Face the Music (Jia’s Review)


Title: Face the Music (Replay #1)
Author: K.M. Neuhold
Publisher: Self
Release Date: May 20th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 294 pages
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Lincoln
I thought there was only one thing I needed to make me happy. I was so sure becoming a rock star would heal the dark corners inside me. But every time I walk onto the stage, with a roaring crowd screaming my name, all I can think about is the boy I left behind. All I want to do is rewind and make a different choice.

Jace
I thought I hated Lincoln when he ghosted me ten years ago and destroyed my heart. I thought I hated him when he wrote a chart-topping hit about our idyllic young love. But I’ve never hated him as much as I do right now, standing in front of me like he has every right to be in my world again. He’s not the rock god I thought he was…he’s still that same lost boy I used to love. Can I ever trust him with my heart again?


Lincoln and the whole band is sent on a vacation after yet another incident, as they call it, where he almost dies. The band is struggling and it’s uncertain weather they will continue or disband. Lincoln chooses to go back to the cabin where he used to spend his summers together with his best friend turned ex-boyfriend, Jace who he left without a single word of explanation. Since then he hasn’t been back.

Jace also comes back there after his girlfriend dumps him to try and sort through his feelings. She claimed he didn’t love her the way she deserved and Jace never forgot his first love. When they meet, Jace is told that this is his chance of getting the closure he needs to move on, but it tuns out it isn’t quite that easy and Jace can’t help being drawn in by Lincoln and worried about Lincoln’s behaviour.

My thoughts on this book goes two ways because I like it and a few times my eyes teared up but at the same time I have some issues with it.

Lincoln acted like a jerk no doubt about it even though he meant well. Jace is cautious, understandably. They both suffered a lot because of Lincoln’s decision and both still have feelings for each other. There is one scene which for me is a warning sign and something to seriously consider if getting involved with someone but Jace goes all in and thankfully Lincoln isn’t the manipulative kind. However Jace does seem easily swayed, as he excepts and does what his brother and best friend tells him he should do without much thought.

I don’t want to spoil anything but at times I do wonder if it really goes that fast…

The language is easy and rather stripped of descriptions. It’s in first person perspective from both Lincoln and Jace, the changes between them happens often and so does the time jumps back and forth which can be a bit confusing at times. For me it disrupts the flow of the story and I’m not a fan of being told the story as it often feels when it’s in first person perspective. I also found the ending to be a little bit abrupt and to fast-paced.

This book has some dark moments and if you are easily triggered by self-harm and suicide thoughts this book might not be the one for you.

Face the music entertained me enough to also want to read the coming books in this series.

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Reading, to me, is as close to an addiction as one can come without crossing the line… completely. I read a lot, and many different genres. For me, stories have to be realistic and logical, within the perimeter set up by the author.
I don’t care for unnecessary angst and poorly researched facts or first person perspective in stories as most often I feel like I’m being told the story over a cup of coffee in that case. It’s even worse if the story has multiple first person point of views it changes between.
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