They say you never know someone until you take a trip with them. But this isn’t a holiday – this is the comeback tour for Tristan Hunter. His brilliantly crafted debut solo album is getting a lot of attention thanks to Lily Taylor, the music journalist. She’s there to write up the tour, if what goes on backstage can even be printed. One thing she won’t be writing about is her passionate relationship with the star. They want to make it work, but there are a lot of obstacles to romantic bliss on a tour bus.
AC Clark, the guitarist from Tristan’s old band Devised, is also along for the ride. No stranger to excess, AC has a lot of memories about the bad old days, and he’s ready to share. Lily is learning fast what happens on the road, stays there…but some secrets are too big to hide. And Tristan knows the stage will take everything he has – and push him right to the edge. When past and present collide, it might be a crash no one recovers from…
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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
J&G: 4.5 beautiful stars
‘This didn’t’ feel like real life at all. But maybe it felt like love.’
Jenny: Saying goodbye to Lily and Tristan really was a mixture of beauty and sadness. The beauty being the series as a whole and the very special conclusion to Lily and Tristan’s story. It’s one I’ve savoured from start to finish. The sadness being that I had to say goodbye to some truly memorable characters and some breathtakingly poetic prose, they will be missed.
“Love isn’t just one story. This is ours. Let it be. Stop asking why it’s different.”
I’ve been with Lily and Tristan through their ups and downs, their happiness and heartache and every minute was special. They’re anything but conventional and neither is their relationship and at times I felt like a voyeur, sneaking a peek at someone’s personal journey rather than being a spectator thanks to Alice’s words. I’ve said it before, it’s like being on tour with a Rolling Stone reporter when you read this account of life in the crazy world of rock stardom.
“You are you. That’s it. That’s all I want.”
Gitte it warms my heart that Alice stayed true to her characters and their story. I can’t tell you how much I loved this one!
Gitte: Alice did her characters and her story proud with this last instalment, Jenny and yes I absolutely loved it. She did indeed stay true to Tristan and Lily, not only in who they are as individuals but who they are together.
“We’re mad, Lily. Mad. But I love it. And I love you.”
These two beautiful people could not be without one another, it’s not a pretty flowery romance, but that is exactly why I loved it; and really…the setting and history realistically calls out for it.
I also have to say, whilst I am somewhat a total goner for effed up Tristan, its Lily who has my heart. What a journey this has been, I’ve loved every minute of the beautiful disaster that is Tristan and the vulnerable quiet strength of Lily. These two make sense and Lilly is truly a memorable heroine.
“Don’t ask for what you’re not going to get. Be happy with what is in front of you. Don’t do things because you’re supposed to.”
As always, the writing is astoundingly beautiful and captivating. It truly felt as if we were right there, hiding in the background eavesdropping on private conversations. Living the moment as it unfolded.
Jenny & Gitte: Lily and Tristan, both flawed and cynical, yet so hopeful, brought out something in each other that made them shine. Beautiful, pragmatic, honest Lily who doesn’t do drama or hysterics and whose subtlety and strength completely won us over the entire time.
‘I already knew I’d keep his secrets forever. Tristan was something special. An artist, strong to know the depths of his own heart, and brave enough to sink into that darkness. And come back.’
Tristan Hunter, such a contradiction and he always kept us on our toes. Soulful, loving, loyal to those he loves, with a depth of character that was fascinating. We were offered so much insight into this man and wow, what we wouldn’t do to spend some time in his head! What a fascinating adventure that would be!
“I want to get wasted. Do crazy things. I don’t know if I know how to be like this. Sensible.”
Alice delivered a conclusion that was an enlightening, true and natural progression for their story. We’ve cried, laughed, shared Lily and Tristan’s strengths and weaknesses and we’ve revelled in storytelling that was flawless and unique. Bravo Alice Severin, thanks for having the guts to do these guys proud and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for bringing these wonderful and intriguing characters into our lives. We’ll miss them!
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**
THE ACCESS SERIES by ALICE SEVERIN