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Pastor Ben Langley is irresistible. His wife died giving birth to their daughter six years ago. His tragic past doesn’t keep me from wanting to unravel him, strip away his buttoned-up goodness, and discover what kind of man lies beneath. If that makes me evil, so be it. I’m far beyond redemption anyway. Ashleigh Kendrick is freedom personified, an unpredictable wind I want t Pastor Ben Langley is irresistible. His wife died giving birth to their daughter six years ago. His tragic past doesn’t keep me from wanting to unravel him, strip away his buttoned-up goodness, and discover what kind of man lies beneath. If that makes me evil, so be it. I’m far beyond redemption anyway. Ashleigh Kendrick is freedom personified, an unpredictable wind I want to grasp hold of. Every Sunday she watches me preach from the front row, wearing her halter tops and tiny skirts, a dangerous temptation. Her favorite words are the four-letter variety, and her smile lights up the darkness inside me. I vowed to love one woman forever. I never realized that vow would be impossible to keep when confronted with a chance to love again. Face the Music is an opposites attract romance with emotional ties to the past that run so thick they feel impossible to overcome.


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Pastor Ben Langley is irresistible. His wife died giving birth to their daughter six years ago. His tragic past doesn’t keep me from wanting to unravel him, strip away his buttoned-up goodness, and discover what kind of man lies beneath. If that makes me evil, so be it. I’m far beyond redemption anyway. Ashleigh Kendrick is freedom personified, an unpredictable wind I want t Pastor Ben Langley is irresistible. His wife died giving birth to their daughter six years ago. His tragic past doesn’t keep me from wanting to unravel him, strip away his buttoned-up goodness, and discover what kind of man lies beneath. If that makes me evil, so be it. I’m far beyond redemption anyway. Ashleigh Kendrick is freedom personified, an unpredictable wind I want to grasp hold of. Every Sunday she watches me preach from the front row, wearing her halter tops and tiny skirts, a dangerous temptation. Her favorite words are the four-letter variety, and her smile lights up the darkness inside me. I vowed to love one woman forever. I never realized that vow would be impossible to keep when confronted with a chance to love again. Face the Music is an opposites attract romance with emotional ties to the past that run so thick they feel impossible to overcome.

