'Encore' (The Black Eagles #2) by Kat Green
"The Black Eagles and their loved ones try to recover from the traumatic events that have beset the band, starting to piece together their lives while trying to make sense of everything that happened to them. How can they trust again, after so much betrayal? As they begin a collective healing process, they find that the future has more demons in store for them.
At the centre of it all are Luke and Melissa, only just starting to put their lives back together. As they embark on new adventures, old enemies may not be ready to let them forget..."
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK IN THIS SERIES. TO READ MY REVIEW OF ‘STRINGS’ CLICK HERE
‘Encore’ is the second book in the fantastic ‘Black Eagles’ series by Kat Green. This is a contemporary romance set in the world of The Black Eagles, a British rock band, following the lives of the band members, their other halves and their friends.
At the end of the previous book (spoilers ahead! Continue at your own peril…) Luke Black and his girlfriend Melissa Webb are finally safe from the mentally unstable Amber, and Jay-Den Lake, the head of the Eagles record company who kidnapped Luke. All of their lives were turned upside down, Luke left with mental scars, Melissa with physical ones, Megan unable to have children and the rest of the core gang, Toby, Dale, Beth and Tom left rattled by their experiences. Dale and Beth have a child on the way, and the group are now trying to rebuild their lives.
‘Encore’ picks up a six months later. Melissa and Luke have finally won their long court battle against Jay-Den and Sky Storm Records. The band have been released from their contract, Jay-Den has been sentenced to prison, and Amber has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. The group are now trying to move on and begin the healing process. After a while they sign with a new label, the label that also has their friends Echo, and make their first appearance back at a festival before starting to tour again. However, not long after the tour begins Amber escapes from her institution and is hell bent on destroying all their lives once more. With her newborn baby to look after, Beth is even more on edge, especially after her abusive father is released from prison and wants to come back into her life. Can Luke, Melissa and the gang escape Amber’s destructive warpath this time?
This follow up to ‘Strings’ was so freaking good!! The drama is non-stop and the story flows so well that it’s almost impossible to put down. I love Kat's style of writing. It’s just so conversational and it feels like you're talking to a friend rather than reading a novel. Kat has a wonderful way of getting important information and back story to the reader without bombarding them with loads of information.
One thing that I love about this series is the wonderful characters and the relationships. Luke is just the perfect boyfriend, and the way he cares for Melissa comes across so strongly in the writing. Although the characters are pretty young (a couple of years younger than myself) it’s obvious that Luke and Melissa's relationship isn't just a fling, but real, true love. Despite being a rock band, all the boys are so sweet and genuine that the relationships feel so real and wonderful.
I loved that some of the characters from ‘Strings’ had their parts expanded (especially Echo) and some great new characters were introduced too. Cassie is my favourite character and it was fantastic to see her getting a love interest (even if some other members of Summer's band *cough*Nathan*cough* are a**holes). I would love to read more about Cass's new relationship and how Cassie and Jo-Jo dealt with their tragedy. Echo spin-off anyone? Yes please!! :)
Lyla was a wonderful new character too, and proof that Jay-Den's evilness was still affecting lives even though he is now locked up. There was so much heartbreak in this book and I really hope the Eagles manage to pull through it again and become even stronger.
This was a truly fantastic sequel and I'm really looking forward to book three! Hopefully they'll all get a bit of a break in the next one, although somehow I doubt it ;) This is such an amazing series Kat, and I can’t wait to read anything and everything you write next!
I would give this book 5 stars :)
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