Today I am so excited to be a part of the Beyond The Music tour! I have loved this entire series by Ann Lister and she has given us something truly special with this final book of the series. I hope you will love Aaron and Lincoln as much as I do! And don’t forget to check out the GIVEAWAY and the end of the post!
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.”
5 Rocking Stars
I always struggle when it comes time for the last book in a series I love; I have a very hard time saying goodbye! That being said, I was excited to get Lincoln’s story and holy moly did Ann Lister deliver! I absolutely loved this book!
Over the past few years Linc has noticed that something is not right, he hasn’t been feeling like himself and he’s noticing little changes. He doesn’t want to face the reality of whatever it could be and he’s doing his best to hide it from his bandmates. He spends his free time away from the band and alone at his house. While on a break from touring and hiding at home he gets a visit from Spumoni, which is good and bad for Linc. His symptoms take a turn for the worse and make themselves known, luckily Spumoni is there to help. While Linc wants to keep everything a secret, barely trusting Spumoni, he knows he needs help. This is where we meet Aaron. He is a private nurse who works closely with his patients giving individual care.
I want to be very careful not to spoil the big parts of this book, they are powerful and deserve their moment. Ann does a wonderful job of delivering Linc’s story to us, making it honest and real, and the emotions clearly coming through – the good, the bad and the frustrating!
Aaron, where to even start with him, he is such a beautiful character. He is loving and caring and still very strong. Even despite Linc’s prickly moments, he doesn’t give up on him, helping him through everything. I absolutely adored him!
Together, Aaron and Lincoln don’t just deal with the physical issues, they work through heavy emotional ones too. They don’t have a traditional meet and fall in love story, but the love part, they definitely have that. Their journey is full of challenges but so heartwarming and honest. Watching Lincoln discover his feelings for Aaron and embracing them made my heart happy. If anyone deserves happy it’s Lincoln and Aaron together.
There was so much about this story that I whole-heartedly loved! The journey, the love and the laughs. I loved seeing the whole band together and the end…oh how the end was just PERFECT! I absolutely adore Ann for the way she tied everything together, bringing all the boys together so filled with love and happiness (and a few surprises too)! The Rock Gods series have been a favorite for me and I really think Ann may have just saved the best for last with Lincoln and Aaron. I cannot wait to read more about these security guys in Guarding the Gods! I highly recommend this series, every book has been fantastic!
*I received an ARC to review for The Geekery Book Review.
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.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ann-Lister/95422803480?fref=photo
Book One: http://www.amazon.com/Fall-Me-Rock-Gods-Book-ebook/dp/B00CQWDQA6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-5&qid=1418065869
Book Two: http://www.amazon.com/Take-What-Want-Rock-Gods-ebook/dp/B00GF4TBR8/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=173QY2431QSQKSPDEF3D
Book Three: http://www.amazon.com/Make-Mine-Rock-Gods-Book-ebook/dp/B00K1053R4/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=173QY2431QSQKSPDEF3D
Book Four: http://www.amazon.com/Looking-Forever-Rock-Gods-Book-ebook/dp/B00QCK08RW/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1418065724
Book Five: http://www.amazon.com/Meant-Me-Rock-Gods-Book-ebook/dp/B00W4LA0S0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1434046138&sr=1-1&keywords=meant+for+me+ann+lister
Book Six: http://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Fire-Rock-Gods-Book-ebook/dp/B013V6404G/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442191262&sr=8-1&keywords=fighting+his+fire+ann+lister