From the queen of heart-pounding, sexy, emotional romance Scarlett Cole comes Lennon Reborn, a stunning, shattering rock star romance in the Preload series.
Lennon McCartney is not a broken man. Because being broken implies being whole once. When a horrific accident deprives him of the one thing he loves—his talent as a fierce and explosive drummer—Lennon is left with a life chained by an abusive mother, by crushing guilt over a tragic past. A life he doesn’t want.
Dr. Georgia Starr is a legend. She’s one of the most successful neurosurgeons in the world, coming from a long-line of respected New York doctors. Her life is built around solving complex medical cases in order to bring relief and hope to sick children. But the one problem she can’t solve is how to live her life. How to be shake loose the burden of being her elitist, arrogant father’s daughter. How to be free.
Can a man who despises his life and a woman who desperately needs to live find the answers, and love, with each other?
**Warning: Deals with dark themes and deep personal struggles.**
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Lennon McCartney's heart pounded in his chest like a man buried alive in a coffin. He scoffed at the analogy, given it was how he felt most of the time, but focused on his breathing anyway. Slower, deeper, kind of how he liked to fuck, but now he just wanted to stop the pending heart attack.
The roar of the crowd filtered through the hallways of the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, through the dressing room, over the chatter of his Preload bandmates, and through the noise-cancelling headphones and foam ear protectors he currently wore.
He couldn't escape it.
And he certainly couldn't tell his brothers, the very men he'd grown up with in a Toronto group home, that it was paralyzing stage fright that found him lying flat out on his back for hours before every performance. They'd assumed his insomniac ass needed sleep before their shows, and he'd never been inclined to correct them.
Or give them a reason to find another drummer.
Because drumming was his life.
It was the only thing in his life.
The leather sofa he lay on had seen better days. As had his favorite faded denim jeans. They were worn to within an inch of their life. Ripped across one knee, frayed near the crotch. He wondered how many more concerts he'd get out of them before the fragile fabric became a hole that left him with his dick hanging out on stage.
There went his heart again. Another reason to dread stepping in front of the crowd. Another way he could fuck it up.
He dropped his arm over his eyes and tried to pretend he was anywhere but here. Anywhere other than a couple of hundred feet from the stage he was due to step onto in about twenty minutes.
Then there was the pressure of the latest edition of Rolling Stone naming him one of the greatest drummers of all time, making him the youngest drummer on the list. "All fast hands and flair," the magazine said. "A steady heartbeat that puts a violent underscore to the Preload sound."
He knew he was a good drummer, but was he really one of the greatest?
A wave of nausea joined his racing pulse.
The opening act closed out with a crescendo as the crowd screamed.
He was going to puke.
Fifteen minutes until he walked on that stage.
You're going to fuck it up.
Give them a reason to hate you.
Give them a reason to turn on you.
They always did. It was the reason he'd lived in so many foster homes, it was the reason his adoption had fallen through, and it was the reason the men around him were the only family he'd had since he was thirteen.
And he clung to them desperately, but like a bar of soap squeezed too hard, he was certain they were going to slip out of his grasp too.
Lennon shook his head to clear the voices and breathed, breathed so fucking hard it felt as though he was going to pass out.
What felt like seconds was obviously minutes when he heard the final call to head to the stage.
Someone shook his leg, and he opened his eyes. Bassist, Jordan, was towering above him. "Time to go," he said, offering his hand.
Lennon took it and stood up before removing his headphones.
Guitarist, Elliott, threw his arm around Lennon's shoulder. "Ready to do this?" he said, shaking Lennon so hard his teeth shuddered. It was playful, it was fun, it was high energy, but Lennon felt unsteady. Flakey like he always did in the minutes before he stepped on stage.
Lennon removed his foam earbuds and threw them at their lead singer, Dred, as he walked by. "You going to sing in tune tonight?" Dred grinned and raised his middle finger. "You going to wake up enough to play?" "Always," Lennon replied.
Nik, the final part of their family and master of the seven-string, bounded toward the hallway, his energy level increasing with every successive concert, only this tour was different. More amplified. Lennon could only imagine how hyper Nik was going to be when they played their last show in New York tomorrow, wrapping up a tour that had involved more countries and venues then he could count or remember.
