A STARLET REVIEW: STONED BY MANDI BECK

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A STARLET REVIEW: STONED BY MANDI BECK

Synopsis:

“A rock star with no rhythm is a man with no soul.” – Stone Lockhart

 

As the lead singer of one of the hottest bands to hit the rock scene, fucks are free, drugs come easy, and music is life.

For as long as Stone can remember, Willow has been his music – the notes that weave his soul together.

His rhythm.

Until he threw her away.

All he has left is a handful of pills and a few lines of powder to make him forget her.

And he tries, over and over.

Clean and ready to make things right, he’s faced with the fact that Willow’s moved on. She’s not the same girl he cast aside. Willow’s a woman sure about her purpose in life. Sure about who she’s meant to love.

Stone may be lost without his rhythm, but Willow has found so much more.
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An Excerpt from Stoned

 

Willow isn’t a performer. She’s too honest and pure for that. She plays and sings with her heart. If she’s mad, she sings angry shit. Happy, she smiles throughout the whole damn song making you smile too. But I know the moment I hear the chords of “Over,” this set she’s working on is all me. She can’t see me in the corner here, but she sings for me nonetheless, and I feel every fucking word. Every last note as she pours her heart out. This is a Willow that was always reserved for me. She never wanted to be in the spotlight. We begged her to be in the band and not just help write the music, but she said no, over and over. But when it was just her and I, this was the Birdie I got. We would play for each other for hours, late into the night, sometimes it would lead to us fucking, and other times it was because we had just finished, our bodies sated, but our souls still full of passion and adrenaline. A naked Wills wearing nothing but a guitar is the most beautiful fucking sight in the world and just thinking about it now makes me hard.

“Stone? Babe? Wake up, I can’t sleep.” I can hear her but can’t make my eyes open to see her. The bed shifts and then dips. Willow straddling my lap has my eyes opening slowly, blinking the sleep away. I suck in a breath when I can finally focus. My beautiful Birdie is sitting astride me, completely naked except for her brand new custom Martin. Her fingers lovingly stroking over the fret board. “I wrote you a new song,” she whispers excitedly. Peering up at her, I can see the excitement on her face, the love in her whiskey-colored eyes. As she starts playing I shift. My bottom lip clamped between my teeth I gently tug the sheet lower down my legs inconspicuously. She begins singing and I feel a lightness wash over me. Her words like a balm on my now overly heated skin. Every time she opens her mouth, beauty pours from it, and I have the urge to fill her. Fill her any way that I can so that I can touch that music. Be her music the way she’s mine. Entranced, I watch as Willow falls into her zone, eyes closed, face intense in its peacefulness. As she hits the bridge, her voice raising an octave, I slip inside her. Pussy wet, always so wet when she gets like this, I thrust. Her eyes don’t open, but she softens, all of her relaxing into me. When I begin rocking back and forth, slowly, rhythmically in sync with the chords she plays, she falters for a beat. Gradually her eyes open, landing on mine just long enough for me to see all the love from moments ago turned to lust and a deep, needy want. She’s close. Thank fuck.

Careful to not bump the guitar, I slide my thumb to her clit and play her, same as she plays her Martin. Silently we make music together as her song envelopes us, breathier than before. I join in on the chorus, my raspy voice melding with hers as I fuck her, pushing us both over the edge.

Blissed out and with hands on her thighs, I smile wickedly, “Sing it for me again, Wills.”

I’m brought from my thoughts when Law elbows me. “Where’d you go, bro? You okay?” he whispers just as the song finishes and she takes a moment to sip from her mug. I’d bet money it was tea. She always drank tea to soothe her throat when she was serious about a session or we had a lot to work out in the studio.

“Yeah, man. Just thinking about Wills.” Shrugging sheepishly, I glance over at him before letting my gaze settle back on Willow. “I haven’t had to share her like this in forever, not even with you guys really. Not like this.” My voice is pitched low so that it doesn’t travel. “It’s fucking with my head a little. There’s never been a time that she wasn’t mine and that music wasn’t ours. Ya know?”

 

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My Review

So when I heard that Mandi had a new series coming out I was truly excited!  I loved her first two books.  When I heard she was writing a story about a rocker, I won’t lie I was worried.  So many rocker stories out there and sometimes the stories seem to just all run together.  The typical drugs and women type rock star, who throws everything away time and again.  Living on the road, ignoring reality of life.  So not only does this story have a rocker which is a huge plus for me, it’s also a second chance love story!

What I can tell you is that Mandi, not only took this book to a different level but the story was gut wrenching, unique and truly heartfelt!

We get Stone…  He’s broken and damaged and he’s lost control of his life, his music and his behavior.  Luckily he has good friend who love him, and are willing to push him into rehab and make him see the mistakes he’s making are ruining his life.  During his rehab, he broke me, time and time again with his words to the woman he loves and can only hope to win back. Willow. His words will melt you to his wrong doings a bit.  I must say that in the beginning I didn’t like him at all but his time in rehab truly made me fall in love with him.

Willow, wow can I just say this heroine will have you jumping up and down with joy.  She’s not a pushover, she’s strong willed and just a downright fantastic heroine!  Mandi does have a way with writing her female leads that make you stand up and cheer, cause they refuse to be pushed around  by a man.  Willow had to make some hard and fast decisions for not only her own sanity but in order to show Stone that he couldn’t walk all over people and have them stick around.  And her secret cause there is always a secret will break you down!!!!

You will also fall for the band mates, they have such a great connection and camaraderie and you’ll love how they support Stone, but stand behind Willow’s convictions as well.  You’ll become truly vested in each one of the band members and be wanting more of their stories…

Stone and Willow don’t have that quick reunion, it’s a long hard battle of perseverance, persistence, trust, love and hope… You will really want to see them get their HEA that they both so deserve.  I can’t tell you how it ends cause I really really need you to read this one beginning to end, the heartache and pain is worth the journey!

Mandi completely threw me for a loop, and gave me a story I wasn’t expecting.  Her writing and story development has grown considerably since her first series and I’m truly excited to see what comes next!

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About Mandi Beck

mandi beck

Writer, wife, mom, student and avid reader.