Don’t judge me. I know you want to, but let’s get some facts straight in my defense.
1. I love Arturo King
2. He left me behind.
3. I was lonely.
4. Lansing was an old friend.
5. I love Arturo King.
Did you burn the fictional damsel in distress that cuddled and kissed her best friend when her fantastical boyfriend disappeared for months? No, you didn’t. You sympathized with her loneliness before you read ahead to make sure the boyfriend was coming back to her. Loneliness is not a crime. It’s cruel to be alone, but not a crime, the last I knew. If it is a crime, I’ll light the match to ignite myself for what I’ve done. Goodness knows I’m burning up with guilt as it is. But I want my story to be told in my defense before I’m judged too harshly. Arturo King might be a rock star legend, but he and I are human. We make mistakes. We made mistakes. Do we need to suffer for all of eternity because of them? I hope not. The jury still seems to be out, though. The greater question is: Is it possible to rekindle our love, when the secrets could burn us all?
5 Star Review by Ashley
This is the book I've been waiting for since this series started. Throughout the series L.B. Dunbar showcased each of the men in The Nights, Artuo's band, and how life and love shaped them. You should definitely read the series in order to fully grasp the beauty of each of the characters and how their stories are all connected. After all, it was all leading up to this. Guinevere's turn. WOW! To say that this book blew me away in an understatement. The Trials of Guinevere DeGrance had it all. There was drama, laughter, fear, hope, anger, sexiness, music, love and so much more (the list is really endless). The prologue alone had me by the heart.
Going in, I was a bit apprehensive to get Guinie's story. In the earlier books she has come across as needy and a user- two characteristics that I don't necessarily like in a leading lady. But my how my perception of her changed. She has this quiet, calm; an almost shy self confidence about her. She has strength and grace as evidenced in how she handled everything life and Arturo threw at her. And it was a lot. She survived love, loss, more loss and love again. I felt her pain and anguish and I really connected with her in this book. I loved that she made the hard choices and stuck to her guns. She didn't let Arturo or anyone but herself lead her head or heart.
Oh Arturo. If I didn't already adore him, then he surely stole my heart here. He had been through so much with his accident, so much more I learned than we knew about. I admire his courage to get himself right in the head before he went to fix the mess that was created with his time away. And what a mess he found when he got back to the band and Guinie. His fears were very real and true to the situation that he found himself in. It seemed there was no real way up or forward. In a bold move, and one of my favorite parts of the book, Arturo takes a stand that shocked everyone. This was the catalyst that pushed everything forward. Though not all of it was for the better (depending on who you're rooting for).
Of course it wouldn't be a Legendary Rock Stars book without the rest of the band. And they were all there- Perkins, Tristan and Lansing came along for the ride and played some role in the outcome of this story. It was great seeing them all together in their element again; letting the music speak for them when words couldn't. Some other characters from the series also made an appearance showed their true colors as the truth of it all is uncovered. I loved how L.B. Dunbar took the famous tale and made it modern and relevant to today's world. She put her own twist on the characters and their stories and the payoff was magnificent. And how she ended the book was pure genius. While Guinevere and Arturo have their ending, their story is far from over. I love that it is open, I'm hoping that means I'll get to see them again somewhere down the line.
About the Author
L.B. Dunbar loves the original legend of King Arthur. Inspired by this classic tale, she pulled over to the side of the road to take notes when it hit her that if King Arthur lived today, he'd be a rock star. A lover of fairy tales, myths, legends, and anything with happily ever after, she loves to read and write contemporary romance. Her Legendary Rock Stars series is complete with the final tale: The Trials fo Guinevere DeGrance, but the story began with The Legend of Arturo King. She also wrote The Sensations Collection, which includes five stand alones based on the five senses in a small town setting near Lake Michigan. Raised on one side of that lake, she grew up in Michigan, but now lives on the other side, in Chicago. Mother to four, wife to the one and only, and teacher to hundreds of former students, she looks forward to sharing more stories in the future.