A serious subject treated with compassion and a sweet romance

Face the Music (Replay #1)Face the Music by K.M. Neuhold

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this book a lot. It deals with a difficult subject to get right – mental illness – but does so without over-playing it or under emphasising the seriousness.

Lincoln and Jace were wonderful together in the flashbacks and it was easy to see why neither had been able to ever move on properly. I also loved the whole fated aspect which KM weaved into the narrative as it worked well for their relationship development ten years later

The book doesn’t pull any punches when it deals with Lincoln’s “black dog” or when it talks about his (view spoiler) so heed the trigger warnings.

I liked how Jace, after understandably being so angry with Linc, eventually realised why he’d left him without a word when they were teenagers. I liked that he got, that while it had been painful, Linc had done it for the right reasons.

The book is angsty, but it’s true and honest, never just for plot points, and there is no magic dick cure all here. Both men accept they will be dealing with Linc’s mental illness daily for the rest of their lives.

Now I need the rest of the band’s stories asap please!

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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