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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 “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.


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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 “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.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    3.75 My Rhythm STARS [image error] Stone Lockhart is the lead singer of Wrecked and this hero/antihero surely wrecks his relationship with his first and only love, Willow. Stone falls hard into drug use, other women, fame and breaks sweet Willow's heart. Willow leaves the tour and starts a new life all the while the arrogant Stone’s world isn’t affected until he realizes that he has finally lost her. Stone really thought that Willow would be waiting for him and that a few apologies would fix what 3.75 My Rhythm STARS [image error] Stone Lockhart is the lead singer of Wrecked and this hero/antihero surely wrecks his relationship with his first and only love, Willow. Stone falls hard into drug use, other women, fame and breaks sweet Willow's heart. Willow leaves the tour and starts a new life all the while the arrogant Stone’s world isn’t affected until he realizes that he has finally lost her. Stone really thought that Willow would be waiting for him and that a few apologies would fix what he has broken. When he realizes that she’s gone without a trace he falls hard and finds himself serving ninety days in drug rehabilitation center. ”She was right to leave me. Fuck, I threw her away. My muse, my heart. Threw her away without a care.” The story is told in dual povs as Willow has made a new life for herself and Stone becomes clean and hell bent on finding his girl. ”The irony isn’t lost on me. I couldn’t keep my dick in my pants when I had a good woman in my bed, now that she’s gone, she’s all I want. It’s every fucking sad song ever written.” [image error] Willow has a secret or two that Stone isn’t aware of and when he finds her settled and happy in Canada he has his work cut out for himself in winning her back. ”I know what loving you looks like. I see it in the mirror every single fucking day. I know.” I shake my head and give a little shrug. “It ain’t him.” The story is well written, angsty, though a bit on the long side. I found the hero not as likable as I would have preferred and at times still too pushy and self-centered. Also, I felt like there was a book before this one that I missed. Which leads me to feel that the story should have started in the past following the prologue. Still, the story was well put together and the author definitely someone to watch for in the future. ”Music makes everything better.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

    ༺**Complimentary Copy**༺ Provided by the author "Mandi Beck" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!! TITLE: Stoned AUTHOR: Mandi Beck GENRE: Contemporary Romance | A second chance romance CHAPTERS: 42 RELEASE DATE: July 13th 2016 MY RATING: 5 STARS STONED: Starts off with the 'Prologue' with Stone spiraling out of control in a drug induced binge. This is spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' (Willow & Stone). This is very easy to get into, your thrown right into the gritty world of a renowned ༺**Complimentary Copy**༺ Provided by the author "Mandi Beck" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!! TITLE: Stoned AUTHOR: Mandi Beck GENRE: Contemporary Romance | A second chance romance CHAPTERS: 42 RELEASE DATE: July 13th 2016 MY RATING: 5 STARS STONED: Starts off with the 'Prologue' with Stone spiraling out of control in a drug induced binge. This is spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' (Willow & Stone). This is very easy to get into, your thrown right into the gritty world of a renowned bad boy rock star, a revolving door of fast woman, to losing the the woman he loves, to the easy flow of drugs. We've been together for years and in one night I threw it all away Needles to say Stone is a drug addict that chases that high from pill popping, to snorting, to chasing it all down with a shot glass of expensive booze. Arriving home after an eight month stint touring, Stone's life spirals down a drug induced haze when he finds Willow not at home waiting for him, instead he arrives to an empty shell of a home without her. And just like that, my heart stops beating in rhythm. I'm ready to not feel I don't want to miss her I don't want to remember Just want to be numb. Due to a near overdose and found unresponsive Stone is handed an intervention 1: Jail time OR 2: Rehab Stone chose the lesser of the two evils and that was rehab. I hurt her over and over and over, and she never stopped loving me until I destroyed her. That's the day her heart stopped beating in rhythm...for me. After his stint in rehab he chased down Willow and made it his mission to try to win back her heart. But will it be enough? Will she forgive him for all his shortcomings? Can they piece back the broken parts of themselves? I was a piece of shit boyfriend when I was high. And I did her dirty. But that's all done and I have a lot of making up to do. I'm the glue that puts all her pieces back together. All those beautiful pieces are mine to fix. I loved the realness to this story, the angst, the heartbreak, Stone seeking to redeem himself to his one, his muse, his soul mate Willow. I loved the feels, the simplicity of the story, how it jumped from past to present flawlessly. My emotions are a chaotic riot I love him I hate him I want to hold him I want to hit him I want so much. But I don't know what to do with any of it. - Willow My heart doesn't beat in rhythm when you're not around. You gotta know I need you, to be me."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Stoned is a hot mess in regards to the hero Stone and how he acts and treats the heroine, Willow. This book is a very high energy read mainly because of Stone and how he's recovering from a back drug addiction, which makes his long term girlfriend, and soulmate, leave him, and disappears in the hope he'll never find her because he also abused and treated her horribly. Stone is a character you hate, and is far from what a hero should be. He is obsessive, possessive, and blames everyone else for h Stoned is a hot mess in regards to the hero Stone and how he acts and treats the heroine, Willow. This book is a very high energy read mainly because of Stone and how he's recovering from a back drug addiction, which makes his long term girlfriend, and soulmate, leave him, and disappears in the hope he'll never find her because he also abused and treated her horribly. Stone is a character you hate, and is far from what a hero should be. He is obsessive, possessive, and blames everyone else for his actions, which are immature and borderline psychotic. This is one book people will either embrace because they love the misunderstood yet abusive hero because he's a rock star who deserves redemption just because, or you'll end up tossing this read to the side because it's ridiculous in it's telling and with the main couple who should stay far away from one another. Stoned begins in a very confusing way because it feels as if there was a book prior to this one that introduced Stone and Willow. Stone is high, drunk, beligerant. Willow comes to him after one of his show to tell him she is finally leaving him. Stone has done something so horrible to Willow that he can't remember. He probably did cheat on her, which may or omay not be the first time. But something more damaging has happened. Willow disappears from Stone's life. He can't find her, and because of that he OD's and goes to rehadb for 90 days. He thinks if he finally gets clean, Willow will forgive him and they'll be happy again. But Willow never wants to see Stone again, She has more important things to think about, mainly her daughter who may or may not be Stone's. Willow has created a new life for herself and her baby daughter Lyric. She is even dating a gentleman of a guy, a French singer who doesn't push her too hard. She thinks she can move on withouth Stone, but since he's tenacious, he finds out where she is living and ends up stalking her. He still doesn't have any boundaries, fights her gentleman boyfriend and would have no problem forcing himself on Willow as his idea of seduction to get what he wants. Willow is about to have an emotional breakdown because of Stone, and from that she tells Stone the truth about Lyric. Her baby daughter is not his because of the events of the night she found him high and in bed with another woman.Lyric is the consequence of Willow's rape that night because she was given a rape drug and has no idea who the father is, which isn't really explained and glossed over. Stoned is horrid. Everyone in this book is horrible, Stone more so because he's the type of man a woman would get a restraining order against. Willow is very wishy-washy but also the perfect example of what a victim of abuse is like and really needs to go to therapy. Neither Willow or Stone are deemable or ones you can have any emotional connection with. Stoned gets a big pass because the ide of a HEA for Willow and Stone together gives me the willies. This is far from want a romance is, and should be. PASS!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Snow

