Terrible Things
When Caleb Chance walked out in Detroit five years ago, leaving his band, millions of his fans and his lover behind, Leo knew he could never forgive. Some things, no matter what the cause, are unforgivable. But Leo never expected Caleb to show up again, clean and sober and wanting to get their band, Star Shadow, back together. He definitely never expected to agree to Caleb’s plan. He never expected to confront the love of his life again—or the disaster of his past, the hopelessness of his future, and every terrible thing he’s been carrying inside him. But maybe some things aren’t so terrible after all.

Terrible Things Details

TitleTerrible Things
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 19th, 2019
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Music

Terrible Things Review

  • Cadiva
    January 1, 1970
    I cried. Like an actual tear rolling down my face cried, that doesn't happen often to me but this book, oh my word this book - so many feels!It's difficult to review it without spoiling the journey so I'll just say it's nothing like your usual "rock god/musicians" romance, it's sort of just out of young adult/new adult feel in tone with characters in their mid 20s but sometimes sounding a bit younger due to the emotional hit they all took five years earlier - and don't get me wrong, it completel I cried. Like an actual tear rolling down my face cried, that doesn't happen often to me but this book, oh my word this book - so many feels!It's difficult to review it without spoiling the journey so I'll just say it's nothing like your usual "rock god/musicians" romance, it's sort of just out of young adult/new adult feel in tone with characters in their mid 20s but sometimes sounding a bit younger due to the emotional hit they all took five years earlier - and don't get me wrong, it completely works and feels utterly relatable.Leo and Caleb, what a pair. There are a couple of what are essentially flashbacks to the first time they met and then the final couple of days five years earlier before everything imploded, and they work to bring some serious depth to the narrative.This book was utterly absorbing to me, I was drawn deeply into it and was invested 100% in the lives of this former boy band and the journey each had to take to be able to move on into a new future.There's great exploration of the pressures of a life in the public gaze, the lengths those behind the scenes are willing to go to when they have a cash generator on tap as it were, and my heart broke for Leo and Caleb many times when reading.This is a serious slow burn, but please don't be put off by that because, believe me, the eventual payout is more than worth it.Now, Benji and Diago next please Beth yes? (And Max and Felix right after!)#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Terrible Things was an interesting story. While I was reading it, the story felt familiar to me and realized that it was very similar to a true story, with some different twists and turns. Then I told myself that, as long as it wasn't a biography and there is an HEA, I was good with that.I appreciated getting to know all the members of Star Shadow throughout the story. Unfortunately, I felt that some of the sub-characters brought the story down and made it a little bit confusing. They were all i Terrible Things was an interesting story. While I was reading it, the story felt familiar to me and realized that it was very similar to a true story, with some different twists and turns. Then I told myself that, as long as it wasn't a biography and there is an HEA, I was good with that.I appreciated getting to know all the members of Star Shadow throughout the story. Unfortunately, I felt that some of the sub-characters brought the story down and made it a little bit confusing. They were all instrumental to the story but did take away from the main characters. This was the only downer in the story. I loved Caleb and Leo, Caleb's new philosophy on love and life was was totally on point. Leo's frustration with him and his feelings were absolutely justified. Once Leo truly looked inside himself, questioned Caleb's reasoning and truly saw why he walked away and understood it, you knew that all would be forgiven and that they could have a future together. It was an interesting journey for both of them.Other than being confused by the sub-stories, I enjoyed the premise of the story. I enjoyed the journey with Leo and Caleb but could have done without the back-ground drama. I understand that it's probably there to set up future stories but, I felt that it took away from the main characters. And, believe me, there was enough drama between the two of them to not include the other characters drama.
