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Lincoln 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. Jace I thought I hated Lincoln when he ghosted me Lincoln 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. Jace 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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Lincoln 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. Jace I thought I hated Lincoln when he ghosted me Lincoln 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. Jace 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.

30 review for Face the Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    Loved this book a lot. It deals with a difficult subject to get right - mental illness - but does so without over-playing it or under emphasising the seriousness. Lincoln and Jace were wonderful together in the flashbacks and it was easy to see why neither had been able to ever move on properly. I also loved the whole fated aspect which KM weaved into the narrative as it worked well for their relationship development ten years later The book doesn't pull any punches when it deals with Lincoln's " Loved this book a lot. It deals with a difficult subject to get right - mental illness - but does so without over-playing it or under emphasising the seriousness. Lincoln and Jace were wonderful together in the flashbacks and it was easy to see why neither had been able to ever move on properly. I also loved the whole fated aspect which KM weaved into the narrative as it worked well for their relationship development ten years later The book doesn't pull any punches when it deals with Lincoln's "black dog" or when it talks about his (view spoiler)[self harming (hide spoiler)] so heed the trigger warnings. I liked how Jace, after understandably being so angry with Linc, eventually realised why he'd left him without a word when they were teenagers. I liked that he got, that while it had been painful, Linc had done it for the right reasons. The book is angsty, but it's true and honest, never just for plot points, and there is no magic dick cure all here. Both men accept they will be dealing with Linc's mental illness daily for the rest of their lives. Now I need the rest of the band's stories asap please! #ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ky

    3.5 stars "Face the Music" is the first book in a new series about the members of a rock band that somehow all get their happily ever after in the form of second chance romances during a much needed break to recharge and keep going. In this book, it's Lincoln the one who gets his second chance with his childhood best friend, Jace, who was also his first boyfriend. There is a certain amount of struggle for them to get over past hurts and betrayals but it was necessary that they go through that firs 3.5 stars "Face the Music" is the first book in a new series about the members of a rock band that somehow all get their happily ever after in the form of second chance romances during a much needed break to recharge and keep going. In this book, it's Lincoln the one who gets his second chance with his childhood best friend, Jace, who was also his first boyfriend. There is a certain amount of struggle for them to get over past hurts and betrayals but it was necessary that they go through that first in order to make a new start together. I appreciated very much the realistic way that Lincoln's mental health was dealt with. I won't tell you what the diagnosis was but if you have the slightest knowledge about it you will figure it out for yourselves pretty easily and pretty early on. There was no magic cure, even if there were no set backs and everything went smoothly from the start which I don't imagine happens in real life, and he had a long road ahead of him but the overall message was full of hope. Jace was amazing with his support and encouragement and exactly what Lincoln needed to turn his life around and start living again. One of the things I liked the most about this story is how every book in the series seems to be taking place at the same time. I'm just speculating here based on what I read in this book but if I'm right I'm even more excited for the rest of the guys to get their stories! There is an endless opportunity for scenes to be told from different perspectives or to leave us wondering from one book to the next until we get the whole story behind a scene we already read about. It happened here a few times and one that pops up in my mind is a plone call where Benji picked up laughing. I hope we see that same phone call from Benji's POV and learn what had him is such a good mood. The same goes for Archer too with his secret smiles. Important note: The warnings in the blurb weren't put there just for show, read them and take them into serious consideration before you open this book. This review has been cross-posted on The Novel Approach Reviews. *An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via The Novel Approach Reviews in exchange for an honest review. *

