Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: The one lesson that Trav’s learned with the band’s return to Tyson is that it should be hard to say good-bye.
Mackey, Kell, Jefferson, and Stevie have to say good-bye to the person who helped make them and break them. They have to say good-bye to their bitterness and anger, and they have to say good-bye to lingering hope that one of the best parts of their childhood can be with them always.
But in the last two years they’ve grown a lot—and maybe they’ve grown enough to say good-bye to the past without forgetting it, and to embrace a future that they won’t regret.
Review: Beneath the Stain is officially my favorite Amy Lane book. I just love Mackey and Travis together. They finally hash it all out and profess their love for each other. We all know it. They know it, but of course they have to figure it all out their own way. I love how volatile they feel as a couple, but you have the safety net of knowing there’s no way in hell they won’t be together. No matter what life throws at them.
Also in this book is the big goodbye to Grant. I kind of thought this was going to happen a few parts ago, but it finally happens in this story. AND it hurts. It hurts because his story is tragic and sad. Brought on him by the people who claimed to love him. The first and final instalments of this serial were the most emotional for me. Both feature Grant. When it hurts Mackey it seems to hurt the most. The way Mackey handles himself in Part 7 just makes you love him more. He’s still the outrageous guy we’ve come to love, but he won’t break. This book is very much about closure and moving on. For all the guys.
This is such an awesome book. It will be interesting to see what people who read it as a serial vs reading them all together think. I know I was itching for more every week when I had to wait for the next one. I fell in love with the characters, and they do feel like this crazy family unit that stuck together despite life kicking them in the teeth repeatedly. They always had each other and that’s what saved them. I’m pretty sure if you love Amy Lane or rockers or a painfully beautiful love story with vivid characters you will adore this book as much as I do. I HIGHLY recommend it obviously. 😉
The bonus is a male and female little love story that’s been brewing throughout the series. I love them as a couple. It’s kind of quick and sweet but makes me happy to get that little bit about their HEA. It also leads to an epic and hilarious foul mouthed freak out by Mackey in front of Trav’s family. Ass babies! 😀