Review: Amy Lane – Beneath the Stain

beneathAuthor: Amy Lane
Reviewer: Victoria
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781632165107

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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.

Mackey Sanders is a man very talented at music. He is borderline obsessed with music as it seems to help the rough parts of his life. Mackey grew up and at young age realized he was gay but unable due to his brothers attitude to come out to anyone other than a select few which whom he did not even really discuss it. As Mackey gets success in the music industry, he falls into drugs to help him cope with life. It take a new manager to help him clean up his act and cope with his life.

Trav Ford is the new manager of Outbreak Monkey the group that Mackey is the lead singer and driving force of the band. Trav does his best to shape everyone up including Mackey. He keeps taking Mackey to rehab to help him clean up and during the process he sees the man under the drugs and the baggage he brings with him. While Trav does not normally deal with personal baggage, Mackey makes him want to try.

The connection between Mackey and Trav is intense. I loved that Trav tries to help Mackey face his past and deal with his addition without giving into his attraction. Trav does his best to do the right thing for the group and what’s best for Mackey even if Mackey does not want to face it. The sex scenes were scorching.

I found this book well written with a unique plot. I enjoyed how the author incorporated imperfect people in the music industry in a believable way. The main characters and the secondary characters were mesmerizing. While the ending was a little predictable, the journey the book takes the reader is gripped with several unanticipated twists and turns. I had a hard time putting this book down. Overall, this was a very enchanting book and I hope to see these characters again in the future.

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