30 review for Face the Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    I have a big hope for Ben' story. After all he is the pastor. Alas, his story is my least favorite from all of the series. Unlike the other books in this series, Face the Music is the milder version. I do not hate it, but I do not love it either. It is sweet caring and warm story. Just like Ben's character. The plot is flat and tad boring with the push and pull between Ben and Ashleigh. It is a OK read. 3 stars I have a big hope for Ben' story. After all he is the pastor. Alas, his story is my least favorite from all of the series. Unlike the other books in this series, Face the Music is the milder version. I do not hate it, but I do not love it either. It is sweet caring and warm story. Just like Ben's character. The plot is flat and tad boring with the push and pull between Ben and Ashleigh. It is a OK read. 3 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    Y'all. I thought I was ready for Pastor Ben Langley. But I had no idea. I was definitely not ready for the way he just utterly consumed my heart. I was so not ready for the impact on my emotions. And, I'm not going to lie, I wasn't ready for how intensely sexy he was going to be. Holy Hannah, J.B. Salsbury just knocked me off my feet in the very best way. I devoured this book. I couldn't get enough of it. It plucked at my heartstrings and it teased out almost every single emotion you could think Y'all. I thought I was ready for Pastor Ben Langley. But I had no idea. I was definitely not ready for the way he just utterly consumed my heart. I was so not ready for the impact on my emotions. And, I'm not going to lie, I wasn't ready for how intensely sexy he was going to be. Holy Hannah, J.B. Salsbury just knocked me off my feet in the very best way. I devoured this book. I couldn't get enough of it. It plucked at my heartstrings and it teased out almost every single emotion you could think of. My heart ached and fluttered and raced almost right out of my chest. I laughed, I cried, and I loved these two characters so fiercely. I mean, I don't even know if love is a strong enough word for all the ways I felt about Pastor Ben. But I also really loved Ashleigh. And that took a little bit longer to fire up for me. I wasn't really sure what to make of her. She could not have been more opposite of Ben and I found myself cringing at her over-the-top, brash personality. But she was also refreshing and honest in a way that I grew to appreciate and then eventually, well, love. And while I adored the sweet slow (smoking hot) burn between her and Ben, it was her relationship with Ben's daughter that really won me over. It was so easy to see the purity in her heart, how deeply she cared for both of them, and that added an extra layer of depth for me. Watching these two slowly but steadily find their way toward their happily ever after was an intense, beautiful, emotionally charged, wild ride. And I loved every minute. I also adored the relationship arc between Ben and Jesse. It was so great to catch up with the band - who often added just the perfect amount of humor and irreverence to this story. I loved getting to see Ben and Jesse's renewed brotherhood and how their roles in each other's lives sorted out. So much goodness here! This was exactly the book I was hoping it was going to be. Both Ben and Ashleigh had heartbreaking back-stories, and they were told so beautifully and with such care that my heart wrapped itself around them almost from the first page - and it wasn't ready to let them go when I turned the last. Face the Music was an absolutely perfect emotional experience and an immediate top favorite. Do not miss out on all this greatness! I cannot recommend it highly enough! ~ Shelly, 5 Stars *** It’s time for me to Face the Music and share my love for Pastor Ben and Ashleigh. I so enjoyed this slow burn romance. Ben and Ashleigh have been through some terribly trying times. And both are scarred and scared to commit to anything possibly considered a relationship. Ben’s lived a quiet life as a widowed pastor caring for his young daughter—who is an absolute scene stealer. He’s followed his religious path, ministered to his congregation, and lived a fulfilling life according to himself. Until he begins to doubt. When those little seeds of something that feels like desire start to grow. Desire for something beyond his religious binds. Desire to truly live life again. Desire to find joy beyond his small, insular life. And that desire is what allows Ben to even think about letting Ashleigh inside his heart. She couldn’t be more opposite of Ben in personality. Her “take no shit” view on life is what’s gotten her this far—but she’s just about perfect in Ben’s eyes. I absolutely loved how this “opposites attract” relationship slowly bloomed into something so much more. How Ben and Ashleigh personally grew in their understanding of themselves, their hopes, their desires and in the understanding of just what each other needed to find their way to love. ~ Missy, 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Betül

    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review** "I haven't touched a woman in over six years. Haven't even had the slightest desire to. Until you." I was really looking forward to Pastor Ben Langley's story after meeting him in Playing by Heart, and JB Salsbury didn't disappoint. Face the Music was a great opposites attract contemporary romance. It was clear that Ben after losing his wife six years ago, still wasn't completely over her. However, there is one woman that makes him question his loy **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review** "I haven't touched a woman in over six years. Haven't even had the slightest desire to. Until you." I was really looking forward to Pastor Ben Langley's story after meeting him in Playing by Heart, and JB Salsbury didn't disappoint. Face the Music was a great opposites attract contemporary romance. It was clear that Ben after losing his wife six years ago, still wasn't completely over her. However, there is one woman that makes him question his loyalty. Ashleigh is funny, free and wild. At least that is how everyone perceives her to be. She has been lusting over Ben for three years, but he hasn't really been getting the hint. She has been around Ben for a long time because his brother Jesse is together with her best friend Bethany, who also was Ben's daughter Elliot's babysitter. When Ben is left without a babysitter he asks Ash if she could take care of Elliot until he finds someone else. The scenes with Elliot were my favorite, she is such a curious and smart little girl and her interaction with Ash were super cute. "I am in way too deep. No turning back. Heartbreak is inevitable." I was expecting a light and fun contemporary romance, but JB did a great job in having it be emotional at times. She is great in elevating and hooking the reader to the story. I loved the characters and seeing the relationships grow. The attraction and chemistry was great and very sexy. I also liked that the characters stayed true to themselves. Which I find very important. Of course they went through changes, but their decisions made sense. Seeing both Ash and Ben struggle internally with their demons was heartbreaking but it was time to deal with them if they wanted to pursue a relationship with a future. I really loved this book and enjoyed seeing what the rest of the gang were up to. I am so happy with how Ben and Ash' story ended it was just perfect seeing them both be so happy. I hope Ethan (Jesse Lee's band member) is getting his own book, because the last part with his POV has me very intrigued. "You give me nothing. Your walls are firmly in place while I'm bleeding out at your feet."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Naadira Moodley (BookedMercy)

