I absolutely love this entire series, and the 4th book, The Truth of Tristan Lyons, is certainly no exception. If you love hot rockstars (and really, you wouldn’t be on this page if you didn’t) and love the intellectual aspect of bringing ancient legend to modern times, you don’t want to miss a word of this series. And if the word intellectual just turned you off, don’t run away – it is a steamy hot rocker romance and if you are not familiar with Arthurian legend, you may think a couple of things are a bit odd, but it won’t really distract you from enjoying the flavor.
My full review will follow the promo.
I understand why I have the nickname. Hey, what can I say? I like women. All women. It doesn’t matter what shape, size, or color. I’m even into sharing. I’ve done it all, seen it all, but I’m at an all-time low. Who wouldn’t be? My best friend is missing. My uncle’s an asshole. I don’t know who I am without The Nights. We are a band of brothers, soldiering through the world with our music. Only, our faithful leader is gone, and everyone else in the band is falling for the oldest trap: love. Love is a lie. It is painful. It is hurtful.
I need a break. I want to be alone. I’m not prepared to share the exclusive home on the Island. I’m not prepared for her. I don’t know who she is or why she’s here. She tells me to call her Ireland. I tell her my first name only. Originally, I don’t want to believe she doesn’t recognize me. Bass guitarist for The Nights, come on? After a while we both play the game. Secrets are another form of lies, aren’t they?
Our fantasy will crash to reality too soon. Secrets catch up to you. The truth has to be told. It confirms what I already know: love is a lie.
Truth of Tristan Lyons excerpt © L.B. Dunbar
wanted to know who she was. Scratch that, I didn’t care who she was. I wanted
to know how she got in the house. Damn these fangirls, sometimes. They knew no shame.
I said grabbing her upper arm. “How did you get in here?”
seemed caught unaware of my approach and screamed loudly, pushing at my chest
hard enough, the sheer surprise forced me to let go of her.
her hand on her chest and her breasts rising and falling in great agitation, I
was able to see her big blue eyes and the sprinkle of freckles across her nose.
Her chin length blonde hair fell forward as she bent to clasp her knees and
catch her breath.
up almost as quickly as she bent over, she spoke to me through delicious
looking pink lips.
the fuck are you?” she growled.
the fuck, are you?” I returned.
know what, never mind. You need to go,” I said, cutting her off and reaching
for her upper arm again. “I don’t know how you got in here, where you came
from, or how you found me, but you need to go.”
began to tug her toward the front entry, her feet sliding in her flip-flops
across the tile flooring. She pulled back, and the force made her skid on an
angle across the slippery surface as I dragged her. She continued to glare at
me quizzically, leaning away from me.
don’t know what you are talking about?”
you follow me, is that it? See me in the airport?”
I love you too, now you need to go. Okay?”
are you talking about?”
pretend you don’t know who I am?”
stopped, still holding firmly to her arm. Something in her voice sounded like
she was being serious.
blinked, confusion clearly on her face. I was thoughtful for a moment. It was
the innocence in her blue eyes, and the fact she looked like she might cry.
Something wasn’t right with this scenario.
– an,” I said slowly, as if she had some type of hearing impairment.
narrowed my eyes at her.
kind of music do you listen to?”
she answered so quickly, she didn’t even blink an eye or stop for thought. On
top of that, she said it in such a way that showed she was thoroughly confused,
and almost disgusted with me, for even asking such a ridiculous question. She wrinkled
I know the owner, and you shouldn’t be here.”
know the owner,” I repeated, “and you shouldn’t be here.”
not leaving,” she said, pulling at her own arm again and sticking out a hand to
press against my chest as leverage. I had tugged my shirt off at some point
while I was passed out, and her warm hand felt good on my air-conditioned cool
skin. Her hand was tiny, I noticed. All of her was thin.
supposed to be here. Alone,” I emphasized again.
didn’t respond, so I added, “I think I’ll just call the owner myself, to see
where the mix up is.”
she blurted, stopping in her physical struggle against me. Her eyes opened even
wider, if that was possible, and her face was suddenly full of something I
couldn’t read. Her blue eyes brightened in a frightening sort of way. Was that
fear? Good, she should be afraid.
I swear. I’m allowed to be here. You don’t need to call Isa.”
had me. I didn’t really know who Isa was, and the girl sounded confident enough
that I let her call my bluff.
there is a mistake, and you were scheduled to stay as well, I won’t complain.
