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FOUR 5 Star Review for Beyond the Music (The Rock Gods #7) by Ann Lister #MM #Romance @AnnListerAuthor

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Title: Beyond the Music (The Rock Gods #7)
Author Name & Publisher: Ann Lister (SleighFarm Publishing Group)
Publication Date & Length: February 23, 2016 – 454 pgs

Synopsis

Lincoln Stallworth, bass player for Black Ice, has quietly watched each of his band mates fall in love and has accepted the fact he’ll probably never find the same for himself. He doesn’t really believe in true love, couldn’t fully understand the absurdity of it, or the notion there could be just one perfect person for everyone. A debilitating health issue began to shadow Lincoln in the middle of their last tour. As his physical symptoms worsen, Lincoln has to fight the urge to hide from the world and himself inside his estate.

Aaron Baylor enters Lincoln’s life at his lowest point. Lincoln feels broken, damaged beyond repair, and he’s ready to give-up. Aaron’s patience and unwavering support slowly begin to pull Lincoln back to being present in his own life and gives him hope for a future and for love. Will Aaron be the glue that holds the broken pieces of Lincoln’s life together? Can Lincoln fight his way back to good health and take a chance at love? Or will the task be too great for Lincoln to handle?

Beyond The Music is Book 7 in The Rock Gods series. This is the final story in the series, but also the launch of a new M/M spin-off series, Guarding the Gods, which will have many cameo appearances from The Rock Gods characters in each story. If you enjoyed The Rock Gods, I hope you’ll give Guarding the Gods a try!

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FiveStars

What a wonderful, moving conclusion to the Rock Gods! Lincoln, the Black Ice bassist, has been pretty invisible in the series to date but when the author gives Lincoln some of her own medical history, she writes him beautifully and passionately.

The build-up to Lincoln’s devastating diagnosis is heartbreaking and his initial response is painfully realistic – if not terribly sensible. In many ways, this last book is less of a romance and more the story of Lincoln’s personal journey towards accepting and managing his diagnosis. There is an intensity and truth to the writing of this story that I appreciated but didn’t understand until the author explained her own medical history in the epilogue. All the Rock Gods books are fantastic, but this one is really special.

Aaron is a more noble character – but as Lincoln points out, it’s easier to be brave when you’re not the patient. If Lincoln is an awful patient at the start, I was ready to hate the smug, healthy, tofu and greens therapist from the moment he’s introduced. But Lincoln and Aaron soften each other’s rough edges, making them both more balanced people.

Unlike other stories in the series, the heat in this book takes a long time to build. Aaron and Lincoln aren’t an obvious couple and I had Lincoln matched with another character at the start of the book. But I loved the slow burn intimacy and the difficult, at times unconventional sexual relationship between Aaron and Lincoln.

Around Lincoln’s personal story, the author weaves in the characters we’ve come to love. I’d forgotten just how much I loved each of the couples/triples in each of these stories! I think readers need to start at the beginning – if only because it would be a shame to miss out on such a wonderful series. This might stand alone, but I really wouldn’t know. I’ve been a fan since Dagger first met Ryan in a free Kindle promotion for a brand new author.

Sarah

FiveStars

I love this entire series and this book was just as good as all the other ones. Linc has been having health issues for a long time but he hasn’t told anyone. It is getting to the point to where he can’t hide things anymore and even with smoking pot he is still in pain all the time. When Spumoni sees him and that state he is in he jumps in to help even though Linc doesn’t want it. I loved Spumoni and how he just did what he thought was best for Linc and dealt with the tongue lashing he would get later. When Spumoni brings Aaron to Linc’s house it is the best thing ever. I really wish we would have seen more of Spumoni, I loved him. Aaron has the patients of a saint and is the best thing that has ever happened to Linc. While Aaron helps Linc deal with his illness they both develop feelings for each other and they have off the chart chemistry. This series always made my heart melt and this book did thesame. I love Linc and Aaron and their dynamics and how they develop a great relationship and have amazing chemistry and off the chart sex. I am sad that that series is over, we did get to see all the guys in this book which was nice. I am super excited about the spin off series and I can’t wait to read Zac’s story, we learned a little bit about him in this book and I think his book will be just as amazing as this one was.

