Benny Jones grew up fast, much faster than anyone in his family realized, in the backwoods sticks of Wyoming. Blessed with movie star good looks he didn’t lack for female attention, and his first girlfriend set the tone for his romantic life. Older, beautiful, rich, and generous, she wanted to have a pretty toy to play with, and a prettier boy on her arm. His worth became defined by her needs, which left him feeling empty and hollow.
Ben found an escape from the sordidness of his world with music, and frequently lost himself in the sounds and rhythms he could create, trying to set aside the increasing feelings of worthlessness and betrayal. He knew eventually it would all catch up with him, and he was right. It did, the night he nearly died. Fortunately for Ben his older brother was there to save him. Again.
Now, he’s attempting to navigate the world as a sober artist, digging in and holding onto his dreams by sheer determination alone when Lucia walks into his life. Sweet, beautiful, caring, and oh-so off limits Luce makes him think there are better things in store for him. There are problems, though. Not only doesn’t she fit the mold of his previous ladies, but her father is one of his brother’s best friends. No problem, right?
Benny has found moderate success as in an up and coming band - Occupy Yourself. But he finds himself spiralling out of control and losing their contract with their music company. His decline leads him to playing in a bar where he sees his brother, which triggers an alcoholic episode, almost killing him. It’s at this point, Slate takes over as his brother’s keeper, and tries to help Benny crawl out of his dark place. He gradually begins a friendship with Lucia, and begins to rebuild the band.
This is a love story between Lucia and Benny, but it is so much more. Benny has always felt abandoned, but in his climb upwards, he discovers that his support group is growing, and there is family and love around him.
I love Rock Star books, and I love MC books. This is a mixture of both, and the message was beautifully written. I’m giving this book 5-stars!