Beyond the Music by Ann Lister ~ Book Review by Caroline

29093607Title: Beyond the Music

Author: Ann Lister

Publisher: Sleighfarm Publishing

Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/23/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

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!

My View:

Reading Beyond the Music was bittersweet for me as I’m sure it will be for the majority of Ann Lister fans. It doesn’t seem like it was back in 2013 when Fall for Me hit our kindles and we were introduced to Dagger and Ryan. A really big part of why I loved this series so much was that it was always a continuation from that first book. We may have met and fallen in love with different couples, or even a throuple, along the way but the stories evolved into a family. These men were damaged, deluded, broken and more often than not frustrating as all hell but they always pulled together and made you smile in the end.

Lincoln is the last band member to tell his story and it’s very different to those who have come before him. He’s not as glamourous as some of the boys and his life isn’t as in your face. He’s not out of control, he doesn’t need an intervention and he doesn’t need his manager to constantly run interference. What he does need is to move on from the denial that he is in and realise something is seriously wrong with his health.

Lincoln hasn’t been well for a while but he is a master at hiding things – until he can’t. Just because his band members have been busy with their own lives and problems doesn’t mean his odd behaviour has gone completely unnoticed. Pushed to finally take action he is left devastated with his diagnosis and for a while it seems as if he has resigned himself to ‘being ill’ rather than looking at solutions to continue and take charge of the disease.

Aaron Baylor is a nurse who takes on clients privately and works with them in their homes. Lincoln does not make a good patient and pushes Aaron’s patience to the limit in the beginning. Along with the obvious symptoms of his disease he has some let’s say more embarrassing symptoms and I loved how the author dealt with this. The tentative steps, the care from Aaron and the way Aaron celebrated Lincoln’s successes really made this story for me. It’s not a conventional romance at all but they fall in love quickly, madly and deeply and Lincoln comes out of the shadows often times still embarrassed but with much more power.

To describe this story in one word I would say intimate. Lincoln doesn’t just have to overcome physical problems, emotionally he is fragile and Aaron slowly coaxes him out of his shell. If a series has to end then Ann has found the perfect way to end it. This brought all the boys back together, it took us through a personal and difficult storyline, she put their lives in danger once again and she left us well and truly teased for what is to come next. Goodbye Rock Gods and welcome to their Guards!

Ann I have loved every minute of the ride you have taken us on – thank you 

Links

Beyond the Music on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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