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Life of an EX College Bandsman 8: Growing Pains

by Jaxon Grant

Zach’s past transgressions are eating him alive. The weekly counseling sessions with Dray maybe working, but will it force Zach to admit his truth? Dray has hinted that he knows what happened seven years ago, but how? Dray may have bigger problems on his hands though. He’s hiding a secret from his son, and Dray’s baby mother has information that could be fatal for several relationships close to both Dray and Zach.

Dwight is on the verge of a mental breakdown as his marriage continues to hang in the balance. What his wife does this go around just may push him over the edge. His attorney has advised him of his best options, but Dwight will take her advice? What will Dwight do when he’s had enough?

Elijah and TJ are coming into their own as young men, but both teenagers are on the brink of disaster. Elijah makes some decisions that could impact his immediate future, while TJ discovers information that turns his world upside down. How will the best friends fare when the dust settles?

The eighth book of this eleven-book series, covers the next twenty days in the lives of these characters, leading up to Zach’s thirty-third birthday party. Friendships will be tested. Secrets will be revealed. Big commitments—and explosions—are on the horizon, as the last thirty hours will change lives forever.

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Publisher: Independently Published

Ending: Click here to reveal

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Questioning, Straight

Protagonist 3 Age: Under 18

Tropes: Cheating, Coming of Age, Coming Home, Coming Out / Closeted, Coming Out Later in Life, Families/Raising Kids, Forbidden Love, Friends to Lovers, Gay for You / Straight to Gay, Married Life, Mind Games

Languages Available: English

Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

Reviews:Joe S on Amazon wrote:

Oh my gosh such an amazing continuing book in a great series so much new stuff brought to the light just mouth dropped open over everything so anxious for the next book in the universe get to me quick my heart stopped in the over Zach finally having to make a decision after all these years playing between dray or Dwight like oh my goodness not expecting that but so long in the works just amazing love it can't wait for book 9

Felicia Stevens on Amazon wrote:

I have read all of these series thus far and Jaxon and yet to disappoint me. I love how he is bringing all of the characters together into one book. I am on egg shells to get to the end, but once I do I will be crying for it to continue. Please speed up, but yet go slow...if that makes ANY sense.

John W. Mack on Amazon wrote:

Jaxon Grant novels are so important because they showcase the complicated ways in which black gay men have to manage and defend their identity, self-worth and position in a world that does not want them to exist. However, what make this book and his other novels so beautiful is that they are universal in their appeal. One does not have to be black and gay to feel a connection to our characters problems, issues and struggles. Whether, gay, straight, black, white, male or female our common thread is to love and be loved and to be happy. Jaxon Grant is the master weaver who weaves so much realism into this book that makes it elegant and raw, sexy and alluring, romantic and honest and most of all, captivating and smoldering hot. This book is another achievement for Jaxon Grant as he creates another novel that is timeless and will be remembered for many, many years.

About the Author

Known mostly as BnTasty by his online reader-base, Jaxon Grant started his writing conquest in June 2008, on Da Site, which was a popular stories website for gay and bisexual men. With his initial publications, Jaxon captivated his audience and created a healthy following that urged him to move outside of the confines of those who flocked to Da Site to read his material. Now, after many years of growing and understanding his skills as a writer, he’s brought his work to a national audience.

Jaxon has written with compelling thoughts that tackle the issues we face as Americans, not just in the LGBT community. In his unique style, he uses the elements of drama, mystery, suspense, romance, and tragedy to further the depth and scope of his work.

Jaxon was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He graduated from the Florida A&M University (FAMU) and majored in Social Science Education. While at FAMU, Jaxon was a member of the marching band, the world-renown FAMU Marching 100.

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