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MATURE CONTENT language, sex, drugs, rock and rollMorgan Mallory meets beautiful, sexy, blond haired, blue eyed, Mathew O'Conner, a singer in a rock band, when she's just a teen. Her instant physical attraction to him completely unnerves her. Their convoluted relationship transcends years, and even when she knows it would be best to stay away from him she can't seem to stoMATURE CONTENT language, sex, drugs, rock and rollMorgan Mallory meets beautiful, sexy, blond haired, blue eyed, Mathew O'Conner, a singer in a rock band, when she's just a teen. Her instant physical attraction to him completely unnerves her. Their convoluted relationship transcends years, and even when she knows it would be best to stay away from him she can't seem to stop herself. What is it about the bad boy she seems to love? An edgy coming of age novel that is erotic, entertaining, and deeply moving. The characters will seize you and stay with you long after the read is finished. Not your predictable Cinderella story....

Title : Boy in a Band
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ISBN : 9780557301775
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Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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Boy in a Band Reviews

  • Lori Duvall-Robertson
    2018-07-22 04:39

    This is one of those rare finds! I had read about this book on a blog somewhere and then read its reviews. After the promising reviews I decided to go for it needing a change . After attempting to read the first chapter I was puzzled as to why I had decided on this book in the first place. I went back to the reviews trying to remember why. Again the reviews were all the same, telling me it was a must read. I honestly did not understand their opinion but decided to read on. It was late in the third chapter or perhaps somewhere in the forth that I began to get it. Throughout the book I was tormented, first at the remembrance of being a teenage girl and then as a mother of a teenage girl. I wanted so bad to tell Morgan how much I understood. I wanted to yell at her and hug her all at once. Instead I hugged my own daughter. Assuring her and myself. I found I could not put this book down for many reasons but mostly because my heart was breaking and I just knew that getting to the end would make it all better. Oh, how I was wrong. The journey in this book reminded me sometimes there are no happy endings, and the road to self discovery is a long lonely road but in the end everything happens for a reason. I would like to say just like the reviewers before, give this book a chance.

  • Victoria Danann
    2018-08-16 03:39

    WARNING! IF YOU HAVE A HEART, YOU'RE NOT GETTING OUT UNSCATHED.I was looking for a light, entertaining rock romance. I happened to notice the comment of an acquaintance that said, "This book gutted me." Perhaps a less masochistic person would run the other way, but I had to investigate what might inspire such a forceful statement. I read a few of the reviews and decided that I wanted to know why this book was getting such an emotional reaction. I suppose I proved that I will stick my hand into the fire to find out for myself if it is hot.The book is beautifully and lovingly written. It also does what books are supposed to do - engage the reader. My initial reaction was to wonder why this novel has received so little attention when many others so much less worthy have made their authors rich and famous. The answer is that first, while most of the book takes place in young and new adulthood, this is a story that must be viewed through a filter of maturity to be appreciated and understood and, second, the book's raison d'etre is not a feel-good ending.On the subject of feel-good ending, it has now been a day since I finished the book. I did not sleep well and have just wiped a fresh round of tears from my face. GREAT HEAVENLY DAYS! I'm a somewhat sensitive and somewhat emotional person, but no book in memory has EVER taken me completely apart. Ever. Am I glad I read this? Still not entirely sure. Do I feel alive in a profound, if not ecstatic, way? Oh yeah. Does it deserve five stars? Absolutely.SPOILER ALERT! THE REST OF THIS REVIEW IS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY READ THE BOOK.So, as a writer and a woman, I have to ask, "Why?" Why the huge emotional response? I came up with two possibilities.(view spoiler)[1.) We don't need to have had a literal Matthew in our lives to form a powerful connection to this story. Perhaps many women of an age, that's code for over forty, have a Peter Pan archetype on the edge of consciousness. He lures us and seduces us and makes us wonder what might have been if we'd either made different choices or refused to grow up. When I finished this book, I went back and read the Prologue again. And cried, and cried, and cried. For Matthew? Not really I don't think. Maybe it's mourning for that moment in an entire life that defines perfection, that flits by unnoticed at the time, but will for the rest of our lives be the sustained note of joy, frozen in time, by which all other moments are judged and found substandard.2.) Halfway through the book my intuition started niggling. Is this a true (or mostly true) story? The telling felt too real to be pure fiction. Based on a note in the beginning and the author's biography, my conclusion is that yes. It is. If I'm right, then pleas for alternate endings are probably painful for the author. I'm sure she wishes more than any of us, that there was a happy ending to write.(hide spoiler)]

  • Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
    2018-08-06 05:38

    “He’s not perfect, terribly flawed in fact, but there is something that draws me to him, and him to me. I see through the rock star part, he knows I can see through it.”This was a bit of a surprise! We initially had a real problem connecting to the characters and decided to DNF Boy in a Band at around 40%. We found the age of the characters and their behaviour a little hard to believe, bordering on uncomfortable to read – oh we know it’s set in the 70′s and free love and all that, but it was hard relating to the characters as 13-15 year olds with what was going on.We found the prose over descriptive at times which slowed the flow of the story, and although we understood the conflict the heroine was experiencing we found her a little irritating and so it decided we would shelve this and move on to our next read.Then something happened which is unheard of for us! Unbeknownst to each other we both couldn’t stop thinking about this book! We’d both put off starting our next read because thoughts of this book continued to consume us. We just HADto know the eventual outcome and so the text messages between us began! This has NEVER happened before. Normally we have no intention or inclination to pick up a DNF again, but not so in this case.‘He needed me, he wanted me, he never said anything about loving me.’Luckily we were both in the same mindset whereby we needed to get back into this book as soon as possible to see how Morgan and Mathew’s story ended, so it was decided we’d give it another go. Like we said, this never happens so it was quite a shocker for us to feel this strongly.Mathew and Morgan’s relationship was bordering on toxic. Mathew left her dangling, gave her just enough affection to keep her hooked and Morgan consistently allowed him to do it, relenting time and time again. For Morgan it was obviously love, as for Mathew…well, his thoughts and actions spoke of many different things.“I don’t know what you are. How can I define It? You start, you stop. You love, he doesn’t: you hate, he wants; you give into him Morgan, it’s crazy.”As this is told from Morgan’s pov it was left up to us to try and decipher what Mathew was thinking and trust us when we say we had NO IDEA what was going on in that boys head. He was a conundrum. Did he like Morgan? Didn’t he? Did he love her? Didn’t he? His actions confused us no end but kept us coming back for more.'I finally came to the conclusion there were two Mathews: one I liked, the other one I didn’t.’He constantly messed Morgan around and was a bit of a dick to be honest. His hot and cold actions towards her gave us whiplash and Morgan’s constant bending to Mathew’s whims gave us a headache.'My heart would be bruised, and with each bruise, it would toughen.’Theirs was a rocky, emotional, intense and hard to gauge relationship. There was no putting this down once we got back into it that’s for sure. The latter part of this story had us sobbing quite a few times.“Giving up? You’ll give him up ’till he wants you again.”Our feelings towards Morgan changed throughout the book. We switched between wanting to shake her and jump through out Kindles and offer her some sage words and a huge hug and the growth of this young woman throughout the story was a revelation.This story was intense, emotional and filled with angst! We really did have a love/hate relationship with this book that’s for sure. There’s no doubt it stayed with us, tore at our heartstrings and had us sobbing, so yes there is no question this book made us feel. On the other hand there were aspects of the story that grated and annoyed us …….but…..WE WERE MOVED and we were inexplicably drawn to finishing this book. We’re glad we did resume reading it because there was no way of advancing to our next read until we knew the Mathew and Morgan’s story. Their story left us emotionally drained that’s for sure.On discussing this in our Bookclub our fellow bookies loved it implicitly! So delve in and prepare to be taken on a journey through the lives of two people who shared an unbreakable yet exhausting bond. We will say this….if you feel like giving up at some point we would urge you to continue because it really is worth it in the end.✦✦✦ TB Blog :TotallybookedBlog✦✦✦ Come say Hi : TB on Facebook✦✦✦Follow us: TB on Twitter✦✦✦Check out: TB on Pinterest ✦✦✦ We're on TSU: TB on TSU

  • Vixster
    2018-07-22 00:40

    Cinderella story this was not!!! So,imagine its 1973,Morgan and Mathew are 12 years old. When Morgan lays eyes on him she's a goner!!!! A great deal of the story is tales of their teen years...( so it gets monotonous a bit )Mathew was a gorgeous selfish SOB.....I loved him. ( did I say he's in a band ) Morgan was the girl who couldn't get him from under her skin.....my heart broke for her so many times.I was 4 in 73. I thought the story would be nostalgic to me. I have to say the music was but the lifestyle was nothing like it, other than that awful feeling of unrequited love in your youth....I thought this was a "pretty" true to life read that spanned a lifetime! I was in tears more than once. I wanted to throw it up the wall but its one of those you can't put down.One miff....sometimes I found it hard to keep a grip of their age at the place and time of the story. Don't know if that was just me though....

  • Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
    2018-08-07 06:34

    4.5 Stars“He’s not perfect, terribly flawed in fact, but there is something that draws me to him, and him to me. I see through the rock star part, he knows I can see through it.”This was a bit of a surprise! We initially had a real problem connecting to the characters and decided to DNF Boy in a Band at around 40%. We found the age of the characters and their behaviour a little hard to believe, bordering on uncomfortable to read – oh we know it’s set in the 70′s and free love and all that, but it was hard relating to the characters as 13-15 year olds with what was going on.We found the prose over descriptive at times which slowed the flow of the story, and although we understood the conflict the heroine was experiencing we found her a little irritating and so it decided we would shelve this and move on to our next read.Then something happened which is unheard of for us! Unbeknownst to each other we both couldn’t stop thinking about this book! We’d both put off starting our next read because thoughts of this book continued to consume us. We just HADto know the eventual outcome and so the text messages between us began! This has NEVER happened before. Normally we have no intention or inclination to pick up a DNF again, but not so in this case.‘He needed me, he wanted me, he never said anything about loving me.’Luckily we were both in the same mindset whereby we needed to get back into this book as soon as possible to see how Morgan and Mathew’s story ended, so it was decided we’d give it another go. Like we said, this never happens so it was quite a shocker for us to feel this strongly.Mathew and Morgan’s relationship was bordering on toxic. Mathew left her dangling, gave her just enough affection to keep her hooked and Morgan consistently allowed him to do it, relenting time and time again. For Morgan it was obviously love, as for Mathew…well, his thoughts and actions spoke of many different things.“I don’t know what you are. How can I define It? You start, you stop. You love, he doesn’t: you hate, he wants; you give into him Morgan, it’s crazy.”As this is told from Morgan’s pov it was left up to us to try and decipher what Mathew was thinking and trust us when we say we had NO IDEA what was going on in that boys head. He was a conundrum. Did he like Morgan? Didn’t he? Did he love her? Didn’t he? His actions confused us no end but kept us coming back for more.'I finally came to the conclusion there were two Mathews: one I liked, the other one I didn’t.’He constantly messed Morgan around and was a bit of a dick to be honest. His hot and cold actions towards her gave us whiplash and Morgan’s constant bending to Mathew’s whims gave us a headache.'My heart would be bruised, and with each bruise, it would toughen.’Theirs was a rocky, emotional, intense and hard to gauge relationship. There was no putting this down once we got back into it that’s for sure. The latter part of this story had us sobbing quite a few times.“Giving up? You’ll give him up ’till he wants you again.”Our feelings towards Morgan changed throughout the book. We switched between wanting to shake her and jump through out Kindles and offer her some sage words and a huge hug and the growth of this young woman throughout the story was a revelation.This story was intense, emotional and filled with angst! We really did have a love/hate relationship with this book that’s for sure. There’s no doubt it stayed with us, tore at our heartstrings and had us sobbing, so yes there is no question this book made us feel. On the other hand there were aspects of the story that grated and annoyed us …….but…..WE WERE MOVED and we were inexplicably drawn to finishing this book. We’re glad we did resume reading it because there was no way of advancing to our next read until we knew the Mathew and Morgan’s story. Their story left us emotionally drained that’s for sure.On discussing this in our Bookclub our fellow bookies loved it implicitly! So delve in and prepare to be taken on a journey through the lives of two people who shared an unbreakable yet exhausting bond. We will say this….if you feel like giving up at some point we would urge you to continue because it really is worth it in the end.✦✦✦ TB Blog :TotallybookedBlog✦✦✦ Come say Hi : TB on Facebook✦✦✦Follow us: TB on Twitter✦✦✦Check out: TB on Pinterest ✦✦✦ We're on TSU: TB on TSU

  • ~Lexi~
    2018-08-03 03:31

    HOLY MOTHER OF PEARLS IS ALL I CAN SAY!!!!!!this is one intense story that deserves to be read!Morgan is strong headed and I loved her instantly. She knew what she wanted and went for it fully with her whole heart in included.Mathew is another story. God I got so irked with him I wanted to cuss him out so many times and go into the book and punch him so hard.This was an intense and you get pulled in from their love. There is so many times I wanted to stop reading and say I hated this book but I wanted to keep reading and find out what is happening in the end. There love isn't even love it is hard core all the way I give you my heart love! This story starts from the very beginning when they first meet. You see through the movie their progress and how they developed their love. Bt mathew never gave more than half his heart away and just kinda played Morgan. She was immune to him and whenever he was near she wanted to be near him. He hurt her so many time so many times there isn't enough things to count but she still came back. I don't know if it was me I would've been long gone but he idk how to explain it he showed his love in his own way that she understood.This book didn't turn out even NEAR how I wanted it to end but this book is worth reading!!"Yes, Mathew, it was a love affair. Not the traditional kind, but real all the same." And that is why I love the story!