  3. 5 out of 5

    Annika

    Audiobook review I essence, I absolutely loved and adored this story. I'm always partial for a scarred man, second chance stories and when combining that with a famous musician, I'm over the moon. This book opens up with present day Lincoln, rock star extraordinaire in the band Downward Spiral. An apt name if there ever was one as all of its members are spiralling fast out of control in one way or another. Lincoln is a bit worse for wear, drunk and passing out in the cold and almost freezing to Audiobook review I essence, I absolutely loved and adored this story. I'm always partial for a scarred man, second chance stories and when combining that with a famous musician, I'm over the moon. This book opens up with present day Lincoln, rock star extraordinaire in the band Downward Spiral. An apt name if there ever was one as all of its members are spiralling fast out of control in one way or another. Lincoln is a bit worse for wear, drunk and passing out in the cold and almost freezing to death. He basically couldn't care less. He's numb, and the only way he feels anything is by self-harming, cutting. The only thing in his mind is remembering Jace. The love of his life. The boy he walked away from, broke, ten years earlier when his music career really took off. After another close call with Linc's life, Archer the band manager, cancels the upcoming tour, orders all the band members to a mandatory break to get their heads back together And hopefully by the end of the break, there will still be a band left to save. Linc decides to go back to the one place in the world where he was truly happy, the place where he met and fell in love with Jace. What he doesn't count on is standing face to face with Jace once more. A freshly dumped Jace who don't want anything to do with him anymore. Face the Music is a second chance story. It's told from a dual POV in more ways than one. We get both Linc's and Jace's perspectives, but we also get the past interwoven with the present. So we are there watching Linc and Jace fall in love, the first kiss, we feel the sweetness, the giddiness and hope for the future. But we are also there for the hard parts, Linc leaving and Jace realising that the love of his life has left him. We are there for the pain as well as the happiness before it. We can relate to them both, understand the motives that drove them. We understand the heartbreak that are still present ten years later. We know the love that lurks underneath the surface, ready to bloom once more. This book drew me in from the start and I couldn't put it down but listened to the whole thing in one go. I just needed to know how Linc and Jace finally got back together. Needed to see the journey, the forgiveness and healing. I'm also partial to characters with any kind of mental health issue, to Linc ticked a lot of my boxes. And while I didn't always agree with his actions, I could understand why. Kenneth Obi's narration of this book is a bit of an oddity for me. He has different voices when narrating the different characters - which is always a huge plus for me. It makes it so much easier to follow along with the story. He also adds in feelings to his words, emotions and is not simply reading the words in front of him. Despite all that, he still manages to sound bored though it all. It's a bit of a mystery to me to be frank. On the other hand, that would fit when he narrated the fist part of the story from Lincoln's POV. It fits with his depressed, moody and "who cares" attitude. But it doesn't fit with the rest of the book, when the feel of it is happy. I did feel like even during the happy moments, there was still a wall between the characters and the listener, we weren’t quite there. Face the Music was a beautiful second chance story. I loved everything about it, the plot, the characters and the amazing love that Linc and Jace shared. The narration was a bit off for me, which might be just me, so you should definitely have a listen to the sample to decide if this audio is worth trying. If not, you need to pick up the book, because this is a story you shouldn't miss. Story: 5 stars Narration: 3,5 stars A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

  4. 5 out of 5

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

    💝 FREE on Amazon today (11/22/2018)!💝 Blurb: Lincoln 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. Jace 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 💝 FREE on Amazon today (11/22/2018)!💝 Blurb: Lincoln 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. Jace 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Qin

