Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers– and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams–made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.
Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he’s hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn’t flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that’s not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav’s help–but Trav’s not sure he’s going to survive falling in love with Mackey.
Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn’t do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey’s past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.
Review: I was nervous going into this one. I expected to cry and be heartbroken. The Grant bits were certainly sad, but more because you get a real understanding about how he felt as a young man all those years ago. He really thought he was stuck and doing what he could. The result destroyed two men. Not just Mackey. I remember feeling that when we got some page time with him in Part 1. That I should hate him, but I couldn’t. I was angry, but I think as this serial goes on you heal because Mackey does. Not completely. I’m hoping that happens in the next book. Or at least they all get some closure and get to move on.
We’re also reminded what a POS of shit town the brothers come from. Travis finally sees it first hand, and I think it helps remind you why Grant chose his path. Not everyone is brave, and he paid the price for his decision. It’s kind of heartbreaking, but beautiful that in his relatively short life he knew love. No worries that Mackey will have a change of heart in this book. He’s pretty firm on who he’s currently in love with. This was my biggest worry going into this book.
What was surprising and a little scary is that Travis breaks in this book. Just a little. You expect Mackey to. You expect Trav to be his rock. He tries to be but hating the dying shell of a man in front of him and realizing how things were back in the day really confuse him. It’s strange and seemed right that he finally be the one out of control. Not totally out of control. He did get arrested but it’s Trav we’re talking about here. Mackey did surprisingly well considering all the things that went down in this book. I think he faced a lot of things he didn’t think he could. We’re left wondering if the relationship is doomed in this part 6 but no way are Trav and Mackey staying apart. They’re too damn good together.
We also get the added bonus of a new couple in this book! And they’re the bonus story. I’m loving them together. Brilliant! I’d read their story, too. Another great instalment.