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I am only now waiting for Diego and Benji to also finally sort their shit out, and hopefully after that Max and Felix! Only deducting one star because it was a little heavier than I'm used to! Caleb left Leo five years before without a word. Leaving his band and the man he loved behind, with no explanation. When Caleb returned, forcing the band to get back together. Hoping it will bring Leo back to him.

Leo lost the love of his life when Caleb deserted him. He closed himself off. Afraid to move on, just existing. Then Caleb returns and they both have to decide if they want a future together. The author did a very nice job capturing the indecision of Caleb left Leo five years before without a word.

The author did a very nice job capturing the indecision of the two main characters. Caleb so badly wanting the man he still loves back in his life, but not wanting to push the process and possibly lose Leo forever. Even though they were in love with each other, I loved watching them fall back into love again. This one had lots of angst, rocker boys being boys, and some hot times too. All the characters were interesting. Which I guess it was the main reason I couldn't connect with the characters. I liked the idea this book gave and I was sure I was going to love it. It didn't happen that way, sadly.

I liked everyone but Caleb and Leo. The first came back expecting, even if deep inside, to get everything back after his screwed up. The latter acted like he was right all the time, I understand he was hurt and I hate the for 3. The latter acted like he was right all the time, I understand he was hurt and I hate the forgive-and-forget but too much self-pity got on my nerves.

Even if their stories were confusing sometimes, I enjoyed knowing more about the other characters. I also liked not at first they were there for the main characters. Their journey is was slow, angsty, very rocky but at least they got each other in the end so overall, it was a nice read. May 06, Patrice Leonard rated it liked it Shelves: unlikable-mcs , part-of-a-series , comfort-hurt , jerk-mc , very-long-read , annoying-mc-mcs , unnecessary-angst , musicians , immature-mc-bratty-mc , second-chances.

Too long. Too much cliched, unnecessary angst. This book had almost pages. And honestly, of those pages contained so much over-describing of things, etc. I just did not enjoy this one as much as I should have. And I'm not sure I'm going to proceed with the next book in this series. Apparently it's Diego and Benji's story. And I know I won't be able to stand the uber-angst of that one. This one w Too long. This one was bad enough. I will say this though, I adored Caleb. A lot. Leo though? Well, he can go suck a bag of rocks. This story broke my heart right from the start.

An amazing second chance, slow burn that had everything. Love and pain, addiction and forgiveness. Leo and Caleb were part of a boyband but their lives were changed forever by addiction. Love takes hard work at times and that is clear here as five years later these two face the past and try to move forward, rebuild broken lives and along the way fall in love all over again.

I love a good rocker story! This one was emotional but oh so good! Can't wait for the next book! Review to come.

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Mar 13, Jennie rated it really liked it. Leo and Caleb hurt my heart. So much pain and anger between them that you wonder if they will make it. In saying that, you can also feel the love between them so you keep internally cheering for them. A fantastic journey of friendship and hope, joy, sadness, grief and so much love. This book irritated me the whole way through. It does have a lot of the feels everyone else commented on, but I didn't see them as the good kind. This whole book seemed to be about how everyone can make Caleb happy especially Leo and at the expense of his own feelings.

I kept waiting for Leo to standup for himself and win, but that never happened. Leo thought Caleb was his soulmate and Caleb left 2. Leo thought Caleb was his soulmate and Caleb left that behind without saying goodbye for five years. That is going to take a toll on your self esteem and the put into doubt your ability to read people and feel like you can believe in yourself.

Additionally it is going to fuel a fear of always being left by everyone around you. These things just seemed to be brushed aside to make Caleb happy. This whole book has Leo getting steamrolled over and over his and having his feelings disregarded by his "friends". He says no, and everyone just rolls over him like his feelings don't matter.

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In the long run Leo is happy about other people not listening which makes it even harder to accept. I'm all for outside your comfort zone, but sometimes moving slower to take the sting out would be nice and no one did that for him. Everyone bends over backwards to help Caleb cause he's been through so much, but what about Leo. Shoving his fingers down his ex's throat so he doesn't die of alcohol poisoning, cleaning up vomit and other bodily functions cause he's too out of it to do it himself.