    A longish, rather boring nothingburger poorly dressed up as a second chance romance, only saved from the one star treatment by dint of its reasonably good literary values. For one thing, the embraced structure of the book, with each chapter alternating between shared memories of the two lads written from the POV of one of them and the similarly focussed rekindling of their relationship in the present time, does not achieve too well its task of providing insight into the minds of Jace and Lincoln A longish, rather boring nothingburger poorly dressed up as a second chance romance, only saved from the one star treatment by dint of its reasonably good literary values. For one thing, the embraced structure of the book, with each chapter alternating between shared memories of the two lads written from the POV of one of them and the similarly focussed rekindling of their relationship in the present time, does not achieve too well its task of providing insight into the minds of Jace and Lincoln, for their, obviously skewed, perspectives on events and on each other remain desperately in need of complexity, variety (those lads are really too full of one another and, insofar as their memories are concerned, of what little happened in their bland lifes) and genuine depth. This binary type of storytelling also leads straight to narrative discontinuity and fragmentation which, in my opinion, proves lethal to a novel where the angst is stated, or more precisely: overstated, through internal dialogue, rather than shown in minute detail (Lincoln's drunkard bully of a father ought to have been far more present in the boy's flashbacks for the cutting Lincoln falls back into to sound genuinely motivated) and goes on rather artificially for far too long because the writer had nothing better to wax about. Indeed the romance sounds tepid and staged from page one; the near constant recourse to age-worn tropes empties it of the strength it ought to cultivate. To compilate a list of even the most egregiously outrageous of those elements would be too time consuming, so I shall only take here as evidence the following instances, as, taken together within the compass of a mere hundred pages, they robbed me of my reading pleasure: the unrealistic synchronicity of the termination of Jace's heterosexual relationship with the peak of Lincoln's flirt with death by alcohol and lack of concern for his well-being, both of which have the lads come back within a few hours of each other at the two neighbouring cabins in which their puppy love took place; the little we get to see of the dealings between Lincoln and his team mates, which, instead of providing background for the lead singer's depression while giving the reader dynamic snapshots of these boys, bretrays without any shadow of a doubt that the author was solely concerned with laying down the roots of her planned sequels, seems to me to be painfully written; the use of Lincoln's cutting to mellow present-day Jace and have him less hostile to the one who got away without explanation has an unpleasantly hollow ring to it. Finally, Lincoln's bipolar troubles are not evoked with any understanding of this psychiatric disorder, nor does Jace, for a microbiologist fresh from his lab, demonstrate any sound grasp of it - actually, I never felt he talked, reasoned and acted as a doctor should, let alone a high-powered one. Mrs Neuhold belongs to the enormous class of writers who were not bothered to do any preliminary digging before creating whatever university-credentialled protagonist their plot required; too bad, for, by so doing, she shows her true colors. Ladies, if need be, please write your heroes as cabbage dealers or small town clerks instead of striving for prestigious trades the mannerisms and intellectual mindset of whose your own ignorance has no chance of ever getting right.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tj

    At eighteen Lincoln made a difficult decision. He loved music and was offered a shot with a recording company. To do so, meant hurting his person, the one who always had his back. It meant hurting Jace. Jace was college bound with dreams of being a doctor. If he went on the road with Lincoln and the band, college would never happen. In time, he would recent Linc. Lincoln wants Jace to have it all so he makes the decision for him. Lincoln flees in the middle of the night leaving Jace and his heart At eighteen Lincoln made a difficult decision. He loved music and was offered a shot with a recording company. To do so, meant hurting his person, the one who always had his back. It meant hurting Jace. Jace was college bound with dreams of being a doctor. If he went on the road with Lincoln and the band, college would never happen. In time, he would recent Linc. Lincoln wants Jace to have it all so he makes the decision for him. Lincoln flees in the middle of the night leaving Jace and his heart behind. Fast forward ten years. Lincoln and Jace meet again. Both have succeeded in their careers but not so much in their personal lives. Jace’s busted engagement is small potatoes compared to Lincoln’s life. He struggles almost daily with an untreated mental illness. Neuhold handles Lincoln’s illness with a deft hand. She doesn’t bog the reader down with so much detail that the book reads lik a medical text. She also doesn’t gloss it over so that Lincoln is suddenly made all better with a few kisses and rounds of sex with Jace. Lincoln will always have issues. Life, meditations and coping skills will always be a balancing act. No matter how much love Jace has to give, each day will require a fresh commitment from him. A small part of him will always worry and want to keep Lincoln safe from his personal demons. I loved Lincoln, Jace and the bond they create. It took time, some maturity, love, pain, self sacrifice, and commitment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trio

    did not work for me

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈

    I'm not a fan of the back and forth between past and present, however it worked for me here. Or maybe this caught me in the right mood? I loved this. After learning to listen to this narrator a bit faster than the recording, this was absolutely perfect. I've already purchased the next two books. Im not a fan of books covering the same time, however they aren't rehashing the same info (im already more than fifty percent done with book two).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

