Title: Metal Heart
Author: Meredith Shayne
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Buy Link Metal Heart
Length: 264 pages
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: A very good story of how two young lovers striving to realize their dreams can lose sight of what they really need.
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 bandmates, 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.
What do I want when I read a rocker romance? Sex, drugs and rock & roll… of course. :cooler: Seriously though, I do want to read about their lavish lifestyle. I want to see the crazy antics, the excess, and the jaded stars. Metal Heart has exactly what I wanted.
It begins with a phone call asking Scott to do a reunion concert with the band he hasn’t seen in 16 years. The band had a nasty break up, but that was nothing compared to the break up of Scott and the lead singer, Ash. Scott knows he has to do the concert, but it’s going to take every ounce of his strength to face Ash again. Scott is left unbalanced by the phone call. He pulls out the box of memories he hid in his closet so long ago. As he looks through the contents, he begins to reminisce about the past, and the book jumps back in time.
I’m not sure how I feel about the way the book began. Here I was reading this wonderful romance about two guileless young guys falling in love. Through hard work and good luck they were finally getting the chance to realize their dream of being rock stars. They were young, they were happy, and they were in love. It was everything I wanted, but the entire time I was reading, I knew it was all going to self-destruct. I didn’t know exactly what would cause the break up, but I knew it was coming and it was going to be bad. It was like this huge black cloud hanging over my head. I loved what I was reading, but my anxiety didn’t allow me to fully enjoy it. Once the break up finally happened, and the story moved back to present day, it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
The book jumps back into present day with the first meeting between Scott and Ash. Sixteen years apart didn’t do anything to heal the pain of the past. There was a lot of hurt, anger, and bitterness between Ash and Scott. I mean really, Scott almost died of an overdose one night and the man Scott loved took off and Scott never heard from him again! They were going to have a nasty reunion. I would never have believed a happy, forgive and forget type of reunion. Those first few encounters weren’t pretty, but they felt genuine, so it worked for me.
My one complaint was with the ending. Scott and Ash had spent so much time arguing and avoiding each other that I had a hard time adjusting to them being suddenly back together. I knew it was going to happen, I wanted it to happen, but there wasn’t enough to convince me they could make it work long term. I was left wanting more, either a couple more chapters or the promise of a sequel, because the ending didn’t feel complete.
Metal Heart is one of the better rocker romances I’ve read. The cast of characters were great. I love Scott and Ash, flaws and all. The other band members helped to balance them out and kept it real. My favorite side characters were Scott’s sister and niece. It was fantastic to see two strong women portrayed in such a positive way. Their love and support of Scott added so much to the story. They made it bigger and better.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good rocker romance.