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Facing the Music

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Ethan James, charismatic leader of the rock band Texas Madmen, only wants to play music, until he meets reporter Graham Henderson. Suddenly Ethan’s world isn’t just about music anymore. But Graham’s job is to write an exclusive that will make waves. That means digging up all the dirty laundry that the band has kept under cover for years—and deciding what to do with it.

ebook, 160 pages
Published August 2nd 2013 by Evernight Publishing (first published August 1st 2013)
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A Hearts On Fire Review

4.25 STARS--Rockstar romances...they are everywhere. Sometimes it's hard to weed the good ones from the bunch. I found it in writing duo, Sue Holston's delicious MM Romance "Facing the Music".

Magazine reporter Graham Henderson has been contracted to follow one of the hottest rock bands, Texas Madmen, on their cross country tour. The group headed by the sexy Ethan James does not like reporters. Their band manager thinks otherwise and the forced relationship between the
For a sex, drugs and rock and roll book this seemed a bit tame to me. Yes, there was sadness and addictions, cheating and men in the closet. But it all lacked some link between me and the characters. ...more
Romancing the Book
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, erotica, contemporary
Reviewed by Melissa D
Book provided by Evernight Publishing
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Facing the Music by Sue Holston is not part of a series but I would love to know more about these characters as well as the other members of the band. More importantly I want to know what happens next. I chose this book because it looked interesting and you never know when Rock stars are involved what will happen.

Graham Henderson is a reporter that has been hired to follow the group Texas
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
What to say? What to say? Well, I wanted to love it. I tried to love it. It just didn't work. I didn't really feel the chemistry between the MCs so never really cared if they got together or not. I don't know why. The story itself was interesting enough. A reporter following a rock band around....I think I was rooting more for Lars and Aiden. Hmmm. And towards the end when the shit hit the fan? Well, it was just depressing. It's like everything fell apart and I was left wanting. Nobody really ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
This book didn't click for me. While the characters were likeable, the storyline engaging, it never really came together. And then at the end, (view spoiler) and I was left feeling unsatisfied. There were some typos (Adrien vs Adrian) and that was distracting... this really had potential, but for me, it just fell a bit flat.
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, m-m-read
Typical sex, drugs and rock n' roll story. I usually love this type of story but i just couldn't feel it. The MCs felt wrong to me and I felt that the attention should have been more on another set of characters
Becky Condit
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Graham- “It must be such a rush up there, performing like that.” Ethan- “Yes, a rush like none I’ve ever felt. It’s better than sex, drugs, and money some nights. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

We’ve all heard the phrase “sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll”, and in Facing the Music by Sue Holston, this phrase is brought to brilliant and all too tragic life. Rookie reporter Graham Henderson is handed
Joyfully Jay
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3 stars

To start off with, we have Graham trying to make a name for himself in journalism and meeting Ethan who is not expecting him nor interested in talking to a reporter. This sets up the initial conflict and Graham is immediately attracted to Ethan, but there has never been any evidence that Ethan is attracted to men. Graham states how professional he is, yet falls for Ethan instantly while on the job and does nothing to keep a distant professional relationship. The
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I absolutely LOVE stories with rock stars. S.J. Frost's Conquest series remains one of my favorites. I really, really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't. The story line is similar to Ann Lister's Fall for Me (which I loved-another fave), with the MCs being the singer of a rock band and a journalist. The difference, for me, was the emotion in the writing. Facing the Music lacked emotions that the reader could feel. It felt empty and lacked character. Trying not to give any spoilers ...more
Pamela Su
A rock star romance that doesn't quite deliver the buzz expected.

The story was entertaining enough. The rock star life described in the book was fairly convincing. This was a more clean cut band in the industry and despite the attempt to make the side characters more "rock star"-like with the sex and drugs aspect, this seemed to be a tamer, pop-friendly type of band.

The story didn't flow smoothly overall. Some of the drama and blow ups near the end lacked the impact it should have had.

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The TBR Pile *Book review site*

This book is full of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, with disintegrating band members, pasts coming back to haunt people, and presents that are none too rosy. I loved the way the author was able to make me nearly hear the music, feel the heat and excitement of the crowds, and see the difference between venues of
the book.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars--There was just too much going on in this read. Everyone in the band had his own little story line, and everything that could go wrong did. I love angst in a story, but there was so much upheaval in this one that it didn't feel real. Great potential, but in the end, just too much drama.
Mandy Beyers
Full review when posted on The TBR Pile Blog.
I need Aiden & Lars to have their own book. Please...

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Sue Holston is the writing team of Sue and H.L. Holston. Their first novella, In the Name of the Law was published by Total E Bound on February 13, 2012.

Our second novel, Facing the Music will be released by Evernight Publishing on August 2, 2013.