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Fast Lane

Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (489 ratings)
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“Once he met her, it was and always would be Lyla.”  

They were the gentlemen bad boys of rock. Forming in a garage in a small town in Indiana. Taking their licks on the road. Going balls to the wall until they made their big break.  

And then Preacher McCade and the Roadmasters redefined rock and roll.  

Guided by their tortured lead singer and songwriter, the Roadmasters changed the face of music in the '80s and '90s. And on their journey to becoming one of the most enduring bands in history - dogged by rumors and myth and fueled by drugs and booze - the Roadmasters had one touchstone.  

Lyla.  

Preacher’s muse, the love of his life, and the band’s moral compass, from the beginning, Lyla is along for the ride.  

But with fame and acclaim in their grasp, they’ve entered the fast lane.  

And they didn’t know it, but they were headed for a crash.

©2019 Kristen Ashley (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Bummer

I was excited to get a new Kristen Ashley book especially with these narrators. The premise was interesting but it continues throughout the book. Members of the well known band are giving interviews while reminiscing about how it all got started and the love story between preacher the hot front man, and Layla, the muse for the band. It’s a somewhat less used trope so possibly interesting. And it had interesting moments but it was far from the engaging book that you normally get from Kristen Ashley. I listened while I was doing other things and normally I’m too engaged in her books to do that.

It wasn’t bad it just wasn’t good in terms of wanting to know more or being invested in these characters. I was glad this was part of the escape package or I would probably return it

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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I think the format took away from the story’s impact!

I’m afraid that I struggled with the interview format. I have every audio book ever released by KA and am not ashamed to say I always devour them within 24 hours of release. However, I struggled with this one and I found myself getting frustrated with the pace of the book. I think I would have preferred KA’s usual style, much more. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well written, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
-V from Kansas

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So Much Better in Audio!

*This review is spoiler-free. I had a lot to say, so if you want the short version, skip down to the Down & Dirty*

When Kristen Ashley announced Fast Lane , I couldn’t have been more thrilled. First of all, Kristen Ashley, THE Rock Chick, writing a Rock Star book was something I always wished for. Though we have had a female rocker, Kristen Ashley’s music-loving soul needs to be released more! So when she said that her inspiration for Fast Lane was Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid , I was thrilled, because that was one of my favorite audiobooks ever.

In the past year my listening to audiobooks has surpassed my reading so much that I find it a little more difficult to read now, but Kristen Ashley books are usually the exception. Not this time. As much as I loved the story, I had a really hard time with the format. It took me about 10 days to read which is crazy for a Kristen Ashley book. BUT then I saw the audiobook on release day and HOLY MOLY, what a difference! I LOVED Fast Lane on audio!

At first I thought it was just too similar to its inspiration, but then I realized how unique the story of Preacher McCade and Lyla was. I LOVED their story, but the first time through I had a bit of a hard time connecting, especially during the first half. Since the story about this band is told via interviews, I felt like it was just telling me about a story rather than me experiencing the story as it unfolds. Though the narrative changes from interviews to flashbacks throughout, I sometimes felt as if the interviews pulled me back just when I was getting into it. But when I listened to it, all of the things I had problems with while reading were gone for the most part. [Takes a sip of water and leans forward] <—most of the commentary like that was stripped for the audiobook which helped a lot, but also having different voices for the characters. I found when reading it I’d be a little confused on who was talking. But listening gave me no such issues.

“Write everything down, kid. Every gig. Every practice. Every song. Every girl. Every city. Every stretch of road. Write it down, ’cause there’ll come a time, you won’t want to forget.”

Told via a series of interviews with some of the most integral members of the Roadmasters family, Fast Lane by Kristen Ashley flashes back over decades, from Jesse starting the band as a teen, to them becoming one of the most famous, iconic rock bands of the 80s/90s.

"There are women who just have… [Pause] Something. Lyla had that."

Preacher McCade was born to be a rock star and this broken man was a gentleman to the soul. But the day he met Lyla, he was a changed man.

Lyla became the muse, the girl, the mom, the sister. It’s like the band was centered around Lyla as much as it was around Preacher.