    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 ma 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*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars Face the Music explores some fairly dark themes, which include self-harm and suicide, so please be forewarned that if this type of story line could be triggering for you it is best you go into this novel with advanced warning. The scenes of cutting are fairly graphic, never done to titillate or shock, but rather to expose the depth of Linc’s illness and depression. I was so impressed with the way in which Neuhold addressed Linc’s mental health. The story allowed f A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars Face the Music explores some fairly dark themes, which include self-harm and suicide, so please be forewarned that if this type of story line could be triggering for you it is best you go into this novel with advanced warning. The scenes of cutting are fairly graphic, never done to titillate or shock, but rather to expose the depth of Linc’s illness and depression. I was so impressed with the way in which Neuhold addressed Linc’s mental health. The story allowed for the reality of what being bipolar would mean for both Linc and Jace and how it would never go away, but be something both men would have to live with if they were to be together. Told in first person with alternating points of view and flashbacks interspersed, this was a rich and emotional story of first love, first heartbreak, and second chances. The flashbacks were interwoven into the story in such a way as to never break the flow, the transitions being rather seamless and giving the reader a lovely glimpse into how the two boys fell in love and the way in which their relationship matured over the summers spent together. It also gave us a real window into the hell Linc’s home life was and how it shaped the man he became. These two men had to work for their happy ever after and were always mindful of the pitfalls ahead and for that reason alone, I think this novel really stands out as a beautiful story of healing and forgiveness. Read Sammy’s review in its entirety here.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dani Hodge

    #Replay #FaceTheMusic #DownwardSpiral #LincandJace Another AMAZING book by Author K.M. Neuhold!! Emotional, and full of sensitive subjects; Face the Music may not be for all readers, but I found it to be an amazing start to what looks to be an amazing new series! Jace and Lincoln are such deep character; I couldn't help but root for their HEA! This was a book that had me flipping the pages well into the night! If you are a fan of K.M. Neuhold or are reading her books for the first time, I can't #Replay #FaceTheMusic #DownwardSpiral #LincandJace Another AMAZING book by Author K.M. Neuhold!! Emotional, and full of sensitive subjects; Face the Music may not be for all readers, but I found it to be an amazing start to what looks to be an amazing new series! Jace and Lincoln are such deep character; I couldn't help but root for their HEA! This was a book that had me flipping the pages well into the night! If you are a fan of K.M. Neuhold or are reading her books for the first time, I can't recommend this story enough! I can't wait for the second book to come out! Hopefully we wont have to wait to long!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Nice second chances story. Linc's bi-polar diagnosis is something I've become quite familiar with in recent years, and Jace was very understanding. I have to say though that I would've thought someone should've picked up on it a helluva lot sooner...other band members, band manager, whoever....there was obviously a suicide attempt waiting to happen. Still not keen on present tense stories...3.5 stars rounded up.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gina Marie ~books are my drug of choice~

    As I read this book I picked up the clues that indicate real life major depression recurrent with hypomania, a form of bipolar disorder. I was impressed with how well done the show don't tell was. This book allowed the reader to reach that idea without being beat over the head with it. The fact that a character points out he has bipolar he is not the disorder. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Each finds a second chance at love during the band's hiatus which starts due to happenings a As I read this book I picked up the clues that indicate real life major depression recurrent with hypomania, a form of bipolar disorder. I was impressed with how well done the show don't tell was. This book allowed the reader to reach that idea without being beat over the head with it. The fact that a character points out he has bipolar he is not the disorder. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Each finds a second chance at love during the band's hiatus which starts due to happenings at the beginning of this book. The time changes are shown by the chapter name including side B, for the past and side A for the present. I really liked this because it kept the music theme going and was easier to notice and remember.

