BOOK REVIEW: Beat by Vi Keeland

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00072]BEAT (Life on Stage #2)
by Vi Keeland
Publisher: Self-Published (UK) / (USA)
Publication Date: June 2015(UK) / (US)
Format: Ebook (300 pages)
Source: ARC

Dimpled smile of a boy
Hard body of a man
Sings like an angel
Fucks like the devil

I was stuck between a rock(star) and a hard place.

At fifteen, his poster hung on my bedroom wall. At twenty-five his body hovered over mine. Every girl’s fantasy became my reality. I was dating a rockstar. Yet I was slowly falling for another man. The problem was—the two men—they shared a tour bus.

Flynn Beckham was the opening act.
Dylan Ryder was the headliner.

What happens when the opening act begins to shine so bright, it seems to dim everything else in its wake?

I’ll tell you what happens. Things get ugly. (Goodreads)

DividerHaving really enjoyed Throb, the previous book in the series, I was more than overjoyed at seeing that Keeland had written Flynn’s story, which takes place sometime after the conclusion of Throb. After riding the wave of popularity coming off of the reality show that Flynn had taken part in, Flynn and his band are looking to propel themselves into the big league by being the warm up act for a successful rock band. However like many of these tales, the new kid on the block threatens the position of the current Rock God, in more ways than one.

First off, books with cheating are not ones that I would normally choose to read, but Keeland has written a book that deals with this subject in a rather interesting way. From the get go we see that Flynn and Lucky do have chemistry and from what we have learned about him in Throb, he is a genuinely good guy. He even went as far as to keep up the charade of “dating” the winner from the dating show so that she could claim the prize money.

So, the fact that he falls for Lucky pretty hard and he begins pursuing her, should put him in the ratbag territory, it somehow doesn’t because the way he does it is to show Lucky how he is the better guy. There is some flirting and banter between Lucky and Flynn, but the line comes very close to being crossed early in the book. Seeing how close Flynn and Lucky’s friendship straddle the line is compelling to watch and I wanted Lucky to take the plunge and break things off with her boyfriend Dylan.

However, I never really got a clear picture of who Dylan actually was. Yes, he seemed to be the stereotypical ass-hat rock star, who seemed to take his girlfriend for granted. Only when Flynn seemed to show interest in Lucky, did Dylan start to be affection to her in his own way. And although I didn’t like him, apart from the implication that he was less than faithful to Lucky, there was nothing that made me really despise him until the last few chapters when he went down a cartoon villain root. It didn’t surprise me in the least and I could see what was coming a mile off.

What really surprised me were my feelings towards Lucky because although I was sympathetic to Lucky and her circumstances, I couldn’t help but feel that she was the victim to fate. Dylan was the connection to her past, since he was there when her father owned the bar. Dylan was a connection to a happier time and the fact that her teenage crush was interested in her would have been nice. Yet, her chemistry with Flynn was something that is difficult to deny.

By rights I should be outraged that Lucky slept with Flynn while she was still with Dylan, but Keeland has handled this delicate subject in such a way that I could understand why Lucky chose to do so. Once again it seems to be a case of the right person at the wrong time.

Just like in Throb, there was a character who I hope will get their own book, which is Flynn’s band mate Nolan. Although he wasn’t in the book much, by the end of the book I want to see who tames this wild man. He is so different from Flynn that I think his story would be really good to read.

Once again, Keeland knows how to write a story that is compelling to read, with characters that you become emotionally invested in. She knows how to take complex situations and make the characters sympathetic to the reader.

This is a great summer read that pulls you in from the first page to very last. Keeland is fast becoming a favourite author of mine and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

4 star




1 Throb
2 Beat

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