“...never in my wildest imaginings, growin’ up, knowin’ I was nothin’, I’d amount to nothin’, that one day a beautiful, sweet girl like you would be holding my hand.”

There is a reason this book is called Fast Lane…listen to the lyrics. There was a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock & roll, to the point that it became difficult to read at times, but it rings so true to every band of the times. These guys weren’t just lucky, they worked their butts off to be and stay at the top of the charts in a cut-throat business. Being on the road, playing shows every night, easy access to drugs and girls, it’s no wonder these boys succumbed.

“But you want respect,” he says, “you gotta be good at what you do, and to be good at what you do, you gotta practice, you gotta go at it hard, and gotta do it a lot. No one who’s got talent, money and respect gets it pissin’ about and givin’ thirty percent. They earn it because they give it their all.”

Preacher was a wild card. Almost like a polite caged animal, Lyla is the only one who can calm him. She is the glue for all of his pieces and a magnet for the rest of the band. There was nobody else for either of them, but they were slowly destroying each other in the partying 80s/90s and they looked to be on a collision course with implosion.

“It’s the ones who figure out that they have to be in their now. That’s the meaning of life.”

I’m the same age as Kristen Ashley, we seem to have the same taste in music, and I loved all of the song references throughout the book, as well as the flashbacks to my growing-up years. With my older son being a touring musician, and my younger one following in his footsteps, I have been backstage to some huge performances and big bands and have lived with serious musicians for 12 years. I loved that the characters were very true to being a musician with some of it similar to some of the stories I’ve heard and read. I have read so many rock-star romances that don’t ring true, that Fast Lane stood out as being more realistic than most.

Likes:
•The entire storyline of the band’s beginning and rise to fame.
•Lyla was a perfect KA heroine, and Preacher was a gentle Alpha.
•How she dropped in some lyrics to Life in the Fast Lane.
•The little foreshadowing that went on throughout the book without ever revealing too much.
•The realistic problems the band faced, making it seem even more like a biography.
•I liked the way Jesse and Lyla were the main interviewees rather than jumping around to too many people.
•It wasn’t just interviews, we kind of enter the flashbacks as well and I loved that.
•Despite it being told differently, it still has that KA feel and dialogue.
•The audiobook was amazing, and this is a book that really needs to be read twice, because I caught so much more the second time.

Dislikes:
•Despite the story being different, it was still a bit too much like Daisy Jones to me, but I wasn’t left googling the band to see if it was real.
•There was a lot of jumping around, making it tough for me to keep up with the first time through. Just when I’d be getting into a scene, it jumped to another interview. Jesse’s many diversions drove me a little crazy.
•I still found myself wishing I was submerged IN the story as it happens rather than hearing about it via interviews years later.
•The little directions --> [shakes head]. In the audio, these were mostly gone, and really helped me.
•In the audiobook, I would have loved to hear a different narrator (“interviewer”) than Lyla’s voice.

The Narration:
I can’t get over the difference the audiobook made to me for this book. The narrators did a wonderful job of choosing which of the directions to keep and which to take out. I loved that there was a different narrator for Preacher (but gosh, I wish there was more of him because Aiden Snow’s voice….yum). I do wish there was one more narrator for the “interviewer”. This format needs almost a full cast like Daisy Jones. I love Susannah Jones every time, and Lance Greenfield was perfect for Jesse.

The Down & Dirty:
I have very mixed feelings about Fast Lane. What I loved about Daisy Jones and the Six was how unique and different it was, and it also felt so real I googled that the band. Since this is another interview-style book about an iconic rock band, the uniqueness isn’t there, though Kristen Ashley sure put her amazing stamp on it.

The first time I read Fast Lane, I kind of struggled, especially for the first half. I loved the story of the band so much, but it took so long to get there! There were so many diversions, I felt like I had to piece together the story. Jesse, the main interviewee jumped around a lot, and we jumped from a great flashback playing out, back to the interview just when I was getting into it. But if this was real and I was reading it, I would have known some of the band’s background. So listening to it the second time, to me, felt so much more realistic, like I was reading a biography of a band I know and love.

