels, but at the same time I had always hope that Terry would manage to defeat his demons and that he and Henry would make it.

This story has a whole cast of interesting characters and I’m really looking forward to reading Richard’s story. Hopefully we’ll see lots of Henry and Terry in that story too!

The One Thing I Know is an emotional story about letting go and starting new. Of accepting that you can’t change things and people as much as you want to and that you deserve a second chance. Recommended!

Genre: Historical Orientation: Bisexual Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Publisher: Nine Star Press Review Tag: Celebrity / Famous Person Tag: Enemies to Lovers Tag: Part of a series Tag: Rockstar/Musician Trigger Warning: Drug Use

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