Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

22735684Title: Beneath the Stain

Author: Amy Lane

Narrator: Nick J Russo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist:

Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 04/09/2015

Length: 16 hours 36

Genre: M/M Romance

Summary:

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.

Story Review:

Back in September last year I picked up a book called Beneath the Stain from our review list. I love Amy Lane, I love musician stories and the cover looked pretty. I hadn’t realised that it was a series that was being released, I should say drip fed, on a weekly basis. I was hooked after the first chapter but I have to tell you it was perhaps the most frustrating thing I have ever done as a reviewer and a reader and I immediately swore I would never again start a series that wasn’t already fully published.

Reading, or should I say listening to Beneath the Stain, a second time round and in all its completed glory was both very different and very similar. The similarities come in that it still tore me to shreds, it still made me cry and I was still shouting at the sheer crap these boys had to put up with. The difference was I didn’t have to wait a week, full of nerves and trepidation, to see what would happen next. This was both good and bad – this audio book is just short of 17 hours long and it was extremely difficult to hit the pause button!

This is the story of Mackey and his brothers who live in a small town and for various reasons are bullied or talked about often. They have no money, just about enough food and the nice things in life don’t really exist. What they do have is each other and although not perfect they love each other and have each other’s backs. When Mackey gets his brothers and close friend Grant to start up a band they may have just found a way out of this small town they hate and a chance to improve their lives.

On a more personal level Mackey is a 14 year old boy coming to terms with his sexuality and being pursued by Grant who is a few years older. I decided on my second time of reading this story that I didn’t much like Grant. When the boys finally have a way out and grab it with both hands Grant and need to please his parents finds himself having to say goodbye to the boys, a choice that will have serious repercussions.

This book follows Mackey and the boys through their ups and downs as they try to make a success of their lives. It is angst central as the boys have to grow up. The very fame they craved comes at a high cost. The loss of Grant and dealing with “Bi when high” is something Mackey has to deal with before it ends up killing him. Enter Trav, new manager and a man with infinite patience and a big heart.

This is Amy Lane. Do not expect roses and all things pretty. She will be you smile, make you laugh and then make you sob real ugly as she slays her characters before they have any chance of happiness!

Narration Review:

Nick J Russo did a superb job! Not once in the nearly 17 hours of listening did I find his voice anything but enthralling.

Links

Beneath the Stain on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook 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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