  15. 5 out of 5

    S

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Neither MC has any self-preservation. Both characters have things wrapped up in like 2 seconds. Oh I want to go to the cabin in Wisconsin, buy it for me, and three days later, he's there and owns it. Jace: OMG Lincoln is here, I hate him, I'm going to leave. Brother says, maybe you need closure. Oh hey, a split second later: you're right, I'll stay & start spending significant time with him. Boneheads, both of them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natosha Wilson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Trigger Warnings: self harm, description of abuse, mental illness, attempted suicide. This was an incredible read. I was blown away by the characters in this book and the love that these two men undoubtedly have for one another and the length one man went through in order to make sure the other man did not give up his dream. Even if he broke both their hearts in the process. Lincoln is a famous rock star. He has all the fame he could have wanted as a member of a band but he is not happy. Not by a Trigger Warnings: self harm, description of abuse, mental illness, attempted suicide. This was an incredible read. I was blown away by the characters in this book and the love that these two men undoubtedly have for one another and the length one man went through in order to make sure the other man did not give up his dream. Even if he broke both their hearts in the process. Lincoln is a famous rock star. He has all the fame he could have wanted as a member of a band but he is not happy. Not by a long shot. He pretty much goes through the motions of the day but he either feels to much to the point that it overwhelms him or he is walking around in a daze. After another time of almost losing his life to an unfortunate event, Lincoln decides maybe his manager is right and he needs a break from the band and the life as a rock star. Lincoln decides to go back to the place thay holds so many memories for him. It is a place that holds so many memories both good and some bad for him but also a place that he remembers as being the last place that he was truly happy as well, his family cabin that he went to as a child and teenager. Jace stills has memories of Lincoln. But the memories are what holds him back from fully committing to anyone else. That is why his latest relationship has felled because the one person that brings back all those memories is also the person who hurt him so badly. He is the person that Jace has never truly let go of and still loves but also hates at the same time. Lincoln. Lincoln broke Jace’s heart when he up and left him with out a breakwards thought. Now ten years later these two are about to come face to face once again and boy is things about to explode around them. There is so much unsaid between these to and so much pain that it will take an act of fate to make things right between them again. But there is another factor that the two are going to have to deal with as well and if not then it may just be what breaks them apart for good. This was an incredible read. I truly look forward to the upcoming books about the rest of the band members. There is just enough information given about the other members in this book to spark an interest in them but not enough to give away what is about to come next. I know that if the books are half as good as this one then we, as readers, are in for a bumpy ride. Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Ciorciari-marinich

    KM is giving us a new series about a band named Downward Spiral. The first story in the series is about Lincoln and Jace. It starts off as Lincoln in such emotional pain since he thought making it big would heal his heart. He figures out quickly that all the money won't make you whole. Lincoln spends his time dreaming of what could have been if he never left Jace behind but he thinks you can never go home again. Jace and Lincoln promised each other forever when they were 17 but life happens and w KM is giving us a new series about a band named Downward Spiral. The first story in the series is about Lincoln and Jace. It starts off as Lincoln in such emotional pain since he thought making it big would heal his heart. He figures out quickly that all the money won't make you whole. Lincoln spends his time dreaming of what could have been if he never left Jace behind but he thinks you can never go home again. Jace and Lincoln promised each other forever when they were 17 but life happens and when Lincoln is on his way to making it big, he leaves Jace behind. Now it is 10 years later and both men need to get away from life for awhile. They both wind up at the summer houses where they met all those years ago. Jace tried to move on when Lincoln broke his heart years ago but knows that he was the love of his life. When his girlfriend breaks up with him, he decides to go to the summer cabin for a vacation. Little does he know that Lincoln is on his way there too. When they see each other for the first time, Jace can't believe it and runs away. He then realizes that it is time to get some answers from Lincoln so he can move on with his life. We get both POV's in the story which I always love because we get to read how both men are feeling. The story plays out where both men need to come to terms with what happened all those years ago and decide if they move on together. Lincoln has to own up to issues he has and be willing to go for help, which he does with Jace's help. Both men still love each other and you can see that on how the story evolves. In the end, Lincoln decides that his home is with Jace and he still wants his band so he comes p with a plan for both. The other members of the band Lando, Jude and Benji will get their stories told and I for one can't wait to read them. All in all a good first book to set up this series. *ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by KM Neuhold from Alpha Book Club

