Book Review: ‘Skeletons of Us’ by Anne Malcom

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Title: Skeletons of Us (Unquiet Mind Book 2)

Published: 2nd September 2016

Author: Anne Malcom

Facebook: www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor

Synopsis:

Love can be a beautiful thing.

It can fill up your life with the warmth of its embrace and spread to every corner of your mind.

It can quiet your soul.

But when that love turns wrong, it twists and warps into something bitter and unrecognizable.

The pain of it promises unyielding noise in place of that half-remembered silence.

Lexie has lived with this pain for four years, pouring it into music that transformed Unquiet Mind into the most famous rock band in the world.

But fame can also turn ugly, curl into that bitter version of love and endanger everything Lexie holds dear.

The moment Lexie’s life is threatened, he comes back to ensure she stays alive.
Killian.

He’s not just back to save her life, he’s back to save her soul and to claim what’s his.

Problem is, someone else already considers Lexie his, and he’ll kill to make sure she stays that way.

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about music or musicians. Broken hearts and souls on both sides with Lexie and Killian so lets hope second time around is the last. Have to agree with one thing Killian said about how easily she believed five minutes of lies after two years of truth with him constantly telling her how much she meant to him. As soon as she really accepts this she can finally see why he did it. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t a complete plank for doing it in the first place. He’s older now and has one thing on his mind, getting his girl back. More so than ever before when he finds out a crazy stalker is after her.

Killian went to a darker place as a way to cope – or in this case not cope – with his feelings after they split. Lexie on the other hand just shut down emotionally. Living but not really existing for four years. Something big needed to happen to get them back in the same room let alone State. That happens to be when a crazy ass stalker breaks into her place and attacks her and her friend/bodyguard. Guess they thought they were safe behind locked doors but this guy is crafty and seems to get close without any effort. Not that she knew at first she was in a bit if danger. It seems her bandmates thought it wise to keep the creepy letters away from her but this guy has stepped up his game. After phoning the police there’s really only one person Lexie would call and that’s Zane. When you get to see his side of the conversation on Killian’s POV you see just how much he loves her as a daughter. Well him and Killian too. Should take four hours to get from Amber to Lexie but Killian does it in two. He’s going to protect his girl and no one and nothing is going to stop him. She’s always been his; he just has to make her see it again.

The first time Lexie spots Killian at the hospital time almost stops. You can tell she just wants to run to him as she’s scared but another type of fear and shock stop her. Well that and her boys make it very clear he’s not welcome – not that that’s going to make him leave. Seems as soon as Zane and him know the whole story their only thought is to protect her. Zane would stay but with her mum being pregnant again he knows she’d then stay and would fine out the truth about the attacker. After almost loosing her the first time you can see he wants to wrap her up in cotton wool. This means Killian is staying and he makes it clear that he has every intension of putting a bullet in the stalkers head. Tensions are running high between them and you can see how much she is fighting and hurting by being near him again. They need each other to heal but it seems they both need to break to start the process. She’s good at ignoring him to begin with but its not long before she is tempted. Love the club scene when she’s like “Fuck it, I’m going to have the cupcake” you’ll know what I mean when you get to it. But it’s when she sings the song Skeletons of Us (a song they never sing live) at a show that makes them both snap. Hello heated fun in her dressing room! Passion overloads but after the haze falls fear of the past and being hurt again makes her run. She should learn by now that no matter how far she runs he will always follow and bring her back. When the past is faced they can start building something new but the little issue of the stalker is still there no matter how much they want to stay in their bubble. Seriously hot off the charts chemistry between these two. That clearly isn’t an issue when trying to find a way to make it work. He brings her back to life again just like she does for him.

Love her bandmates. Sam and Wyatt clearly love all the groupie attention they get now they are famous. Noah is a bit more reserved, mainly due to not coming out yet. Four years changes a lot but that group is still as strong as ever. Love the catch up with Zane and Mia and others from the club. It might be the world Killian wanted to keep her from so she could reach her dreams but it’s the world she belongs in with him. She’s back where she belongs with whom she belongs. Lets just hope it stays that way. Loved these characters right from the start. Such a gripping story that will keep you hooked right until the end. There is nothing they wouldn’t do for each other and I do mean nothing.

Oh side note the tattoos he has done are brilliant and I love her reaction when she sees them. She’s soon starting to realise that no matter where she was physically she was always with him in his heart and soul. Their love was so intense when they were younger and I’m glad Killian admits to being a stupid kid for letting her go. But he’s a man now, one that has no intention of ever letting her go again. The two of them against the world, just as it’s meant to be. He definitely redeems himself here and goes back to being awesome boyfriend again.

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5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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