Beyond The Music, The Rock Gods book 7 by Ann Lister ~Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Lincoln Stallworth, bass player for Black Ice, has quietly watched each of his band mates fall in love and has accepted the fact he’ll probably never find the same for himself. He doesn’t really believe in true love, couldn’t fully understand the absurdity of it, or the notion there could be just one perfect person for everyone. A debilitating health issue began to shadow Lincoln in the middle of their last tour. As his physical symptoms worsen, Lincoln has to fight the urge to hide from the world and himself inside his estate.Aaron Baylor enters Lincoln’s life at his lowest point. Lincoln feels broken, damaged beyond repair, and he’s ready to give-up. Aaron’s patience and unwavering support slowly begin to pull Lincoln back to being present in his own life and gives him hope for a future and for love. Will Aaron be the glue that holds the broken pieces of Lincoln’s life together? Can Lincoln fight his way back to good health and take a chance at love? Or will the task be too great for Lincoln to handle?

Beyond The Music is Book 7 in The Rock Gods series. This is the final story in the series, but also the launch of a new M/M spin-off series, Guarding the Gods, which will have many cameo appearances from The Rock Gods characters in each story. If you enjoyed The Rock Gods, I hope you’ll give Guarding the Gods a try!


Lincoln reached for the lyric book he kept on the end table beside his bed and began to scribble down the song verses popping off in his brain like fireworks on the Fourth of July. Fuck! This hurt, but Lincoln poured his raw emotion out onto the pages; the thoughts coming faster than he could write them down. The music would have to be written later, but this right now was his heart on his sleeve . . . bleeding.
    ~ Broken ~
Can you fix me?
Put back my pieces?
I feel broken.
Damaged beyond repair.
I’m not the man you need me to be,
and that’s just not fair.
That I’m so broken.
Broken beyond repair.
Wished I’d met you before the stains.
And long before the sickness ate me alive.
Wished there was a way to make me whole; make me feel again.
I’m so damn broken.
Damaged beyond repair.
Can you glue what’s shattered?
Give me back myself?
The man I used to be.
And not the man that’s broken.
Broken beyond repair.
“I’ve never had a partner before, but I like the idea of taking care of you,” Lincoln said softly. “There’s no guarantee I can offer you that, and it really bothers me that can’t.”
“That doesn’t sound especially fair to put all of that responsibility on yourself, Linc,”Aaron said with a gentle touch of his fingers to Lincoln’s face. “Maybe it’s time for you to let someone else take care of you – I want to be that someone, Linc. If you’ll let me.”

Storyline: 5
Angst: 2
Tissue: 0
Value: 5
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 4.75 Stars
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

Lincoln has a secret that he’s keeping from the band that has alienated him from his friends. He is having health issues and doesn’t want to face that it’s affecting not only his ability to play music but his vision and walking too. Not to mention that all of his bandmates have paired off and found love. Aaron is introduced to Lincoln to help with his rehabilitation and get him ready to go on tour. Will he be able to help Lincoln find a way to deal with his illness and fight the loneliness?

“Lincoln bent forward to reach for the glass of water sitting on the coffee table. He watched his fingers circle the glass, but when he went to lift it to take a drink, the glass slipped through his grip and hit the carpeting on the floor. He could have sworn his grasp was tight enough, even with the limited sensation in his hand, but dropping it hadn’t been a consideration. He studied his fingers, flipping his hand over, then back the other way as if they didn’t belong to him.

Why are you failing me? Lincoln thought. He flopped back against the couch and closed his eyes again. The sting of tears began to build behind his lids. He was thirty-two years old and at the height of his career. If this loss of sensation continued, he feared it would be the end of his job with Black Ice, and quite possibly the end of his musical career. What happened after that? All he knew was music. He lived and breathed it every single day, so how could he suddenly switch gears and do something else for a living?”

I love the Rock Gods series so much. Lincoln hasn’t been doing well but instead of getting checked out, he tries to ignore it because he’s scared of what’s happening to him. I was shocked that his friends didn’t confront him although he was pretty good at keeping them at bay. Aaron had to have been the perfect person to break through his pity party and give him hope. It was amazing how much patience he had. Lincoln is such a straight shooter once he decides what he wants, he just pushes forward and lays it on the line. I think that’s what I liked most about him.

Although I’m sad about this being the last Rock Gods book, I am excited about the spin off with the Bodyguards. We will get cameos of our favorite guys, but I get more stories about different people. Makes me want to throw a little party.


Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband.  She has pulled details from her years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks in her novels.
After graduating art school, marrying, and raising two daughters, she established her own video production company.  Her nearly two decades working in video production included work within the music industry and won her a coveted Telly Award.  Her ‘behind-the-scenes’ exposure to the music world and her love of rock music is the inspiration for her erotic rock star romances.
Her rock star romance, “Fall For Me”, Book One in The Rock Gods series, was a Finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Award and Book Three, Make You Mine, established her as an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author.  Each book in The Rock Gods series brings her two favorite elements together: musicians and the love between two men.  These stories focus on what it truly means to love; love unconditionally, love without restrictions or labels, love without fear or judgment – to just simply love.

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