by Lara Ward Cosio
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Rogue Series - Book 4
Publisher: Rogue Publications (October 24, 2017)
Publication Date: October 24, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 297 pages
Available from: Amazon
Martin Whelan has always been a "middle of the road" guy, content with his lot in life. Granted, his lot was a fortuitous one. As bass player for Rogue, the world-famous Irish rock band, he'd gladly ridden the coattails of his more passionate and inspired bandmates. He was proficient and dependable at his part in the band, and that was enough for all concerned.
Having at a young age gone straight from his mother's overprotective arms to his wife's, Martin settled into married life and quickly became the father to three boys he loved more than anything in the world. His wife, Celia, ran their lives with both precision and restraint, and Martin took comfort in the boundaries she set. It was a welcome counterbalance to the reckless lives his bandmates led.
Everything was fine.
Until Celia found his text messages.
That discovery sets Martin on a journey that will lead to epic highs and lows. Together with help from his bandmates, he'll forge ahead to finally find his rhythm. But what will he have to sacrifice to get it?
Finding Rhythm by Lara Ward Cosio
Even rock stars are human and Lara Ward Cosio’s FINDING RHYTHM underscores this in spades, from the private moments that an eager public will devour with salacious glee to the consequences of trying to live a lie.
Ms. Cosio doesn’t pretty up her stories, she brings to life, warts and all and we are witness to the highs and lows of a successful rock band on and off the stage. Martin has always been the quiet one, the solid sound who stayed in the background, behind the glitz his more flamboyant band members shined in. Then again, that may have been why Martin finally broke his marriage vow, because he was that dependable, predictable guy who let everyone else run his life, including his often critical, yet efficient wife. Maybe Martin, right or wrong finally felt important, capable and desired as a man.
Martin will embark on a painful and often lonely and confusing journey to finding himself and what happiness really is. He will discover that he can love his children with all his heart, but in spite of his fame with the band, he is entitled to feel good about himself…and maybe he went about things the wrong way, but just maybe he needed to color outside of the lines and discover that there was more to life than acceptance of other people’s rules.
Well, color me shocked! Color me appalled with Martin! Then color me hurting for him and wishing him the life he needs, just as his friends and bandmates are doing as they find new joys, rekindle friendships and deal with life. Everyone wants/needs to feel important or special and Martin resembled a human doormat far too often.
FINDING RHYTHM is an emotionally jarring tale of one man’s journey for real happiness and Lara Ward Cosio has held nothing back in telling a raw and jagged tale that may be written as a fictitious story, but is very real, very human and will take readers on an emotional rollercoaster where life can be as distorted as a fun house mirror without the fun. Her writing style is bold, her gift for creating atmosphere and timing each event perfectly reads like reality, flawed, but ultimately worth the journey!
I am voluntarily reviewing this copy!