Angie

FiveStars

Boy did I ever miss these guys! It was good to hear Lincoln’s story and get a recap of all the other men’s lives as well. As sad as it is to read the ending of a series, I think the author did a wonderful job wrapping things up for her readers.

One down side to the story was trying to decipher when Lincoln was talking or when Aaron was talking. I felt there was no real definition between the two throughout most of the book. But if that’s the only negative I have then the author did a fantastic job.

I also think the author touched quite a few subjects in this book (as well as all her books) that deserve more attention than they receive. I’m always glad to see the websites and toll free phone numbers at the end of books to help anyone who has questions or needs support.

I received an ARC of this book from Inked Rainbow Reviews in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to many more of Ann’s books in the future.

Kris

FiveStars

Lincoln’s story was a straight up 10+ stars. Lincoln completely broke my heart and I was crying at times feeling his empty soul and pain. But, not only did Aaron completely heal my broken heart but he filled Lincoln’s life with joy and love which caused him to mentally heal, as the physical illness will forever be with him. Spumoni, the enigma of the series stepped in and took loyalty to another level and helped Lincoln in his deepest, darkest time of life. He brought Aaron to Lincoln’s life and Aaron ran with is with his heart of gold.

Lincoln had inner and outer strength but had lost his inner strength. Aaron was right there to help him not forget and to learn to overcome the disease that caused that loss. The lines of patient-nurse were becoming blurred. But, when Aaron was giving himself over to Lincoln so Lincoln could use his strength, not only was Lincoln healing, his heart was opening to true love. The compassion, respect and love that they showed each other was heart warming. They never pushed each other and let the pieces fall together naturally, as a true relationship should.

As a series ender story, not so many stars. Yes, we get to see all the other men, although a few were minimally talked about, I just felt like I didn’t have my overall wrap up of these powerful sexy men. I still feel like I’m hanging. I am so sad that this series is over. The next series is definitely about the bodyguards. I am sure we will see these swoon worthy men or at least I am hoping with everything that we will, and that we get a good look into their future. I am extremely curious as to what the future holds for my most favorite and one of my top BFFs of all time, Wheeland! *sigh, Wheeland, my heart and love* I am not ready to give up on these men, which tells me that Ann wrote each of these stories with exceptional and amazing heart felt clarity that we hurt for them and fell in love with them. My only wish is that I could seriously befriend these men and be a devoted friend to all of them.

Keri

Excerpt

“I’ve never had a partner before, but I like the idea of taking care of you,” Lincoln said softly. “There’s no guarantee I can offer you that, and it really bothers me that can’t.”
“That doesn’t sound especially fair to put all of that responsibility on yourself, Linc,”Aaron said with a gentle touch of his fingers to Lincoln’s face. “Maybe it’s time for you to let someone else take care of you – I want to be that someone, Linc. If you’ll let me.”

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4.5 and 4 Stars for Jade & Conrad (Storming Love: Wild Fire #5) by Talia Carmichael #MM #Fireman

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Title: Jade & Conrad (Storming Love: Wild Fire #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Talia Carmichael (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 6, 2015 – 50 pgs

Synopsis

Life brings an unexpected complication to a man who was only seeking some relaxation, yet what he found was a man who would light his soul on fire…

Jade Blakstone wanted some time away from his hectic schedule and took a trip to get away. He never expected to find a man who would strike all the right notes within him. Together they burn hot and fast, making Jade wonder if there is more between them than just a passing dalliance. But as hot as they burn for each other, so do the wild fires that have broken out. Conrad is a firefighter and Jade fears that they will be over before they begin when he goes to fight the fires raging in Northern California.

From their very first meeting, Conrad Kendrick knew Jade was something special. Now he just had to convince Jade that although they have chemistry, there was something that was even sweeter-the connection of two souls who have found their corresponding rhythm.

