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AUTHOR: ANN LISTER
TITLE: BEYOND THE MUSIC
SERIES: THE ROCK GODS #7
RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 23, 2016
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!
Lincoln reached for the lyric book he kept on the end table beside his bed and began to scribble down the song verses popping off in his brain like fireworks on the Fourth of July. Fuck! This hurt, but Lincoln poured his raw emotion out onto the pages; the thoughts coming faster than he could write them down. The music would have to be written later, but this right now was his heart on his sleeve . . . bleeding. ~ Broken ~
Can you fix me?
Put back my pieces?
I feel broken.
Damaged beyond repair.
I'm not the man you need me to be,
and that's just not fair.
That I'm so broken.
Broken beyond repair.
Wished I'd met you before the stains.
And long before the sickness ate me alive.
Wished there was a way to make me whole; make me feel again.
I'm so damn broken.
Damaged beyond repair.
Can you glue what's shattered?
Give me back myself?
The man I used to be.
And not the man that's broken.
Broken beyond repair.
“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.”
Reading Beyond The Music, by Ann Lister, Book 7 in The Rock Gods series, was bittersweet knowing that their time has come to an end. But, don't worry because the author closes this journey out by taking a new one which leads to new characters, a new series, and it's going to be awesome I feel sure.
Lincoln has suffered silently for a couple years isolating himself inside his four walls and closing himself off to the people closest to him. However, one person noticed what was going on and took matters into his own hands forcing Lincoln to at least acknowledge something was wrong.
Finding out that his problem now has a name pushes Lincoln further away from the real world where he tries to give up on having any kind of a normal, healthy, and happy life. Fortunately, for Lincoln, some people cannot take a hint to leave him alone and he finds himself with one sexy, attractive, and very smart male nurse standing in his home ready to push diet and exercise on him.
Aaron Baylor is a self-employed nurse who firmly believes that healthy diet and exercise, along with the right medication can take a person a long way in regaining their health and life. And, he plans on proving this to Lincoln which means moving in and helping him 24/7.
Neither one expected to fall for the other, but they did and they fell hard. I think they both came into each other's lives at a time when they both needed comfort and security. Aaron fights himself with his moral obligation to his patient and doing the right thing for Lincoln. And, Lincoln fights against the fear that he may never be able to perform in the bedroom and please his partner.
I love the way the author portrayed the characters to work together to reach the solutions they were looking for. They may throw verbal punches at each other while they get a handle on their feelings but they always reconcile quickly and they always seem to have open communication.
Lincoln, with Aaron's help, makes huge strides in fighting his disease and finding a comfortable balance that also helps to restore some of his negative feelings about himself. The author didn't go in depth with the disease but she does give the reader an inside view of some of the symptoms and how you can work to live with it and still have enjoyment in your life.
This is an emotional journey the reader takes with the characters because as Lincoln struggles to gain his footing you will be knuckle gripping your tablet willing your own strength for Lincoln to grab. Aaron is patient and selfless as he strives to help Lincoln and he works diligently to help restore Lincoln's self worth and sexual gratification.
"Lincoln, blow with me. I want to feel the heat of your come mark my stomach. Do it!"
"Oh, shit! Oh, shit!" Lincoln cried out.
"Open your eyes, Linc, and watch us lose it together!"
This moment, in particular, was intense and I know I held my breath through all of it. I, also, shed some tears because the joy and elation jumps off the page and you are so happy for Lincoln. It's a pretty awesome moment in the book.
There is a little mystery/suspense going on in the background of the story that brings a conclusion to the stalker causing harm to some of the band members. It was wrapped up kind of fast, but I didn't feel like it was as relevant to this story as it was to others.
As this story comes to a close and we get to see all the members finding their happy ever after it really is a sweet journey and one you shouldn't miss. I think this can be read as a standalone, however, the back history is super important and worth the read. I am looking forward to the next series, Guarding the Gods, which will still give us insight from time to time with all of the characters here we love. Highly recommended. 5 Stars from me.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the promoter**
Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the island of Martha's Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks in her novels.
After graduating art school, marrying, and raising two daughters, she established her own video production company. Her nearly two decades working in video production included work within the music industry and won her a coveted Telly Award. Her 'behind-the-scenes' exposure to the music world and her love of rock music is the inspiration for her erotic rock star romances.
Her rock star romance, “Fall For Me”, Book One in The Rock Gods series, was a Finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Award and Book Three, Make You Mine, established her as an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author. Each book in The Rock Gods series brings her two favorite elements together: musicians and the love between two men. These stories focus on what it truly means to love; love unconditionally, love without restrictions or labels, love without fear or judgment – to just simply love.
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