Friday, July 15, 2016

Blog Tour: Stoned by Mandi Beck


Come get Wrecked with Stone and Willow in this second chance Rock Star Romance!



“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.
His rhythm.
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.

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5 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Mandi Beck has done it again!  I absolutely loved this book.  It is gritty and raw at times, a second chance love story complete with drama and angst and one you will not be able to put down.  There were moments in this book where I was completely gutted, moments where I questioned how this story would end and moments where I wanted nothing more than for Willow and Stone to find their way back to each other. 

Willow and Stone are two people who are soul mates, who made beautiful music together, both on stage and off.  They were each other’s rhythm.  They are two people who are so deeply in love that you feel it.  But all that crumbles when chasing the high becomes more important to Stone than anything.  Willow is tired of the way that Stone has been treating her, tired of seeing the man that she fell in love with become someone else.  She deserves so much more than what Stone is giving her right now.  She deserves to be loved and treasured like she once was.  She has watched him continue on this downward spiral and as much as she loves him she knows that she cannot continue to be hurt by him.  She makes the decisions to leave and hopefully never look back. 

Stone is this Rock God who has everything he could have ever hoped for.  He has become the rock star that he was always meant to be. He has fame and money and he has Willow.  Until he throws everything that they once had away, and for what?  Moments that he doesn’t even remember?  For the thrill of the high?  The day Willow left he fell deeper and deeper into that black hole.  When the tour was over and he truly realized what he lost it made him fall even deeper.  It isn’t until he is sent to rehab that he really begins to see the man that he has been for the last year or so.  He sees how bad he has hurt the only person that he has ever loved more than anything. He is determined to get clean and get his girl back.  But when he finally gets to the point where is ready to fight for her, will it be too late?

When I first met Stone he is the epitome of everything that I do not like in a man.  The drugs, the women, the way he treated Willow.  It just broke my heart for Willow and made me disgusted with his actions all at the same time.  I wondered how this man would ever be able to redeem himself.  But as the story goes on and you see the real Stone, there is no mistaking the love he has for Willow.  There is no doubt that the love he has for her runs so deep within his soul.  She is his everything and seeing how he fights for her, how he will do whatever it takes to prove to her that he is a changed man, gave me hope.  The hope that maybe in time Willow will be able to forgive him and move on.  Despite everything he put her through, despite his mistakes I fell for him.  I fell for him because he owned up to his mistakes, he wanted to be the man that Willow deserved.   He wanted to be the man he was when they first met and fell in love.  It has always been Willow for him.  And he was so determined to prove it all to her.  He knew it would not be easy but he fought like hell for her.

Willow was such an amazing heroine.  My God what this girl went through and not just with Stone.  He hurt her in so many ways and to see that and witness his actions made me feel for this girl.  I hurt with her.  But she also went through so much after she left.  Willow is a very strong woman, the only person to ever really call Stone out on his shit.  But it took so much for her to leave that night and so hard for her to leave it all behind and move on.  It wasn’t easy but at one point she was finally able to put Stone in the past and move on.  Only for him to walk into her life, bringing back all her feelings and emotions when it came to him, both good and bad.  Willow has so been through so much and seeing Stone again brings it all back.  But she has to decide if they can move forward.  Can she forgive him for everything he put her through?  Will she ever be able to truly trust him again?  No matter how much she may still love this man is she willing to risk her heart again by being with him?

This story was so much more than a second chance romance.  It was also about self discovery, and truly finding yourself again.  When Stone was clean and found Willow again she was a different person because of her experiences.  She was stronger and I loved her for that.  But Stone was also so different as well.  He was so determined to prove his love, prove that he is the man that is worthy of her and because of that I loved him even more. 