    Oh my, oh, sweet Jesus... Just stating this: those of you who loved Ghosted by J.M. Darhower will simply be overwhelmed with this story of second chances after the biggest fucking mistakes one can ever make in drugs & alcohol induced dickhead behavior that lead to cheating his one and only love, that he took for granted, then deal with fallout, the regret, guilt, remorse and yet find the strength to admit it to himself, man up and after deep groveling, finding his own redemption in se Oh my, oh, sweet Jesus... Just stating this: those of you who loved Ghosted by J.M. Darhower will simply be overwhelmed with this story of second chances after the biggest fucking mistakes one can ever make in drugs & alcohol induced dickhead behavior that lead to cheating his one and only love, that he took for granted, then deal with fallout, the regret, guilt, remorse and yet find the strength to admit it to himself, man up and after deep groveling, finding his own redemption in search for forgivness , he fights for the chance to be whole again with the only person ever worth fighting for...cause she is all he ever needed, his heartbeat, his rhythm... I need you, to be me. He's Stone Lockhart , the lead singer of the band Wrecked. And he's on his way to get back the love of his life, his muse, his everything and more - Willow 'Birdie/Wills' Avery Those of you who can stand to go through major angst, pent up emotional grovel and anticipation and yet you can 'forgive' the main character's fuck ups and give him a chance to be a better man, like the heroine did, than you fuckin go for it and embark on a very emotionally overwhelming story.... BUT if you have major issues with the mentioned fuck ups than well, dont embark on the journey unless you can find your inner will to push your limits... You figure out for yourself if he deserves a second chance, yeah well, depending on the shit one pulls off, circumstances I guess, and well your own strength to stay true to yourself and accept the shit from the past and move on, built on further grounds on self-worth...hmmm I guess, everyone should deserve a second chance, no?! But just to state, the one doing the forgiving, is one of the strongest, bravest heroines I have ever read about and not because of the obvious, but because of what she went through, she owned it, and turned it into her victory, amazing female character. *Snow out*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

    ♬♬♬♬4 Lollipop Stars♬♬♬♬ Stone Lockart was the very definition of a bad ass Rockstar. From money, to women and fame, he's had everything but along with that came the drugs. Having been with his longtime girlfriend Willow, he thinks that she's always gonna be there for him but little does he kow, she's had enough and decides to leave him. Finally realizing that she's gone, he decides to make a change and go to rehab to get himself clean. But can he win her back? Willow has always loved mak ♬♬♬♬4 Lollipop Stars♬♬♬♬ Stone Lockart was the very definition of a bad ass Rockstar. From money, to women and fame, he's had everything but along with that came the drugs. Having been with his longtime girlfriend Willow, he thinks that she's always gonna be there for him but little does he kow, she's had enough and decides to leave him. Finally realizing that she's gone, he decides to make a change and go to rehab to get himself clean. But can he win her back? Willow has always loved making music with Stone and it became their thing. From teenage years, to adult hood, she's been there every step of the way in his career and nothing has ever made her more proud than seeing him on stage living his dream. But with that dream came the downside of fame and Stone has sadly gave into those tempations. At her breaking point, Willow has decided to leave him despite how much she loves him. But will she ever really move on from Stone? "Your words went from being my cure to being my curse". After a long grueling battle in rehab, Stone is ready to win back Willow and he's willing to do whatever it takes. But while he was attempting to get his life back in order, Willow moved on. Being gone for almost two years, Willow's life has changed dramatically. She's finally at peace with her world and has made some amazing new friends that would do anything for her. But Stone isn't someone that you forget so easily and that peace that she's found? It's about to be completely obliterated. I have to say that I was completely surprised by the angst!! Being an angst whore, I was in love with certain scenes and it made everything better for me. Stone has hurt Willow in the worst possible way and I really didn't see how he could've made amends for that. But he fought like hell and I have to applaud his determination and strength throughout everything. He knew that Willow wasn't just going to allow him back in her life that easily and he was willing to do whatever. These two shared such an amazing connection through music, that you literally felt it and I loved seeing that. " I know what it does to a man to love you so fucking completely that he can't breathe without you". I know what loving you looks like. I see it in the mirror every fucking day. I know". I would've liked to see some more flashbacks of when they were younger so I couldve known how they met, but that's me being greedy. My only other issue that I had was I felt the ending was too rushed. I wanted more time with Stone and Willow and a very important part of the storyline went unanswered for me. Aside from that, I really enjoyed this one and if you love dirty talking bad boy rockstars, Stone Lockart is your guy. *Arc kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lea ★

    *Arc kindly provided by TRSOR Promotions in exchange for my honest review* This book deals with drug/alcohol abuse, cheating rock star and love triangle, so don't say I didn't warn you. Holly angst! I loved this! I could not put it down. I was mesmerised from the moment I read the prologue. I am not kidding. This is my first book by Mandi Beck, and boy, it sure won't be my last. Talk about emotional turmoil... this book had plenty of it. I love angsty second chance romance books, so I had a feel *Arc kindly provided by TRSOR Promotions in exchange for my honest review* This book deals with drug/alcohol abuse, cheating rock star and love triangle, so don't say I didn't warn you. Holly angst! I loved this! I could not put it down. I was mesmerised from the moment I read the prologue. I am not kidding. This is my first book by Mandi Beck, and boy, it sure won't be my last. Talk about emotional turmoil... this book had plenty of it. I love angsty second chance romance books, so I had a feeling I will really like this one. Stone and Willow caught my attention right from the start. In the prologue we meet two people on the verge of breaking up. Stone is a lead singer in a band. Typical rock star. It's all drugs and rock n'roll for him, and even though there is only one woman he's been loving since... forever, he just can't stop using. After months of dealing with his addiction and despite her love for him, Willow decides to finally leave the life he is leading. My heart broke for her and the loneliness and the fear of leaving someone you spent years with. Unable to cope with the void inside him, Stone overdoses and ends up in a treatment facility. Three months after his successful rehab program, he is sober and finally ready to win back one thing that is missing from his life. Willow. Will he win her back? Can they overcome their past? You have to pick this up and find out for yourself. This book was well written and the flow was perfect. The ending was everything I hoped it would be and the pacing of the story line kept me interested. If you like angsty emotional reads, don't pass on this one. I can't wait to see what Mandi has up her sleeve next.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ana Laura