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    ~ 3.5 Stars ~ Face the Music is the first book in a new series about the members of a rock band that somehow all get their happily ever after in the form of second chance romances during a much-needed break to recharge and keep going. In this book, it’s Lincoln who gets his second chance with his childhood best friend, Jace, who was also Lincoln’s first boyfriend. There is a certain amount of struggle for them to get over past hurts and betrayals, but it was necessary that they go through that f ~ 3.5 Stars ~ Face the Music is the first book in a new series about the members of a rock band that somehow all get their happily ever after in the form of second chance romances during a much-needed break to recharge and keep going. In this book, it’s Lincoln who gets his second chance with his childhood best friend, Jace, who was also Lincoln’s first boyfriend. There is a certain amount of struggle for them to get over past hurts and betrayals, but it was necessary that they go through that first in order to make a new start together. I very much appreciated the realistic way that Lincoln’s mental health was dealt with. I won’t tell you what the diagnosis was, but if you have the slightest knowledge about it, you will figure it out for yourselves pretty easily and pretty early on. There was no magic cure even if there were no setbacks and everything went smoothly from the start, which I don’t imagine happens in real life, and he had a long road ahead of him, but the overall message was full of hope. Jace was amazing with his support and encouragement and exactly what Lincoln needed to turn his life around and start living again. One of the things I liked the most about this story is how every book in the series seems to be taking place at the same time. I’m just speculating here, based on what I read in this book, but if I’m right, I’m even more excited for the rest of the guys to get their stories! There is an endless opportunity for scenes to be told from different perspectives or to leave us wondering from one book to the next until we get the whole story behind a scene we already read about. It happened here a few times and one that pops up in my mind is a phone call where Benji picked up laughing. I hope we see that same phone call from Benji’s POV and learn what had him in such a good mood. The same goes for Archer too with his secret smiles. Important note: The warnings in the blurb weren’t put there just for show; read them and take them into serious consideration before you open this book. Reviewed by Ky for The Novel Approach

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda at WickedGoodReads

    Lincoln and Jace…. I can’t even begin to give this book the justice it deserves, but I will try. First and foremost, this is a story of young love. But, also love lost, and the second chance some of us are lucky enough to get. When Lincoln walked out on Jace….each of their worlds changed. Jace went on with this life, as did Lincoln. But the choice Lincoln made to leave was by far, the hardest he has ever made. And it crushed him. Sure, he’s a rock star. But there was only ever one man for him. He's Lincoln and Jace…. I can’t even begin to give this book the justice it deserves, but I will try. First and foremost, this is a story of young love. But, also love lost, and the second chance some of us are lucky enough to get. When Lincoln walked out on Jace….each of their worlds changed. Jace went on with this life, as did Lincoln. But the choice Lincoln made to leave was by far, the hardest he has ever made. And it crushed him. Sure, he’s a rock star. But there was only ever one man for him. He's just going through the motions of life, barely existing. Lincoln suffer’s from mental illness. It is very evident with the self destructive behaviors he has, the drinking, the depression and the manic episodes. Everyone worries about him and he KNOWS something is wrong, but once the darkness comes, it takes him to places even his mind can’t get him out. The author did an excellent job writing about mental illness. I loved everything about this story. The character’s and the pain they have suffered at the hands of the other, the love they felt and feel, the way they make their way back to each other. Everything was so very beautiful and it destroyed me. I cried reading this, and I am not lying to you when I say I read this book in one day because it sucked me in from the get go. But I loved this book hard, and I can’t wait for more in the series simply because I NEED to know how my men are doing after that last chapter. *don’t worry it’s not a cliffy and they get their HEA but I still NEED more from these guys.

  20. 5 out of 5

    SMJC

    Ugh, such a sad story !!! Don't get me wrong, it's super well written. I found the main characters to be very likable, and you could totally see the connection they share. The author did a great job giving us little glimpses here and there of what Lincoln was going through, and oh boy, did I feel for him. You also got the sense that Jace adored him, was truly his other half, and when things got tough, he stuck by him. I find this author likes to do a lot of bisexual characters in her books, and Ugh, such a sad story !!! Don't get me wrong, it's super well written. I found the main characters to be very likable, and you could totally see the connection they share. The author did a great job giving us little glimpses here and there of what Lincoln was going through, and oh boy, did I feel for him. You also got the sense that Jace adored him, was truly his other half, and when things got tough, he stuck by him. I find this author likes to do a lot of bisexual characters in her books, and I think I'm ok with that, although I'm used to more gay romance. The only reason this book didn't get 5 stars from me, was the way the chapters were set up. I get that you know, it's all music related, but the chapters are titled as tracks, with a side A or B, and then they have a title, but they also switch between past & present. It was just a bit too much. I get it was probably a way to make the book more unique but it was just too much. I can't wait to read the rest of the series, and get glimpses of what Linc & Jace's life is like.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nat ReadingAllNite