That is huge and I don't feel like anyone takes that into account. Throughout the book it was always Leo doing everything for Caleb and I had a real problem with that since that was what he was doing when Caleb was in the throws of addiction. This book makes Leo look like a complete doormat. If Caleb doesn't get what he wants he just pushes him and his feelings around until he get what he wants. Leo does everything for Caleb to make him smile and ends up doing lots of things he doesn't want to do.

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This seemed like a horrible codependent unhealthy relationship. This book was told from only one MC's point of view Leo and perhaps that was where the problem lied for me.

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I didn't get to see any sacrifices that Caleb made for him, but to me it didn't seem like there were ANY. I'm all for forgiveness, but it seemed like Caleb needed to do A LOT more giving and making up for things instead of taking what he wanted. What we get is Leo bending over backward at every opportunity to make Caleb happy and why? Leo didn't do anything wrong. Obviously sometimes soulmates come in crappy packages, but I just didn't like anything about Caleb. Leo could have done better. The writing is beautiful and powerful that had me hooked from the very first page and had me captivated until the very last page.

This book has the most wonderful and amazing things. The book tells the story of the former members of the band Star Shadow. The focus is on Leo and Caleb, but the other boys, Benji, Diego, and Max have their own significant 4. The focus is on Leo and Caleb, but the other boys, Benji, Diego, and Max have their own significant role.

Five years after it all went downhill, the boys, now men, come together for a reunion tour. Much has happened during those five years. The most important that Caleb has found his way back to being the person he was before the band started. Not the same, but also not that different. More an intriguing mix of both. Although he is not the one who had to go to rehab, he had his own battles to fight and is still fighting them.

The author does an amazing job describing all the feelings of hurt, grief, betrayal, guilt, and love. And just like Rome is not built in a day, it takes time for Leo to come to terms with all that had happened. He has to sort out his feelings, one day at a time, and he has to find in his heart if he can forgive Caleb. Both Caleb and Leo are interesting and complex characters. Then it was Leo with whom I had trouble with because he was so stubborn and dare I say a bit self-pitying. This happened a few more times in the book. I was constantly switching back and forth with my sympathy, but they grew on me, and in the end, I was rooting for them both.

Throughout the story, their love was shining through, strong and deep. I wanted to shake them so many times to get their heads out of their you-know-what and just go for what was so blatantly obvious. That they were meant to be together from the moment they met. They have their own issues to deal with. But instead of keeping Leo and Caleb out of the spotlights, it deepened the complicated journey Leo and Caleb had to travel.

The only thing I had a bit of trouble with that at times, I found their tone and actions were not always appropriate of their age. They are twenty-six, but sometimes I felt they were much younger.

Mar 12, Joseph rated it it was amazing. A truly epic slow burning tale that takes two ex-lovers and put them on a road to re-connection and reconciliation that is filled with heavy emotional feels and history between them that guides them and us the readers on tour that changes the perception of what was once hurt and pain to forgiveness and renewal. Leo and Caleb were wonderfully written characters, along with the rest of "the Band members" ,Diego Benji and Max. The utter destruction that Caleb left Leo with in his heart when he disa A truly epic slow burning tale that takes two ex-lovers and put them on a road to re-connection and reconciliation that is filled with heavy emotional feels and history between them that guides them and us the readers on tour that changes the perception of what was once hurt and pain to forgiveness and renewal.

The utter destruction that Caleb left Leo with in his heart when he disappeared from his life and the bands life 5 yrs earlier was a grand canyon sized void that left Leo empty and bitter and unforgivably hurt. His return to full fill a contractual clause that brings the band Star Shadow back together to do a tour is ripe for everything to go sideways, if they can even get in the same room to talk to each at all.

Along the way the author weaves a heartfelt, and windy tour path that takes us back in flashbacks , and moving us forward as these men not only relearn how to be friends, but if the magic still sparks in both of them, now that Caleb is back and better version of himself , clean and sober. There are so many moments that brought me great smiles as there is much humor especially when dealing with a boy band now eased into adulthood and more at ease with themselves as a unit than they even thought possible.

The relationship that blossoms again with Leo and Caleb is so sweet and brimming with love even though Leo keeps trying to hold onto his hurt. I felt myself just being swept along in this wonderful world and spent a few nights enjoying this wonderful story and all the fun , and joy and love of the road came into full view in my mind with wonderful expression through the words. A book well worth it! And I wish these guys were really a band I would def go see them!! This is the first in a new series about the men of Star Shadow, a band that broke up five years ago when Caleb disappeared.