    He cheats on her, dumped her to fuck another woman (he says he always knew what he was doing all the time! So do not give me the excuse that he was high!) She is raped and has a daughter! And she still forgives the guy? !!!! Why do not the writers write about strong women who get over this kind of shit and get on with their lives without those losers ?! Why do not authors write plausible stories ?! A real and healthy relationship would never have continuity after so much shit! Wanting to romanti He cheats on her, dumped her to fuck another woman (he says he always knew what he was doing all the time! So do not give me the excuse that he was high!) She is raped and has a daughter! And she still forgives the guy? !!!! Why do not the writers write about strong women who get over this kind of shit and get on with their lives without those losers ?! Why do not authors write plausible stories ?! A real and healthy relationship would never have continuity after so much shit! Wanting to romanticize this kind of nonsense is fucking garbage!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adriana Locke

    I'm not sure what I was expecting when Mandi sent me the first chapters of this book. Well, wait, that's a lie. I expected the same 'ol rock star romance. Ha. Ha. Freaking. Ha. Yes, Stone is a rock star. And at the very start of this book, that's the only way to define him: utter rock star with all the baggage and additions a rock star should have. My reader friends - that's just where this story begins. The evolution of Stone in this book is breathtaking. He's the alpha we have come to know Mandi I'm not sure what I was expecting when Mandi sent me the first chapters of this book. Well, wait, that's a lie. I expected the same 'ol rock star romance. Ha. Ha. Freaking. Ha. Yes, Stone is a rock star. And at the very start of this book, that's the only way to define him: utter rock star with all the baggage and additions a rock star should have. My reader friends - that's just where this story begins. The evolution of Stone in this book is breathtaking. He's the alpha we have come to know Mandi for, all filthy mouthed and aggressive in the way that makes our panties melt clean away, but, again, Stone bucks that typical brand by being oh-so-much-more. Mandi tempts you with a delicious cover and the promise of a bad boy written by her mischievous hand. But when you open this book, you better be prepared for the long haul because she will hold you hostage and throw you curveballs you'll never see coming. Stoned is, simply put, Mandi Beck at her absolute best. 5 watermelon lollies from me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sybil aka Lala

    Dear Mandi Since your character had such a penchant for writing letters, I decided to write you one of my own. I read your work the first time with Love Hurts and in that book your introduced me to a song, ‘Burn’ by Ray LaMontagne. It is still one of my favourite songs to date. Since I loved that book so much and also have a great love of music there was absolutely no way I would not read this book. I mean books about rock stars are my crack. Love Hurts is a book that stood out of the many books I Dear Mandi Since your character had such a penchant for writing letters, I decided to write you one of my own. I read your work the first time with Love Hurts and in that book your introduced me to a song, ‘Burn’ by Ray LaMontagne. It is still one of my favourite songs to date. Since I loved that book so much and also have a great love of music there was absolutely no way I would not read this book. I mean books about rock stars are my crack. Love Hurts is a book that stood out of the many books I have read before it and since then. It stood out because of the tale you weaved with its many unexpected twists, the way you conveyed emotions, the strong characters and all the angst you managed to stuff into its pages. I thought that there would be no way you could duplicate everything I loved about such a unique story and make me love another book as much as that one. Welp… I was wrong. Stoned was absolutely dripping in angst and tension and emotion and I devoured every single word of it! The plot was anything but predictable and its hero was just about perfect. You took a character that selfish and vile and completely redeemed him. His obsession and love for the heroine had me swooning all over the place. His filthy words had me flustered. His strength and determination to get her back had me falling in love. I adored the heroine too. She was strong and yet kind even after all she had been through. I loved the fact that she didn’t make it easy for him. I loved the grit in their romance. I love there push and pull. I loved the tension and chemistry between them. I love the frustration and anger and laughter this book invoked in me. You somehow kept the old trope of a second chance romance fresh and unpredictable and exciting. I loved the bits of humour you inserted. I loved the interactions and banter between friends. But most of all it was the sexual tension and angst that kept me glued to the pages and with all of this said, that is not why I’m giving this book a five star rating. Nope. The thing that has me throwing all my stars at you is a simple watermelon flavoured lollipop. It is without a doubt one of the sexiest, most erotic things I have EVER read and the reason why I am telling everyone to read this book! Regards, Me (ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lu Bielefeld