As a matter of fact, I won’t even be in your way. You won’t even know I’m here.
I plan to keep to myself.” Her eyes were
glassy, and again I worried she was about to cry.
released her arm and she pulled it back quickly. She fisted the hand of that
arm, holding it against her chest. She began rubbing her upper arm with the
opposite hand. I noticed again that she was thin, as were her breasts. I didn’t
care for small chested girls. I didn’t care for her.
I’m Tristan, whom you claim to not know, and you are?”
shook my head.
this is how we’re going to play it? Fine, my Irish Isle. What are you doing in
looked at me for a moment, then leaned toward me and sniffed. She held the
disgusted expression on her face and wrinkled her nose as she pulled back.
the same thing as you.”
myself into oblivion?” I laughed, crossing my arms over my bare chest
“Hiding,” she replied.
L.B. Dunbar loves to read to the point it might be classified as an addiction. The past few years especially she has relished the many fabulous YA authors, the new genre of New Adult, traditional romances, and historical romances. A romantic at heart, she’s been accused of having an overactive imagination, as if that was a bad thing. Author of the Sensations Collection, Sound Advice, Taste Test, Fragrance Free, Touch Screen, and Sight Words, she is also author of the Legendary Rock Star series, beginning with The Legend of Arturo King. She grew up in Michigan, but has lived in Chicago for longer, calling it home with her husband and four children.
I’d like to say I was always a writer. I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing. I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer. But I can’t say any of those things. I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said: Why does it have to be great? Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?
As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass. I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.
I can say that books have been my life. I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend. Books were an escape for me. An adventure to the unknown. A love affair I’d never know. I could be lost for hours in a book.
So why writing now? I had a story to tell. It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away. But it didn’t. Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published. That’s what I did. But one story let to another, and another, and another. Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created.
I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing. I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead. What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them. If you don’t, that’s okay. We all have our book boyfriends. We all have our favorites. Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book.
Another 5 Shredding Guitars for this one!
Admittedly, I have been addicted to this series since the first book, The Legend of Arturo King, was released earlier this year. The obsession has not slowed a bit through The Story of Lansing Lotte, The Quest of Perkins Vale, and now, The Truth of Tristan Lyons. If you haven’t read them all, grab them up and indulge in them all while waiting for the release of the final book in the series, coming this fall. I’m already a bit sad knowing there is only one more left. But I digress, let’s talk about Tristan.
Going into it, I will admit I wasn’t sure how much I would love Tristan. (To be fair, I felt much the same going into Perkins for the exact opposite reason. With Perk, I wasn’t sure how interesting a virgin rockstar could be. I was wrong. I was also wrong about Tristan.) Tristan is the stereotypical man whore rockstar, proudly never tasting the same flavor twice. I’ve known a few of these guys over the years, and let’s just say I haven’t been particularly impressed. The story starts with Tristan having band manager Kaye Sirs arrange a tropical getaway for him. He needed to get away from everything; the mystery surrounding Arturo’s disappearance, Arturo’s distraught fiance Guinie, his band brothers Lansing and Perkins falling in love. LOVE. What a joke! Tristan only knows that love hurrts and it is not for him. Kaye arranges a large home in the Caymans, and a large supply of liquor for Tristan to run away to, to try and find himself. Alone. He is supposed to be alone. So when the petite blonde stumbles in, he is in no way prepared to deal with it.
Ireland is running away from her own troubles, and is also less than thrilled to find someone else in the tropical estate, but definitely does not want Tristan to contact the owner. Her character probably grew on me the most through the story, at least as much as Tristan did. Much like real life, nothing is smooth, but there are some beautiful times in between their personal demons rearing their ugly heads. Fans of erotica definitely will not be disappointed in the steamy interludes, and fans of romance will be quite pleased as well. I surprised myself by shedding a tear or two in this one – and I truly don’t usually come close to that.
Series fans will find several things to like about this one. Rather than rehashing the same time periods through a new set of eyes, this one begins beyond where any of the others have ended. Much more is revealed about Arturo, although there are still plenty of questions that need to be answered. There is a glance into the resolution of Lansing’s messes, and a peak into Perkins and Hollister’s HEA.
I do know a bit more about the historical Tristan than some of the other characters, and love how LB has modernized him. As with the entire series, it is for mature audiences only for explicit sexual situations and some violence against women, but, again as with the entire series, it gets my highest recommendations.