Face the Music (Replay #1) by K.M. Neuhold

Face the Music (Replay #1)

Lincoln I thought there was only one thing I needed to make me happy. I was so sure becoming a rock star would heal the dark corners inside me. But every time I walk onto the stage, with a roaring crowd screaming my name, all I can think about is the boy I left behind. All I want to do is rewind and make a different choice. Jace I thought I hated Lincoln when he ghosted me ten years ago and destroyed my heart. I thought I hated him when he wrote ...

Details Face the Music (Replay #1)

TitleFace the Music (Replay #1)
Release DateMay 20th, 2018
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Contemporary, Music, Musicians

Reviews Face the Music (Replay #1)

  • Cadiva
    Loved this book a lot. It deals with a difficult subject to get right - mental illness - but does so without over-playing it or under emphasising the seriousness.Lincoln and Jace were wonderful together in the flashbacks and it was easy to see why neither had been able to ever move on properly. I also loved the whole fated aspect which KM weaved into the narrative as it worked well for their relationship development ten years later The book doesn...
  • Ky
    3.5 stars"Face the Music" is the first book in a new series about the members of a rock band that somehow all get their happily ever after in the form of second chance romances during a much needed break to recharge and keep going.In this book, it's Lincoln the one who gets his second chance with his childhood best friend, Jace, who was also his first boyfriend. There is a certain amount of struggle for them to get over past hurts and betrayals b...
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    4.5 starsThis is the first time I’ve read K.M. Neuhold and I was impressed by this author’s ability to tell a story and the way one of the character’s need for self harm was woven into the plot. This was not an easy romance, the two main characters had a history from childhood friends to teens with big plans together when their lives were changed dramatically by a seemingly selfless act that left them both spiraling and trying to forget one...
  • Annika
    Audiobook reviewI essence, I absolutely loved and adored this story. I'm always partial for a scarred man, second chance stories and when combining that with a famous musician, I'm over the moon. This book opens up with present day Lincoln, rock star extraordinaire in the band Downward Spiral. An apt name if there ever was one as all of its members are spiralling fast out of control in one way or another. Lincoln is a bit worse for wear, drunk an...
  • Tj
    At eighteen Lincoln made a difficult decision. He loved music and was offered a shot with a recording company. To do so, meant hurting his person, the one who always had his back. It meant hurting Jace.Jace was college bound with dreams of being a doctor. If he went on the road with Lincoln and the band, college would never happen. In time, he would recent Linc. Lincoln wants Jace to have it all so he makes the decision for him. Lincoln flees in ...
  • Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
    4 StarsIf you’ve read my reviews in the past, you’ll know my favorite trope is definitely second chance romances and Face The Music was an enjoyable one. Lincoln abandoned Jace without even a goodbye ten years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a rockstar, and while he’s had tremendous success, he is miserable without the love of his life by his side. After a night of heavy drinking nearly kills him, he decides to get away and heads to a s...
  • Joyfully Jay
    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 starsFace the Music explores some fairly dark themes, which include self-harm and suicide, so please be forewarned that if this type of story line could be triggering for you it is best you go into this novel with advanced warning. The scenes of cutting are fairly graphic, never done to titillate or shock, but rather to expose the depth of Linc’s illness and depression. I was so impressed with the way in which Neuhold...
  • Dani Hodge
    #Replay #FaceTheMusic #DownwardSpiral #LincandJace Another AMAZING book by Author K.M. Neuhold!! Emotional, and full of sensitive subjects; Face the Music may not be for all readers, but I found it to be an amazing start to what looks to be an amazing new series! Jace and Lincoln are such deep character; I couldn't help but root for their HEA! This was a book that had me flipping the pages well into the night! If you are a fan of K.M. Neuhold or ...
  • Bev
    Nice second chances story. Linc's bi-polar diagnosis is something I've become quite familiar with in recent years, and Jace was very understanding. I have to say though that I would've thought someone should've picked up on it a helluva lot sooner...other band members, band manager, whoever....there was obviously a suicide attempt waiting to happen. Still not keen on present tense stories...3.5 stars rounded up.
  • Qin
    A longish, rather boring nothingburger poorly dressed up as a second chance romance, only saved from the one star treatment by dint of its reasonably good literary values. For one thing, the embraced structure of the book, with each chapter alternating between shared memories of the two lads written from the POV of one of them and the similarly focussed rekindling of their relationship in the present time, does not achieve too well its task of pr...
  • Gina Marie ~books are my drug of choice~
    As I read this book I picked up the clues that indicate real life major depression recurrent with hypomania, a form of bipolar disorder. I was impressed with how well done the show don't tell was. This book allowed the reader to reach that idea without being beat over the head with it. The fact that a character points out he has bipolar he is not the disorder. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Each finds a second chance at love during ...
  • Chris Kottner-Kirschner
    4.5 von 5 *Erfolg und Geld machen nicht immer glücklich. Und Lincoln musste diese Lektion schmerzhaft erfahren. Vor zehn Jahren hat er seine erste und einzige Liebe verlassen und ihn aus seinem Leben verbannt. Und Lincoln hat es an jedem einzelnen Tag bereut. Der Rockstar kämpft gegen die Vergangenheit, aber auch mit seinen dunklen Stimmungen und Selbstverletzungen. Bandkollegen und sein treuer Manager machen sich große Sorgen. Die Band ist ge...
  • Natosha Wilson