This book will have your emotions all over the place.  There is one moment that completely shocked me but also gutted me at the same time.  In  that moment my heart broke for the both of them for different reasons. For Willow because of everything she went through.  And for Stone because I could feel the guilt and how hard it hit him.  It was such an emotional scene for so many reasons and it was after that moment that I needed these two to find their way back, because I was so afraid after that moment that they wouldn’t.  They had both been through so much pain and this was a moment that could break them all over again.  There was drama and angst that gave me knots in my stomach.  This book was intense and at times just gritty and raw.  It is one of those books that you will not want to put down but one that will always stay with you.  I am not even sure I am doing this book justice because My God I cannot even put into words what Mandi Beck did to my heart in this book.  She completely wrecked it but in the end she pieced it all together nice and perfect.  And for that I thank her J

Aside from Willow and Stone, there are supporting characters in this book that I loved and feel the need to mention them.  They were  Stone’s band mates and manager, Law, Arrow and Judgd.  I loved them and how they were there for Stone.  How they helped him, supported him and were the best friends and brothers they could be for him.  But it was also their relationship with Willow and how deeply they cared for her as well that just made these three men special.  I really hope Ms. Beck gves them their own stories.

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Willow isn't a performer. She’s too honest and pure for that. She plays and sings with her heart. If she’s mad, she sings angry shit. Happy, she smiles throughout the whole damn song making you smile too. But I know the moment I hear the chords of “Over,” this set she’s working on is all me. She can’t see me in the corner here, but she sings for me nonetheless, and I feel every fucking word. Every last note as she pours her heart out. This is a Willow that was always reserved for me. She never wanted to be in the spotlight. We begged her to be in the band and not just help write the music, but she said no, over and over. But when it was just her and I, this was the Birdie I got. We would play for each other for hours, late into the night, sometimes it would lead to us fucking, and other times it was because we had just finished, our bodies sated, but our souls still full of passion and adrenaline. A naked Wills wearing nothing but a guitar is the most beautiful fucking sight in the world and just thinking about it now makes me hard.

“Stone? Babe? Wake up, I can’t sleep.” I can hear her but can’t make my eyes open to see her. The bed shifts and then dips. Willow straddling my lap has my eyes opening slowly, blinking the sleep away. I suck in a breath when I can finally focus. My beautiful Birdie is sitting astride me, completely naked except for her brand new custom Martin. Her fingers lovingly stroking over the fret board. “I wrote you a new song,” she whispers excitedly. Peering up at her, I can see the excitement on her face, the love in her whiskey-colored eyes. As she starts playing I shift. My bottom lip clamped between my teeth I gently tug the sheet lower down my legs inconspicuously. She begins singing and I feel a lightness wash over me. Her words like a balm on my now overly heated skin. Every time she opens her mouth, beauty pours from it, and I have the urge to fill her. Fill her any way that I can so that I can touch that music. Be her music the way she’s mine. Entranced, I watch as Willow falls into her zone, eyes closed, face intense in its peacefulness. As she hits the bridge, her voice raising an octave, I slip inside her. Pussy wet, always so wet when she gets like this, I thrust. Her eyes don’t open, but she softens, all of her relaxing into me. When I begin rocking back and forth, slowly, rhythmically in sync with the chords she plays, she falters for a beat. Gradually her eyes open, landing on mine just long enough for me to see all the love from moments ago turned to lust and a deep, needy want. She’s close. Thank fuck.
Careful to not bump the guitar, I slide my thumb to her clit and play her, same as she plays her Martin. Silently we make music together as her song envelopes us, breathier than before. I join in on the chorus, my raspy voice melding with hers as I fuck her, pushing us both over the edge.
Blissed out and with hands on her thighs, I smile wickedly, “Sing it for me again, Wills.”

I’m brought from my thoughts when Law elbows me. “Where’d you go, bro? You okay?” he whispers just as the song finishes and she takes a moment to sip from her mug. I’d bet money it was tea. She always drank tea to soothe her throat when she was serious about a session or we had a lot to work out in the studio.
“Yeah, man. Just thinking about Wills.” Shrugging sheepishly, I glance over at him before letting my gaze settle back on Willow. “I haven’t had to share her like this in forever, not even with you guys really. Not like this.” My voice is pitched low so that it doesn’t travel. “It’s fucking with my head a little. There’s never been a time that she wasn’t mine and that music wasn’t ours. Ya know?”

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About the Author
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Writer, wife, mom, student and avid reader.

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