Title: Paint It Black (Beneath the Stain #2)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 13th 2019
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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About Amy Lane
Amy Lane is a mother of two grown kids, two half-grown kids, two small dogs, and half-a-clowder of cats. A compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head, she adores fur-babies, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckleheaded macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever or sometimes for no reason at all. Her award-winning writing has three flavors: twisty-purple alternative universe, angsty-orange contemporary, and sunshine-yellow happy. By necessity, she has learned to type like the wind. She’s been married for twenty-five-plus years to her beloved Mate and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.
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