Some call him a rock god. Others a celebrity bad boy. Me? I call him the arrogant bastard who stole my concert venue. His apology? To take me and my violin on tour with the band. Its an offer I cant refuse, even if it does come with strings attached. Because Rey Thomas isnt who he seems. Life isnt pretty behind the deviant frontmans facade. Its raw, ugly, and at times downright painful. But its real. And far better than the lie he presents to the world. The man behind the face of Dark Tide is beautiful in his chaos. All I have to do is keep him alive long enough to see that too.Nobody ever said loving a rock star would be easy....
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Down Beat ( Dark Tide #1) Reviews
It's taken me a while to process this book and get my thoughts into some semblance of order. The first thing to say is that this book features mental health struggles as its main theme. There are warnings aplenty from the author at the start of the book, so if it's a trigger, then this is not the book for you.
That said, this is a masterpiece of a book. The story centres around Rey, lead singer of an up and coming rock band, Dark Tide. A scheduling issue forces him into the path of Tabitha, a cla ...more
This is my first novel from this author and I can officially say I have a new favorite author!!!
The music... Just wow, it's awe inspiring...
The characters and the message that this storyline sends, sucks the reader in, so much so you are invested in their lives.
'Unaware of what she can do to save this dying heart.' Rey is going through the motions and is lost until a chance encounter with Tabitha blows everything he ever knew, up.
Tabitha is far across the spectrum with her violin, from his ro ...more
Max Freaking Henry, girl…just…no words…. JOKING! I’m an author, I’ve always got words.
Firstly, I applaud any author brave enough to take a sensitive subject, like mental illness, and be real with it. That’s exactly what Max delivered with Down Beat. She didn’t shy away from the hard truths, she breathed real, raw, gritty, flawed emotions into these characters. Max showed the world just how much of a battle mental illness can be, and she did it with such class and respect. Down Beat will take you ...more
When a book is this intense, when it affects me as much as this one did, I usually like to take a few days before writing my review, so I can sort out my feelings and be objective about the book as a whole, and not just how it made me feel.
That won’t work here. I am writing this literally minutes after finishing the last page. I want my review to be raw, to show just how well Max Henry captured and portrayed these emotions. So often we read books where one of the main characters has a mental il ...more
It's not very often that I say this about a rock star book but this one just bored me. There was nothing that really stood out or drew me into this story, which was disappointing for me. I really wanted to like the story and I was impressed that a cellist could play with a rock band. That was a great mix but I just couldn't connect with the characters.
An honest look at the realities of living with mental health issues
I going to say right off the bat that this is not an easy and light hearted frothy romance about a rock star and his love interest who also happens to be an undiscovered musician.
This is a story about a rock musician who has bipolar disorder and depression. This are hard topics to read about. That does not mean the book is not worthwhile reading, because it’s a really good book and deserves to be read, but it is not light reading ...more
Rey Thomas - the rock God, the problematic adult, addict, broken and utterly beautiful. He has no care for anything especially his being. His issues run deeper than anyone can see but his behaviour makes it seems everything about him is way past help.
But Tabitha sees his destructive tendencies for what they are, a cry for help. She'll do all she can to help this broken shell of a man. Even if it means breaking her heart in the process.
First of all, a bloody standing ovation for Max Henry for dea ...more
I loved it, I really did. This would be a perfect 5 for me if not for a couple of rather banal things. 1) This work is highly personal, you can tell, to great effect, but unfortunately our American characters don't sound all together American. They sound British, or Australian, or like New Zealanders, just by the way they word things. It took me out of the action occasionally.
and 2) I'm a bit of a music snob and some of the choices for the begining of the chapters took me out of it. Papa Roach? ...more