Nik would be happy. He was getting his way. A sabbatical for the band. At least eight months of no Preload.
They were taking the rest of the year off to do other things. To "live," as more than one of his bandmates had put it. But while the others had plans — families, weddings, solo endeavors — he had a fuckload of nothing. Life was beginning to get in the way of their music, yet music was the only thing Lennon had left in his life.
Another reason for his heart to pound.
He dropped his headphones on the sofa and followed the band along the hallway toward their fans.
Elliott and Nik ran up the steps and took their guitars from the roadies. They always bounced onto the fucking stage as if they were made to be there, Nik with his high energy, and Elliott with his indescribable relationship with his guitar. He envied their confidence.
Jordan followed them on at his own pace and resumed his spot further back on the stage.
Lennon looked at Dred as he always did, wishing he had the front man's charisma and easy stage presence.
And like always, Dred asked him the same question he did every night. "You got our beat, right?"
"You'd be all over the fucking place without me," Lennon said. He grabbed his sticks from Ted, his drum tech, and raised them as he walked on the stage. The crowd roared in response, a wall of fucking sound he tried to block out.
He just had to get to his stool.
The walk felt like a million miles as he tucked his sticks in his back pocket so he could pull his hair back in an elastic. One of his many one-night stands had once said he had the blond curls of a Botticelli angel, but now it was straight-up surfer waves women seemed to love. He looked to the wings and saw nothing but his bandmates' growing families. Nik's girlfriend, Jenny, stood next to Pixie, Dred's fiancée. Kendalee, Elliott's girlfriend, blew Elliott a kiss that made him grin. Jordan's fiancée, Lexi, was in England, and in a little over twenty-four hours, Jordan would be on a plane to join her.
But as soon as he stepped onto his podium, it was if a soundproof wall raised between him and the audience, kind of like the fancy limo they'd used to get to the stadium. A silence washed over him as he ran the tips of his fingers across his Tama signature snare drum, custom made for him. The black finish of the five-ply shell of bubinga wood would provide the fat low-end tone he required. The round peak of the bearing edge would allow vibrations to travel easily. Playing these babies was better than sex ... well, almost.
He smirked as he pulled his sticks out of his pocket and sat down on his stool.
Nothing would start until he was ready. Until he raised his sticks in the air and gave them the first four beats and set the rhythm for the song, everyone was at his mercy. The rest of the band wouldn't play a note, Dred wouldn't sing a word.
He allowed the vibration he felt through his feet, from the anxious stamping and clapping of the audience, to fill him up. To give him the energy he needed to play the drums like they deserved to be played. With a kind of reverence and yet without mercy.
This moment of silence, in the midst of the chaos, was what he lived for. He felt like a fully charged battery without an outlet. Or like Freddie Mercury had once sung, he was like an atom bomb about to explode.
Everything slowed down. Everything had meaning. He had purpose.
When he was ready, he raised his sticks into the air and smacked them into each other four times, giving the band their cue. As quickly as he'd blocked the noise out, it came crashing over him as he brought his sticks down onto his drums.
And as the crowd screamed, and the other instruments kicked in, he recognized once again that he literally did live for this.
* * *
Georgia Starr yawned and checked her reflection in the mirror of the room where surgeons grabbed sleep between shifts and surgeries, a place she privately referred to as the graveyard. Her shoulder-length brown hair was flattened on one side, a sign that she hadn't moved around much during her power nap. Though she was instantly wide awake, the bags under her brown eyes revealed the truth of how little sleep she'd actually had in the last twenty-four hours. Yesterday she had spent twenty hours on her feet. Undergrad and med school, followed by her neurology residency, had trained her to fall asleep and wake up at will. She stretched her arms into the air and cricked her neck from left to right. She needed to go to the ICU to check on her highest profile patients, twin two-year-olds.
She pulled her hair into the elastic that had been wrapped around her wrist and smoothed it into a ponytail. Georgia pinched her cheeks to add a little color. Some lip gloss would be helpful, but she needed to go check on her patients.
