Bethany reviews ‘Beneath The Stain, pt. 3’ by Amy Lane (Published by Dreamspinner Press on September 12th, 2014)
We were provided with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I would like to think that is obvious, but if not umm….it is Amy Lane and she is the queen of angst and pain.
When we were first approached to participate in Amy’s blog tour before the first part was released, well, let’s just say I snatched that up real quick. And yes I might have rubbed it in my friends’ faces that I was reading not just Part 1, but also Part 2. (Sorry Dana and MtSnow) 😉 Ok. But here is where karma kicked me in my tushy. I do NOT read a few chapters of a much anticipated book only to put it down and pick it back up a week later. Nope. My poor kids are lucky if they get something other than cereal for dinner. Don’t judge..it’s Amy Lane folks. This is pretty accurate for me.
So releasing this book in parts is pure brilliance. Evil brilliance, but brilliance nonetheless. I would describe reading it like watching your favorite TV show. You know. The one that you would totally cancel dinner plans with your college roommate that you haven’t seen in 20 years just so you wouldn’t miss an episode. The one where EVERY week it leaves you yelling at the TV at the cliffhanger. Let’s just say, after finishing Part 2 and realizing I would have to WAIT for the next part, well, I was using some creative words that would make even a sailor blush.
BUT. After opening up our email yesterday to see Part 3, just sitting there waiting for me? Well, that made me a VERY happy lady.
Yes. I was not a happy camper at the ending of Part 2, but I will say Amy redeemed herself in this one. No, we did not get an HEA, but people it’s ONLY Part 3! There is NO WAY she is done putting us through the emotional wringer.
That said, a lot was resolved for me in this one. My poor sweet Mackey, yes, is still dealing with a ton of crap that no 20-year-old kid should have to deal with. But I could almost see a vague glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Not to say that our dear boys are anywhere near fixed, but I feel like they are on the right path.
Many of the secondary characters that I was beyond pissed at in Part 2 are now in my good graces. And, my Grant, oh dear Grant, as painful as this is to say: I kinda hate you right now. I am mad at you dear Grant, so much so that I want you to stay gone so Mackey can heal and have a chance to find love again. Will my request be awarded? Probably not, cuz Amy is far from done torturing us.
My emotions for this one were all over the place. By 3% in I was bawling like a baby and by 9%, I was pissed off and begging for wine. And it was like that for the entire thing, highs then lows and more highs with sweet moments followed by lows that made me want to throw my kindle across the room. But that would have been bad cuz then what would I have been able to read the next part on?
Anyway, there was never a doubt in my mind that Part 3 would be anything less that spectacular, JUST like Parts 1 and 2 were. It was just “how much is this gonna hurt?” And yes. It hurt in different ways than Parts 1 and 2, but I know it will be worth it. I know that angst and pain is a must. Well done, Ms. Lane. Well done!!!
Where to buy: Dreamspinner
Amy Lane has four children, two cats, a love starved Chi-who-what, a crumbling mortgage and an indulgent spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance–and if you give her enough diet coke and chocolate, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.