Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Release Blitz: Face The Music by K.M. Neuhold (Review+Excerpt+Giveaway)

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RELEASE DATE: 05.20.18
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I thought there was only one thing I needed to make me happy. I was so sure becoming a rock star would heal the dark corners inside me. But every time I walk onto the stage, with a roaring crowd screaming my name, all I can think about is the boy I left behind. All I want to do is rewind and make a different choice.
I thought I hated Lincoln when he ghosted me ten years ago and destroyed my heart. I thought I hated him when he wrote a chart-topping hit about our idyllic young love. But I’ve never hated him as much as I do right now, standing in front of me like he has every right to be in my world again. He’s not the rock god I thought he was...he’s still that same lost boy I used to love. Can I ever trust him with my heart again?

***Face the Music is the first book in the Replay series. Each book in the series will focus on a different band member getting a second chance at love. Each book can be read as a stand-alone. This book contains descriptions of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and sexy times.
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The icy wind bites at my skin, but another swig of whiskey helps to chase the chill away. The air smells like snow. I do a mental calculation and realize it’s only two weeks until Christmas.
When I was a kid, I loved Christmas. This time of year felt so magical and joyful. The smell of cookies baking in the oven, the twinkling lights of the tree, making a wish list of presents you hope Santa will bring.
Another gulp from the bottle clenched in my numb fist. It stopped burning on the way down about a half hour ago, right around the time the far-off city lights started to blur.
There’s no magic now. My kitchen is empty of anyone baking any sort of treats. I can’t remember the last time I bothered to get a tree. They’re not much fun to decorate all on your own. Plus, what’s the point if no one else will be there to enjoy it with you? As for a wish list...there’s only one thing I’d put on that list and it’s something—someone—I had and tossed away too many years ago.
My legs are unsteady under me as I walk to the edge of my balcony to look down at the street below.
Certainly the fall would kill me. But who would care?
I can see the headline now…Rock star Jumps to Death from New York City Apartment.
But would they really care?
My bandmates might’ve cared a few years ago, before everything started falling apart, before we were at each other’s throats constantly.
If only I’d known the name of our band—Downward Spiral— would be so apt when we chose it. Maybe it was a bad omen, or a jinx. Maybe we were just cocky little pricks who were on top of the world and didn’t think anything could ever knock us off.
I wobble as I lean farther over the railing, testing the sturdiness.
I won’t really jump. That’s what I tell myself. That’s what I always tell myself when I get into these dark moods.
I try to lift the bottle to my lips again, but it slips through my fingers. I watch as it plummets downward and then shatters on the sidewalk below.
I teeter again against the railing before taking a step back and reaching into my pocket for a cigarette. I don’t even normally smoke, just when I’m drunk and sad.
I can only imagine what Jace would say if he could see me now.

4 Stars

If you’ve read my reviews in the past, you’ll know my favorite trope is definitely second chance romances and Face The Music was an enjoyable one.

Lincoln abandoned Jace without even a goodbye ten years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a rockstar, and while he’s had tremendous success, he is miserable without the love of his life by his side. After a night of heavy drinking nearly kills him, he decides to get away and heads to a summer cabin in the woods of Wisconsin, where he spent many summers as a teen befriending and eventually falling in love with Jace. Once Linc gets there, he finds the fates have brought him and Jace back to the cabins at the same time, but can he make things right and win Jace back?

My heart absolutely broke for Linc. His sadness and despair crushed me and I just wanted to hug him. Although I definitely understood Jace’s anger at Linc and his apprehension at forgiving him and possibly entering into a relationship with him again, it didn’t stop me from wanting to yell at him to forgive Linc already! My feelings were torn in that respect, but I absolutely adored these two men and together, they fit and the love they felt for one another shone through on each and every page. They had great chemistry and were sizzling hot together.

The story was interesting and filled with plenty of emotion. It held my attention and kept me turning the pages to see how it would all work out. I loved how the author handled Linc’s issues of depression and self-harm. Just because you get the guy doesn’t mean all your troubles go away and I was really happy that this part of the story was realistic.

Truthfully, my only complaint, was the author's use of flashbacks. They were spread throughout the story and were, frankly, very disruptive. Still, this was an enjoyable read, with a perfect and swoon-worthy ending and I’m looking forward to the next installment in the series. Very recommendable!

*copy provided by author/publisher for my reading pleasure, a review was not a requirement*
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I'm an author of m/m and new adult romance. I have a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well.



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