Stoned by Mandi Beck
Published by Indie on July 13, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, 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, fucks 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.
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.
So, I’ve been a stalker of Mandi’s for a while now. She will always been one of those author’s that I will read anything she writes. No questions asked. Her Caged Loved Series is in my list of Top Books of 2015. So when I found out about Stoned, I’ve been dying to get my hands on it!
Stone Lockhart has become your typical bad boy rocker. He lives his life chasing his next high through drugs and sex. He has the love and support of his long-time girlfriend but eventually his behavior and his desire for drugs pushes her away. When his life spirals so far down, he is forced to make a change. Realizing that he no longer has the love of his life, he goes to rehab to get clean for himself and for the woman he needs in his life. Is it too late to win her back?
Willow Avery has loved Stone since they were teenagers. After all these years, she didn’t see this coming. Being forced to leave behind the man that she’s always loved. Now she is moving forward with her new life. As far aways from Stone as possible. Unfortunately, the one man she needs to forget is the one man she can’t seem to stop thinking about.
This is a beautifully broken yet inspiring story. Both the hero and heroine are struggling with some major situations that they have to overcome. Their story, both individually and together, will most likely inspire some people that have either gone through this or know someone that has.
My favorite part of this is how integrated music is into their lives. Both Stone and Willow breathe music and I loved the passion that they have. Music plays an important role in my life and it’s just a beautiful thing to see how passionate people become. When their music is their soul.
“This girl has always been my home. The music in my soul and the lyrics of my fucking heart. My rhythm.”
I really enjoyed the writing style and thought that all of the characters were well developed. Everyone has a place in each other’s life and they all worked together as “family.” The only thing that held me back just a little was that I wanted a little bit more Stone and Willow. More of who they were together before she leaves him. We do get flashbacks in his relentless and amazing determination to show Willow how much they belong together, but I just wanted a little bit more. I think I might have been a little bit more emotionally connected with them. DO NOT get me wrong. I was connected to them and their story and I really liked it. I could feel the love, pain, heartache, hope, etc between them. I just wasn’t fully connected enough to feel it WITH them. If that makes, sense.
Overall, I really did enjoy this book and I will certainly recommend it to everyone. If you are looking for an angsty book with a bad boy rocker chasing after the love of his life, then this is absolutely the book for you.