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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.
“…if you want out,
well it’s up to you.
Now don’t let me down you better start movin’ uptown.”
Have you heard the song?
If you have, you know it’s about saving yourself and your future despite the pain of leaving loved ones behind. If you’ve never heard the wretched country tale, I’ll give you the low down. A child had the unfortunate luck of uncontrollable circumstance. Born poor and raised by the skin of her mamma’s teeth, she is given a chance. A chance out of the future predetermined for her. The only person who truly loved her, her mamma, sets her free and prays she quickly learns to fly.
Mackey is also a victim of circumstance. His mother had good intentions but bad choices, bad luck, or both left her children struggling on a daily basis. A single mom with four sons, she is forced to make tough choices in regards to their well being. Work a bazillion hours to keep their shoebox apartment and feed them consequently allowing them to raise themselves. Or well, that really was her only choice.
Mackey quickly learned to talk with his hands, and no, I don’t mean sign language. He was scrappy, full of piss and vinegar and didn’t take crap from anybody. Soon he understood words carry the same power fist do, and his witty tongue replaced his bloody knuckles.
Before long his words found a tune and his life found its purpose. Everything about Mackey became music. A little garage ‘rock band’ took form and along the way he found a second love. His hearts desire was his older brother’s best friend and to his surprise, it was requited.
Grant was Mackey’s inspiration. Grant was the face hidden in the love songs. Grant was the essence of stolen kisses. Grant opened Mackey’s heart, filled his soul, and loved him deeply. Of course, always in the shadows. Sadly, Grant lived the lie his parents paved for him and paid the piper in full.
I tried to connect with the boys, but never fully grasped them. The brothers were the same. I found Kells as everyone else did, a complete dick. Yes, there are times when dicks are bad. I am completely perplexed by Jeff and his best friend, Stevie. They definitely have a story of their own, but I’m not so sure I want to know.
Heavy on the phobics, angst, and the writing was slightly choppy (which I believe is the intended tone of the series).
The sheer cliff I’m left dangling from has me jonesing for part 2. I NEED it.
A new popular ‘serial’ theme is taking off…you can subscribe for weekly installments with a bonus (deleted) scene for a higher price tag or wait and buy the book in it’s entirety. I don’t know what your thoughts are, but I like it. Who doesn’t like getting packages? Yes, all packages are good. ;)
I think the intense-o-meter is about to shoot to the sky. Mackey’s jumps on a leap of desperate faith hoping the strong hands of his fans will keep him in the air…. and I’m lingering in the crowd with my arms up high.
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About The Author
Amy Lane has four children, two cats, a love starved Chi-who-what, a crumbling mortgage and an indulgent spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance–and if you give her enough diet coke and chocolate, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.
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