    Trigger Warnings: self harm, description of abuse, mental illness, attempted suicide.This was an incredible read. I was blown away by the characters in this book and the love that these two men undoubtedly have for one another and the length one man went through in order to make sure the other man did not give up his dream. Even if he broke both their hearts in the process.Lincoln is a famous rock star. He has all the fame he could have wanted as...
  • Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
    KM is giving us a new series about a band named Downward Spiral. The first story in the series is about Lincoln and Jace.It starts off as Lincoln in such emotional pain since he thought making it big would heal his heart. He figures out quickly that all the money won't make you whole. Lincoln spends his time dreaming of what could have been if he never left Jace behind but he thinks you can never go home again. Jace and Lincoln promised each othe...
  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    ~ 3.5 Stars ~ Face the Music is the first book in a new series about the members of a rock band that somehow all get their happily ever after in the form of second chance romances during a much-needed break to recharge and keep going. In this book, it’s Lincoln who gets his second chance with his childhood best friend, Jace, who was also Lincoln’s first boyfriend. There is a certain amount of struggle for them to get over past hurts and betra...
  • Amanda at WickedGoodReads
    Lincoln and Jace….I can’t even begin to give this book the justice it deserves, but I will try.First and foremost, this is a story of young love. But, also love lost, and the second chance some of us are lucky enough to get.When Lincoln walked out on Jace….each of their worlds changed. Jace went on with this life, as did Lincoln. But the choice Lincoln made to leave was by far, the hardest he has ever made. And it crushed him. Sure, he’s ...
  • SMJC
    Ugh, such a sad story !!! Don't get me wrong, it's super well written. I found the main characters to be very likable, and you could totally see the connection they share. The author did a great job giving us little glimpses here and there of what Lincoln was going through, and oh boy, did I feel for him. You also got the sense that Jace adored him, was truly his other half, and when things got tough, he stuck by him. I find this author likes to ...
  • Earlyn
    Linc and JaceA hard topic to cover. Self harming and depression, and just to make things more difficult bipolar.That was the struggle that Linc went through most of his adult.Linc and Jace met when they were kids and when they teenagers they fell in love and promised to be each other's forever.Linc got a record deal left Jace . Forward ten years and by faith they meet again.Feelings never left but learning to trust and dealing with mental issues....
  • Wendy Moore
    I truly enjoyed the story, it had a lot of feels. I loved both Lincoln and Jace. I love a second chance romance. My only complaint was I wish there had been a fight between them before getting back together. I think in needed to get ugly before it could get better. I think the author handle the mental illness with grace and they had a solid HFN finish. I hope we get an amazing epilogue for them all on the last book of the series!!
  • Amanda Wells
    I really love the ideas in this book. There's such good substance to each of the characters, and their situations. I just felt the dialogue really needed to be tightened. It didn't feel natural for a lot of it - like they were hitting story beats, rather than having real conversations. The build/climax was also a little lacking for me, even though there was a lot of potential. In my humble opinion, the book could be DAMN good if it went through o...
  • Lori
    I liked this book, but maybe not quite as much as Heathens Ink. I kind of felt like Linc's cutting could have been handled a little better. I don't know that much about it myself but I do know it's a serious issue. I'm not saying Mrs. Neuhold didn't treat it seriously; I am just not sure if someone would be doing as well as he was so shortly after Linc being diagnosed as Bipolar. There was a thread of sadness throughout the story that followed th...
  • Michael
    An excellent romance about second chances. I can't wait for the next book in the series. K.M. Neuhold is a new author to me and I will definitely be checking out more of her books.
  • Tracy
    3.5 starsI put this book off because of the self-harm aspect. When I decided to pick it up I didn't put it down. I couldn't wait to see if Jace would forgive Lincoln, when Lincoln would figure out his issues, and what happened to the other band mates. It was a good book.
  • Dani Elle Maas
    Being honest and loving the other serie by Miss Neuhold i was like i want a new one thereor in her collab with author Nora Phoenixbut i take my words back!This is so freaking goodI wanted more the minute i finished it!
  • Lucy
    ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial reviewTrigger warnings: Suicide attempt, self-harm. I have to start out by saying I’m probably in the minority about my rating on this one but I will explain why. Lincoln and Jace have been friends since they were kids, spending summers together at their family’s cabins by the lake. They were best friends who, at age 15, realized they could ...
  • Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
    2.5 Stars so rounding up to 3This book started out really strong – like 5 stars strong - and I was really excited because I’ve been on a bit of a bad book stretch. I was slow going with the reading, preparing for some major pain and heavy angst. I love second chance romances even if I’m not a huge fan of heavy angst and agony. The writing is really good at the beginning as well and I hated to put it down but I had to pace myself because the...
  • S
    Neither MC has any self-preservation. Both characters have things wrapped up in like 2 seconds. Oh I want to go to the cabin in Wisconsin, buy it for me, and three days later, he's there and owns it. Jace: OMG Lincoln is here, I hate him, I'm going to leave. Brother says, maybe you need closure. Oh hey, a split second later: you're right, I'll stay & start spending significant time with him. Boneheads, both of them.
  • Amy Dufera
    Wow! I can't explain how much I love this book. Face The Music is just a fantastic romance, and I am anxiously waiting for the next in this new Replay series by K.M. Neuhold!Lincoln grows up dreaming of becoming a rock star. And he works hard to achieve this dream. He just doesn't realize how much he will regret this choice. It never offers him the happiest he was hoping to find. Instead, he finds himself barely living and wishing that he wasn't....