"Great job in there yesterday," Jim Stein, president and CEO of Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, said as he caught up with her in the hallway. "Incredible. I know how much you like to push the boundaries of what is medically possible, but when you take on something like this and nail it, it looks good for all of us."
"It was a thirty-person-strong team," she replied. Separating the conjoined craniopagus twins, born with a section of their brains attached, wouldn't have been possible without the extraordinary specialists in neurosurgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery, plus the anesthesiology staff and all the nurses.
"Of course, of course," Jim said nodding effusively. "But your role in the planning and execution of this surgery has been noted by many."
"Thank you, it means a lot to me." she replied truthfully. The recognition from her peers warmed her but it wasn't helping her patients. She hurried down the corridor toward the ICU without waiting for a response, already focused on the checks and tests Hope and Faith would need over the coming days. The twins had shared a "bridge" — five centimeters of fused brains that had needed to be divided. Though it was way too soon to tell what limitations they would have to deal with in life, there was a high probability there would be some.
"How are they?" Georgia asked her friend Eve, the head of ICU, minutes later as she entered.
Eve finished documenting something in a folder and looked up. "All things considered, they're doing well."
The color in Faith's cheeks looked great given how pale she'd looked immediately after surgery. After looking at her stats, Georgia breathed a sigh of relief. Her blood pressure was up and stable after having fluctuated during the night.
She'd need to check next on Hope's heart, which had been the engine for the twins. Before the first of their surgeries, her blood pressure had been three times higher than normal, while Faith's had been sluggish.
Across the three previous surgeries, Georgia had rerouted about seventy percent of the girls' shared blood vessels, resulting in Hope's blood pressure dropping significantly. Ahead of the final surgery, the girls' plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Woo, had then placed balloons under their skin to stretch it so their skin could cover the separation.
"I was hoping to see the parents. Do you know where Samantha and Jacques are?" Georgia had spoken to them after the surgery and twice more during the night as the girls' vitals had shifted, but she hoped to reassure them further that the girls were indeed holding their own.
"We persuaded them to go take a shower, get some food," Eve replied.
"Really good to hear." Georgia sighed with relief. Normalcy was nearly impossible for parents when their children were in the hospital. While it was completely understandable for parents to want to be near their children, the horrible truth a doctor could never tell a relative was that sometimes in cases like this they were simply in the way during the critical surgery window. They were really most needed, most useful, in the post-surgery days when their children began to regain consciousness and had to deal with pain and boredom. By which time, parents were often too exhausted to be of real use.
"Thanks so much for doing that," Georgia said. "I'm leaving soon for my brother's birthday party, but you know how to reach me."
"Will do," Eve said. "Have fun and drive safe. It's hard to believe it's the start of freaking April. It was like an ice rink when I came in this morning."
Georgia glanced at the clock on the wall. Two o'clock. She had time to shower at the hospital, but she was ready to get out of there and breathe some unrecycled air. She'd take her clothes with her and shower at her parents' four-story place in Midtown, where she'd be celebrating her eldest brother Ezra's forty-fifth birthday. The guests wouldn't be showing up for hours, meaning she might have time to blow-dry her hair and get a couple more hours sleep in her old bedroom before she'd have to face all four of her brothers and their perfectly curated families. While the men in her family were all happily married or dating, she was the only one still single.
She pulled a sweater on at her locker, slid her arms into a long thick parka, and changed into snow boots. It was hard to believe it was the first day of April. The weather was one giant April Fools' joke. If she did take a job at another hospital, it would be in Miami or some other place in the sun.
She grabbed her purse and made her way to her car. Driving was going to take a ridiculous amount of time in this weather, but there was no way she could have taken the subway carrying a custom-made, engraved axe. Nor could she have brought the barbaric hunting knife her brother had been hinting at in a not so subtle way into the hospital so she could grab her usual car service. At the time she'd picked it — with a variety of other outdoorsy tools — as a birthday gift for Ezra, it had seemed like an inspired idea. He'd recently closed on a cottage in the Adirondacks fitted out with solar panels and now fancied himself a weekend lumberjack, claiming he wanted to experience being "off-grid" and "outdoorsy." His words, not hers.
