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Face the Music

Replay, Book 1
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Series: Replay, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lincoln
I thought there was only one thing I needed to make me happy. I was so sure becoming a rock star would heal the dark corners inside me. But every time I walk onto the stage, with a roaring crowd screaming my name, all I can think about is the boy I left behind. All I want to do is rewind and make a different choice. 

Jace
I thought I hated Lincoln when he ghosted me 10 years ago and destroyed my heart. I thought I hated him when he wrote a chart-topping hit about our idyllic young love. But I’ve never hated him as much as I do right now, standing in front of me like he has every right to be in my world again. He’s not the rock god I thought he was...he’s still that same lost boy I used to love. Can I ever trust him with my heart again?

*Face the Music is the first book in the Replay series. Each book in the series will focus on a different band member getting a second chance at love. Each book can be read as a stand-alone. This book contains descriptions of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and sexy times.

©2018 Kyleen Neuhold (P)2018 Kyleen Neuhold

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  • Aerielle
  • 06-08-2018

A little hard to get through

The first part or the story was hard for me to get through. I didn’t read the book first so did not know what was going to happen. I actually had to stop and come back and finish the story a few days later and I’m glad I did. Kenneth did a great job like always. Don’t pass this one by!

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  • Bergy37
  • 29-06-2019

Second Chance Romance

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It’s a heartbreaking story that, at times, was difficult due to the heavy subject matter of mental illness and attempted suicide, but I couldn’t stop listening. It’s well-written and well-narrated.
Kenneth Obi does a good job differentiating his tone and voice to suit each character. He also gave this subject the proper respect and gravity necessary to portray the emotions of each mc as they figured out their way back to each other.

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  • Claudia CG Lezar
  • 20-06-2019

as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Kenneth Obi is one of the 2 narrators (so far), I can listen without break and have no problems to follow.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:


5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening, but not more then twice a year.
it's like a B

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  • MsDarkPhoenix
  • 11-06-2019

Amazing!

This was absolutely amazing! The emotions came through so clearly and the voices and tones were realistic!

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  • Zizawah
  • 11-06-2019

Unrealistic separation but overall OK

Not exactly my cup of tea but the engaging narration made it palatable and enjoyable enough that I actually finished the story. The story is interesting and not boring, but have a little too much angst for my taste. It really DID NOT make sense to me that Lincoln just left Jace (and went so far as to disconnect the phone) and they did not meet each other for 10 years!!! How Linc survived for 10 years with his problem is simply unbelievable!

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  • Kathryn M
  • 20-05-2019

outstanding

Lincoln and Jace were best friends since childhood, only seeing each other in summer at their families' vacation cabins by the lake. As children they were best friends and as the teenage years progressed they became boyfriend's and lovers, vowing to be together for ever. But when Lincoln's band Downward Spiral gets discovered, he disappears from Jace's life and breaks his heart.
Ten years later, Lincoln and his band are at a crossroads. The demons haunting each man in the band is taking its toll and their name becomes prophetic - they are on a downward spiral and need to find ways to fix it. Lincoln is caught in a cycle of depression and self harm, leading to another bear miss with death. The band decides that they all will take some time away before deciding their fate as a band. Lincoln decides to head to the lake house and face his demons. When he gets their he encounters much more than memoreies.
Jace has tried to move on. But the love he shared so long ago was a powerful thing and although he hates Lincoln for what he did, his heart also aches for him. After a breakup caused by his inability to move on completely, he decides to go to his family lake house to face his past and get closure. He never expected to find Lincoln in the cabin next door. And he never thought Lincoln would still be the boy he fell in love with years ago, begging for a chance to explain why he left and asking for a second chance.

I loved loved loved this book about old lovers finding their way to love again. It had me feeling a wide range of emotion. Sadness for the two boys who lost out on 10 years together because of lack of communication. Happiness that they find each other again and still feel that magic connection. Hope that they can find a happily ever after. Tingles reading about their sexy times. I was caught up in this book and did not want to put it down.
This book is well written with a touching story and relateable, loveable characters. I highly recommend this book.