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  • Alexleo
    January 1, 1970
    I will never be able to listen to Coldplay again without thinking about Leo and Caleb’s story. Read this book and you will understand why.I must admit that the first few chapters of this book disappointed me. I didn’t like the fact that Caleb forced the group to reunite due to some kind of contractual clause and threat of legal action. I think this bordered extortion and the other band members bent too quickly to the request of Caleb. In addition to that only Leo seemed to be upset by the surpri I will never be able to listen to Coldplay again without thinking about Leo and Caleb’s story. Read this book and you will understand why.I must admit that the first few chapters of this book disappointed me. I didn’t like the fact that Caleb forced the group to reunite due to some kind of contractual clause and threat of legal action. I think this bordered extortion and the other band members bent too quickly to the request of Caleb. In addition to that only Leo seemed to be upset by the surprising return of his ex lover; his friends seemed to have issues playing and singing together just because they hadn’t done it for years and not because one of their band members had somehow betrayed them and they had lost the connection needed in order to sound like a group and not like separate individuals.So yes it took me some time to grow fond of Caleb and I was very much a Leo supporter at the beginning. Probably because the book is written only from Leo’s POV and Caleb was always a little bit shy and hesitant to take control and make the first step, but it was difficult to understand Caleb’s point of view and you need to keep reading and letting the story build the emotional tension in order to appreciate Caleb’s character. Once Leo allows himself to be friend with Caleb again and to spend more time with his ex-lover, Caleb’s strength and determination finally shine and his character gains in emotional depth.It is a slow-burn story, with a low heat level. Caleb and Leo might be always looking at each other, blushing and at some point flirting, but the hot side of their relationship explodes only after more than 87% of the book.The side characters - like in all other Beth Bolden’s books - are very important for the development of the story and you may already guess who will be the couples of the next books in this series. I really hope Felix and Max get their book. I have the feeling that Benji and Diego’s story will have even more angst that Leo and Caleb’s. My conclusion: This was a very nice read though it was at times tough. It was written in pure Beth Bolden style, focusing on the story and the feelings of the storytelling character. A second chance HEA that didn’t come easily but that proves that soulmates do exist and they may overcome the most difficult drawbacks life puts on their way, if they just trust each other and allow their love to govern their decisions.
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  • Lisa Neal
    January 1, 1970
    A second chance at love story that broke my heart. Leo and Caleb spent 4 years together starting as teenagers. Being part of a boyband with a management company that refused to acknowledge their relationship ultimately drove a wedge between the two until one day Caleb finally could not take it anymore. Now 5 years later Caleb shows back up in LA and asks Leo for something he does not know if he can provide. I loved every minute of this book and watching Leo and Caleb not only become friends agai A second chance at love story that broke my heart. Leo and Caleb spent 4 years together starting as teenagers. Being part of a boyband with a management company that refused to acknowledge their relationship ultimately drove a wedge between the two until one day Caleb finally could not take it anymore. Now 5 years later Caleb shows back up in LA and asks Leo for something he does not know if he can provide. I loved every minute of this book and watching Leo and Caleb not only become friends again bit fall in love all over again. There are also side Characters and Bandmates that have their own love stories brewing and I can not wait for more from Beth Bolden.
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  • Kathryn Manzella
    January 1, 1970
    This story had all the feels. Sad moments of heartbreak and loss. The complicated feeling of facing your past and trying to move forward and trying to forgive and be forgiven. The happiness of finding your friend and lover once again. Caleb and Leo are wonderful characters that grabbed me with their messy story and the beauty of their love. Its a slow burn that is definitely worth the read.I received an advanced reader's copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review and recommen This story had all the feels. Sad moments of heartbreak and loss. The complicated feeling of facing your past and trying to move forward and trying to forgive and be forgiven. The happiness of finding your friend and lover once again. Caleb and Leo are wonderful characters that grabbed me with their messy story and the beauty of their love. Its a slow burn that is definitely worth the read.I received an advanced reader's copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review and recommendation.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    I was a little nervous going into this book because I've been gutted by this author before and I wasn't wrong. Caleb and Leo were so explosive! I will admit that I wasn't sure I wanted Leo to forgive Caleb. It seemed like it would be too much. In the end, after I cried my tears right along with the characters, I feel like they got what they needed even if it took years. Remember, tears can be cleansing and a good book can make your soul sing. You get both of those things with this one.
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  • Nicole Prado-Carr
    January 1, 1970
    Grab some fucking tissues and prepare yourselves. This is a tear jerker in every good and bad way. I’m so in love with this book I can’t form a complete review because my brain is just on the fritz.