The second time through, I FELL IN LOVE. I actually almost fully read it a second time through while writing my original review for just the Kindle version, and even then, it was way better the second time through. But the audio…the audiobook is TOTALLY the way to go on this book if you listen to audios at all. The format takes a bit of getting used to when you read it (not so much in audio), but give it a chance no matter how you read it, because the heart of the story, the story of Preacher, Lyla, Jesse, and the rest of the guys is so worth it. Their story is actually one of my favorites of Kristen’s, but I still would have preferred it in her normal style. Still, after close to 70 books, I think it’s awesome that she wanted to try something new and different, and I totally loved Preacher, Lyla and the band no matter how they came.

Rating:
I struggle with this! The first time reading it I was about a 3.5. The second partial re-read upped it to a 4. But the audio would be about a 4.5. I think I will pull it all together for a 4+ Stars, 3 Heat, 4.5 Narration.

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  • Jeanette
  • Gibsonton, FL, United States
  • 10-19-19

On my second listen!

I love Kristen Ashley. I love she takes her time bringing you into a story. I love when I arrived because I am now invested . I’m listening twice because I don’t know how long the wait will be til the next book. Thank you Kristen for branching out on your subject matters, you never leave us hanging.
Preacher and Lyla were special.

Til the next time

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  • Flossy
  • Athens, GA USA
  • 10-23-19

Not at all what I expected

Let me start by saying I am a HUGE Kristen Ashley fan and have read or listened to everything she has written and this is the first time I have been disappointed. I did not at all like the "interview" format of the book - I found that it distracted from the story. I will continue to read/listen to KA and hope that this format is a one off and the next book will be better. So my recommendation: Listen to the Rock Chick series and everything else KA has published!

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Don't know what to say! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book was so great! It was unlike anything I have read/listened to from KA. I love her writing and this style was the bomb! Please keep them coming! ❤️🙏 Narrators were fantastic also!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good but confusing at times

I really liked it. I wish there were less characters. There were so many people with little back stories for them and I found it was confusing. Especially at the very end when the updates began. I listened several times and still did not know who each was. You really did not know much about Jesse and felt there should have been a little more focus on his life. Is Natalie a good woman is he happy with her? I know he loves his girls but does his wife deserve him? I assume there are more books in the series to come that will shed some light on these vague inferences. I hope so.

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  • TBW
  • NORTH CAROLINA, USA
  • 11-06-19

Worst KA Novel Ever!

Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE KA fan and have read almost all of her books, so naturally when this came out on Audible, I was excited to start listening to it immediately.
I was a bit confused and had to double check that I had downloaded the right book after starting it because it did not start off as a typical KA book. It was very slow and boring but I decided to stick with it to see where it went, which was nowhere. I struggled to get through the entire book on Audible, so I know if I was actually reading it, I probably would not have made it past the first 15 pages.
It comes across as a bad retell/spinoff of the old movie 'Almost Famous'.
I was horribly disappointed in this book after looking forward to it for so long and will not waste time on the rest of the series.

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Surprising departure

I admit I was confused at first and was waiting for the real story to begin. But after the first few chapters I realized this was the way we were going to get the story. After that I was hooked.

I love Kristen Ashley and always enjoy Susannah Jones. I highly recommend!

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Not a fan

I read & loved almost all Ms Ashley’s books. Laughed, cried, & raved about most, however this book is terrible. I was tempted to return it, but just kept hoping it would get better. I was sadly disappointed.

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  • Catherine
  • 10-22-19

The interview style put me off

I love Kristen Ashley. I love her writing style and sense of humour. This book, I did not like. The interview style of the story was off putting and not engaging at all. The narrators were excellent; however, I had trouble paying attention to the story and would tune out without realising it. Please Kristen, drop this writing style and go back to what works.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-16-19

Great story but...

While I liked the story line I found the interview style used to tell it detracted from the characters and I did not feel the usual connection. I found it pulled you out of the story too much, especially when the character telling the story changed. Saying that, Kristen Ashley's wonderful writing style did shine through and overall I enjoyed it. Will I listen to this one again as I have with most of Kristen's other books, probably not. I have still given this one 4 stars as it was well written and interesting but I did not connect with the characters as well as I usually do in Kristen's books. Other people may enjoy it, so I would definitely urge you to make your own choice.

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