This is the second book in the Off Beat series. This story picks up a little less than a year later. Linc is living in a beach house that Trey owns and is roommates with Trey's sister. Trey and Dom are out on the road and Linc is continuing to have a really hard time. He misses his best friend and he really misses the music. He is continuing to struggle with migraines and he is unable to play his guitar without bringing them on. A couple of things happen that end up bringing Emmett into Linc's life and the two young men end up being friends and then something more. But, things are much more complicated than either of them initially realize.
This was a good story that had this author's trademark high level of angst in it. They always have some soap opera level type of event in them. I actually didn't see the event coming in this one and while I didn't find it very believable I still found it entertaining. I liked Linc a lot better in this book than I did in book one and Emmett was a likable character too.
I find that I have to put reality aside for a lot of this author's books but nevertheless I always find myself enjoying the stories. They're fast paced and have both sweet romances and some smexy times. A fun read if you're looking for something a little lighter. This can be read as a standalone but if you haven't read book one know that this one does contain major spoilers for that book.
After a tragic accident, Lincoln West’s dreams of making it big as a guitarist fell apart. Unable to play music, he’s battling a hopeless downward spiral, and takes his friend’s offer to stay at their beach house for the summer. While at an open mike night at local bar Off Beat, he locks eyes with a busboy who doesn’t make Linc feel so broken anymore.
Emmett Westmore lives for the anonymity of busing tables in his aunt’s quirky bar where no one pities him for the fire that killed everyone he loved. He blames himself for the fire, and he doesn’t want anyone to see him—except for Linc. Emmett’s walls drop when he’s around the gorgeous blue-eyed guitarist, but he has a secret that could destroy his budding relationship with Linc.
Both Linc and Emmett are looking for a way to live again…will they let their fears control them or take a chance on something real?