    I took a day to formulate the correct sentence to write this review and I still can't think of an adequate way to start this off. My heart is still soaring from reading Face The Music. I have been waiting on this book from the first time we met Ben and Ashleigh in Playing by Heart and seeing how thirsty Ash was for the good Pastor made me constantly laugh. Ashleigh best friend to Bethany, Jesse's wife, never misses a Sunday service and that's thanks to the Pastor Ben Langley. She has been lustin I took a day to formulate the correct sentence to write this review and I still can't think of an adequate way to start this off. My heart is still soaring from reading Face The Music. I have been waiting on this book from the first time we met Ben and Ashleigh in Playing by Heart and seeing how thirsty Ash was for the good Pastor made me constantly laugh. Ashleigh best friend to Bethany, Jesse's wife, never misses a Sunday service and that's thanks to the Pastor Ben Langley. She has been lusting after the good Pastor for a long time but she knows nothing could come of it because Ben is still in love with his dead wife. He has no room left in his heart for anyone besides his little girl, Elliot. And anything between them would be wrong in the eyes of the church and all the b*tchy ladies who visit that said church. But Ben is a person who does not judge and sees the good in Ashleigh. He hasn't so much as looked at another woman after his wife's death but Ashleigh is temptation wrapped up in a sexy little package. She is a woman who cannot be ignored and forgotten and that proves to be a problem for Ben. He has to decide if it's time to move on from his wife's death and build a new life. For him and his daughter. Ashleigh clothing choices and vocab are bold, loud, crass and borderline slutty. She commands the attention of every person in every room she enters. Although she comes off as confident and brash at times, she is loyal and protective to the people she loves. She is also vulnerable at times and believes she isn't good enough for Ben. She believes she isn't the forever type of girl for someone a good as him. She pulled on my heart strings. She was a character that could make me laugh then bawl my eyes out the next moment. Her comebacks and commentary is what I lived for in this book. “Is it just me or are Ben’s pants tighter than usual?” “Of course you would notice something like that,” “Well? Are they?” “Jesiah said Ben’s been working out a lot.”... “Yeah, looks like he’s put on some muscle.” “In his dick?” Ashleigh is one of my favorite characters of all time. I loved her spirit, sass and vulnerability. It's so refreshing to read a book where the roles are reversed and the guy is the celibate and innocent one. I hate in books where the girl is always the one who lacks in sexual experience but the guy bangs every pretty face he comes in contact with. Ashleigh was a breath of fresh air and I loved Ben for not wanting to change a thing about her. She was absolutely perfect with Elliott although her vocab was not appropriate for a six year old. Ben was oh so sexy and swoony but there was a part in the book that I was furious at him. I cried. Gosh how I cried! He redeemed himself though. I also loved how he always stood up for Ashleigh even though she was more than capable of fighting her own battles which he found very sexy and funny. This series has fast become one of my favorites. I end up falling in love with all the characters. I love every single book and I cannot wait for what's to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ilaria reads too much :)

    Less than the previous two but still nice and enjoyable Ben is a nice decent hero no manslut She is a force of nature

