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    Sound framework. Final construction falls short.

    The story of Preacher McCade and the Roadmasters in Fast Lane is chronicled by means of an oral history. An unidentified interviewer, with the intention of writing a book, has been recording her discussions with various band members about their history as a successful band; the ups, downs and where that life has led them. These interviews are interspersed with flashbacks to the past where readers become part of the action. As a whole, the storyline works. We get an intimate and personal view of a highly successful band that people have followed for decades. At the end, I felt the story arc was complete. I didn’t have any large unresolved questions. However, it’s in the detail that I felt the book often derails. What works against this book is the author spends too much time trying to build momentum and waiting until the final quarter to make many of the big reveals. Instead of revealing information throughout, we get waffling and vagueness and repetition and irrelevant details to pad out the story. There are a SIGNIFICANT number of teasers along the lines of ‘I just saw and I knew...’ [character looks off into the yonder]. OK, but what did you see? What do you know? I understand such teasers are meant to elicit interest but frankly, I felt I was treading in cliché filled water for a large part of the book; we are kept in the dark too long. If you are a reader already familiar with Ashley’s books, and someone gave Fast Lane to you to read without telling you who wrote it, I would bet money you would know it’s one of hers. I recognise readers may find comfort in knowing what to expect from an author. The flip side of this is when you’ve read as many of Ashley’s books as I have, it becomes deeply unsatisfying to read yet another book with regurgitated scenes and similar characters with the same mannerisms, speech, and even dress sense; does a non-Henley wearing hero even exist in her world? The oral history style is certainly new to Ashley but she hasn’t pushed those boundaries far enough. In fact, I would argue, she has barely pushed at all. Fast Lane reads like a typical Ashley book being stuffed into a different format; square peg, round hole. And yet, I didn’t hate the book. There are flashes of creative writing excellence. There are scenes so intensely emotional, they did bring me close to tears. The characters aren’t two-dimensional - even factoring in the uncomfortable similarity to previous KA characters. I enjoyed reading about their lives and their history. And for me, without doubt, Preacher McCade is the focus of this book, and I enjoyed his characterisation - but not as a hero. I thought he was a manipulative, controlling so-and-so who was anointed as a saint by those around him. I actually detest him as a character but that’s also what makes him interesting. I didn’t need these characters to get a happy ever after, but you can relax. This is a romance book after all. In summary, the framework is sound but the final construction falls short – even including the goodly amount of toss pillows.
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    Good story but awkward style

    I tried to read this story about 3 times before eventually finishing it. I usually enjoy KA's books but I found the "interview" style the story was written in messed up the flow. In the end, it was a good story but a bit hard to read
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    Wooh!

    I really did not see this coming. It took some time to adjust to the interview style this book has been written in, but I got absorebed in it. It really gives a great look into what happens backstage with a Rockband. I know the scene a bit because I was lucky enough to join my all time favorite band Toto backstage for years when they toured Europe. Ihave such great memories of that time that will always be in my heart. That's why I know Kristen Ashley has done such a great job again with this book. Really thankfull that she took the risk of a complete different writing style and let us in on the great friendship and family bond and of course the drama and it shows perfectly that also the most gifted musician are as human as you and me..loved it
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    Good Love Story

    I enjoyed this book but it took a bit of an adjustment because of the way Kristen wrote it in an interview style. I loved Preacher and Lyla. Their love story has many twists and turns. All the characters were interesting. There is more than one story line based on the subject being interviewed. The ending was a bit of a surprise but I loved it.
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    This is the Fast Lane!

    This book is nothing like Kristen has written before. I truly enjoyed it. It gets hold of you and sucks you in. I think this the longest book she has written so far. I could not wait to read every day. Just loved it.
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