My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this story!
Scott King swore off rock stardom after his band, King Phoenix, crashed and burned. Now in his forties, Scott lives a quiet life as a music producer and session guitarist. But in a box hidden in his wardrobe lie the relics of the past he left behind—a past filled with drugs, booze, and broken hearts. For sixteen years, Scott has had no contact with his former band mates, so when he’s asked to play at a benefit gig for King Phoenix’s old sound man, his world turns upside down. A King Phoenix reunion means a run-in with Scott’s ex, Ash Walker—and sixteen years ago, believing Ash wanted to leave the band, Scott OD’d and almost died.
Since then, Scott has ruthlessly suppressed his feelings. As a result, he’s completely unprepared for the impact of seeing Ash again, or for dealing with his emotions about the band’s demise. He definitely didn’t expect Ash to want to start up where they left off. Now Scott has to decide between his safe existence and the twenty-year-old love song that could cost him his sobriety—and his heart.
So what did I think?
It was emotionally involving from the very beginning, with both main characters so easy to love. It was fascinating to get to know Scott and Ash in their early twenties, before fame and to then see them in their forties. The impact of their parting was obvious, how they had moved forward and changed but not forgotten one another.
The sense of anticipation in the first half of the book was enormous, I was nervous and tense knowing something big was going to happen, something that would part Ash and Scott and keep them from each other for 16 years. The second half of the book was spent hoping and praying that they would have their happy ending.
“Why wouldn’t you coming back now scare me? Right from the minute I met you, I’ve never been able to control how I felt about you. For sixteen years, my whole life has been about control.”
“After sixteen years you walk into a room and make me want to throw away everything I’ve worked for, every bit of willpower I have, just to kiss you again. What will happen if I give in to that, the one thing I want most? Will I give in to everything else too? I can’t risk it. I can’t risk going through that again. If I lose control, this time it’ll kill me, I swear it. It’ll kill me.”
As a Sydneysider, it was interesting to read a book set in all the places I have been, referring to local TV, food, and places.
I will definitely be checking out more from this author.
For more information on Meredith Shayne and her books, check out her website.