Paint It Black (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Paint It Black (Beneath the Stain #2)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 13th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 496
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Everybody thinks Mackey Sanders’s Outbreak Monkey is the last coming of Rock ’n’ Roll Jesus, but Cheever Sanders can’t wait to make a name for himself where nobody expects him to fill his famous brothers’ shoes. He’s tired of living in their shadow.

Blake Manning has been one of Outbreak Monkey’s lead guitarists for ten years. He got this gig on luck and love, not talent. So hearing that Cheever is blowing through Outbreak Monkey’s hard-earned money in an epic stretch of partying pisses him off.

Blake shows up at Cheever’s nonstop orgy to enforce some rules, but instead of a jaded punk, he finds a lost boy as talented at painting as Mackey is at song-making, and terrified to let anybody see the real him. Childhood abuse and a suicide attempt left Cheever on the edge of survival—a place Blake knows all too well.

Both men have to make peace with being second banana in the public eye. Can they find the magic of coming absolute first with each other?

Amy Lane just has this way of squeezing your heart until all the feelings ooze out, then she fills it back up and squeezes again.

Gah. If I was a crier, I’m positive I’d have used an entire box of tissues during this book.

First things first.. you have to read Behind the Stain first. This isn’t a stand alone. And if you haven’t read Behind the Stain, you need to.

This was Cheever and Blake’s story and it was an emotional roller-coaster like no other. Well, actually, similar to BtS but also completely different. There were so many pieces of this story to love, including the wives, the kids, the friends, the fish, the words, the songs and the depth of emotion.

I love when the characters are so genuinely done for by love that they don’t even have to imagine a day in the future that they are apart. So few authors have this ability to write characters like this and pull it off, but Amy Lane is one.

This story was chilling and deep, the emotions ran high and at the end of the day, it’s a major game changer. Loved it all.

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Galley copy of Paint It Black (Beneath the Stain #2) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday