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- File size : 2580 KB
- Publication date : October 23, 2018
- Publisher : Plain Jane Books (October 23, 2018)
- ASIN : B07H3M1XJ8
- Print length : 452 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,452 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Most disappointing for me was the h. Stella started off as sassy and independent but she quickly became too moony and love struck around the H. I also felt that given her knowledge of John and his condition that she gave up far too easily when he threw her out, particularly given her job which required empathy. She knew what he was doing but didn't stick with him and help him work through it.
The one positive in this story for me is the portrayal of depression which from my limited experience rang true.
Finally the number of typos and missed out words and mixed up sentence structures was really annoying. This is forgivable for an indie author but Ms Callihan is well established though I note this book is published by an independent publisher Plain Jane; they clearly aren't doing their job very well.
In short, I didn't buy the attraction between these two characters and the strange circumstances around their lives and relationship. I suppose I will end up finishing this book someday if I find myself interested in Brenna's book which, based on the excerpt included, it's hard to say.
The fall between Jax and Stella felt realistic and though it had fumbling moments those are the ones that made it the best. Acknowleding theose feelings that simmered is something else, there was a comfort and intimacy in their interactions. I honestly loved them together., they accepted each other flaws and all. Stella was awesome and cares a lot, a good egg. Jax got under her skin but it's Stella that made an impression in her quirks. What I loved about this story is that it comes from the heart and something meaningful to the author as well. Jax underneath his charm and persona lies someone who has dark moments he battles through. Everyone has struggles we don't always see, Stella's job as a friend is unusual everyone needs a friend though and she does too.
I loved the Kill John band members little bits in this, those guy are fun. Scottie still amuses me to no end. The friendship between the guys is also strong and great to see. The way Kristen Callihan wrote this story is beautiful and heartfelt romance with a poignant message. I'm excited for more of this series.
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Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I love a good rock star romance, but though there are thousands in that genre good ones are few and far between. Trawling though some time back I came across the first in this series and fell in love with this band. Bought that, and book two – which is still my favourite- and now bought book three. In between review copies, KU and the loads of free books offered its pretty rare I actually spend money on a book, but this series are ones to read and re-read and well worth twice the price.
So this time its Jax, or John as he introduces himself to Stella. Poor John keeps things deep inside, plays the happy, light and fun guy, hiding his sadness, but just before the start of this series he tried to kill himself and it brought the band to their knees.
They're slowly recovering but John is a work in progress, still carefully finding his way forward and feeling so guilty for what he sees as letting his friends down.
The depression factors in this story are really well handled, I understood John and his feelings so well, and of course seeing the impact potential suicide has, it changes everyone in the vicinity. Its hard to imagine being that much in despair but when you feel so down that everything seems pointless its looks like a way out, if you're just tired of the struggle getting through each day becomes. Thankfully John was found in time and has been getting some excellent help. What made it feel very real though was despite that he's still struggling, some books make counselling a miracle cure and its not, it gives people tools but the change has to come from them and it takes a lot of time and support.
You'd think a book with the MC going through this would be grim, but its not, its full of humour, sharp one liners, ongoing jokes and the Chlamydia incident gave rise to some wonderful humour. Gabriel threatening Sex Ed for them all, the Gritty Kitty phrase, John's horror at having Brenna know about it. It was humour within a serious issue and one so sadly ignored often. I've read thousands of books, and this is only the second time I've heard dental dams mentioned....its a very important topic.
Its a story full of vitality, shows what a support good friends are, and of course I loved seeing the gang again, ( Whip and Brenna, that mystery really tweaks at me, it gets hinted at more and more and I so hope we find out soon). It was great seeing the softer side of Gabriel, baby Felix, Killian's pets, all the little everyday fun parts that lifted this book. Of course there's a good deal of steam here, the sexual tension between them can be felt right from the Mint Ice-cream Incident. ( You may take my Oreos but you'll never get my mint choc chip) They're not down and dirty straight off though, but a gradual simmering build up, so that when they do finally get there its incredible, shocks them both just how good they are together. I like that, books which have MCs in bed within the first few pages sometimes work, but more often have me skipping pages and chunks of text, bored with the repetitive sex scenes. Here that didn't happen, everything was so perfectly paced.