    Could have used more depth. This was a decent effort at depicting a person, in this case Lincoln, with a long-undiagnosed bi-polar condition. Maybe that’s a spoiler but the description of his problems makes it quite obvious early on. I couldn’t quite see how he survived for ten years the way he was depicted or why no one around him pushed harder for him to get help. Information around all that was kind of skimmed over. Jace came around pretty quickly once he reconnects with Lincoln. The author u Could have used more depth. This was a decent effort at depicting a person, in this case Lincoln, with a long-undiagnosed bi-polar condition. Maybe that’s a spoiler but the description of his problems makes it quite obvious early on. I couldn’t quite see how he survived for ten years the way he was depicted or why no one around him pushed harder for him to get help. Information around all that was kind of skimmed over. Jace came around pretty quickly once he reconnects with Lincoln. The author used a lot of flashbacks to show their past, not my favorite device. There’s quite a few sex scenes, not sparking much reaction from me unfortunately and I skimmed a few of those. Its not a badly written book by any means and was easy reading but the narrative style just didn’t engage me enough.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Earlyn

    Linc and Jace A hard topic to cover. Self harming and depression, and just to make things more difficult bipolar. That was the struggle that Linc went through most of his adult. Linc and Jace met when they were kids and when they teenagers they fell in love and promised to be each other's forever. Linc got a record deal left Jace . Forward ten years and by faith they meet again. Feelings never left but learning to trust and dealing with mental issues. This was so well written showing the triggers and Linc and Jace A hard topic to cover. Self harming and depression, and just to make things more difficult bipolar. That was the struggle that Linc went through most of his adult. Linc and Jace met when they were kids and when they teenagers they fell in love and promised to be each other's forever. Linc got a record deal left Jace . Forward ten years and by faith they meet again. Feelings never left but learning to trust and dealing with mental issues. This was so well written showing the triggers and coping skills. With Jace love and support we see a different Linc. I felt Lincoln's struggle especially when the darkness took over. Good read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Wells

    I really love the ideas in this book. There's such good substance to each of the characters, and their situations. I just felt the dialogue really needed to be tightened. It didn't feel natural for a lot of it - like they were hitting story beats, rather than having real conversations. The build/climax was also a little lacking for me, even though there was a lot of potential. In my humble opinion, the book could be DAMN good if it went through one more re-write - focusing on dialogue, and tight I really love the ideas in this book. There's such good substance to each of the characters, and their situations. I just felt the dialogue really needed to be tightened. It didn't feel natural for a lot of it - like they were hitting story beats, rather than having real conversations. The build/climax was also a little lacking for me, even though there was a lot of potential. In my humble opinion, the book could be DAMN good if it went through one more re-write - focusing on dialogue, and tightening up the story arc especially at 3/4.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Moore

    I truly enjoyed the story, it had a lot of feels. I loved both Lincoln and Jace. I love a second chance romance. My only complaint was I wish there had been a fight between them before getting back together. I think in needed to get ugly before it could get better. I think the author handle the mental illness with grace and they had a solid HFN finish. I hope we get an amazing epilogue for them all on the last book of the series!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I liked this book, but maybe not quite as much as Heathens Ink. I kind of felt like Linc's cutting could have been handled a little better. I don't know that much about it myself but I do know it's a serious issue. I'm not saying Mrs. Neuhold didn't treat it seriously; I am just not sure if someone would be doing as well as he was so shortly after Linc being diagnosed as Bipolar. There was a thread of sadness throughout the story that followed through all the way to the end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    An excellent romance about second chances. I can't wait for the next book in the series. K.M. Neuhold is a new author to me and I will definitely be checking out more of her books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ada

    I cried a lot like .. very much

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I’m gonna take a mini break before I read the next book. Good story they where both just a little whiny for me. Definitely happy for Lincoln getting a chance at a second chance and a HEA with Jace!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I’ve read this author before. This is a mm contemporary story between a rock star Linc and a nerd Jace. Second chance love. This is the first book in the series. I’ll read more from this author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    3.5 stars I put this book off because of the self-harm aspect. When I decided to pick it up I didn't put it down. I couldn't wait to see if Jace would forgive Lincoln, when Lincoln would figure out his issues, and what happened to the other band mates. It was a good book.

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