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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. Can 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. Can Ethan and Graham’s love withstand the revelations? Will the band continue to dominate, or will the music die? Be Warned: m/m sex, menage sex between minor characters


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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. Can 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. Can Ethan and Graham’s love withstand the revelations? Will the band continue to dominate, or will the music die? Be Warned: m/m sex, menage sex between minor characters

30 review for Facing the Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    SheReadsALot

    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 re 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 reporter and the musicians is a rocky one, to say the least. The beginning scene with Graham trying to introduce himself to Ethan at his home? Hilarious. The Texas Madmen have good reason to distrust reporters, the band members have a lot of dirty laundry: nymphomania (Hi Lars! <3), drug abuse, criminal activities, hiding in the closet- the list would be a reporter's dream. And at first, the group follows Ethan's lead and gives the cold shoulder. But at the heart of it all, they are good men, sometimes common sense just takes leave. Lars, the horny blonde guitarist is the standout of group and book for me. I would love to party with him, I'm sure it'd be legendary and bail would be set pretty high. The other band members were great (erm, Nate too) but Lars made me smile even though he wad just a minor character. Graham and Ethan find a connection and fall for one another but can Graham resist the tempting dirt he finds on all five group members? I commend Graham for the path he chose. It made for an enjoyable read. Both likeable beta men that finds happy together. Why not five stars? Well...the attraction between the main characters was believable, there still was an insta-love feel to it for me. Plus one of MC pulls a bonehead move in the last 10%. The aggrieved party does all the work to get his man back on track. I would have appreciated a little more groveling. I'm happy with the ending, it's romantic and again believable especially for the members of the Texas Madmen. Some of the drama they dealt with was painful but realistic. I totally would have bought their CD. Plus, a little pet peeve of mine...I need to know how the characters look especially the MC. We were told eye colors but what about their hair? It was minor niggles. But the story is solid. Okay sometimes the sweet parts were getting ready to hit Cheeseville but luckily something happened to save it. Yes there was drama but nothing over the top. For the lifestyles the men portrayed, I bought it. The ending for each group member was different, some sad, hopeful, angsty and happy. And authors...here is my plea. Please don't leave Lars and Aiden hanging. Both men deserve a HEA, together or apart. This rock band with their dimensional characters...they have legs for another go round. *cough*sequel*cough* Enjoyable musician MM Romance this was. A new pair of authors for me check out I will.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    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 Madm 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 Madmen around on their world tour. He is to write stories about what he sees along the way. Graham is one of the few journalists in the entertainment industry that actually have ethics and morals. He has a line that he will not cross. Graham falls head over heels for Ethan. I found Graham to be refreshingly honest. Ethan James is the lead singer of the band Texas Madmen. He along with the other members of the band hates reporters. Also Ethan really likes his privacy because he is “out” in the public and is not looking for anyone to tell his adorning fans he is gay. Also Ethan seems to have commitment issues. The chemistry between Ethan and Graham is blistering hot. If Ethan can pull his head out of the clouds they can make this a great long term relationship. The sex scenes were scorching hot. I loved that this story kept me on my toes. This story did not do what I expected, and I like that. This story pulled me in. I had a hard time putting this book down. I found the main and secondary characters realistic and believable. I liked that the characters were not perfect, they had flaws. Overall, this is a fabulous story. I will be keeping my eye out for more by this author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    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 se 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 seemed okay. Weird.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    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)[after everything and everyone was either dead or falling apart, it gave a quick round-up of what was going on and then it was over (hide 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. 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)[after everything and everyone was either dead or falling apart, it gave a quick round-up of what was going on and then it was over (hide 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    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 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

  6. 4 out of 5

    Silkeeeeeereads

    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. 

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becky Condit

    Please leave comments on Pattycake's 4 sweet pea review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.... 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 Please leave comments on Pattycake's 4 sweet pea review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.... 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 the plum assignment of interviewing Ethan James and traveling with he and his band Texas Madmen for a month. The basic facts are covered by the blurb, but to find out what’s really behind the legend you need to read it for yourself. This is a character driven story with a gripping and smoothly flowing plot that starts with a splash, and takes you on a wild ride to the end. The characters are solid and three dimensional, with the same hopes, dreams, habits both good and bad, and every other fear and foible as the rest of us. The trials, tribulations, and secrets from the past either make or break each character-some grow from the experience, and others crumble. The fascinating backstory lays a great foundation for the storyline, giving enough information to fill in any blanks. The sex is anything but boring, and is hot enough to steam up the screen! The author’s writing style is elegant, clean, and concise, pulling back the surface glamor, and giving a look at the all too tragic reality of what happens to so many famous rock stars and bands. I really like the blunt, gritty, and honest way the author portrays what really happens backstage and behind closed doors where life for all too many rock stars is anything but easy. This story has a bittersweet, but ultimately HEA ending that leaves you sad, yet happy at the same time. If you’re looking for a rock n roll that is ANYTHING but ordinary, then you definitely need to check this book out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    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 ban 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 band is not interested in a reporter touring with them, which is made clear, yet Graham cannot understand why they don’t welcome him with open arms once on tour. We are told that Ethan is the charismatic lead singer that everyone wants to be or be with. He is mostly shown spending his time catering to the needs and wants of his band mates. There are many side stories with the band members. They all have known each other for a long time and they all have a lot of history. We are briefly told some of it, but it wasn’t enough to truly understand all of the connections. There is the standard rule that band members can’t date each other, which isn’t fully explored, although the consequences of that rule get worked into the story. It got to the point where it was difficult to determine whose story this book wanted to tell as it was everyone’s and no one’s all at the same time. Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 her 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 here, but when the band crashed, the feelings that would normally accompany it (guilt, grief, desperation, and even shock) just weren't there. Yes it was sad, but as a reader, I want to feel it and I didn't. The story is supposed to be a romance, and it was. Not a bad one either. Overall the story was good, just not great. I really loved Ethan. I thought he was adorable. But I wasn't really invested in Graham. His character was one-dimensional and monotone-ish, if that makes sense. The side characters were very good, and there's the potential for a sequel or series. I would definitely read them. I really need to know what happens to Casey, and to Lars and Aiden. Poor Aiden really needs an HEA, and Lars needs to get his head out of his ass. I would recommend it if you are really desperate for a story about rock stars, but there are better ones out there.

  10. 4 out of 5

    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. For me, t 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. For me, the real issue was the romance between Graham and Ethan. It fell flat for me and I felt no connection to the characters. I was not interested in them getting together.

  11. 4 out of 5

    The TBR Pile *Book review site*

    http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/1/post/2... 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. http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/1/post/2... 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    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. 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Beyers

    Full review when posted on The TBR Pile Blog.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tullelulah

    I need Aiden & Lars to have their own book. Please... 4.5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lasha

    4.25 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Junebug

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa J.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cynrie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cate

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alba Campillo

  24. 5 out of 5

    DTW

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rina

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Pyka

  27. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Brand

  28. 5 out of 5

    mado

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alison

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