  • R
    January 1, 1970
    Caleb left Leo five years before without a word. Leaving his band and the man he loved behind, with no explanation. Breaking Leo’s heart and his spirit. When Caleb returned, forcing the band to get back together. Hoping it will bring Leo back to him.Leo lost the love of his life when Caleb deserted him. He closed himself off. Afraid to move on, just existing. Then Caleb returns and they both have to decide if they want a future together.The author did a very nice job capturing the indecision of Caleb left Leo five years before without a word. Leaving his band and the man he loved behind, with no explanation. Breaking Leo’s heart and his spirit. When Caleb returned, forcing the band to get back together. Hoping it will bring Leo back to him.Leo lost the love of his life when Caleb deserted him. He closed himself off. Afraid to move on, just existing. Then Caleb returns and they both have to decide if they want a future together.The author did a very nice job capturing the indecision of the two main characters. Leo, with his devastated heart, unable to trust that the man who was once his everything wouldn’t hurt him again. Caleb so badly wanting the man he still loves back in his life, but not wanting to push the process and possibly lose Leo forever. Even though they were in love with each other, I loved watching them fall back into love again. This one had lots of angst, rocker boys being boys, and some hot times too. I liked how the band wasn’t over the top and that they didn’t take themselves to seriously. All the characters were interesting. I’m looking forward to the rest of the boys stories. Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.
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  • Light
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 / 5 StarsI am afraid I am not a very forgiving person, especially in certain situations. Which I guess it was the main reason I couldn't connect with the characters. I liked the idea this book gave and I was sure I was going to love it. It didn't happen that way, sadly. I liked everyone but Caleb and Leo. The first came back expecting, even if deep inside, to get everything back after his screwed up. The latter acted like he was right all the time, I understand he was hurt and I hate the for 3.5 / 5 StarsI am afraid I am not a very forgiving person, especially in certain situations. Which I guess it was the main reason I couldn't connect with the characters. I liked the idea this book gave and I was sure I was going to love it. It didn't happen that way, sadly. I liked everyone but Caleb and Leo. The first came back expecting, even if deep inside, to get everything back after his screwed up. The latter acted like he was right all the time, I understand he was hurt and I hate the forgive-and-forget but too much self-pity got on my nerves.Even if their stories were confusing sometimes, I enjoyed knowing more about the other characters. I also liked (not at first) they were there for the main characters. Their journey is was slow, angsty, very rocky but at least they got each other in the end so overall, it was a nice read.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    This story broke my heart right from the start. An amazing second chance, slow burn that had everything. Love and pain, addiction and forgiveness. Leo and Caleb were part of a boyband but their lives were changed forever by addiction. Love takes hard work at times and that is clear here as five years later these two face the past and try to move forward, rebuild broken lives and along the way fall in love all over again.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Tanja
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis is an intense and emotional story of second chances and forgiveness with a lovely slow-burn pace. The writing is beautiful and powerful that had me hooked from the very first page and had me captivated until the very last page. And don’t let the title fool you. This book has the most wonderful and amazing things.The book tells the story of the former members of the band Star Shadow. The focus is on Leo and Caleb, but the other boys, Benji, Diego, and Max have their own significant 4.5 starsThis is an intense and emotional story of second chances and forgiveness with a lovely slow-burn pace. The writing is beautiful and powerful that had me hooked from the very first page and had me captivated until the very last page. And don’t let the title fool you. This book has the most wonderful and amazing things.The book tells the story of the former members of the band Star Shadow. The focus is on Leo and Caleb, but the other boys, Benji, Diego, and Max have their own significant role. Five years after it all went downhill, the boys, now men, come together for a reunion tour. Much has happened during those five years. The most important that Caleb has found his way back to being the person he was before the band started. Not the same, but also not that different. More an intriguing mix of both. Surprisingly the story is told from Leo’s point of view. Although he is not the one who had to go to rehab, he had his own battles to fight and is still fighting them. The author does an amazing job describing all the feelings of hurt, grief, betrayal, guilt, and love. And just like Rome is not built in a day, it takes time for Leo to come to terms with all that had happened. He has to sort out his feelings, one day at a time, and he has to find in his heart if he can forgive Caleb. Both Caleb and Leo are interesting and complex characters. At first, I didn’t like Caleb all that much until I learned more about him. Then it was Leo with whom I had trouble with because he was so stubborn and dare I say a bit self-pitying. This happened a few more times in the book. I was constantly switching back and forth with my sympathy, but they grew on me, and in the end, I was rooting for them both. Throughout the story, their love was shining through, strong and deep. They didn’t always show it in the wisest ways, and they certainly took their time. I wanted to shake them so many times to get their heads out of their you-know-what and just go for what was so blatantly obvious. That they were meant to be together from the moment they met.Their friends, Diego, Benji and Max, and to a lesser extent, Felix, Leo’s brother, make up a stellar secondary cast. They have their own issues to deal with. But instead of keeping Leo and Caleb out of the spotlights, it deepened the complicated journey Leo and Caleb had to travel.The only thing I had a bit of trouble with that at times, I found their tone and actions were not always appropriate of their age. They are twenty-six, but sometimes I felt they were much younger. This could be explained by the several interludes in which they look back to five years prior, but even in the present time, their “voice” didn’t always feel suited for their age.That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed Leo and Caleb’s story, and I am looking forward to reading more about Star Shadow.