    4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Liked it! ================== Wow! The author's writing is very good and hooks the reader from start to finish. I would never forgive our Zero! What happened to Zeroine was unforgivable. I am a bitch who holds a grudge and would never take him back. But it was a good story and I enjoyed it a lot. I'm anxious to know what happens to the other members of the band! S P O I L E R ... “You got what you wanted, Stone. You’re single and free to do whatever and whoever you want without having to worry about sn 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Liked it! ================== Wow! The author's writing is very good and hooks the reader from start to finish. I would never forgive our Zero! What happened to Zeroine was unforgivable. I am a bitch who holds a grudge and would never take him back. But it was a good story and I enjoyed it a lot. I'm anxious to know what happens to the other members of the band! S P O I L E R ... “You got what you wanted, Stone. You’re single and free to do whatever and whoever you want without having to worry about sneaking around. Don’t keep her waiting—she looks like a sure thing.” “Stone is going home . . . to Willow,” Judge informs them. “Why the fuck wouldn’t she be? She’s pissed at me, but it’s Wills. She’ll be there.” “What? Why the fuck are you all staring at me?” I bellow. “Always fucking watching me. I’m sick of it.” “Bro, she left more than eight months ago, dropped her keys off at the studio with Addy, and none of us have talked to her since. We even hired a PI who can’t find Willow,” he says carefully. “Have you heard from her at all? Has there been new news from the guy Addy hired?” “She didn’t just ‘quit’ you, Stone. You pushed too fucking far and forced her out,” he spits out. I just want to get inside, get my hands on Willow, and get out from under the prying eyes of Dane so that I can find my stash and pop an Oxy, maybe two, and just chill with my girl. “Don’t treat me like I’m a kid. I’m a grown ass man. A fucking rock star! I fuck who I want, I drink what I want, and I do whatever fucking shit I want.” My voice rises louder and louder until I’m yelling, veins bulging in my neck, and still, Lawson looks unfazed. “Willow is smart and she’s put up with your shit for a long time now. Longer than you realize. You put her through hell, Stone. I won’t help you do that again.” It’s not just the drugs either. It’s the cheating too. Don’t think she didn’t know about that shit. She blamed that on the drugs, and I know it had to be because a sober Stone would never dick around on his girl.” He looks good. Healthy. Not like the last time I saw him. It pains me a little to think that my leaving was good for him, when being there and supporting him, dealing with his constant shit wasn’t. You name it and Stone had been addicted. Drugs, women, alcohol. If he could get high off it, he would. “Oh yeah? When was that? Back when I would already have my cock out and down your throat because I was too high to give a fuck about anything but my own pleasure? Certainly not about the fact that my girlfriend was waiting for me. Maybe even in the hall. Back when, even with your mouth full of my come, I still wouldn’t remember your name, or care? Is that the ‘used to be’ you mean . . . Melissa?” “It’s Megan,” she hisses, dumfounded and more than a little pissed. Didn’t matter that half the time I was so God damn high I would have bet money that it was Willow I was fucking only to come down from that nirvana and realize it wasn’t. No, I didn’t wonder shit. I was well aware of all my shortcomings. Maybe I should’ve taken her up on the offer of pussy. I haven’t had any since Wills left me. Haven’t wanted to look at another woman, let alone fuck one. The irony isn’t lost on me. I couldn’t keep my dick in my pants when I had a good woman in my bed, now that she’s gone, she’s all I want. It’s every fucking sad song ever written. She was right to leave me. Fuck, I threw her away. My muse, my heart. Threw her away without a care. “Lyric. My daughter’s name is Lyric,” she says, irritated. “And what would’ve been the point, Stone? You never used to answer any of my calls anyway. Just saved myself the headache and didn’t bother. I’ve learned not to depend on you. It was the hardest lesson of my life, but it finally stuck, so . . .” “Are you telling me that you are working two fucking jobs, with a baby at home, when you have access to millions of dollars?” “You spent the last few months that we were together reminding me that it was you doing all the work. Your name they were screaming in sold-out arenas, and that I was just along for the ride. Another groupie,” she spits. I can say nothing, just stare at her in disbelief. What had I done to her? What had I done to us? Stone may have been the greatest love of my life, but he wouldn’t be the last. I never wanted to be that guy again. Because of her. If it weren’t for Willow, I’d be that guy in a second. I loved being high. “Why are you back, Stone? Why now? I have a man who doesn't cheat on me or go and get high and leave me in a strange city because he’s so coked up he forgot that I was at the hotel waiting for him,” I say bitterly. I don't want to be the girl that they whisper about in pity or laugh at when they think she can't hear. I want to be the woman that I've become since I've left him. Listening to him, while trying to block him out, the memories taking me back to a bar down the street from the posh hotel that I had just been evicted from by the man whom I’ve loved all of my adult life. An innocent, kind smile and an offer of a drink and an ear. I tear at my hair as I recall waking up in a strange motel room, alone and . . . naked from the waist down with a head leaden and fogged. To jackknifing to a sitting position and scrambling to find my pants, finally finding them and shoving my legs into them as I run to escape. Drugged and raped. I had been drugged and raped a block away from my hotel while my boyfriend laid inside, high, drunk, and most likely with another woman, maybe even a harem of women. Drugged and raped . . . drugged . . . and . . . raped . . . I remember nothing from that night. Not a single fucking thing. Only waking up on the floor, clothes still on from the night before, a strange woman in the bed and no Willow. I had no clue what time it was or what day. The only thing stopping me from tossing it back and letting the smooth heat of it burn as it goes down is the thought of what Willow must have gone through. What she’s been going through. “I threw her out, Law. I kicked her out of our room with nothing. What kind of man does that, huh? What kind of man kicks the woman he loves out with some random bitch standing next to him?” “If I hadn’t been high, Willow wouldn’t have been roofied and fucking raped.” “I consider myself lucky in the sense that I can’t remember any of the horrible things he did to me. To my body. I woke up damaged but have no memory of what happened to make me that way. It’s tragic and life changing, even without becoming pregnant. But to think that he’s out there raping women . . . I feel sick.” That’s something I can’t get past. All the lying and cheating. It haunts me. Niggles at me whenever I feel myself weakening toward him. “And before that night we hadn’t slept together in more than four months,” I remind him. “What? It was that long? “My heart doesn’t beat in rhythm when you’re not around. I need you, to be me. I’m your rhythm, and you’re for damn sure mine.”

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    3.5 - 4 ★'s So, a little adventure into Listopia-land found me this little nugget...specifically one that dealt with cheating. Unfortunately, it wasn't exactly my kind of cheating. Stone is a rock star and as his band becomes more and more famous, Stone drifts away from the man he was into a full fledged stone-r. So much so, that he doesn't even realize the women he is with are not his true love, Willow. He's in full fledged fantasy land. The good part about the cheating (IMO) is that we don't h 3.5 - 4 ★'s So, a little adventure into Listopia-land found me this little nugget...specifically one that dealt with cheating. Unfortunately, it wasn't exactly my kind of cheating. Stone is a rock star and as his band becomes more and more famous, Stone drifts away from the man he was into a full fledged stone-r. So much so, that he doesn't even realize the women he is with are not his true love, Willow. He's in full fledged fantasy land. The good part about the cheating (IMO) is that we don't have to read all about it, it's mentioned because it's important but thankfully, we don't have to experience it firsthand. Stone goes to rehab after almost setting his house on fire and since it's not really his idea, it takes him a while to get through it. However, it was heart breaking to hear all he is going through and his feelings about being without Willow. Willow is doing great though but slowly we hear about her suffering when she left Stone and a few of the things that Stone said to her. (I was a little disappointed that these things weren't better addressed.) One of my favorite things about these two was the way the music affected them and how they felt it through each other. They are both very sexually and there are some really hot scenes and boy, the things that Stone can do with a lolli! ;) I did like how Stone never gave up on Willow and especially after hearing what happened, it never changed how he felt. There's a lot of great secondary characters in this story. You definitely have to love Bear and Cora and especially Perry. The guys in the band were pretty great too...and even Stone's sister was interesting. I love what Stone did at the end and was happy with the way things worked out. Judged is up next and it's pretty obvious it's about Judge. The blurb says it was supposed to be released last winter but nothing as of now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Reanell Tisdale