  • Tessa
    2018-08-12 01:22

    I had so much hope for this book. I still don't even know if I'd call it a romance or a study on weakness. First off, Matthew is a coward. I can handle heroes who are jerks. Heck, I adore saying asshole heroes. This guy, though. He's also just weak. He's just a doped up idiot who, beyond the "can't commit" uses the heroine like she's a toy to go back to.That leads to Morgan. GAH. In the beginning, she was young. I get young and stupid. It's inevitable. However, she's constantly being used by our twerp hero and knows it's bad and keeps going back. Let's not even talk about their first time together. REALLY? But, okay. Again. Young. To be honest, he was just emotionally abusive to her to the point that even I, who adore books with overly cruel heroes, was despising this hero. So. TSTL heroine, who was so twisted by the hero, she's dumb. Now, the kicker. It's a trilogy. Is it to continue the story? No... It's to go back in time to tell different boyfriend's story. LITERALLY, THE CHARACTER NARRATES THAT WE'LL GET BACK TO THAT LATER!Nope. I am not doing it. Goodbye drugged out chic who thinks smoking is bad but cocaine is okay. 2 stars - an extra star for the trainwreck-like inability to stop reading

  • Karen
    2018-08-14 04:35

    Wow…I feel emotionally drained after reading Boy in a Band. I rarely cry when reading a book, but found myself really struggling to hold back tears at the conclusion of this story and in the end decided to just go with a good heart clearing sob.I’ve hidden this review to contain spoilers because I’m not sure I can even make a comment without giving some small part of the story away, but I will try and do my best.I’m so pleased that I had read a number of reviews for this book before I decided to go ahead and buy it and new that there would not be the expected happy ending. I am generally a romance reader and a HEA is a definite must for me so ordinarily I would give this book a wide berth, or would have been extremely disappointed at the ending, but knowing that it was not going to be wrapped up in a nice tidy bow gave me an entirely different outlook.Even though the ending was not what I would have wished for, it was refreshing to read something different from my normal, I enjoyed the setting of the 70’s when Matthew and Margo met at 12 years of age and formed a solid friendship, moving on to the 80’s and 90’s as they grew older. Far out they certainly fit a lot into their teenage years and went through so many different stages of coming together and growing apart. Even though this setting was a little (although not by much) before my time, I feel that the author did a wonderful job of creating an authentic setting. There is frequent drug use and sexual experimentation so just beware if this is something you as a reader might be sensitive about.A couple of things made me mad at Morgan and selfishly I thought she could have done more to reach out to Mathew and make it clear what she wanted from him. Yes, I agree that he did not always do right by her and could be a right a**hole, but I’m not sure she was always clear about what she wanted. I would love to read the story from Mathew’s point of view as it wasn’t always clear what he wanted or his reasons for behaving the way he did.There is a sequel, Casanova Cowboy, which I am guessing will fill in some of the large gaps in years in Boy in a Band. Casanova Cowboy is Morgan and Ryan’s story and maybe I’ll feel differently about the ending of Boy in a Band after reading their story. I hope the author has plans to write Mathew and his wife’s story and what was going on in his life leading up to the conclusion of Boy in a Band.

  • Gayl Taylor
    2018-08-10 00:37

    If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would do it. To say this book rocked me to my core is an understatement. I don't know if everyone has their "boy in a band" but I did. So many of the feelings and events Morgan experienced with Mathew struck a chord with me and my past. The story takes place near where I grew up which made it all the more personal and familiar.Boy in a Band spans Morgan and Mathew's relationship for more than 30 years. Without giving anything away, I knew in the beginning where their relationship would end but like moth to flame, I could not stop reading. It's like watching a train wreck (and I mean that with the utmost respect). Lisa Loomis is the sort of author I want to be. She writes about life in all it's glory and ugliness. Her characters touched me deeply. I laughed, I cried. OK I cried a lot (long after I finished the book and even weeks later when I recommended it to a friend and told her about it). Any book that stays with me, whose characters stay with me, is my idea of successful storytelling. If you have ever experienced a relationship where you just couldn't be at the same place emotionally at the same time, that will give you an idea of Morgan and Mathew's tumultuous romance from age 12 until around age 46.I will say the editing could have used a few more passes but don't let that stop you from picking up this book. I am also not a big fan of first person but that didn't prevent me from loving every word. I highly recommend it.