So, car it was. And she hated driving. It was the only thing she disliked about New York.
"Dumb move, Starr," she said as she climbed into her Mercedes and started the engine. The Dave Brubeck Quartet burst through her speakers. One of her absolute favorites, "Strange Meadow Lark." She pressed the button on her phone to take the song back to the beginning. The song brought forth memories of sitting and listening to it in the greenhouse on the roof of the penthouse that had once belonged to her grandfather, the true jazz connoisseur, and had been her home since his death.
As the piano intro played, she listened for the moment that was coming up. "Listen, Georgie," her grandfather would say. "Listen how seamlessly it moves from the unclear time signature in the solo to four-four time when the others come in."
She felt her body finally start to relax in a way it hadn't even when she'd slept. Some of her colleagues were into meditation to calm down, but a burst of jazz had always worked better on her mental state. So did thinking of her grandfather, the man who had loved her unconditionally and cheered for her every success — unlike her father.
Snow hit the windshield as she pulled out of the lot and put on her wipers. The music and rare April snow might have seemed romantic had she been tucked away in her Upper East Side condo with a nice glass of Barolo. But she wasn't. She was navigating her way through the city to a party she was dreading. But thankfully, the traffic was cooperating. A miracle, given how clogged the main streets usually were.
When her phone rang, she answered it out of habit without looking at the screen.
"Georgia." Her father always sounded like he'd chewed on gravel when he spoke. "Why did I have to hear from Woo's father about the surgery you completed yesterday? I just called Stein. Heard it went well."
It was so like her father to abuse the privileges of his position as the current president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, blurring the lines of professionalism and nepotism. And so typical of him to call someone other than her to validate whether her surgery had truly been a success.
"Yes, it did. I'm on my way to your house as we speak. I'm just south of the park," she said.
"Very good. Before dinner you can share your findings with your brothers and me, perhaps see if we can't offer some perspective that might have aided the surgery in a more ... effective manner. For example, I'd like to review your decision to split the superficial system of veins in the outer layer of the dura mater."(Continues…)
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I was given ARC copy by netgalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange of my honest review. Lennon McCartney, Preloads very talented drummer is ready to give up after terrible accident that changes his life. Lennon wakes up in the hospital with a life changing feeling worthless and depressed. Dr. Georgia Starr a brilliant Pediatric Neurosurgeon tries to save Lennon life after the accident that almost took his life. With problems in her own life of not measuring up to her fathers' standard. Now Georgia must save Lennon and herself, but can they survive and be happy.
Break out the tissues and embrace all that is Lennon Reborn. Good grief what did Scarlett Cole do to us in this book? Lennon is the drummer for Preload and already has his own battles he's fighting, seeing himself as broken and somehow less than. Georgia is a top notch renown Pediatric neurosurgeon who is fantastic at what she does, that is if you ask anyone but her jack hat of a father. He made me want to step on his neck. Yes he's that bad. Driving home from a long day she witnesses a bus collision and rushes to give aid and there she meets Lennon who is seriously injured in the accident. If you can make it past the first three chapters without using a tissue, I applaud you. The rest of the story is about two people who find their way through all the clutter in life bringing each other along. It's romantic, the depth of these characters is profound and at times took my breath away in those small moments. It's a love story at it's finest. Perfectly written and it's an absolute must read. **I read this book twice, once upon release and the second time for a late release arc from NetGalley and SMP** The above is my honest review.