Johns past and current issues are so serious, but though they guide the direction of the book they don't make it dull, sad reading, but just give a balance to it, make the characters feel more real. I can imagine these people, their actions, mistakes, words, feel so genuine.
That kind of thing makes a book work for me. Intelligent characters, not grunting, monosyllabic alpha males, ladies that are inspiring, work hard to overcome difficult circumstances, not just flutter eyelids at said Alpha males and expect to be taken care of.
Stella, she really was a star, a fabulous character. She was the perfect foil to John, they were each what the other needed, someone each could depend on, not someone watching John's every move expecting him to regress, but a friends, someone who saw beyond his issues, and she didn't need him to support her financially, she'd do that herself, but to just Be there when she needed someone, though it took a while before he could believe in himself enough to be that man.
It really is a fabulous series, and for me on a par with the fabulous Kylie Scott and the Stage Dive guys and ladies.
Stars: Its a five, as are all three books for me. A welcome rock star read that has intelligent characters.
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It would have been good if the author gave more background on the hero's depression and history.
The only thing I disliked and which had me wrinkling my nose in disgust was the fact John/Jax was a manwhore and the bed hopping was mentioned a lot. I like the fact he had been celibate for a little while, even if the reason for this was a STD scare. It would be nice if a romance book had a rocker/musician who didn't need to be washed in a bath with a pinch of Dettol. My mood and the interactions between the MCs meant this didn't have steam coming out of my ears.
I enjoyed seeing Gabriel with his little one in this - sigh, so cute.
Potential Triggers: Reference to attempted suicide and mental health - depression.
And what a story she delivered!!!
I’m so glad that the mental health issues weren’t sugar coated or glossed over in any way, we see both John & Stella struggle with one form or another in terms of their mental health. It gave me comfort knowing that other people go through the same issues as me. Now I know they’re fictional characters but there is so much emotion and raw feeling in these characters that you know Kristen has drawn from experience.
This book will give you butterflies, let you fall in love, make you want to comfort those who are hurting and restore your faith in humanity. Thoroughly deserving of 5 stars - brilliant read ❤️💙
This one made me cry at one point when Killian and Jax have their first real talk about Jax's suicide attempt. I love the bond between the boys. Stella is such a well written heroine - I wanted to give her a hug, she seemed so alone at times. Thank goodness for mint choc chip ice cream....
Ms Callihan consistently delivers top class stories with characters that you can't help but fall in love with.
Stella is a really lovely character. She is interesting and interested in others, she engages with those around her and tries to help those in need before they ask, because she knows what it is like to be in need. Her mother died when she was a pre-teen and her grifter father took her in and minimally raised her. He then left her when she was 18 and was never seen again. She is lonely and isolated and has no friends she can completely rely on.
The two meet on the night of a big snow storm, when they are both shopping for groceries and end up fighting over the last tub of mint chocolate ice cream. To distract Jax, Stella kisses him and steals the ice cream before running away. Jax is fascinated by her very ordinariness. Stella sees him as someone completely out of his league. They think they will never meet again until a couple of days later when Stella moves in next door to Jax as she is house/pet sitting for his band mate.
This book really captures the nature of early days of a relationship, when you are captivated with each other, with finding out everything about the other person and feeling like they are the most wonderful person in the world. It captures the slow build up of sexual tension as you get to know each other’s desires before acting on them. It’s delicious. All the time there is an undercurrent of sadness, of insecurity and a need to belong. We are shown how depressed people can be happy right up until they are not. When they hit a rut it can so overwhelming they don’t know how to cope and they thrash around hurting those around them. It’s so real to read this kind of story that it doesn’t matter that it’s about a rock star. It feels down to earth and believable at the same time as being a little fun and ridiculous.
It’s a wonderful book, but you might want to keep the tissues near by, just in case.