Now he suddenly turns up and is demanding that they go back and finish the tour they started. This is hardest for Leo, who was Caleb's boyfriend and best friend at the time. Both men are dealing with issues that they had back then as well as what's happened and the effects it all caused in the time they've been apart. Going back on tour doesn't just mean performing again, i This is the first in a new series about the men of Star Shadow, a band that broke up five years ago when Caleb disappeared.

Going back on tour doesn't just mean performing again, it's being in constant close proximity to the man who left him. We read this story from Leo's POV and he's got fantastic support from his other friends and band mates - Benji, Max and Diego - as well as his mother and brother. There's a lot of emotion contained within this story that understandably starts off in quite a low place but the chance to understand why and be around the only man who has had his heart is something that cannot be missed.

Beth has written their situation really well and handled delicate situations with love and care. The hard parts of the story are buffered by survival and friendship, shining something positive into the dark. We have the occasional flashback chapter to help us understand the origin and journey of Leo and Caleb's relationship and I found it quite adorable with the tales of first love but hard to read some of the struggles that the two went through, mostly caused by outside forces.

I can't wait to read more from this band of characters that work so well together. They are all really good friends but it's clear to read where there is also a slightly different and stronger bond than just friendship. A definite recommendation and looking forward to book 2. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review Apr 29, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. This is a true phoenix, rising-from-the-ashes kind of a story. It's hard to learn to see past old habits, old hurt and resentment, low esteem, guilt and depression.

It's even harder to put your past choices under a microscope. But Leo did just that. Though pretty much the entirety of this book chronicles Leo's slow struggle to come to terms with the black hole the last 5 or so years of his life had become, I thought there was an excellent balance between past and present, including the secondary This is a true phoenix, rising-from-the-ashes kind of a story. Though pretty much the entirety of this book chronicles Leo's slow struggle to come to terms with the black hole the last 5 or so years of his life had become, I thought there was an excellent balance between past and present, including the secondary characters' stories, that kept the pace engaging and the plot intriguing.

There is a lot of pain and healing in the pages of this book -- a lot of despair, anger, denial, epiphanic moments, love and joy -- all of which were masterfully conveyed through writing style, word choice, and dialogue. It gave ample opportunity for internal distractions such as figuring out their own relationships and minimal opportunity for external distractions other than their own music and what it means to each of their journeys. This stand-alone story soars on its own merits.

But I also found myself very happy to see that this is book 1 in a new series, according to the author's website. All of the characters were so well-developed in this book, and I am glad I will be able to see what happens next. Caleb and Leo were soulmates. That was clear from the beginning of this sometimes difficult - but always beautiful - story. The record label their band signed with controlled them to the point of forcing them to hide their love, which was more than the young men, especially Caleb, could deal with. My heart broke for them, and I loved every step they took back to each other when a healed Caleb reappeared years later.

Leo went through horrendous pain during the time Caleb was gone, like no one sho Caleb and Leo were soulmates. Leo went through horrendous pain during the time Caleb was gone, like no one should have to endure; and it wasn't unreasonable to think he might not be able to forgive. Caleb, with his perfect smile and loving heart, understood that, but he wanted everything with the man he still loved.

I adored all the bandmates, as well as Leo's brother. There were several relationships floundering here, but the focus remained on the main couple. This book stole my heart. It was painful and difficult, but it was also sweet and comforting. And when it turned sexy, it was just, wow! I loved seeing this all unfold from Leo's point of view. And now, I find myself still worrying about the secondary relationships. I just want everyone to be happy. Maybe if I hope really hard, the author will give us another book or two to let the other guys in the band find their own romances.

I would love that. This is an amazing story and I love everything about it.

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I was fully engaged from the first page until the last and I could not put it down even though it made me cry. It is beautifully written, very emotional, full of hope, heartbreakingly sad, full of life lessons, deals well with difficult issues, shows how true love can prevail over huge obstacles and all of the characters are incredible. This is one of the few books I have read that made me feel that true soulmates exist. Leo and Caleb are This is an amazing story and I love everything about it. Leo and Caleb are meant to be together and even though they were apart for many years once they meet again the connection between them is undeniable.


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Leo is torn by his feelings toward Caleb and he doesn't know if he will be able to forgive him.