Kenneth Obi narrates this story and does a phenomenal job at capturing the personalities of the characters. tge story really shines.

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  • Emma Brown
  • 16-05-2019

Fantastic

I loved reading this book and listening to Kenneth bring it to life was a delight.

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  • nolmstym
  • 11-05-2019

Great Start to Series

This is one of my favorite books. K.M. Neuhold knows how to write broken characters and those are my favorites to read. This is a second chance book and is amazing. Jace left years ago to chase his dream of becoming a rockstar, but is now spiraling out of control. Can a second chance with the love of his life save him? I adore this one.

This was my first Kenneth Obi listen, and I was hooked. He is amazing and I loved the story and narration,

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  • Zara
  • 07-02-2019

I liked it

I liked it. But the flipping back and forth between past and present time was a bit confusing to get hang of.
Good book good start to a series.

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  • ILoveBooksSue
  • 16-01-2019

So good! So heartfelt!

This book is definitely near and dear to my heart. No one understands how hard it is to love someone with bipolar disorder. Ms. Neuhold, you managed to give a voice to the person that has to witness the highs and lows. Thank you! Plus, their love is epic!!

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  • Book addict
  • 03-01-2019

3.5 stars - decent easy listen

This was an easy listen with a nice romance. Characters were decent and I enjoyed the story. It wasn’t overly memorable, but what stood it apart from other romance books was the mental health aspect which gave added depth. Would have been good if there was an overall plot line as well as the characters’ relationship to make the book more engaging.

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  • Debbie
  • 09-08-2018

Slow start but gets amazing.

This is the first book I have read and heard from this author, I love Kenneth Obi, I was going to give it’s four stars until half way through, as the beginning is really slow and Kenneth reads slowly, I don’t no if this is what the author wanted or Kenneth style for this book, but found it a bit annoyingly, however once the dialogue starts the pace picks up, and Kenneth is back to his amazing self and is brilliant, hence the five stars instead of four. Kenneth choice of voice for the characters was brilliant, especially liked Jace’s

The story is a second chance story, I felt the story took awhile to get into as there was a lot of repetition in theme. However the story blasts off at about the half way point and is amazing, the illness discussed in the story is brilliantly handled and shines light on something that is misunderstood by society.

Lincoln is a likeable guy and although I was upset with him for leaving Jace I can understand why he did, Although agree with Jace, I loved Jace and glad he didn’t just fall at Lincoln’s feet. I need to read the rest of the series and see what happens to the other band members and the band!!!!

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  • Cassi
  • 02-07-2019

Favorite of the series

Book one was my favorite. I really connected with both of the guys and felt their struggles, both individually and when they were considering the risks of second chances. I loved how the author didn't fall into the trap of allowing thier getting back together fix all of their personal issues and I thought she handled the subject matter really well.

Kenneth did a great job with these guys and this is one of my favorites he's done!!

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  • Meph666
  • 13-05-2019

Heartbreakingly beautiful story from Neuhold + Obi

Wow, I don't think I was expecting such a hard hitting character as Lincoln along with everything that he is going through, especially in the first book of a new series. K.M. Neuhold definitely starts Replay off with a bang and, damn, it's worth reading/listening to.
My heart was attached to Lincoln right from the start and Jace is his perfect match with how he brings light to the man's life, though with how he left when they were younger, it's going to take a lot of healing and forgiveness for their friendship and relationship to recover.
This is a beautifully told tale that includes heartbreak, mental illness and self harm which could possibly be a trigger for some but for those able to read, I think it helps to shine a light on people who go through these times and what they experience mentally and physically. Kyleen's writing really brings to light how relationships and interaction can help and how important they are. Lincoln and Jace's is hard fought and tough going at times but worth every moment of your time.
Kenneth Obi does a brilliant job in bringing these characters to life. Providing a voice for both men must have been hard with all that occurs in the book but everything was believable and I just needed to keep listening to find out what happened for both men, individually and together. The emotion was conveyed perfectly in both good times and bad for all characters, not just the MC's.
I'm now diving straight into book 2! This series has me hooked :-)