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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Ice is an asshole, but he’s working on it. He’s two years sober, no small feat when you front a heavy metal band facing waning popularity and dismal ticket sales. But, the pieces of a life torn apart by alcoholism are finally coming back together. His band, Wounded Martyr, has written a great album with the potential to launch them back into relevancy. And Ricky, probably ...more
Published December 16th 2019 by Nine Star Press
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Jeannie Zelos
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Wounded Martyr, Courtney Maguire

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Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA

I really thought I'd like this book, I love romance, love m/m romance and love the rock star trope. And yet I just feel confused about this story. I got to the end and it wasn't with the satisfaction of a good read, but with the feeling of What did I just read? Was that really how it would end?

Its very well written, the words convey really clearly the downsides of addiction, of how staying sober seems t
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
You ever sit down and start a book and dont stop until it's finished?!??!!!
This was that book.
And to be honest I dont even know if I can describe whether or not I liked it.

This book in a nutshell is about addiction and other stuff but I wouldn't necessarily say it was a romance....

Yes there was sex and a few MC's and rock and roll.

And the ending left me feeling incomplete, like wrapped up in a bow and done.

I felt like I didnt get the closure that "I" needed with this book.

I liked it but I
Ice is the lead vocalist for Wounded Martyr. He’s sober. But he makes one of those mistakes that you usually make when you’re drunk… he has sex with bandmate and best friend, Ash. From that point forward things in Ice’s life begin to come apart.

This is an interesting novella with a lot of substance in it! Ice’s issues with alcohol (and later cocaine) are the way that he deals with … everything. The one place that he seems comfortable, is buried in his music and working with the band. The problem
Angel Hatfield
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Ice is an asshole, but he’s working on it. He’s two years sober, no small feat when you front a heavy metal band facing waning popularity and dismal ticket sales. But the pieces of a life torn apart by alcoholism are finally coming back together. His band, Wounded Martyr, has written a great album with the potential to launch them back into relevancy. And Ricky, probably the biggest, most important piece, has finally forgiven him for the wreck he made of their relationship. There’s only one prob ...more
Sam B
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did but unfortunately, for all that the writing wasn't bad, I found that I didn't really care for any of the characters, especially not the main character. I understand that addiction is a difficult thing and I thought the author dealt with it well. It wasn't something, however, that made me want to continue reading it. Honestly, it felt more like a chore, needing to see the ending just to say that I could and thankfully, it was short enough that I was able ...more
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
2.5 Stars!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of NineStar Press via NetGalley
Genre: MM Rock star romance

The synopsis is what pulled me in but there were parts that didn't do it for me in the long haul.

The story is about Ice whom is the lead singer of Wounded Martyr. He's also an alcoholic but has been in recover for 2 years. Ashton has been his best friend and band mate for over 20 years. Never have they crossed the line until this tour which drives Ice back to his ex-boyfriend R
Bronwyn Heeley
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
this book was about relapsing.
I read it in one sitting, didn't realise I'd not moved until I finished it.
the thing is it was so unemotional.
there was no emotions in his relationship with Ashton, we just were told, sorta that they were best friends, maybe, but not really. they knew each other for twenty years, that's for sure.
there was no real emotion for Ricky, because he was lusting after Ashton the whole way so even though it was told that there was a relationship it wasn't really shown.
Just Gimme Da Books
I wanted to love this book. I really did. It had so much catnip and the writing really was well done. However, I struggled to connect with the story or to believe the relationships. Ice's addiction and all the ramifications that come with it are by far the best part of this story because the author delves deep and they feel real. But the relationships? The endless doom and gloom and sadness hanging over everything? It got to be a bit too much.

I'm not sure I'd even call this a romance. It doesn't
Dec 29, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I'm going to honest and admit that the only reason I requested this book was because I did not understand the synopsis in the slightest. Maybe I was sleep-deprived in that moment or just stupid, nonetheless I did not understand it. Sadly this carried over to the book. By 37% I still wasn't sure who the actual couple was to be, because the two guys that I think will get the HEA in the end were still sleeping with other people at 37% and had maybe exchanged 10 sentences with each other. You might ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Ice is now sober and working to stay that way. His band suffered because of what happens when substance abuse is a part of the story and they are trying to pull it together and climb back up. But there are personal things that are getting in the way. Ice and Ashton - his bandmate and friend, had a one night stand that they must work beyond. And Ice is in a relationship with Ricky. There is a lot going on in this well written story. It really is about the three of these men finding their rhythm a ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Wounded Martyr is a story with a complex relationship between two band members.
It's messy and complicated, as one is torn between love and lust.
Oscar's a recovering alcoholic, which is well explored.

It has a ton of potential, but it feel very short for me. I felt like I missed something, like from a previous book. I wanted to like it, but I just didn't feel the connection between the men.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
The story was interesting and the characters were decent, but I failed to really get into this story very much. The relationships would have benefited from more background. The love triangle angle didn't really feel real with so little time given to any sort of relationship back story. We are told that Ricky and Ice have history but you don't feel it. ...more
Joscelyn Smith
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't really get why this didn't work for me, it was well-written and the characters were engaging but I just did feel any kind of way about them. Maybe I wasn't in the right mindset at the time but it's only a 3.5 for me, maybe I'll like it more if I reread it at a later date. All in all an okay read.

*I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by NetGalley*
Jeanne Richardson
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 1st book I've read written by Courtney Maguire; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
H. Taylor
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did! I’ve discovered that I am a sucker for a MM romance, involving a band! Also, I suppose this may be a spoiler (?), however there is a love triangle of sorts, and I hate this trope, but it was done in such a way that I actually didn’t mind it! I do wish that they had really gone into more exploration around this part of the story as it seemed to resolve itself a little too quickly to be believable.
I loved the look into addiction; I don’t know ho
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