Not my favorite but still good Good
Lennon Reborn by Scarlett Cole Preload #4 Lennon McCartney is the youngest member of and drummer for the rock group Preload. When the story begins he is has an internal dialogue running as he writes in his journal and he seems to be distancing himself from the rest of the band – men that all consider one another brothers by choice if not by blood – men who met in a foster home after horrific issues earlier in their lives. With most of the band’s partners and children on the bus at the end of the tour Lennon is the only one still on his own. As they are traveling in New York in in the bus hired to get them to their next venue an accident occurs that will be life changing for Lennon. Dr. Georgina Starr, a neurosurgeon, happens to witness the accident, steps in to triage, saves at least one person and then becomes a big part of Lennon’s life as he begins to deal with the trauma from the accident. She pushes him to take better care of himself and to follow medical protocol that will assist in his healing. She also becomes very close to him – so close that he begins to let down some of the walls he has built to keep him emotionally safe – if perhaps not entirely emotionally healthy. Both Lennon and Gia (as Lennon calls her) begin a relationship that has the potential to provide them with more than either has ever expected but before they can get to a HEA they both may want they are required to work through a number of issues to make sure they are both emotionally, physically and professionally alright in the future. This was an emotional story in more ways than one. It had me unable to put it down till I finished in the wee hours of the morning and still thinking about what I had read a few days later. This series was wonderful and I am sorry to have to say goodbye to these characters but am also happy that they all came out at the end of the series still “brothers” and have grown their family while also finding peace. Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Barclay Publicity for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Rating 4.5/5* Grab your tissues when you read this emotive story! Wow - what a finale this proved to be. I've thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series but think this is possibly the most moving, a story that takes the reader through the whole gamut of emotions. Lennon's back story itself is moving in its own right but add in the accident happens and you learn of the consequences, it is so brilliantly portrayed you feel everything. Then, as if Lennon and the supportive Preload family aren't enough, Dr Georgia Starr is added to the mix! Georgia's a very intelligent, motivated and inspirational neurosurgeon but her family are the antithesis of the Preload family. The Starr men are highly competitive, her father is so far up his self that he's an arrogant, manipulative, hateful character and her brothers seem to have been tarred with the same brush - what odious men they all seem to be - not wanting to acknowledge that the youngest member of the family is actually the most skilled surgeon amongst them, wanting to pull to pieces her decisions rather than celebrating her successes. Now, put this hardworking surgeon together with Lennon and the sparks fly! Can she break through the barriers Lennon has erected to push people away? Can he get Georgia to start to work to live rather than live to work? They both need to balance their lives but will the emotional and physically injuries heal to bring them together or will others drive them apart? This is such a superb story, especially after reading the others in the series and really wanting Lennon to have his own HEA, too. As usual for this author, the characters are brilliantly portrayed, so easy to empathise with. This story is action packed, an emotional roller coaster with so many ups and downs, twists and turns, you're never quite sure where it will take you next. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this rock romance and the rest of this superb series. I requested and was given a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
Oh my gawd!!! My heart was literally shredded over Lennon and all he had survived in his life. A more broken hero, I’ve never met. If ever there was a man that needed unconditional love it was him. His thoughts were so dark, his heart unable to acknowledge anything other than rejection. With a soul that had been bleeding his whole life, Lennon was unable to find any freedom from the pain inflicted upon it. He knew with certainty that there was nothing out there for him. My soul bled for him in return. Fate brought Georgia and Lennon together at one traumatic moment that would change Lennon’s life in so many different ways. Even as she lays her hand upon him to reassure him of her presence, she can feel the jolt of life that resides inside of him, a recognition that he has so much more to give. And so, her fight begins. Lennon had the most atrocious childhood imaginable. While his bandmates find love, peace and happiness, he’s still on the sidelines as a place holder, waiting for the moment when they will walk away from him. When Georgia forces herself into his life with her nonjudgmental manner and cool professionalism, he finds moments of time when the aching need to just end it all fades away. My gawd, did I respect the heck out of Georgia! She took on a task that most would’ve walked away from. And more importantly, she refused to go into this relationship with anything other than truth. There were no games played here. No lies told to protect themselves. When it might have been easier at times to toss out a blasé comment, they held tight to being who they were. A very rare occurrence in romance books. There is so much more to Lennon Reborn than just boy meets girl, etc. It was so freaking heart breaking, I mean truly heart breaking. I cried so much over Lennon’s abusive past, his present as he struggled to accept his current status, and the future that he was too afraid to hope for. There are layers upon layers to Lennon and Georgia and I absolutely adored every one that was revealed. All of that to say: This, my friends, is a true love story, not just a romance. A love story.
