The tag line of this teaser, “Come get wrecked…,” is an apt description of what Stone Lockhart will do to you. This hero and his story destroyed me.
The reader meets Stone when he is at his lowest, and, to be honest, I didn’t really like him. We don’t even know the characters, but I already knew based on his behavior towards Willow that I hated him. But then Stone began his road to redemption, and little by little her broke down my walls, just like he did with Willow. His ownership of his issues, acceptance of his part in the blow-up of their relationship, his absolute remorse for all the acts and verbal sparring between Willow and him, and the way he loves her and Lyric without logic or reason just made me do a complete 180. By the end of this book, I was sold on him as a hero who was finally worthy of a woman like Willow.
The other aspect of Stone that I loved was how complex he was as a character throughout the story. He is the rockstar yet very down-to-earth. He is the dirty lover and the sweet talker. He lays claim on his woman but respects her need to choose on her own time. He is talented (the scenes where he sings…it was like I was in the room watching him…sigh), and generous, and loyal to the people who matter most to him. By the end of this book, his long road to recovery and redemption made me just absolutely fall in love with him.
I have read 3 books since reading Mandi Beck’s Stoned, and yet I am still thinking about this character and his story. I am pretty sure Come Over (Acoustic Mixtape) by Sam Hunt has been playing on repeat, because it just makes me think of this story and of Willow and Stone, and it allows me to revisit my favorite parts of the book. I get to sit and imagine him sitting on stage with his guitar and singing, and I turn to mush and tear up a little thinking of the emotions of that scene. And, really, when a book can cause that kind of emotional investment, you know it is a great story with great characters. So, clearly, Stone is an excellent candidate for #MCM, and if you haven’t picked up this book yet, you need to do it! You’re rock-star romance collection won’t be complete without him. #GETSTONED
♦”I don’t deserve you. I never have even on my best days, and I damn sure didn’t deserve you on my worst. But I love you. More than anyone else in the world ever can and that’s gotta count for something.”
♦”I’d play you just like this Baby Grand. With fingers on your skin, inside you, making the sweetest fucking music, just me and your body.”
♦”You can try to stop loving me, Birdie. It won’t work because I’ll never let you forget why you shouldn’t.”
♦“I’m the glue that puts all her pieces together. All of those beautiful broken pieces are mine to fix.”
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“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, f*cks 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.
About the Author:
Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.
A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.
She is currently working on the next in the series along with trying to keep up with whatever other voices are clamoring for attention in her mind.