  • SB CS
    2018-08-11 05:43

    Love and hate. This is how I feel about the book. There were moments where I actually hated Morgan for being so naive and stupid. I just don't get how she could be so forgiving. I get she really loved Mathew, but I guess you just have to love yourself more in order to be able to love someone else. I hated Mathew, even though I think I get him I just couldn't end liking him. He was selfish, manwhore and that he had taken Morgan for granted made me really to stop reading. I thought I wasn't going to finish the book because I just couldn't stand how Morgan still loved him. I' glad about the ending, I'm really happy how she was able to be happy. I guess my friend is right, we have to loves in our lives, the love of our life and the one we get married. Mathew was her love of her life while Ryan was the one she got married. The last being the healthier of both

  • Traci Lamothe
    2018-07-19 02:41

    when i started this book i really couldn't get into it. Then when i finally did i couldn't put this book down. Morgan and Mathew's story was one that at times you wanted to smack her and then smack him. When i was getting closer to the end of the book it made me realize that we should never go without trying to make an effort to reach out to someone and keep in contact with people you love. And that is not just for boyfriends who are like Mathew. It also goes for family too. One day it might be too late to tell that person you love them. So when you read this book make sure at the end you have a box of tissues available.

  • Marie Carlisle
    2018-08-16 00:31

    I read in reviews that this book was an ugly cry book. While reading, I kept saying what are these people talking about this is the greatest love story ever. I could feel how much love there was between Morgan and Matthew even if he did his thing. I just loved the characters and everything about them. The relationships story was the same every time they were together but it wasn't told the same way so it didn't seem repetitive. I was at 94% of the book and BAM ugly cry, heart breaking & sobbing mess. I will recommend this book to everyone because it was Brilliant!!

  • Liz Lawson
    2018-08-11 08:22

    What a great read for me - Matthew is the bad boy we love but know he is wrong for us. Morgan loves him from the first meeting. Matthew has Morgan on a string - this is the life and loves of Morgan and Matthew over many decades. Morgan is frustrating with her obsession with Matthew which many women can relate to - Morgan can' move on. In the end I cried - well done Lisa Loomis for writing a story which for me was a brilliant read

  • Lynea
    2018-08-03 03:48

    My heart is broken..!!! I haven't shed this many tears in a very long time. A must read for all of you that have that one special one..!! This book hit very close to my heart. I'm so... Broken.!!http://youtu.be/FnNHfqy2HOE

  • Snow
    2018-07-29 04:20

    Okey, this was not what I expected...actually the content kinda got me agitated and pissed.Why? Well it starts with the fact that we are dealing with pre-teens and not teens doing some pretty sex regarding bold stuff and that just didn't seem right to me.I wanted to DNFed it several times...And why didn't I? Good question. I asked myself that over and over.I guess it's in my nature, but I'm an adult, so I can account for my own reactions and interpretation of various contents, but I wouldn't be so sure, what kind of message would this kind of stuff send to smb younger, way younger...well, it's not even cool to begin with...yeah, there are warnings in the blurb, I get it and it's fine...I got warned. To be blunt, having sex at the age of 13 is not appealing...it may be presented as a coming of age story and it would have worked just fine if the age limit was higher.well, let's face it...grown ups are f****ed up too, no need to add the emotionally immature segment to it.I know this is only my reaction but to be honest, me being a mom of two I couldn't get pass the fact that i wouldn't like for my kids to be sexualy active at the age of 13. Maybe I'm old fashioned but I really don't think that you are emotionally ready to deal with sexual tention and repercussion of the act itself at that age...for God's sake, they are barely blooming physically and just stepping out of girlie/boyish awkwardness...that's the main issue I've had with this book, the second one...I really didn't get what the f*** did he (Mathew) have on her (Morgan) to act so decadent around him and with him and fall for him every f***ing time, making her hurt over and over, cheat on her boyfriend later on...and so on..he was a little prick who grew up (questionably!) to be even bigger prick not to mention an asshole, and she was just plain stupid (and I'm sorry to say that)Unfortunately, it's NO from me.

  • Lisa Gillis
    2018-07-21 08:19

    I agree with the reviewers that say this book is an emotional roller coaster. I found myself inside Morgan's head, feeling exactly what she was feeling although sometimes I think I wanted to be like Gayle and tell her to run. A very strong point is the 70's setting. I know that life, we were living it in the 80's, the close neighbors, the ski trips and beach trips with multiple families and THAT boy who stole your heart and never gave it back.Most of us have been a Morgan and have had a Mathew to some extent, and for that this book is easy to relate to. We understand why she could never walk away. Mathew is hot and he knows it, and feeds on the attention. It seems like when he got high he could not control himself, but also he could rarely say "I'm sorry." He knew how Morgan felt and I could never understand if she just wasn't his type until he was emotionally and physically needy at the same time, or if he really did not want to hurt her because he knew as a couple he would screw things up.Great book! I could not stop thinking about it for days and even re read some chapters. There were a couple of mentions of a Zeppelin lyrics "two lost souls in a fish bowl" that should be Pink Floyd.