    Wow. JUST WOW!! It is now 2:36 a.m. and I just finished Stoned. Mandi blew this one out of the ballpark!! I loved her Love Hurts series but hot damn Stoned blew me away. Okay, let me begin by saying Mandi Beck wrote her heart out with this book! I don't even have the words to articulate how much she blew me away with Stoned. From the start she had me HOOKED! She also wrote some incredible characters, especially 2 very sexy men. I was so torn between these 2 men and had no idea how Willow was eve Wow. JUST WOW!! It is now 2:36 a.m. and I just finished Stoned. Mandi blew this one out of the ballpark!! I loved her Love Hurts series but hot damn Stoned blew me away. Okay, let me begin by saying Mandi Beck wrote her heart out with this book! I don't even have the words to articulate how much she blew me away with Stoned. From the start she had me HOOKED! She also wrote some incredible characters, especially 2 very sexy men. I was so torn between these 2 men and had no idea how Willow was ever going to choose between them. Willow also had me rooting for her! And that's a hard feat with female leads. Mandi worked this one out just right. Now, I read a ton of books. But I can honestly say Stoned knocked me for a loop. When she threw "that thing" out there, my jaw hit the floor. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!!! I may have even shed tears over the reveal, IT BROKE MY HEART!!! I can't even adequately tell you how much I loved Stoned. I'm telling you to 1-click this book and be prepared for a fantastic read!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    Look let's be real. If you could make a book with all the ingredients that I'm guaranteed to hate and never read, this would be it. Cheating rockstar, asshole, druggie, triangle? Yep that's a hard no 99% of the time. Something made me click this one last night. Like I needed some out of my box angst in my life. I'm glad I did. Yes he was a asshole. However I forgave him. It wasn't easy...at all. It was an emotional journey. A journey I'm glad I went on. I wish there was a epi because I needed mo Look let's be real. If you could make a book with all the ingredients that I'm guaranteed to hate and never read, this would be it. Cheating rockstar, asshole, druggie, triangle? Yep that's a hard no 99% of the time. Something made me click this one last night. Like I needed some out of my box angst in my life. I'm glad I did. Yes he was a asshole. However I forgave him. It wasn't easy...at all. It was an emotional journey. A journey I'm glad I went on. I wish there was a epi because I needed more of their HEA.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    Eh, what can I say to this. It was ok. It's hard to love a guy, even a book, that starts out as Stoned did. The back and forth took too long between Stone and Bird. But I understand why it happened the way it happened, but still. But sill, what a drag. So, it will go on my ok pile. That's ok, otherwise my other ok books will get lonely. Eh, what can I say to this. It was ok. It's hard to love a guy, even a book, that starts out as Stoned did. The back and forth took too long between Stone and Bird. But I understand why it happened the way it happened, but still. But sill, what a drag. So, it will go on my ok pile. That's ok, otherwise my other ok books will get lonely.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    5 Stoned Stars I was apprehensive going in. I have read another book by Mandi Beck and liked it up until about a half way then I just couldn’t connect. So I was hoping this wasn't like that and I am sooooo glad I gave this author a second chance because I lovvvvveeedd this BOOK! Stone won me over, heck he will probably won every red blooded female who reads this book over. He fought and fought and fought never giving up on himself or his lady love. And it wasn't easy but he did what he felt he had 5 Stoned Stars I was apprehensive going in. I have read another book by Mandi Beck and liked it up until about a half way then I just couldn’t connect. So I was hoping this wasn't like that and I am sooooo glad I gave this author a second chance because I lovvvvveeedd this BOOK! Stone won me over, heck he will probably won every red blooded female who reads this book over. He fought and fought and fought never giving up on himself or his lady love. And it wasn't easy but he did what he felt he had to do. I LOVED that so freaking hard. “Your words went from being my cure to my curse.” – Willow Willow sure doesn't make it easy on Stone and why should she? He put her through the ringer, so I can’t blame her for not wanting to open herself up again only to hurt like that again. So she was guarded and for good cause. But he fought his way back in and it was just one of those romances where you are rooting for the guy because he is doing all he can to show her what he is made of not just with words but with actions how much she means to him. I can’t say enough good things about the narration either, Wen and Kai do a phenomenal job bring this book to life in my ears. The emotions, the connections, it’s fantastic. *You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Well where do I begin ... This is one of those books that use the same,dramatic language dialogue over and over until you're dizzy. Damn she is my soul Damn she is my rythym Damn Damn I was sure it was her I was screwing 😏🙄 there was a lot of damn and musical puns. Anywho I think stoned actually burned a bit more brain cells with all the drug use and by the time he came to claim his woman( his rythym or whatever the hell word play on music he was referring to her at the time ) he was completely unhi Well where do I begin ... This is one of those books that use the same,dramatic language dialogue over and over until you're dizzy. Damn she is my soul Damn she is my rythym Damn Damn I was sure it was her I was screwing 😏🙄 there was a lot of damn and musical puns. Anywho I think stoned actually burned a bit more brain cells with all the drug use and by the time he came to claim his woman( his rythym or whatever the hell word play on music he was referring to her at the time ) he was completely unhinged and came out with stuff that would make you want to crawl under a,rock to avoid witnessing his meltdown. The writing was not good but if you want a book where the hero squirm s and grovels for a good portion of it, have at this one because it's definitely got that!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    cover gooooood book meh... I would say it is a typical rockstar romance with drugs, sex, and rock n roll... CW for rape, substance abuse, overdose