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FourStars

This story was really cute…
You get Jade the rock star who is very snarky and Conrad the fireman who fights wild fires.
The two of them together I could feel the connection between them. I don’t know that I would call this a insta-love novella. To me at least it was more of a slow burn were they built up their relationship while Jade was unsure of his feelings. You get your sweet and funny with this novella also.
All together I really liked this Novella!
I would recommend this book!
Kara
FourandHalfStarsGod I just love stories with rock stars. This was a great book just wish it was longer. It takes a little while for Conrad to realize who Jade was and I loved how the author was able to do that and not make it seem cliché. This was a great love story and I just didn’t want it to end. Even through it was still basically an instant love type of story it did not come across that way. Excellent job Ms. Carmichael.
~Lynn

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5 Stars for Beneath the Stain (Serial #1-7) by Amy Lane #MM #RockStar @AmyMaclane @dreamspinners

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Title: Beneat the Stain (Beneath the Stain – Serial #1-7)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2014 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

Complete novel.

In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers– and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams–made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.

Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he’s hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn’t flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that’s not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav’s help–but Trav’s not sure he’s going to survive falling in love with Mackey.

Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn’t do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey’s past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.

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FiveStars

This book was just WOW!!! With the feels and the pain, then the crying I loved this book!

Mackey I just loved his character! To fall in love when he was young and be hurt and broken, then turn to drugs to make it through the pain. But to come out the other side so much better.. To still have the pain but to be able to work through it without running back to old habits.
Then there was Trav I got to say I loved his character too! To be there to pick up Mackey at his worse then to help him pull through. The way he was strong enough to stick by Mackay and there were points were he had to be stronger at the end of this book. To stay by his side through it all..
These two together were just awesome..
Then you meet all of Mackey family and Grant. I will be honest about not being a big fan of Grants at first after everything but by the end of this book I understood him so much more and lets just say I cried at the end of this book after everything that happened.
This book was beautiful but also painful.

I loved this book!

I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

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THREE 5 Stars for Deliver Me by Faith Gibson #MM #RockStar @authorfgibson

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Title: Deliver Me
Author Name: Faith Gibson
Publication Date & Length: October 3, 2015 – 270 pgs

Synopsis

Taggart Lee has it all.
Fame.
Fortune.
Everything except love.

Tag is the jaded lead singer for 7’s Mistress, the biggest rock band in the world. After fifteen years in the business, he’s drowning in it all. When tragedy strikes, he takes a break from the road and the monotony his life has become. When he meets a gorgeous man on a park bench, he sees his lifeline.

Dr. Erik Henrikson thought he’d met the one.
He had.
The wrong one.

A year after his breakup, he still has a lock on his heart. Then he meets Lee, someone whose life has just been turned upside down. When he finds out Lee’s true identity, Erik throws away the key.

Tag has two weeks to make the doctor want him. He has three months to prove he won’t hurt him.

Tragedy brings them together.

Lies and betrayal push them apart.

Is love enough to deliver them?

Warning: This book contains hot sex between two men

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FiveStars

Wow this book was so good!!
The way the author pulled you in and really had you feeling everything these two were going through was awesome!
Eric I could understand why he was leery and the way he had a hard time trusting. But he worked through everything and the two of them together grew so much closer as the time went on. I really did love Eric’s character he was so strong and you could definitely see that he worked really hard to get over his misgivings.
Lee what can I say about him other then to have lost someone close to him and then all the sudden be a father at the same time he was a rock star, also on top of being loving and caring of those he loved. He was such a strong character, I really loved his character too.
You do get your misunderstandings and crazy stalkers.. Sarah what can I say about that character other then I was not a fan of hers from the start and I was right to feel that way.  Lee’s friend Cade seriously needed to get over himself. Plus the epilogue was so sweet and the way everything worked out I loved it!
Once I picked up this book I could not put it down!!
All together I loved this book and the way the author drew you into this book and had you on the edge of your seat hoping everything would work out for Lee and Eric!
I would definitely recommend this book!
Kara
FiveStars
I LOVED this book. I didn’t want it to end. Hot rock star, hot doctor and one sweet baby girl. Tag/Lee is a rock star is sick of his lifestyle and wants a change, but not the way it happened. Erik is lonely and wants a family. When these two meet you could feel the sparks. These two men were so hot together, total opposites when looking at them but worked so well together. Add in a crazy best friend/ex-lover and a one crazier best friend you are in for the ride of your life. There were a few ups and down in this book but in the end you see the true meaning of family and friends. The epilogue is awesome but I really wish there would have been another book, I just loved all of these characters and wanted to see more of them, I felt like I was saying goodbye to my own friends.
Angie
FiveStars

