Review: Stoned by Mandi Beck

Posted July 14, 2016 by Angie in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Stoned by Mandi BeckSTONED by Mandi Beck
five-stars
on July 13, 2016
Genres: Adult, Musicians, Romance
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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.

I usually like to let my thoughts stew in my brain after I read a book that takes me on an emotional journey hitting every single emotion on the way to the end. THIS was that book and I couldn’t get on here fast enough to write this review. I didn’t want to forget anything.

I follow Mandi on several social media platforms and have been NOT SO PATIENTLY waiting on this book. It’s not that I don’t like “rocker” books, it’s just not something that tickled my fancy BUT it’s Mandi Beck therefore will read ANYTHING that she writes and was stoked that she was working on a new series. I’ve followed teasers, posts and read the blurb but nothing could have prepared me for what was deep inside these pages and let me tell you, it was absolutely beautiful. There were moments that I laughed, moments that I cried, moments that I truly wish that I could re-live. And, I get it now. When my friends say, “I’m jealous that you’re reading it for the first time. I wish I could. I loved that book so much.” I get it. I wish that I can rewind time and go back and read this all over again.

Stone and Willow. God, where do I begin? I’ll start with their love. It’s beyond strong. It’s powerful. It’s tried, true and unconditional. What these two have gone through and continue to go through is ugly, horrible and sad, yet underneath it all there is always love. Stone is an addict and addiction is an ugly beast. Mandi portrays all the trials and tribulations that come with that in this book beautifully. I felt his pain, felt his frustration but most of all I felt his love, the strength of his mission. The mission? Get clean and win Willow back. He does it with such ferocity that you absolutely cannot help but root for the man. Willow is a force to be reckoned with herself. She puts up a great front and fight and I love her for it. She tries so hard to put her life back together but is so torn over what to do when she’s face to face with the one that’s wrecked her so. I loved how Stone would not give up on Willow, how he wouldn’t take no for an answer no matter what he faced. He had the “I have nothing to lose” attitude with the task at hand and I admired that in him. That’s love. That’s dedication. He shows that while getting clean, he shows that when he’s working so hard to win her back. I loved Willow’s attempt to be rid of Stone but I’m also glad that she gave into what she knew was right. Stone.

I can seriously go on and on. It’s a beautiful story that has touched me in so many ways that I urge you to do the same and read it, savor it and love it. The prologue wrecked me. The middle point of the book wrecked me. The ending put me back together and all of it was pure perfection. Go and get Stoned.

 

 

Angie

five-stars

About Mandi Beck

Writer, wife, mom, student and avid reader.

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