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  • Sarita Chapdelaine
    January 1, 1970
    This is an amazing story and I love everything about it. I was fully engaged from the first page until the last and I could not put it down even though it made me cry. It is beautifully written, very emotional, full of hope, heartbreakingly sad, full of life lessons, deals well with difficult issues, shows how true love can prevail over huge obstacles and all of the characters are incredible. This is one of the few books I have read that made me feel that true soulmates exist. Leo and Caleb are This is an amazing story and I love everything about it. I was fully engaged from the first page until the last and I could not put it down even though it made me cry. It is beautifully written, very emotional, full of hope, heartbreakingly sad, full of life lessons, deals well with difficult issues, shows how true love can prevail over huge obstacles and all of the characters are incredible. This is one of the few books I have read that made me feel that true soulmates exist. Leo and Caleb are meant to be together and even though they were apart for many years once they meet again the connection between them is undeniable. Leo is torn by his feelings toward Caleb and he doesn't know if he will be able to forgive him. Caleb has spent the last five years battling his demons and he knows how hard it will be for Leo and their bandmates to accept him again. I love how Leo. Benji, Max, Diego and Caleb love and care for each other even through the tough times. This is a story about redemption, forgiveness, understanding, second chances, strength and true love. I hope this isn't the end and that the author continues on with more stories about the men in Star Power.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
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  • Delphia Baisden
    January 1, 1970
    I want to preface this review by saying that I am incredibly biased when it comes to music in books. Reading/writing is my first love, and music is without a doubt my second. That said, this book was amazing. Leo and Caleb’s love story was an emotional rollercoaster from the very beginning. At first, I won’t lie, I was a little put off by how Caleb just rolled back into Leo’s life and how it seemed to emotionally wreck Leo...and then I got deeper into their story. The author did a very good job I want to preface this review by saying that I am incredibly biased when it comes to music in books. Reading/writing is my first love, and music is without a doubt my second. That said, this book was amazing. Leo and Caleb’s love story was an emotional rollercoaster from the very beginning. At first, I won’t lie, I was a little put off by how Caleb just rolled back into Leo’s life and how it seemed to emotionally wreck Leo...and then I got deeper into their story. The author did a very good job of addressing Caleb’s addiction and downward spiral and how hard Leo fought for him. In the end, I’m sold. This goes down as one of my favorite all time male/male romance reads and I highly recommend it.
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  • Esther
    January 1, 1970
    This book started out very strong. I cried two times because I felt for Leo. But the getting together took too long. I started to get impatient (that’s on me, not the writer). Also the heat level was a bit low for my taste. But the drama and angst are spot on!
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  • Marisa
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading this book . I loved the story and the characters , all of them . I hope there will be more books with them
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    To nie jest łatwa książka , Caleb walczył/y z uzależnieniem od alkoholu. Leo walczy sam ze sobą. Toczy się wolno , ukazując emocję, nienawiść, miłość, złość. Dobra , polecam
  • Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    I can't get past the first few chapters. Leo is a character that I have no empathy for. I was really irritated by the unrealistic reactions everyone had to Caleb showing up again.
  • lori ritter
    January 1, 1970
    Love it
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