*Blog Tour* Terrible Things by Beth Bolden

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RELEASE DATE: 01.19.19

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Cover Design: Cate Ashwood


When Caleb Chance walked out in Detroit five years ago, leaving his band, millions of his fans and his lover behind, Leo knew he could never forgive.

Some things, no matter what the cause, are unforgivable.

But Leo never expected Caleb to show up again, clean and sober and wanting to get their band, Star Shadow, back together. He definitely never expected to agree to Caleb’s plan.

He never expected to confront the love of his life again—or the disaster of his past, the hopelessness of his future, and every terrible thing he’s been carrying inside him.

But maybe some things aren’t so terrible after all.


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I have this favorite song, by a group called Mayday Parade. If you have never heard of them, I suggest checking them out. Specifically get on YouTube and watch the accoustic version of “12 Through 15”. I feel this song fits this couple to a T, and since this is a book based on musicians, I am going to write my review around some of the lyrics. Enjoy…..

The walls keep coming down
But I’ll stand brave
Love is just an empty word you say
I found loyalty and it was pain”

“And you hate
God keeps coming down ’cause you’re afraid
Lucifer just might be your middle name
You’re the only angel that got away”

Caleb and Leo meet when they are just kids, respectfully, at ages 16 and 17. It’s instant, this connection between these two. That once in a lifetime connection. 

When they are discovered, they are thrown into the spotlight and all that it comes with. They are forced to hide who they are and what they are to each other. And that, as can be expected, takes a major toll on them personally…

When Caleb suddenly leaves, with not a word to anyone, the band is devastated. But none more so that Leo. Leo is destroyed. He’s left broken and angry. So many questions left unanswered when all he ever wanted, all he ever saw in his future was with Caleb.

“And we’re all alone now
With nothing to stand in our way
Don’t swear that it’s over
If love is our secret
I know you won’t keep it”

“We’re taking this easy
‘Cause darling that’s what dreams are made of
This story is probably made up
So why don’t you go back to sleep?”

So 5 years pass, and Caleb returns. It’s gut wrenching to read the pain bleed out from the pages of this book. Caleb is back, to make amends and hopefully heal, his relationship with the band, and above all else, his relationship with Leo. But Leo….5 years worth of anger, pain and resentment…it’s not easy to get over. Anyone whose ever known, personally, the struggles that someone struggling with addiction endure, can totally understand that pain and suffering these character’s are going through.

The walls keep tumbling down
But I’ll stand brave
Maybe I’m the one who’s in your way
I’m the only reason love got away”

“And we’re all alone now
With nothing to stand in our way
Don’t swear that it’s over
If love is our secret
I know you won’t keep it”

So the members of the band work on their own forgiveness, and Leo and Caleb work towards whatever they can be now. Is it just friends, lover’s? Can the past be forgiven?

“We’re taking this easy
‘Cause darling that’s what dreams are made of
This story is probably made up
So why don’t you go back to sleep?

Why don’t you dream about me?
‘Cause I’m the reason you’re alone now
Quit blaming everything on your hometown
Why would you say that?”

It’s absolutely possible to forgive, but you also have to remember that your past is who you are today, and this is a journey these two men take in rediscovering each other.

“oh oh oh…I think you’re better off
When you’re on your own
You said you’d keep me close
‘Cause I’m the closest thing that you’ve ever known”

“You said the problem’s in your heart
But the problem’s who you are
So leave me alone now
I’d rather be lonely
When I scream and shout
And let it out”

These two men are not an instant reunion. And the beauty in the writing is that the author makes you feel the struggles. With the glimpses in the past, the happy times and the sad times, and especially the painful time….

“We’re taking this easy

‘Cause darling that’s what dreams are made of
This story is probably made up
So why don’t you go back to sleep?”

“Why don’t you dream about me?
‘Cause I’m the reason you’re all alone now
Quit blaming everything on your hometown
Why would you say that?”

I want to give this book ALL the stars, because to me, for me, it was just that good. I loved absolutely everything about this one. The fact that it evoked so many feelings. This is so very different from anything I have read from Beth, and I am so very glad she wrote this story. 

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“Are you sure you’re going to be okay setting up without help?” Caleb asked.

Leo rolled his eyes, trying to return to normal interaction. Caleb didn’t need to know about all the little, unbearably painful, things that still caught him unawares. It turned out that grief wasn’t only that yawning chasm of missing someone so much your teeth ached; sometimes it was the tiny, most insignificant bits of a destroyed, disintegrated life.

“I’m perfectly capable, you know,” Leo insisted. “I can have people over without making a mess of it.”

“Of course you can. I just want to help,” Caleb said, sounding flustered. “That’s why I offered to cook.”

“You shouldn’t be cooking for your own celebration,” Leo said.

“You used to like it when I cooked.”

Leo couldn’t help the laugh that bubbled out of him at this understatement. “I fucking loved it when you cooked.”

Caleb looked pleased. “That’s good. Really good. I mean, I want to make you feel that way. Again. Um.” He hesitated, mouth twitching. “All the time, actually.”

It was good to hear. Leo had missed someone taking care of him.

But again, that wasn’t exactly accurate. For Christmas two years ago, Benji had given him the services of a housekeeper for six months. At the time, Leo had been over the moon, thinking it was the perfect gift. But it turned out that he hadn’t liked someone in his business all the time. He didn’t like the way she’d look down her nose at him for leaving dirty dishes overflowing on the coffee table or the way he’d track mud in after a run or that sometimes he wouldn’t leave his warm, comfy bed until two in the afternoon.

In the end, he’d written her a big check, buying both her absence and her silence.

So, specifically, what Leo missed was Caleb taking care of him.

“Maybe that’s something we could do again. Dinner sometime.” At first Leo couldn’t believe he was suggesting it—hadn’t he just thought that Caleb back in the kitchen was too much to handle? But he also told himself that they were trying to be friends again. And friends could share a friendly meal.

“Really?” Caleb sounded incredulous, but he was looking at Leo like he’d just hung the moon and the sun and the stars in the sky.

“Of course,” Leo said, like it wasn’t a big deal. “I know we’ll be off on the tour soon, but maybe when we get back.”

“That would be so great.” He paused. “Like maybe even . . . maybe even a date?”

Leo was twenty-six years old but he honest-to-god blushed when Caleb said the magical d word.

“Sure,” Leo said. He couldn’t believe he’d said yes. He also couldn’t believe Caleb had asked after last night’s conversation.

“I know it seems sudden,” Caleb added.

Leo shrugged. “It isn’t like we set a date and time. Just . . . sometime in the future.”

“Nice and vague,” Caleb agreed. “Vague is good.”

Leo was aware they were both grinning at each other like idiots. This was confirmed when Max wandered over and did a double take.

“You two,” he said with a short, barking laugh. “Stop flirting and get going. You’ll see each other soon, I promise.”

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Beth Bolden lives in Portland, Oregon with her supportive husband. She wholly believes in Keeping Portland Weird, but wishes she didn’t have to make the yearly pilgrimage up to Seattle to watch her Boston Red Sox play baseball. She’s a fan of fandoms, and spends too much of her free time on tumblr.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published eight novels and two novellas, with Catch Me, the next novel in the Kitchen Gods series, releasing in May 2018.


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