Title: The Hysterics
Author: Kristen Hope Mazzola
Series: Hysterics #1
Release Day: January 29, 2015
Once upon a time, I was Fallon Dunbar.
Rock and roll, drugs, and bad decisions were the life I lived.
I’d fallen so deep into the dark rabbit hole that I was certain I would never make it out alive. People like me didn’t get second chances. People like me didn’t get lifted from the darkness. So when the opportunity showed up, I had to take it.
I walked away from everything I loved, everything that was killing me, and I became Fae Dunham. After that, I hid behind makeup, long sleeves, and a closed-off heart.
All was well until I met Dane Pearson. He wasn’t convinced of the new me, and whenever he was near, I felt like the old me, the real me, filled with passion and a love for music. Every day was a struggle of self-discovery. Every day was a fight to not fall back down the rabbit hole. And every day, somehow, someway, I slowly began to discover what it meant to find myself.
It was a hysteric ride, but it was ours. And I wouldn’t change a thing.
The storyline behind The Hysterics is such a fun concept. I absolutely adored the intriguing twist that Kristen Hope Mazzola put on the rocker love story. She won me over with both the badass rocker chick, Fallon and her conservative alter ego, Fae. I also effortlessly fell for Dane, the sexy musician who lives in the moment. Fallon is hiding in plain sight as Fae after the rock star lifestyle almost killed her. She’s trying to start over when she meets Dane. Dane wants the rocker life and is everything Fallon should probably avoid. However, the chemistry between them is undeniable and their whirlwind romance inevitably takes off amidst the growing success of Dane’s band, The Hysterics. The banter between these two was priceless, but what really got me was the emotional connection. Kristen really stirs up a lot of feelings with this story and these two seem to know exactly how to bring it out in each other. The Hysterics had just the right amount of angst to really make me feel, while still maintaining the overall sass and steam of the book.
“If you can’t love him completely, then don’t love him at all.”
Fallon underwent a lot of character growth during this story. Her two identities seem like such complete and total opposites. While being Fallon was killing her physically, being Fae was more of an emotional death. She craved the freedom to live and love music again and without it, she felt a noticeable void. Kristen carefully brought Fallon back to life as Dane helped her see that being herself didn’t have to mean being the self-destructive rocker chick that had been completely consumed by the underground. Fallon proved to be something Dane could anchor himself to while his life in music was quickly changing and in return he made Fallon fall in love with life again. Kristen Hope Mazzola can definitely create palpable connections. Fallon and Dane clicked from the start and their dynamic was potent. I could easily sense how deeply they were invested in one another. Not to mention the lust and man, was the spark between these two hot! I waited for those buttoned up moments of restraint exploding into reckless abandon. Kristen did not disappoint with this couple.
“If you can’t love the baggage and scars and messed up bullshit along with his kind heart, then don’t drag his heart through the mud.”
The secondary characters in this story were hilarious and enticing. I’m hoping they’ll be getting their own books next, because I already feel like I need to know them. Together, The Hysterics made for plenty of sarcasm, innuendo, and snarky commentary that colored this story and gave it a certain vibrancy. At the beginning of the book I had some trouble with the pacing of the story, moments seemed a bit disjointed and things were moving so fast that I wasn’t able to bond with the characters immediately. The second half of the book moved much more smoothly, and I felt like I really got to know Fallon and Dane. I enjoyed the parallel of Fallon leaving behind the music scene while Dane is just getting his foot in the door. At times it seemed like a recipe for failure, but it allowed Kristen to really develop her characters’ strengths and emotions around the challenges of their budding relationship. I loved the way Kristen wrapped this story up. I felt like the story and characters had been satisfyingly vindicated. I hope we see more of Fallon and The Hysterics in the near future.
PROLOGUE – FAÇADE
I was Fallon Dunbar.
I was a drummer.
I was confident, strong, and driven.
I was a junkie.
I am dead.
The full boxes scattered around my small one room apartment made it feel more real. The sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach made it feel so wrong. The new title and job made it feel surreal.
I am Fae Dunham.
I am the assistant editor of Raging Underground.
I am unsure, nervous, and scared shitless.
I am in recovery.
Staring into the full length mirror I had just hung up on the back of the door in my new room, I saw the shell of what I used to be, the life I could no longer have. The only traces left of my old life were the lips piercing I refused to take out. They were my favorites and they were staying. People like me don’t get second chances, but for some reason, I was standing knee-deep in one.
There’s no turning back now.
I will live again.
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Don’t miss the rest of The Hysterics series:
Colt & Serena: A Hysterics Companion Novella
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I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time “day job” and by night I am author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world.
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