3 Stars for It’s a Long Way to the Top (Acts of Insanity #1) by Cherry Cox #MM @CherryCoxAuthor


Title: It’s a Long Way to the Top (Acts of Insanity #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Cherry Cox (Paperback Pleasures)
Publication Date & Length: October 22, 2015 – 246 pgs


Everyone has secrets; some even have secrets they keep from themselves.

Los Angeles, 1985. Jackson ‘Jax’ Reed is the lead guitarist of Acts of Insanity, a hard rock band forging its place on the Sunset Strip.

After firing his lead singer, and with a showcase gig for record executives just a few weeks away, Jax is forced to find a new frontman – fast.

When Harley Moore walks in to audition for the gig, the secret that Jax is desperately trying to keep hidden, even from himself, begins to unravel and threaten everything that he and the band have worked for.

Can Jax keep his secret hidden? Can he keep his growing love for Harley a secret? Or will his need for love and acceptance threaten everything he’s worked so hard to create?

It’s a Long Way to the Top is the first book in the Acts of Insanity series. You won’t want to put down this raw and sexy exploration into the landscape of 80s rock ‘n’ roll.

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This book had a great premise.  I had high hopes.  However, I found this book incredibly hard to follow.  It jumped from year to year, view points changed and there was really a very truncated story line to follow.

I think that I understood the gist of the story – 80’s rock and roll was full of drugs, women, sex and alcohol.  But other than that, I didn’t really understand the band’s dynamic or the relationship between Jax and his sister, other than they cared about each other and his sister didn’t want to out him.

Then, at the end, I was so confused – we were just thrown back in to the very beginning, I think, but with no explanation.

Overall, this was too hard to follow for me to really get in to it.



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Cherry Cox spends most of her time in a state of bewilderment. The past is gone and the future seems to hold no place for her.

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