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    2018-08-11 02:46

    kindle freebie 7/26/13

  • Doris
    2018-08-06 01:31

    Absolutely LOVED it

  • A.
    2018-07-27 06:28

    One hell of a roller coaster.. I had not read many reviews of this book before I started it, but I remember noticing people saying that they struggled with rating this book or that they were all up and down about it.. Now I fully understand those people... I both HATE and LOVE this book and I had one hell of a challenge trying to decide what to rate this book.. I completely understand the characters and what made them tick.. I understand why Morgan kept going back to him, and why Matthew could't give her what she wanted.. I also agree with the ending.. It is a realistic ending, and I agree with it, even if I didn't want it.. (view spoiler)[ I did want them to end up together, after all they have been through, I was hoping for a happy ever after.. You know, that Morgan would be the one to change Matthew for good... That being said, I am also happy with the ending of the book - not happy because they didn't end up together, but happy because it is a realistic scenario, and that at least Morgan found what she was looking for..(hide spoiler)]There were some other minor issues I had with the book.. The first book seemed quite long, but that is ok, because the story covers about a 34 year period... My issue with it was that the first half of the book covers the first 3-4 years of the story, while the second half of the book covered 30 years.. So the first part seemed to drag on a bit, while the second half seemed rushed.. (view spoiler)[ I wanted more detail about Ryan and Morgan's relationship.. The whole slapped me in the face. One chapter we're talking about a Matthew and Morgan together, then the next chapter, within 3 pages, we are told she met Ryan, fallen in love and married him. There is a slight attempt at making us understand why she fell in love with Ryan, but I felt like I was TOLD rather then SHOWN.. I was TOLD that he was reliable and good to her and later a good father, but I wasn't really shown.. Maybe towards the end when she is mourning Matthew, and we saw how Ryan stood by her despite that it was all hurting him, yes, then I could actually see that he was a good guy.. But when we are first introduced to Ryan, it just seemed too rushed - she goes from the epic love she had with Matthew to falling in love with Ryan without us knowing anything about him..(hide spoiler)]There were a few other little parts of the plot I didn't like (view spoiler)[ e.g. I hated that Morgan's and Matthew's first "encounter" was via the threesome(hide spoiler)], so this book really left me confused.. But I loved it and I also cried for ages throughout and after finishing it... So I guess a book that makes me feel so much, it's worth 5 stars..

  • Judy Franks
    2018-08-01 00:43

    I am completely surprised that this book hasn't received more attention. I stumbled upon it when searching for books similar to "Rock and Roll Never Forgets". While the book wasn't perfect (yes, it needed a dose of editing) it was riveting and struck such a nerve that it deserves five stars.When I read other reviews, I was intrigued and had to read the book. But, I came out in a different place than others. To me, Mathew was such a tragic character. My heart ached for him much more so than Morgan. Morgan was able to see past her first love and find her true love. But, Mathew was so self-destructive and for some reason he denied himself what he truly wanted and needed and I found this to be so incredibly tragic.At first, going back to their early teen years was a bit taxing. But, it took me back to my first true love and the memories of what that felt like. The difference: for most of us, we bump into our first loves later in life and see that they mellowed into fine adults and went on to lead healthy productive lives. This is what truly gutted me about this story: while Morgan had this, Mathew denied himself what he truly needed and it was so painful to read. Could Morgan have saved him? No. Was she right in leaving? Yes. But instead of being angry with Mathew, I wanted to jump through the pages and save him somehow. I wanted him to have his HEA and he didn't.Also, I loved that the band never took off. It was much more realistic, and many musicians have to deal with walking away from the dream and building a life outside of the band. This book made me think about how we love differently with time and experience and it reminded me of what that first infatuation felt like. I was just so sad that Mathew denied himself (and Morgan for that matter) of his true feelings.This was a tough read, but one that is definitely worth reading. Again, I'm surprised that it slipped under the radar the way that it did.

  • Turtlefrog
    2018-08-14 07:20

    Wow! This book was amazing. I've said it before but it is worth mentioning again that the Amazon freebies are pretty much a hit or miss for me. But this book was a huge hit. I'm talking Grand Slam here!I LOVED and HATED this book all at the same time. And even now over a week later I can not stop thinking about this book. Yes this book is close to 450 pages but if you take the time to read it; it is well worth it and will not disappoint anyone who has a heart.We start the book in the summer of 1973 when Morgan and Matthew are just 12 years old and meet for the very first time. And just like that we are taken on an incredible love story that spans almost 30 years. Theirs is a story of young love, first love, first lust, childhood friendship, adult friendship, disappointment, and finally acceptance.What Lisa Loomis did with this book was pull me in with Morgan. The writing was just so good. And the way that Lisa Loomis describes Morgan's crush on Matthew in the very beginning of the book really had me transported back in time. I totally felt everything that Morgan was going through because I (and I think all little girls) experience the exact same thing when it comes to young love. Morgan gives with her whole heart while Matthew only gave half. Morgan knows exactly what she wants while Matthew can't help but wonder if there is something better. Both of these characters are deeply flawed but both extremely human. I was crying at the end of the book and even had to reread the prologue and that made me cry even harder.On a side note I also did want to mention that this book features sex, drugs, and alcohol heavily. This did not bother me in the least. And in fact the way in which it was used really just reinforced the era in which these characters grew up.