This is the 4th book in this series and can absolutely be read as a stand alone. I didn't read the books before this one and still understood everything that happened in it. This one is about Lennon McCartney, who is the drummer for the band Preload, and Georgia Starr, who is a pediatric neurosurgeon. This book starts off with the biggest tragedy that a drummer could face happening. And Georgia is the doctor who happens to be a bystander and saves his life. Now Lennon has to get past what happened and come to terms with how his life will be now. And Georgia, who felt like she might be able to do some good realizes there may be more to their connection than just a woman who can help a man heal. I was slightly iffy about reading this book. I wasn't sure whether I would really like it, especially since I haven't read the previous books in this series and thought I for sure wouldn't understand the connections between the other characters. I am so glad that I read this book! It surprised me to no end how much I loved it! From the get go Lennon makes you feel for him like no tomorrow! And after the accident and what happens to save his life, it makes you want to cry. Especially with his own feelings of self worth thrown in there. I loved every bit of this book! Georgia is perfect for him. She is strong when he needs her to be, she doesn't put up with anything! But she is also loving and soft when he needs it. Someone who truly gets him and how he feels. And once he understands exactly what he can have with her, it's a beautiful thing exactly what they can (and do) for each other to be not only healthy but happy! I am so glad I changed my mind and read this book. And now I have since gone and gotten the previous books so I can see how those stories play out!
I loved the latest installment of the Preload series. This is the story of Lennon and Georgia. Lennon and the bandmates and their family were in a horrific accident on their way home from a concert in NYC. Some are hurt worse than others but for each one of them the accident changes their life drastically. Georgia was on her way home when she came across the site of the accident. She helps Lennon as much as she can until the ambulance arrives. Lennon as the drummer of Preload....that is what helps him battle his demons. Now that he has lost his left arm from the elbow down....he doesn't know what to do so he withdrawals from his Preload family. Georgia battles her own issues...her family always makes her feel that she is never good enough no matter how hard she tries. She starts to visit Lennon at the hospital...a connection that neither of them expected started to form. They both have their demons to battle but together they start to find happiness and surprisingly to them....love. We get to learn Lennon's story in this book and it was absolutely heartbreaking....warning you will need a whole tissue box. What he has been through will break your heart. Together both Lennon and Georgia heal each other....they are so good for each other. I have read all of the Preload books and this one was my absolute favorite. I highly recommend this book to everyone....its a damn good story and easily a top read for me. Well done!!!
This one is for me the best one in the series. The story from Lennon is heartbreaking. His past is sad and heartbreaking and it still affects him in every step in his life. But after all that he is going through what happens after the bus crash is for Lennon even wors. Although he is in dark mood he has someone in his corner. A successful doctor Georgia help him step by step to come in the light. Amazing story with great characters, great love story and amazing chemistry between Lennon and Georgia. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Lennon McCartney is the drummer for Preload and while heading to their final show before a scheduled several months break when they are involved in a devastating accident. Georgia Starr, a premier pediatric neurosurgeon, just happens to be driving, which she rarely does, by and quickly jumps in to help extricate the band members and their family from the bus. This is how she meets Lennon and her medical care is what saves his life, medically and emotionally. Lennon was deeply depressed prior to the accident but after he turns everyone away. Georgia has it all. A thriving career but she will never have the approval of her father who seems to have a control over the rest of the family. Georgia is drawn to Lennon in ways she could not fathom and days after the accident turned up in his hospital room and the band members (his family) are their but getting nowhere with him but she steps in and she is the light in his world. Watching Lennon and Georgia come to grips with their budding friendship that sparks into so much more was beautiful but watching the healing that happens to both Lennon and Georgia as they each come to grips with what their lives need was told in a way that was thought provoking and emotional. Make sure you have tissues handy when reading this one! This can be read as a standalone. I have not read the other books in this series and was not lost at all. That being said, I am going to have to find the other books about the rest of the "family" because these "brothers" are fascinating. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
This book has everything! All the feels! Lennon’s story is heartbreaking! When he meets Georgia, his Gia, his life is hanging in the balance and wants her to just let him go! Instead, she holds on tighter and saves his life, in more ways than one! Get ready to fall in love with the drummer! I know I did! 5 stars