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So, this book has popped up on my feed today and I recalled that I actually read it about a year or so back. It was a freebie I received for whatever reason. I downloaded it from Bookfunnel. Clearly, I was more tolerant than I am now because what I remember about this book was that I did not care for it, and so did not bother to review it. But I fully remember what I disliked. My opinion is informed because I was educated and worked in this particular field. This book is about the addiction of a So, this book has popped up on my feed today and I recalled that I actually read it about a year or so back. It was a freebie I received for whatever reason. I downloaded it from Bookfunnel. Clearly, I was more tolerant than I am now because what I remember about this book was that I did not care for it, and so did not bother to review it. But I fully remember what I disliked. My opinion is informed because I was educated and worked in this particular field. This book is about the addiction of a main character, how it changes him and the ensuing fallout. However, what this book is NOT about, is redemption for the addict who caused the fallout. Don't think that's what happens here. It only appears so. Why? Because for an addict to be redeemed, they have to change. Stone was a narcissistic, arrogant swine with an inability to face life on life's terms before he hit rock bottom. But the only thing that really changed about his character following rehab was that he was off the drugs. For the time being. I worked with addicts for years. Mainly alcoholics because of a few family members, but it's all the same. Addiction is addiction. But it's a terribly difficult job because the relapse rate is so high and true recoveries are few and far between. In order to achieve lasting sobriety, a person must change. They must confront their issues, learn and practice humility, make amends. They must be willing and even eager to embrace a new way of life and work their arses off for it. And it's hard. A sobriety date is treated as a birthday in AA for a reason. In this book, any groveling by the hero is worthless without significant changes, and I didn't see them. When you go off the rails to that extreme you best know you're going to have to earn your way back into the lives of the people you hurt. You don't earn it by pushing your way back in when. You've no right. You can't ignore what that person wants if they are not ready to allow you in. Stone missed that lesson, I guess. Self-will run riot is a feature of every addict. Recovery requires discipline. Patience. Learning selflessness and putting the best interests of others first. Being a former therapist, this book offended me with the way this guy was allowed to continue being a complete twat to the end. After all the cheating and rubbing Willow's face in it, the cruel, abusive words and utter arrogance in taking everyone for granted - basically being an all around scrotum-bag - Stone comes up smellin' like a rose. He gets everything he wanted, and I'm sorry, he didn't deserve it. For a change, I didn't hate all of the writing. Some of it was spot-on. His behaviour while using was actually pretty authentic. But the thing is, I know the nature of this beast and a person who acts like Stone during recovery is a relapse waiting in the wings. And people like that are so, so much more dangerous with each subsequent slip. So while Ms. Beck did quite well with her portrayal of an addict's thoughts and actions, she did not in the portrayal of an addict in active recovery. As far as Willow, she was weak and too dependent on Stone for an identity, which makes her an enabler and not good for him. Also, the guy cheated on multiple occasions and Willow just forgave it. Uh, no. Why was she not going to therapy? Why weren't they going together? These two were so very NOT ready to be together yet. They would not make it if this was real life and don't pull the 'it's just fiction' bullshit. If you're going to depict such a rampant and deadly problem in our society, you don't get to plead artistic license. I applaud a writer who attempts to spotlight serious, real-life issues in a novel. But it's not enough to get just part of it right. Research is important and sometimes, particularly with any compulsive, self-destructive disorders and behaviours, personal experience of some kind is really necessary. I don't know if Ms. Beck has any real-life history with an addict. But the way I see it, she was a little too enamoured with her hero and didn't do right by him. It was like she was saying it's all right to be a possessive, selfish, filthy bastard who needs control - as long as he's clean. He doesn't need to change and possibly lose some edge, he just needs to stop using. Nope. Doesn't work that way. One of the many reasons people fail at sobriety is they CAN'T accept that they AREN'T in control. Therefore, they can't relinquish it, and so they can't work a proper program, and ultimately, they can't deal. I would possibly be interested in giving this writer another try. The bones were there in this story and her style is decent, if a little rough around the edges here and there. I give it 2 stars for those reasons, but if someone asked me if I could recommend this book for accuracy I'd have to say no.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nina Levine

    LOVED this book so hard!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Seeing as this book kept coming up on my feed page and that it had mixed reviews from my friends, I decided to judge it for myself so that I can see what all the fuss was about. Knowing that it contained cheating which is my no-go place, I nevertheless stayed up almost all night to finish and have mixed feelings about it. First of, my friend Ellie’s review ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) is spot on. I loathed this Zero from start to finish and didn’t think he deserved poor heroine fo Seeing as this book kept coming up on my feed page and that it had mixed reviews from my friends, I decided to judge it for myself so that I can see what all the fuss was about. Knowing that it contained cheating which is my no-go place, I nevertheless stayed up almost all night to finish and have mixed feelings about it. First of, my friend Ellie’s review ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) is spot on. I loathed this Zero from start to finish and didn’t think he deserved poor heroine for everything he said & did to her – even with all his grovelling and so-called redemption. For me, there is no coming back from that type of abuse – and yes, I call it abuse because really that’s what it was! Yes, it’s a fictional character and there must be some angst/drama but I draw the line when a character is this despicable. But I also agree with Lu’s (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) & Mel’s (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) review as well. At the end of the day, I neither loved or disliked it because it was semi-well written if you take away all the points that Ellie so rightfully gave in her review in terms that it didn’t make me believe that Hero was “cured”, but it DID keep me interested enough to read it in it’s entirety and not DNF – so there is that I guess…. Do I recommend it? Not sure if I can do that. I did like that heroine didn’t give in and be a doormat like we normally read in most other stories. She had some backbone and made him work for it so there was that, hence for my 3 stars…..

  21. 5 out of 5

    LeeAnne

    I just didn’t love this book. I felt like the author was trying to force emotion onto the reader and it just lacked a connection. I made it to 65% before throwing in the towel. The book read like it was missing a chapter, there were things going on in the beginning that were confusing and I wasn’t really sure what was happening. It was hard to connect with Willow’s character and it was unbelievable the way he continues to treat her even after they’re back together.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ilaria reads too much :)

    Nicely written he grovel for 300 pages but he is a junkie She is raped while he is high and he is cheating her AND she takes him back NOOOOOO YOU HAVE A DECENTE MAN LOVING YOU NOOOOOO sorry stupid heroines is one of my hard limit

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    I'm so excited for another release from Mandi Beck. She always brings it with her stories and Stoned is no different. This book is gritty and raw. These two are SOUL MATES to their very core there is never any denying that, but I'm gonna be honest there were some points in this story that I wanted more for Willow. But every time I felt that Stone no longer deserved her I saw even the slightest flicker of redemption that he deserved and I knew their time would come. Stone is an addict. To say that I'm so excited for another release from Mandi Beck. She always brings it with her stories and Stoned is no different. This book is gritty and raw. These two are SOUL MATES to their very core there is never any denying that, but I'm gonna be honest there were some points in this story that I wanted more for Willow. But every time I felt that Stone no longer deserved her I saw even the slightest flicker of redemption that he deserved and I knew their time would come. Stone is an addict. To say that he has done some pretty shitty things is an understatement. He's a cocky, entitled rock star in a drug induced haze. And once he throws away the one thing that all the money he has can't buy he spirals down. His stint in rehab puts a lot of things into perspective. He's really lost a part himself without Willow and it only strengthens his resolve to find the one he carelessly tossed aside. Willow is, in a word, amazing. She has made her way without the money Stone has insisted is hers. She's found friends. A new life that she can be proud of. Working two jobs keeps her time occupied and her mind off of her life she left behind. It hurts to remember the family that she lost when he let her go. But she knows that where she is now is where she belongs. When their paths cross again Willow's strength to resist the temptation that is Stone is admirable. She knows he's no good for her life now. But down deep she also realizes that their worlds will never be right without each other. Their journey to overcome their hurt and pain will give you all the feels. And you will rejoice when they find their rhythm again. As per the usual Mandi she gives us a boatload of lovable supporting characters. Band members, cherished friends and surprise guests that we can only hope to get more of. Add this to your tbr. You'll want this story!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather Pollock

