The Devil's Lair (Book 4.5 of The Back-Up Series)

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The Devil's Lair ~ A Back-Up Series Novella
Join them on their 'Blow Our Minds World Tour' and accept this V.I.P. pass to a behind the scenes look at Devil's Lair as they travel the globe wreaking rock star havoc. More

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About A.M. Madden

A.M. Madden is a USA Today bestselling author, as well as 2016 eLit Gold Medalist for Best Romance Ebook, and 2016 Ippy Award Silver Medalist for Best Romance Ebook.

A.M. is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author.
"It's all about the HEA."

A.M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up Series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She also writes the True Heroes Series for Random House.

Her debut novel was Back-up, the first in The Back-Up Series. In Back-Up, A.M.'s main character Jack Lair caused readers to swoon. They call themselves #LairLovers, and have been faithful supporters to Jack, as well to the rest of his band, Devil's Lair.

A.M. truly believes that true love knows no bounds. In her books, she aspires to create fun, sexy, realistic romances that will stay with you after the last page has been turned. She strives to create characters that the reader can relate to and feel as if they know personally.

A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while spending quality time with her three handsome men. A.M. is a Gemini and an Italian Jersey girl, but despite her Zodiac sign, nationality, or home state, she is very easy going.
She loves the beach, loves to laugh, and loves the idea of love.

A.M. Madden, Independent Romance Author.
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Review by: egilbert40 on April 16, 2015 :
Love this book. What a great addition to The Back Up Series. Once again, the love in this story is true. We meet new characters and the connections seem real! Love the POV's. The witty comments, the love & a difficult situations. She showed how friends can and are your family! It was great seeing them married!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Letty (Cover to Cover Book Blog) on Dec. 17, 2014 :
A.M. Madden is giving us a much more intimate look into the lives of the members of Devil's Lair. We are shown the human aspect of their character with more detail and made to fall in love even more with each and every one.

Traveling the world on their international tour, we get to experience Jack and Leila in all their domestic glory. We see as their love and family grow and they prove to us that what we experienced with them in the previous books is stronger and more solid than ever.

Hunter Amatto and his wife Mandi also have a bigger role in this novella. His funny, Fruit Loops loving self and his more reserved wife give us a glimpse into the somewhat kinky relationship they share. Their love is strong and the way they fight together to overcome a certain situation, just proves that.

We are introduced to Paula, a friend of Jen's, and her son Shane. Their arrival and interaction with the band completely changes everyone's life forever.

The family-oriented atmosphere the band is in, is al the forefront of this story. You will experience moments with them that will completely devastate you, leaving you a crying mess, while others will have you laughing so hard.

It is always great to see more of the characters that we love and this novella does just that. It is a wonderful way to show us how all the families interact once the show lights are turned off. Awesome job, A.M. Madden!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Debbie Collins on Dec. 17, 2014 :
What a perfect addition to The Back-Up Series. Although I hate to see it end, if it has to, this was also the perfect ending. It has been an amazing ride with Jack, Leila, Hunter, Scott and Trey. It has also been an emotional ride, watching them all change, love, laugh, and bond, and find their soul mates without loosing themselves.
This is a very emotional novella, guaranteed to pull on your heartstrings. I ugly cried more than once, and for more than one reason, but when you read it you will understand why. Along with being emotional, the guys will still having you laughing out loud, especially Hunter with his Froot Loops, gotta love that guy!! Hunter has a big part in this novella, and I could not help but love Mandi, I also couldn't help but wonder how she would ever survive Hunt. I was also happy to see that Trey still has his sense of humor, although Tara will have her hands full with him. Scott and Patti, have always been the quite couple in this group, and we get a glimpse of them too. I don't think that A.M. Madden, left anyone out of this novella, and for that I want to say thank-you!! It always blows my mind when an author can make me feel as though I know the characters in a book personally.
If you haven't read The Back-Up Series, I highly recommend it. And I also recommend that you have your tissues ready for this one, you will need them!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Cheryl on Dec. 17, 2014 :
Love, Love, LOVED this story! Thank you for the awesome gift of DL on tour from Jack and Hunter's POV. So heartwarming and emotional...I just love ALL of the characters! I can never get enough of this group...and will keep my fingers crossed for more in the future---more of Hunter and Trey would be great! Actually, being greedy, I would love more on Evan and Lori's lives also!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jess Belanger on Dec. 16, 2014 :
This novella is the PERFECT addition to the crazy rock band that we all fell in love with!! We get a glimpse into the married with children life of Jack and Leila, but we also get the inside story of Hunter and Mandy's happy marriage as well!! I absolutely love this gang.

This is one of those books where it many be shorter, it is a novella after all, but when you sit down to read it you fall instantly in love with this group of friends all over again. To me, it didn't feel like a novella at all! There are moments of tears and moments of laughter. Moments when you wonder how in the world could they possibly have to make the decisions to the situations that they come across yet again.

I am so glad that A.M. Madden decided to continue their story with this novella. Jack, Leila, Hunter, Trey and Scott.. these guys will steal your heart all over again!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Marina Marinova on Dec. 16, 2014 :
The Back-up series is one of my all time favorite series and I was extremely happy when A.M. Madden announced that she is writing a novella bout Devil's Lair and their European Tour :) Thankfully, I got the chance to beta read the story so I had it in my hands a tad earlier than the release day ;)

I definitely wasn't disappointed. It was great to meet all the characters again and getting to see how married life with kids treats Jack and Leila. At the same time, the story is heartbreaking as another challenge faces Devil's Lair and their families. The first part of the book completely shredded my heart to pieces. The story told, was so excruciating that I was crying like a baby on more than one occasion. I don't think I can find the right words to express how touching it was.

The story is mainly told in Jack's POV but we also get Hunter's this time. He was definitely an interesting character. I loved that I got to see him in a different light: a little bit more insecure, a little bit more serious. He gets few unexpected surprises and it was interesting to read how he deals with them and finds the confidence he needs to deal and accept the changes in his life :)

The brief glimpses in Leila's POV made the story even better and it also showed how compassionate she is. Made her even more lovable as a character. The situation with which DL had to deal with was really devastating and it showed the band in a completely different light. I have to admit that I even started to like Jen and I was never a fan of hers ;)

As a whole I would say that the story is amazing, as everything else written by A.M. Madden :) I definitely loved this glimpse in DL's lives after they all got their HEA and I really hope that there will be another short story about them at some point :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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