  • Mary Ward
    2018-07-27 02:32

    Are you F***ing kidding me. First off ill start by saying I cried from Morgans wedding till the end of the damn book. I could not out it down. Gave it 3 stars cause I don't like how it ended. Not one bit. Though I guess that's what happened to most rock stars back then. Getting to caught up in the drugs and alcohol. Any way the story had me mad, sad, happy, relieved, hopefully, angry, bitter, hurt, heartbroken, and crying like a damn baby. So I guess you could say I was like a fucking crazy person reading this book. It was definitely not like anything else I have ever read. The ending was not predicable. You absolutely do not get your happy ending. Which sort of gives me a sense of emptiness like the story can't end this way, even though it has. All in all it was a great story. Well written in my opinion. I'm not an expert or anything, but as a lover of books I can tell when a book is written well and when it's being forced. What I'm trying to say is the book was good, story and all, I just had a problem with the ending. I was more realistic then I was hoping for lol. Sad but true. I was really hoping things wold eventually work out for them. They went through so much to have it end like this. Not sure if I will read the sequel just because I fell in love with Matthew, bad boy and all. I'm sure if I read it it will make me feel better about Ryan, but I just can't do that to Matthew. Team Matthew all the way. Even tough he is a frustrating asshole. If he would have just told Morgan how he felt before she left that last time things could have been different. WHY MATTHEW WHY??????????? Really confused with the prologue. Wondering if its more of what would have happened. I don't know!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kelly
    2018-07-31 00:35

    Although this is only getting four stars from me it is going on my favorite list. It just made me feel so much and the ending pulled at my heart, at times that I thought the book was a little slow. I'm not even sure slow is the correct term I did read this in one sitting so it may have been that it was 4:00 a.m. when I finished.Morgan and Matthew are beyond words crazy and hard to put their relationship into words it's about young love, first love, first lust, childhood friendship, adult friendship, blurred lines and reality that sets in when you know things can't change, or perhaps happened for the right reasons even if it is bittersweet getting to the Happily Ever After.Don't let the Happy Ever After fool you for those seeking a perfect HEA you will most likely not get exactly what you are after. I for one and completely happy with the ending and while I am sad it turned out the way it did, in the end it explained so many things about why. I am not trying to be obtuse in my review but really coming into this blind is probably best.The main thing it is a character driven novel and at times actually many times you will be unhappy with the choices made but it is after all someone else's choice and you are merely a witness to what is unfolding. For me alternating POV would have helped with the middle of the book but then I can see how it could sacrifice the ending. I really loved this book the characters are very flawed and had me thinking long after the last word read. I would take a chance on this book if you are okay with a non HEA ending. And a very flawed hero. The thing is he isn't really a hero, only human! Side note Hate the cover, great author will be looking into her other work.

  • Sue
    2018-08-13 06:44

    I was debating whether to give 4 or 5 stars for this one...only because it upset me to the point where I almost stopped reading...it was that riveting and also that upsetting. It is about the long and I do mean LONG, complicated relationship between Morgan and Mathew starting from when they were about 12 and ending in their late 40's. It is not a happy love story but rather a painful, ugly, dysfunctional, obsessive relationship that just grabs you by the heart and stabs you in the gut. Drugs, alcohol, rock music and families that play together all make up the fabric that keeps them going all through this book and while some people have dismissed this story for being unrealistic, I strongly disagree...maybe because I did grow up in the 70's and it was just as described right down to the laid back parents (not to mention having had my own toxic relationship with a musician that did not end well as a reference). I had the ending spoiled for me by another reviewer, so I will not give specific details...just know that this is a sad and at times emotionally abusive love story, filled with some pretty intense sexual coupling and I could not stop reading no matter how pissed off I got at Mathew's behavior ( it was the train wreck from hell that I could not turn away from).As difficult a book as this was to read, I really liked it because it made me think and when a book can make me cry and feel physically ill for the heroine, then it was all worth it!I'd rather be challenged and FEEL strong emotion when I read than waste my time on a boring book...so good job Lisa Loomis =)*****5***** seriously messed up stars!