Oh god where do I start. This book was absolutely amazing.. It had joy and sorrow, love and sex and most of all drama. I love a good drama and Faith Gibson delivered it. I loved how she brought Tag/Lee and Eric together. I love the way the secondary characters interacted with Tag and Eric and each other. One of the best parts was the author didn’t pull any punches when it came to the life of a rock star.

I was enthralled though the whole book and didn’t want it to end. But I guess it had to. I would definitely read a book from this author again and would love to hear more about 7’s Mistress secondary characters.

Lynn

Excerpt

Erik collapsed flat on the bed taking Tag with him. Tag held onto the condom and pulled out of Erik’s ass. He rolled off to the side so he didn’t crush the man. Normally, he would get out of the bed and take care of the condom. He would take a shower, alone, indicating it was time for whoever he’d fucked to leave. He’d only ever cuddled after with Cade and that’s because they were usually so strung out neither one of them could move. Now, he wanted to curl up into the heat of Erik and go to sleep. He had no idea how the doctor felt about that. Tag waited for some kind of sign. When Erik didn’t move, Tag took off the condom and found his way to the bathroom. He opened the small closet and grabbed a washcloth. After cleaning his cock, he rewet the cloth and went to care for Erik. When he sat down on the bed at the doctor’s hip, he allowed himself a moment to take in the beauty that was Erik Henrikson. Not only was he gorgeous on the outside, but he had a beautiful soul as well. It called to Tag on a level so deep, he felt something he’d never felt before. He refused to put a name to it. Not yet. He pushed Erik’s sweaty hair off his forehead. “Are you okay?” he asked.

Erik opened one eye and grinned. “I’m more than okay. That was…”

“Here, turn over. Let me clean you up.”

Erik rolled onto his back and covered his eyes with his forearm. Tag washed the drying come off Erik’s flaccid dick and wiped at the mess on the sheets. “You can sleep in the wet spot,” he joked.

Erik removed his arm from his eyes and frowned. “You’re spending the night?”

Oh shit. Tag had been kidding, sort of. He’d also wanted to feel out the doctor to see where his head was. Guess that answered that.

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5 Stars for Beneath the Stain (Serial #1-7) by Amy Lane (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #RockStar @AmyMaclane @dreamspinners

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Title: Beneat the Stain (Beneath the Stain – Serial #1-7)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2014 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

Complete novel.

In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers– and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams–made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.

Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he’s hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn’t flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that’s not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav’s help–but Trav’s not sure he’s going to survive falling in love with Mackey.

Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn’t do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey’s past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.

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**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I absolutely, totally, 100% fell in love with this story. This is such a complex story that goes through so many things it’s hard to know where to start.
I have say I fell in love with Grant and wanted what they had to work out when the boys got signed… Then when things moved in a different direction, I was sad and heartbroken with Mackey. Gosh, Mackey has such a hard time dealing with everything that is going on in his life. Losing the love of his life and becoming a huge rock star at the same time. Then in comes this hard, unyielding manager…. and then everything else.
It’s hard to say much without giving away many of the turns that come in the book, but trust me when I say this is totally a MUST READ. I laughed, I cried (really cried) and cheered for joy.
This was a long audiobook, but not once when I had to put it down and come back to it did I forget where the story was. The characters were that memorable and their lives too. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing all the emotions out in the book, all of them over the wide spectrum that the men go through as the story progresses.
I can’t rave enough about this book. It was so well done and the narration was great too. I’m truly going to be in a book funk after finishing this one because it was so good!!!
Renee

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