December 02, 2014

Metal Heart by Meredith Shayne (review)

Title: Metal Heart
Author: Meredith Shayne
Release date: January 27, 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: LGBT, Contemporary
Buy on: Amazon | Dreamspinner

Scott King swore off rock stardom after his band, King Phoenix, crashed and burned. Now in his forties, Scott lives a quiet life as a music producer and session guitarist. But in a box hidden in his wardrobe lie the relics of the past he left behind—a past filled with drugs, booze, and broken hearts. For sixteen years, Scott has had no contact with his former bandmates, so when he’s asked to play at a benefit gig for King Phoenix’s old sound man, his world turns upside down. A King Phoenix reunion means a run-in with Scott’s ex, Ash Walker—and sixteen years ago, believing Ash wanted to leave the band, Scott OD’d and almost died.

Since then, Scott has ruthlessly suppressed his feelings. As a result, he's completely unprepared for the impact of seeing Ash again, or for dealing with his emotions about the band’s demise. He definitely didn’t expect Ash to want to start up where they left off. Now Scott has to decide between his safe existence and the twenty-year-old love song that could cost him his sobriety—and his heart.

I read this book fairly quickly. I started reading it yesterday and kept reading without a break. It then was 1.30 am and I was still reading, only needed to read another 50 pages, but knew I really needed my sleep. So first thing today I finished the book. It doesn't happen that often to me that I feel the need to keep reading a book.

The story starts at present time with Scott getting a phone call from Ash. In the beginning you don't know much of the characters mentioned and what their relationship with each other is like, so you get curious really quickly. The next part of the book is all in chronicle order from the day Scott met Ash and the other band members Rory and Tommy. You read about how they started as a band, their first gigs and of course their big break. During their rise as a band you also read how Scott and Ash came to be and how things went from good to great to worse. The second part of the book is during present time where Scott meets Ash and the others for the first time in sixteen years again and the preparations for the benefit gig.

I felt emotional throughout the book. I think the emotions that especially Scott were feeling were expressed and formulated well and, at least for me, make you pick Scott's side in the story. However, further in the story you learn more about Ash and his feelings during the events and you start to see things more from both perspectives and I started to see Scott more as an asshole as the story progressed on. I think that's very well done, since it creates some real development with the characters as well with the story.

I liked this very much and it had me hooked from the beginning. Definitely recommend it.

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