Title: Paint It Black (Beneath the Stain #2)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 13th 2019
Page Count: 496 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 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?
Oh my gosh this is such an incredible read. Now first and foremost, Trigger Warnings: attempted suicide, rape, drug use, depression. Now with those stated let me say that this book is somewhat of a darker read but it is one of those books that starts with someone broken, damaged but learns the importance of life, family and love. So even though it starts out darker it ends happier!! I truly loved this book. I do not remember reading the first book in this series but I will definitely be doing that. And I will most definitely be reading the next book when it comes out.
Cheever is the youngest brother to most of “Outbreak Monkey”. Outbreak Monkey is finally making a real go at things and even though they have made things better money wise for their families, it has not helped Cheever with bullying at school and also some much darker aspects of having an out and proud older rock star brother. Cheever has pretty much closed himself off to everyone, especially his family from a very young age. Not because he doesn’t love his family but more as a survival instinct for him.
Cheever’s family has never understood why he pulled away and refuses to let them be a part of his life but they will not give up trying. The one thing that Cheever has always fallen back on is his art. His art is his life. So when his college professor makes it known that she believes that Cheever has no talent he has a complete and total break down.
When Heather, Cheever’s Mom, calls frantic about Cheever going through all his school money in a very short time, Blake (one of the members of the band) takes it upon himself to track Cheever down to see what his problem is. Mackey (Cheever’s older brother) was hurt during a performance around the same time this call came in so Blake knew it was up to him to find Cheever.
Blake expected to find the same spoiled brat that he has come to think of Cheever but what he finds instead shakes Blake to the core. And in turn brings up all kinds of demons for Blake as well.
Can Blake and the whole Outbreak Monkey family work together to figure out what exactly is going on with Cheever? How is Blake going to handle the things from his past now that those demons are back in the forefront?
This book is such a sad to happy read. It is heartbreaking but at the same time a book about hope and new beginnings. Make sure you heed the trigger warnings because the images are VERY GRAPHIC. So those warnings are not to be taken lightly! I truly look forward to going back to read the first book in this series but I also look forward to reading the next book as it comes out. Amy Lane definitely did an incredible job on this book!!