    #review #oneclick #mustread @authormandibeck Stoned QueenZany 5 Star Review Stoned by Mandi Beck Mandi Beck literary gutted me!! With this beautiful and yet poignant story! Let's say I was up to 4 am in the morning reading. I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I would stop. My heart would just crumble into a million pieces. Yes, I was shattered at times. As if I could feel Willows and Stones pain. With every word you're drawn deeper into the word of “Stoned.” Its a beautiful fucked up love story th #review #oneclick #mustread @authormandibeck Stoned QueenZany 5 Star Review Stoned by Mandi Beck Mandi Beck literary gutted me!! With this beautiful and yet poignant story! Let's say I was up to 4 am in the morning reading. I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I would stop. My heart would just crumble into a million pieces. Yes, I was shattered at times. As if I could feel Willows and Stones pain. With every word you're drawn deeper into the word of “Stoned.” Its a beautiful fucked up love story that will forever hold a piece of my heart! Yes while writing now! Tears are streaming down my face. I can still feel these characters so vividly. That's it's almost breathtaking to the point. Mandi Beck you have blown me away!!! I will be forever grateful having been able to arc read Stoned!!! “You’re like this inferno. This big damn burning house. Flames consuming every inch of it, every inch of you. But I love you. God, I love you. So I hold on, and when you push, I hold on even tighter until you’re throwing fire at me as well. I let you burn us down because leaving you was never an option. I’ve held on for so long, you’ve finally killed my flame. I can’t fight fire with fire if mine is gone. So now what? Do I just stay here with you, and try to dig us out of the ashes of what’s left? I can’t. I can’t let you touch what’s left of me.”

  25. 4 out of 5

    *~* Susie

    I enjoyed this story, and it could’ve easily been a 5 star read for me. But, so much happened off the page, I felt we didn’t get the whole story. And I was confused at times because of it. It’s almost as if the best parts were behind the scenes. What did he say to her the night he threw her out? I was dying for that, the angst, the heart break, that’s the best part! And I’m disappointed because it looks like this series has been put aside for several years. Disappointing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Viteri

    “You’re like this inferno. This big damn burning house. Flames consuming every inch of it, every inch of you. But I love you. God, I love you. So I hold on, and when you push, I hold on even tighter until you’re throwing fire at me as well. I let you burn us down because leaving you was never an option. I’ve held on for so long, you’ve finally killed my flame. I can’t fight fire with fire if mine is gone. So now what? Do I just stay here with you, and try to dig us out of the ashes of what’s “You’re like this inferno. This big damn burning house. Flames consuming every inch of it, every inch of you. But I love you. God, I love you. So I hold on, and when you push, I hold on even tighter until you’re throwing fire at me as well. I let you burn us down because leaving you was never an option. I’ve held on for so long, you’ve finally killed my flame. I can’t fight fire with fire if mine is gone. So now what? Do I just stay here with you, and try to dig us out of the ashes of what’s left ? I can’t. I can’t let you torch what’s left of me.” You, Ms. Mandi, are a rock star! I got seriously STONED and I'll tell the world to join in this yummy, watermelony goodness. ;) Full review to follow. I gotta go make some rockin' teasers. Be back laters. #SingPrettyBirdie This review is going to be told by teasers this time. I want to tell you just how amazing this rock story was, but I think the amount of teasers I made will pretty much tell you. I am pretty sure that I felt every emotion under the sun: happiness, sadness, irritation, anger. The list goes on. Many times I wanted to get in the book itself and throttle Stone. Or have a ladies night of ice cream and cryfest with Willow and Perry. Or go after Joaquin and all his French goodness and lend him my shoulder to cry on. Emotion after emotion after emotion. Ms. Mandi scored big with this book. I also want to point out just how different this book is from her previous books. Don't get me wrong, I loved her Caged Love duet, but there was just that SOMETHING about this book that made it so much...MORE. I loved the flow, the characters, the writing, and above all, the love story of Willow and Stone. How REAL they felt to me. I applaud Ms. Mandi for taking the leap and writing this absolutely amazing journey into the love story that is Wills and Stone. I am looking forward to the rest of the band mate's books, their journey of finding not only love, but themselves as well. (And maybe a little French croissant too *hint hint*)

  27. 4 out of 5

    RentasticReads

    Hand me one of those watermelon flavored lollies before we start with this, will ya Stone? *warning: slightly long review ahead.* God, I'm in shock. I'm still having a hard time coming down from everything that just happened. This book rocked me and wrecked me to the core. It just hit me on all the right spots—everywhere, really. It gutted me more than I anticipated. It tore me apart more than I thought it would. The passion exuded in the entire book was so palpable, it bordered on mind-numbing i Hand me one of those watermelon flavored lollies before we start with this, will ya Stone? *warning: slightly long review ahead.* God, I'm in shock. I'm still having a hard time coming down from everything that just happened. This book rocked me and wrecked me to the core. It just hit me on all the right spots—everywhere, really. It gutted me more than I anticipated. It tore me apart more than I thought it would. The passion exuded in the entire book was so palpable, it bordered on mind-numbing insanity. It made my heart clench a million times more than I expected to feel. I was able to connect with the characters and the story in a very surprisingly whole other level. Honestly, for me, this is Mandi Beck's best work yet. Hands down. She made challenging and negative things into empowering and positive ones instead. She was able to bring and shine that spotlight onto the darkness that sucked in Stone, bringing down Willow in that spiral along with him. The issues, the struggles she tackled in this book utterly changed me. It was all so infinitely real. I want to cry for days. Cry for all the hurt, the pain and the sorrow, but also for joy in all the achievements that were accomplished both by Stone and Willow. The entire story definitely highlighted that what happened to them could never ever define who they truly are. That they're so much more than the hurdles that threatened to kill their spirit. I'm so proud of how far these two characters have come in just a span of an entire book. Enter Stone Lockhart—a stereotypical rock star living the high life off of drugs, booze and women. Because let's face it—he's got everything within his reach. But that was only scratching the surface of who he really is. Of what he went through. I love how the author painted him as such though—a rock star living the high life, one that was addicted to alcohol and pills and coke and anything that would get him so doped up he can't even remember what happened once he blacked out and came to—because it emphasized how much stronger and braver he is in the end. It made me appreciate him so much more. He faced his demons head on and fought tooth and nail to stay clean and sober for himself and for those who mattered to him the most. He stabbed at my heart more than I can count, but I fell deeper in love with him when he struggled and tried so hard to stay clean. It was an uphill battle that he deservingly won. I couldn't even imagine how Willow Avery—Stone's rhythm, the love of his life—was still mentally and emotionally stable after everything she went through with him during that time all he cared about was his next high. I probably would've crumbled and shattered earlier on. But not Willow. She was a badass warrior. She faced everything life threw her way with such a ferocity and strength all the women in the world should have. She didn't let anything break her. These two have hit such low points in life that their relationship was almost unsalvageable, but eventually they rose above it all. They learned from their mistakes and made better decisions thereafter. Stoned is so much more than a story about a rock star's love life. It's so much more than life itself and second chances. The depth of the real story within is so staggering, it'll be etched in my veins for a crazy long time. It's beyond amazing. Such an absolutely magnificent book. It's certainly high up there in my top favorite books about rock stars. Now that's for damn sure. “Sing pretty...” Guess you'll have to read the book to know what comes next. ;)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sanaa