5 Stars ... Best book in the series! This book starts out with the band in a bad accident and leaves Lennon even more broken than he was before. Dr. Georgia Starr saves his life on that bus and then she’ll save his heart. I don't want to say much more about what happened because I don't want to wreck the story for others. Lennon ... his childhood just broke me! How can someone come through all that and still have the ability to love ... even though he thinks he can't? I loved that Georgia understood him so well and she wouldn’t let him retreat into himself. They were just an amazing couple ... opposite, but so right for each other. This book took me through all the emotions ... deep sorrow, sympathy, shock, laughter and then the hot love scenes! I honestly did not want this book to end. I have enjoyed this series so much ... I can’t believe it’s over (well at least I think it's over ... there is no one left in the band to write about). I highly recommend that you take Lennon and Georgia's emotional journey ... you won't regret it! I received an ARC courtesy of St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
***5 ‘Don’t Leave Me’ Stars*** As sad as I am that this is the final book in the series, I gotta say that it was one h#$& of a finale! Ms. Cole promised an emotional gut punch and boy did she deliver on many levels...many . I swooned, I snarled a bit, I gave the author the evil side eye in my head, I got all sniffly and teary and laughed out loud. Bottomline, I simply enjoyed all the words and the feels they pulled out of me. Lennon. This sweet, complex, bruised man killed me. The whole ‘I need to hug you but Gibbs smack some sense into you’ thing was real. His heart was so golden, but he was blinded by his past and had a hard time seeing not only what was right in front of him, but also himself. Thankfully a sliver of light finds it way in and his evolution is a sight to see. I adored Georgia. She exudes confidence and intelligence and yet she doesn’t shove it in your face. It’s just there. She is gracious and thoughtful and relies on her gut as much as her heart. I loved getting to know her and watching her evolve as well, because while she is quite content in her life, she had some things that needed to be addressed and she most definitely did address them. Lennon and Georgia’s journey, from start to finish, was quite...unique. They met under circumstances that were less than ideal and their road definitely wasn’t without obstacles even after that, but what came out of it was a whole lot of beauty. Even from the beginning there was a connection between them that went beyond anything either could explain. They simply had a flow to their interactions and I really enjoyed watching as they went from strangers to friends to more. The chemistry between them was hot and I loved how they helped each other widen their perspective of what their lives should and shouldn’t be. I am sad that this is the last book of the series, but it was the perfect finale for the Preload guys and the women who stole their hearts. The whole family vibe was what drew me in from the start and to watch it grow and evolve was a lot of fun. I am crossing my toes that we’ll get snippets of these characters somewhere down the road in way or another, but it was an amazing ride and at least I can always revisit these books when I need a fix. ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
What a gut wrenching book. I do mean that in the best possible way. The amount of emotion in this book is encompassing. I cried through most of this book, happy tears, sad tears, heartbreaking tears and joyous tears. This book has it all. Ince I started reading I couldn’t put it down. *Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this for my honest opinion*
Simply amazing! This is one of those books that needs more than 5 stars to express how fantastic it is!! I adore all the characters in this series. Each one is slightly broken, flawed, and completely intriguing. Lennon is by far the most mysterious of the group and this author crafted a powerful story to get him his own happily ever after. Your every emotion will be touched by Lennon and Georgia's story. These characters will stay with you long after you've finished reading the last page. Put this at the top of the must read list! I highly recommend it.
What an incredible ending to the series. All these men of Preload have not had a great upbringing into life but I think Lennon's story completely broke my heart. We only got to see him be a jerk in the previous books. I wasn't sure how his book would go at all. I completely felt for him from the very start. He was so tortured and after learning about his childhood I just wanted to hug him so bad. You would think one of the most successful neurosurgeons that come from a family of neurosurgeons would not be a good fit for a tortured rocker. I thought it was brilliant the way the author brought him to a heroine that on the outside to seem to have it all and yet she struggled with her own demons that involved her family. These two made sense together. They both crave love and to see them be so brave with each other was beautiful to read. I love how honest they were with each other and how they brought so much good from each other. They have become one of my favorite couples and I wish to see more like them. I'm sad to see this series over but so happy to see all of these men find their happily ever afters. Such a great series! ARC provided by NetGalley.