  • Balescat
    2018-08-11 02:37

    My chest hurt most of the book, from either angst or heartache.This was an easy book to get buried in, love the single POV, and just all of the feelings I had when reading the story. Also, perfect title, that's how Mathew described himself. This is truly a great find, and I will read it again (...and again)The story begins in the 70's, Morgan was instantly attracted to Mathew when she met him in junior high. They were around each other quite often because their families were in the same group of friends. While Morgan had a crush on Mathew, Mathew was constantly sending Morgan mixed signals; so she never knew if he liked her too. That kept up for pretty much the whole story, except their relationship matured and progressed with them as they got older. It was so hard when Mathew would date or flirt with other girls. It was even worse when he'd be so sweet and caring to Morgan, only to push her away either intentionally or unintentionally. He definitely strung her along, but he defended it by pretty much saying if he didn't, she would've moved on a long time ago. Just thinking about those two while I type this, I am so frustrated. Even though the story didn't end how I had hoped, I did like and respect the reality of the end of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great escape read. I was able to read it in one sitting, so I'm not sure how easy it would be to put down. There are sequels, but this could be considered a stand alone, there isn't a big cliff hanger.

  • Ramblings From Beneath The Sheets
    2018-08-02 01:23

    Okay ya'll... I got this when it was FREE and after reading a book that I wasn't too pleased with I needed a pick me up and Rock Stars always do that to me.... What I didn't realize is this was going to have me on such an emotional roller coaster and book high for days.... Lisa Loomis Freaking rocks! This started out in the 70's which is completely different than any other book I have read thus far and it grabs you by the balls and doesn't let go. There is a lot of sex, drugs and of course rock n roll. I literally bawled like a freaking baby.... real crocodile tears. I even cried twice more trying to tell my friend Tracie and my daughter about the book... I don't give spoilers but will say this I was pissed several times at the author in between the tears and the snot running from my nose. She was BRILLIANT! I have spread the word and have three reading already. You Rock Kid! ;) I will be on a book high for days!

  • Jacqueline's Reads
    2018-07-19 06:39

    A Cinderella story? Oh thanks for the recommend Lexi, I'm marking it on my list!My heart was racing, my body melting into his. The sound of gulls squawking overhead, the children laughing in the distance, playing in the surf all faded away as I lost myself to him. The sound of the waves crashing in time with my emotions as we stood kissing, the water lapping at our feet, ignoring the outside world, aware only of each other. His hands moving to my hips, his fingers digging slightly into my skin as he held me against him. I pressed my pelvis forward, unable to deny the desire, and could feel his hardness.“Whoa, kid,” he said, pulling away slowly.I gradually opened my eyes and looked up into his face, his expression was sexy and raw.During a time sex, drugs, and rock and roll were abundant, Morgan Mallory falls hard for the leader of a rock band. What is it about the bad boy she seems to love?A erotic romance novel—not your predictable, Cinderella story.

  • Alina Popescu
    2018-08-11 04:47

    I loved this book and yes, it made me cry. A love story that starts early and lasts for decades, with so many ups and downs and mistakes being made that it makes you dizzy. Girl meets boy who's a singer in a rock band. Their families are friends and they get together, not entirely because they choose to, and if nothing else, have an interesting friendship going on. I could perfectly relate to Morgan at times, I wanted her to choose differently at other times, and always rooted for her to get Matthew at some point. Matthew is the kind of bad boy that you can't help like. You just want to shake him until he changes his ways and stops breaking Morgan's heart. I also discovered songs I fell in love with while reading it and I am so happy about that.

  • Jennifer
    2018-08-02 05:19

    A story of a love affair that spans decades. For Morgan it feels like sometimes her feelings are one sided yet she can't stay away from Matthew. Matthew is her drug and he's complicated. There's a lot of emotions in this book, ups and downs. Have some tissue available for the ending.On a side note I'm a music lover so when a book mentions a well known song I would hope that the correct artist is mentioned. 64% in this is what I read "he picked up his acoustical guitar, the one I just put down, and sat on the bed next to me. his first song was Led Zeppelins's 'How I Wish You Were Here'." Now, I don't know about you, but I know Zeppelin and this is not their song. Pink Floyd did that song. this may be the reason I had to give this 4 stars instead of 5.

  • Marie
    2018-08-10 00:49

    I see myself in this book!! I also had my own "Matthew" although he wasn't in band. He was a fixture in & out of my life from the first meeting in10th grade up until I married my husband. Even after that but not in a romantic sense. He treated me exactly like Matthew treated Mallory & I had the same reaction to him every time! It was like he had me under a spell!! My close friends knew about over the years. My husband knows about him. This is the first time I've felt like somebody else understands what I went through with him!! Reading this I was sad for the characters but for myself too. It was like reading parts of my own life. I felt very emotionally connected to this book!!!