    FULL REVIEW POSTED: 5 'Birdie' stars! Yessss. I can finally write my review for this book! Do you know how torturous that was? To wait until it releases? I swear the one thing that sucks about being a blogger is waiting for the book to release so that we could talk about it with others! This book was perfect. Amazing. Just so freaking good! It was also real. That's what I loved most about this. It's the fact that you can relate to the characters and the fact that the stuff that happens is what ha FULL REVIEW POSTED: 5 'Birdie' stars! Yessss. I can finally write my review for this book! Do you know how torturous that was? To wait until it releases? I swear the one thing that sucks about being a blogger is waiting for the book to release so that we could talk about it with others! This book was perfect. Amazing. Just so freaking good! It was also real. That's what I loved most about this. It's the fact that you can relate to the characters and the fact that the stuff that happens is what happens in real life too. Willow and Stone sure as hell put me through all the emotions. It was filled with angst! I loved the way this story started off and the way it progressed. Their life isn't and wasn't easy but they make the best of everything. I did hate Stone for a lot of the things he did to Willow. But what I loved more was when he came back to being himself was his devotion to her. Yeah, he did things that a lot might not forgive but he did make up for it and I was actually really proud of him for the way he turned out at the end. "My heart doesn't beat in rhythm when you're not around. You gotta know I need you, to be me. They all grew by the end and I loved seeing that progression from the beginning to the end. It was like reading about different characters. Oh and let's not forget that this was in happening in Toronto. Eeek!! Why am I so excited about that fact? Because that's where I live and I loved all the Canadian stuff mentioned in the story! "They can look at me all the f*cking want. I need her to be me. Gotta find my rhythm and right now that rhythm is singing "O Canada." Here's another one, just because: "Bunch of polite f*ckers. I'm form Texas and I thought we were polite. We ain't got shit on y'all." And one more: "And when she hits the last note, the place goes wile, like we just won the Stanley Cup, and that's saying a f*ck ton because Canada. Anyway you all have to read this book. It will make you happy, cry and probably make you want to throw your kindle in frustration. But it's SO worth it! So just listen and read it! Because Mandi Beck. She's just that good. I can't say that about many authors. An arc was provided in exchange for an honest review!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lydia's Romance

    4 Lyrical Stars My first reread of the year and Stoned was my pick. Stone Lockhart is a lost rock star looking for his rhythm—the love of his life—Willow. The book begins with their tragic break-up. They had been together since before he became the famous lead singer of the band, Wrecked. She's always been his muse. Every lyric of every song, they've written together and for each other. Until she left and Stone hit rock bottom. I couldn't blame her for leaving. Stone had been consumed by fame and 4 Lyrical Stars My first reread of the year and Stoned was my pick. Stone Lockhart is a lost rock star looking for his rhythm—the love of his life—Willow. The book begins with their tragic break-up. They had been together since before he became the famous lead singer of the band, Wrecked. She's always been his muse. Every lyric of every song, they've written together and for each other. Until she left and Stone hit rock bottom. I couldn't blame her for leaving. Stone had been consumed by fame and by alcohol and drugs and...women (off page). I know, I know, that's awful but put your pitchfork away because Stone spends the rest of the book atoning for all his sins. Willow leaving him was the wake-up call he needed. A catalyst for his redemption. He turns his life around and makes it his mission in life to prove he could be worthy of her love again. And oh my, did this guy know how to grovel. He had me at "hello." "This girl has always been my home. The music in my soul and the lyrics of my fucking heart. My rhythm." The day Willow left, her life completely changed. In more ways than anyone could have imagined. She did everything she could to get away from Stone, to renew her life and find the best way to cure her broken heart by working as a music therapist. After almost 2 years, she begins to find happiness again and is grateful for what she has: a daughter that gives her life, a job she loves and a wonderful new man who wants to be a part of her life and won’t break her heart. Until Stone finds her and together they finally face their past head-on. I loved Stone's determination to redeem himself for Willow. He did this from the very start and never wavered. It was never an option for him. I loved reading about his most poignant memories of them together. They cemented the fact that they belonged together. I loved Willow's resilience and courage, her determination to protect her heart and her daughter. I really enjoyed the music they created as well as the cover songs they sang. There's this one scene where they sing duets together at the bar where Willow worked part time that felt like my very own private concert. I played the songs on my phone because I wanted to listen to the lyrics, feel every word, understand even more how passionately they felt for one another. They were amazing together. “Music makes everything better.”

  30. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    Stoned is an incredibly emotional and heartbreaking story of redemption, forgiveness and ultimately unconditional love. Mandi Beck doesn't pull any punches and drags the reader on this brutally honest and raw journey right along with the characters. I think I experienced every emotion possible - anger, love, grief, hope, etc while reading/listening to this story. Stoned is a stand alone second chance romance. Stone is not the typical hero. In fact, I pretty much despised him for a lot of the book Stoned is an incredibly emotional and heartbreaking story of redemption, forgiveness and ultimately unconditional love. Mandi Beck doesn't pull any punches and drags the reader on this brutally honest and raw journey right along with the characters. I think I experienced every emotion possible - anger, love, grief, hope, etc while reading/listening to this story. Stoned is a stand alone second chance romance. Stone is not the typical hero. In fact, I pretty much despised him for a lot of the book. His addiction has overtaken his life and caused him to lose what he actually holds most dear. I appreciated that Mandi Beck did not rush Stone's character development. The story spans a couple of years and shows how difficult and trying the road to recovery is. There is no final destination, but rather it's a journey and battle that Stone will travel his entire life. Watching Stone take responsibility for his actions and battling his demons head on was emotional, but not as gut wrenching as Willow's journey. My heart broke for her so many times and I admired her strength and courage. A huge bomb is dropped in this book that I did not see coming at all. To say I was destroyed is an understatement. I loved how Mandi Beck let Willow grow in this story from the devoted love struck girl to an independent and strong woman. Do I agree with all of her choices? No. But I understand and admire her heart, resilience, and fortitude. If you have the chance to listen to this audiobook, I definitely recommend it! Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross give such outstanding and heartfelt performances! It let me not just read this book, but also experience the story. Please note that this book deals with addiction, but also another issue that may be a trigger for some readers/listeners. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but fair warning that this is not a flowery lighthearted love story. There are moments of humor and levity, but there are also some moments that will just rip your heart out. Ultimately however, it will heal you and leave you hopeful. I truly enjoyed this book and hope to see more of the Wrecked men in their own stories.

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