Beneath The Stain by Amy Lane

Beneath The Stain by Amy Laneon 2014-10-17
Pages: 350
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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.

Beneath the StainBeneath the Stain by Amy Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For the five people who wouldn’t tell me the end, I’m so mad at y’all.

So here’s the thing, I stay clear away from Amy Lane if I can help it. She is the bringer of angsty heartbreak. I barely deal with angst, and I know if I want to go through a box of kleenex then grab a A.L. novel and rock out. I’ve had this book since the series came out. I honestly don’t think I planned on reading it. Well I started reading, and I feel completely madly in love with Mackey & Grant. Ugh!!!! Why give me this greatness and take it away! Damn you Amy Lane! I went through so many levels of anger while I was reading this. It’s one thing for the story to be upsetting, it’s another for me to be crying for the last 20%. Oh man, her books need to come with some sort of warning.This book will leave you crying on the floor. Expect puddles of tears

We need a band of misfits in the beginning of the series. All the guys warmed a way in my heart. Stevie & Jefferson, I loved these two. I would really read a book about these two. I like the Kell that was at the end of the story. The mature Kell is a very sweet man. I even like Trav. I love Mackey & Grant. There was something so magical about these two. I didn’t see this love throughout the book except for these two.

Amy Lane was able to have all these wonderful backstories involving these guys. She was able to wove a thread between each guy. She was about to write realistic fiction surrounding these characters. It wasn’t just about the guys, it was about the people who brought them into this world who let them down. I want to RAGE at the whole town of Tyson California except Heather & The Music store owner. I am a sucker for hurt/comfort stories, she delivered on that front.

While, I enjoyed the story I might be in the minority on the relationship between Mackey & Trav. I didn’t like it, didn’t want it. It’s like you playing with your favorite toy and here comes Amy Lane taking it away, breaking it and giving you back this disfigured illusion of your perfect toy. That’s how I would describe what she did to my heart. I can’t give away the plot because it would ruin it. I’m not a happy camper at the end of this though. What about Mackey & Grant? What did they win?

About Amy Lane

Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.


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