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- Publication Date : August 6, 2020
- File Size : 1926 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 244 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08C5J9ST1
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #896,875 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This series starter is about a thirty-year-old successful stockbroker named Asher Bernthal who finds joy and fulfillment in what he doesn't do during office hours: make music with his band, Signal Fire. He and his bandmates have reached a certain level of comfort with one another, with each one knowing their role and the routine that they've created. But when their drummer get sick, he's taken aback when he's informed by one of his bandmates that they've got a temporary replacement ready and raring to go: twenty-three-year-old Lucas Carlson. The younger man is only in Chicago for a summer internship, but that's all it takes for both their lives to change.
Whatever it was that I thought this book was going to be about turned out to be so much more, so I've purposely tried to keep the details of the story line as limited as possible because, hello, spoiler-ville, and I really want readers to experience Asher and Lucas's story as it happens WHILE they read the book. I loved seeing how these main characters evolved as their lives merged and diverged. Their story developed in a way that I felt was necessary because they did have to come to certain realizations and sometimes that can only happen after you go through situations and events, both good and not-so-good. Zoe Lee may have been a new-to-me author, but now, I can't wait to read more from her and the Local Beats series. Ex-Bandmates snags five stars.
I was blown out of the water with this story and it totally took me by surprise but in the best way ever!
Asher is a 30-year-old broker who has a band that is popular. Music is his true outlet and even though they will probably never reach fame and fortune, he is extremely passionate about his art. He is wonderfully brash and has a bit of a tart tongue which causes him to often speak his mind. Asher also has difficulty in expressing his true emotions despite how forthright he can be.
Lucas is a brilliant drummer, seven years younger than Asher. He will be subbing for their sick bandmate during the summer. Lucas is working on a master’s degree in IT much to his parent’s disgust. Most parental units would want their child to achieve great educational and secure career goals. His parents think he is wasting his time and should make his living playing the drums. They want to capitalize on his talent and that turns Lucas off. Add to the mix that he has some serious hang-ups about performing, which I will let you discover because it is an important element to the story. Lucas suffers from poor self-esteem which is so sad because he is such a unique and animated individual. He tends to ramble and can be loud which unfortunately causes some people to discredit him. I instantly liked Lucas and over time felt very protective over him.
At first, I really didn’t appreciate Asher but boy, did I do a full turnaround with my initial opinion. He is sweet and tender under his lacquered appearance. I adored how beautifully he treated Lucas and I knew these two were absolutely destined to be together.
I must confess that at first the book was very slow reading but after a while, I was enraptured by this story of two lost souls connecting over music. Asher coaxes more music out of Lucas as he is in awe of the younger man’s talent. Together they sing and record their special connection to each other. Unfortunately, a sacred trust is breached and Lucas is devastated. Asher meant to build up Lucas’s confidence but his good intentions get horribly mixed up. The angst was so genuine as was the intense emotions each man felt.
Misunderstandings and hurt threaten to overcome both of these incredible men and I was so vested in their relationship, I ached for them.
I will sum up this book in one word – refreshing. The author took a much-used element in romance stories and somehow made it feel brand new. I can’t expand on why I feel this way as I don’t want to spoil any of the plot. I urge you to visit these special men and I know I will reread this book as I just can’t let it go. Now I wait patiently for the next story from this amazing author. Happy Reading!
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement.***