Blog Tour: The Hard Act to Follow Playlist by Kimber Vale

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The Hard Act to Follow Playlist: Fall Out Boy’s Where Did the Party Go

by Kimber Vale




Hey, there! It’s Kimber Vale getting this party started with a little Fall Out Boy. Actually, I’m winding this shindig down with my next to last playlist song. Sob! In case you haven’t seen any of my Hard Act to Follow guest posts yet, honestly where the hell have you been? I feel like a machine cranking these puppies out. There are plenty of playlist tunes out there for the listening, but this one could very well be my favorite of the bunch.
YouTube link to FOB’s Where Did the Party Go:
Creeptastic video, right? Watch the entire album in song order for a strange, gory, and semi-coherent FOB movie.

So, why did Fall Out Boy make the playlist, you ask? Okay, maybe you didn’t ask, but I’m answering anyway. This song is actually referenced in my book. After Kyrie and Greg finally reconcile (the first time—or is that the second?) Kyrie sings this song when they’re walking back to his apartment. Most of the lyrics work in one way or another and I can’t say no to a song with the term “naked magic” bandied about.
I managed to catch a Fall Out Boy show this summer. They totally kicked ass and I jumped around like a teenager in front of a bunch of teenagers. The only down side was that they didn’t play Where Did the Party Go. 😦 Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to see them again. Yes, I’m a concert slut. We all need hobbies; I knit, sew, garden, and go to concerts. So what?


Greg’s head snapped up and a slow smile lit his face even as his cheeks went pink. He licked his lips, staring at Kyrie’s all the while.
“You don’t need to get back to work?” Kyrie schooled his voice, attempting a stern look to go with it. He didn’t want Greg getting in trouble for running out today or for missing tomorrow.
“Nope.” Greg didn’t hesitate, but his jaw tightened. “I told them I had a family emergency. Someone else can pick up the important stuff. My secretary will reschedule the rest.”
“You’re sure?”
“Never been more.”
Kyrie cackled as he looked down at Greg’s messy clothes. “If that’s your only outfit, you’ll definitely have to be naked the whole time you’re here.”
Greg blushed redder, and Kyrie leaned over to kiss him again.
“So fucking adorable. Come on. Let’s go see how much tequila’s left.”
“Nah nah-nah nah nah nah nah-nah nah nah.” Kyrie sang Fall Out Boy’s Where Did the Party Go as he danced his way up the stairs, occasionally turning to knock his hip against Greg’s despite his eye-rolling and snorts of laughter. Out on the street, Greg walked stiffly beside him. Kyrie continued to hum, but toned down the show for Greg’s benefit. He also smothered the need to reach for Greg’s hand. Looking down at Kyrie, Greg cracked an exasperated half grin that didn’t mask his unease.
It was difficult to make sense of everything. Greg pinned Kyrie with that mixture of amusement and mortification all the time. He’d been doing it for years. Only now things were suddenly and insanely different, but still exactly the same. Weird and wonderful, yet normal. Kyrie felt like Dorothy stepping out in Technicolor after a lifetime of monochrome.


Kyrie is an actor with a physical aversion to telling lies, a one-eyed cat, and horrible taste in men. His ex-brother-in-law and best friend, Greg, harbors a secret crush he can’t shake. After denying his feelings for Kyrie for too long, Greg finally gives in to desire one drunken night. Come the morning, the facts get twisted. Kyrie pretends he doesn’t remember a thing—a lie that eats him alive—and Greg can’t stop thinking about how he screwed up the best thing in his life.
Before they can clear the air, Kyrie follows his dreams to New York City, but could he also be running away?
A mistake from Kyrie’s past detonates their silence, and Greg is forced to confront the man he loves. Is their new truth strong enough to support a relationship, or are they doomed to crumble under old fears? Their friendship could evolve into something a million times stronger, but maybe Kyrie’s act is just too hard for Greg to follow.


K. Vale writes erotic romance of all stripes, from hot hetero to mouthwatering manlove. Find her MF work published under Kimber Vale. Come for the sex. Stay for the story. Stalk Kimber on Facebook and Twitter @KimberVale, and check her site for updates, new releases, and freebies at The blog:

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