The drummer for chart-topping rock band aMUSEd has just met the literal woman of his dreams. But Lyric is already working overtime to keep life’s storms at bay, and Rhys “The Madman” Madigan is a complication she doesn’t need. Will the lingering presence of her late husband guide this witchy single mom to a forever love, or will her new man’s wild spirit put a permanent end to their love story, and possibly her career?
I had it all once: a man I loved, a child who needed me, another who needed me even more, a job that gave me purpose. And then my world was shattered. It’s taken me three years, but I’ve managed to put the remaining pieces back together, building a life for the three of us. I have a village to help me do it, but it’s a never-ending, exhausting rollercoaster, haunted by memories of the husband I lost. The last thing I need to add to this ride is an adrenaline-junkie rockstar. But he won’t take no for an answer, and the more time I spend with him, the less I want him to.
I saw her across a crowded room. No — I saw her in my dreams first. But from the moment our eyes met in our waking lives, I knew she was the one. Yeah, her life is complicated, and I’m not a likely candidate for a father figure for her kids when my inner child ends up on the outside more often than not. But there’s nothing complicated about how I feel about her, and there’s no limit to what I’d do to make her life better, if only she — and her late husband — will let me.
Mad World is a love-before-first-sight single-parent romance with an unexpected supernatural triangle twist, and a deep current of music and magic running throughout. It is the fifth book in the Mystic Beach Fantasy Rockstar Romance series. It can be read as a standalone, but it is part of an interconnected series and is best read in series order.
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5 out of 5 (exceptional)
MAD WORLD is the fifth book in the Mystic Beach series and I get to reunite with aMUSEd. It's time for the drummer, Rhys, to find his perfect match, but his path is anything but smooth.
Oh, boy! What a story!!! My heart was split in two for the whole of this book - loving Rhys and his quirks, but also understanding where Lyric was coming from. I loved the comments from Adam and Herself that helped to lighten the mood when needed.
I found this to be such an emotional read. My eyes were leaking on more than one occasion! So much so, I didn't think they'd stop. But they did as the story progressed in ways that made me so happy for them. The connection between them was so deep, it was almost tangible through my Kindle. And, yes, it's sexy too, in a way that was sheer perfection.
The whole cast of characters is simply outstanding, but the supporting ones in Mad World were simply the best. And let's not forget KITT! Yep, I'm that age, and it made me smile! I really hope I see more of Iris, Sheryl, Tommy, and Aria in future books.
And speaking of future books, it seems as though it may be Kieran's turn next. As with every Aislinn Archer book, I adore the one I've just read, but she tempts me with the next one. Oh, dear. Damn shame. It seems as though I'll have to read that one too!
The best in the series so far in my humble opinion and HIGHLY recommended by me. But if you want the best out of this series, start at the beginning! You're welcome. 😁
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Aislinn Archer is an award-winning journalist, columnist and photographer, music and tech journalist, and editor, as well as a semi-retired live sound engineer.
She has created two interconnected series spanning the contemporary/paranormal fantasy and rockstar romance genres, set in coastal Delaware, where she has lived for more than 20 years. She is a member of Mensa and the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids.
In her free time, Aislinn is an Irish language learner, persistent advanced-beginner guitar and bass guitar player, photographer, foodie, gadget guru, jewelrymaker and lampwork glass artist. She is a voracious reader of the urban fantasy, fantasy and rockstar romance genres, and dedicated music fan across many genres. Aislinn also loves visiting Disney World with her teenage son and her best friend, attending concerts and spending time on the beach.