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kahea

    ***5 Stars*** After meeting Ben in Playing by Heart, I had my toes crossed that he’d get his own book. After finishing Skipped a Beat I was all kinds of excited and couldn’t wait to see Ben and Ashleigh get their HEA and Face the Music did not disappoint. This baby took me on one hell of a ride in every way possible and hit the right buttons for me. Ben and Ashleigh. These two. Here’s the thing. I adored both of them. Ben truly believes in his faith. He believes in helping those who ask for it ***5 Stars*** After meeting Ben in Playing by Heart, I had my toes crossed that he’d get his own book. After finishing Skipped a Beat I was all kinds of excited and couldn’t wait to see Ben and Ashleigh get their HEA and Face the Music did not disappoint. This baby took me on one hell of a ride in every way possible and hit the right buttons for me. Ben and Ashleigh. These two. Here’s the thing. I adored both of them. Ben truly believes in his faith. He believes in helping those who ask for it, and those who don’t. I couldn’t help but truly admire how strongly he felt about what his word meant, but it also drove me a tinsy bit batshitcrazy. Ashleigh has moxie. She lives her life loudly and without apology. But she has her insecurities that wreak more havoc on her psyche than anyone can imagine. Ash and Ben’s journey to their HEA was all kinds of insanely smexy opposites attract slow burn goodness that had a good dose of frustrating and swoon worthy moments tossed into the mix to keep things interesting. As well as an adorably precocious little girl who kept everyone on their toes. I gotta say, these two kept me on my toes. With every move forward there was at least one and half back as they wrestled with their own demons, but the one thing that was clear was that they had that connection, that flow, that if they only find a way to work through their inner monologues then they’d find that they were exactly what the other never knew they needed. I had a feeling going in that this book would...raise my hackles a bit because any time religion comes into play it can bring about very strong feelings, and this book did that ~ not gonna lie. BUT what the author did was bring in different points of view on religion, faith and belief and kept things on a pretty even keel, which I absolutely appreciated. (Random side note: Totally on #TeamBen with this one). But other hot topics do come up in this book, some may be triggers, so be prepared to go in with an open mind. As for the secondary cast of characters. There were a few I wanted to gut with a spoon, but there were more that I adored. I loved catching up with Bethany, Jesse, Ryder and Jade and Elliott was all kinds of awesome! I’m still waiting to see what will happen with Chris, but I cannot wait to meet the woman that will bring Ethan to his knees! ~ Copy provided by the author & voluntarily reviewed ~

  7. 4 out of 5

    Weronika - Little Steamy Reads

    „There is nothing you could tell me that I won’t love you through.” It seems like I need to go to church, because after reading Face the Music I have very dirty thoughts about some irresistible pastor... I was waiting with bated breath for Ben and Ashleigh’s story! I fell in love with Jesse’s older brother right in the first book in the series and I couldn't wait to read all about him finding his own happily ever after. Face the Music is emotionally charged journey to make peace with the past „There is nothing you could tell me that I won’t love you through.” It seems like I need to go to church, because after reading Face the Music I have very dirty thoughts about some irresistible pastor... I was waiting with bated breath for Ben and Ashleigh’s story! I fell in love with Jesse’s older brother right in the first book in the series and I couldn't wait to read all about him finding his own happily ever after. Face the Music is emotionally charged journey to make peace with the past and to live fully again. To leave the burden behind and move forward. And to love again. Ben is a genuine believer. In God, in people, in good. He stays true to his word and that’s why he held so long to his vows to his late wife. But he’s also struggling being a single father, although he loves his daughter more than life. He’s kindhearted, understanding and protective. Ashleigh is a party girl, always smiling and flirting. She’s confident, independent and sassy. But beyond the wild facade she’s struggling with her own issues. She has insecurities and doesn’t feel worthy of love from someone like Ben. Despite obvious contradictions they complement each other beautifully- she’s a wildness to his calm, a chaos to his order. But they’re more alike than they think. They both have a baggage to overcome and so much love to give. Their relantionship is a delicious slow burn, filled with sizzling chemistry and longing. The sexual tension between these two was totally off the charts! I’m still fanning myself when I think about Ashleigh and Ben. JB Salsbury has written heartbreakingly beautiful and emotional story. I was engrossed from the very first page and the tension in this book kept me hooked till the end. I loved both Ashleigh and Ben, same as secondary characters, and I really like the outcome of this wonderful journey. *ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Hot Pastor > Hot Priest. This reminds me of the TV show Fleabag but with a satisfying HEA. Ben’s definitely hot and all around an amazing man who’s more than his collar. I may have started out all about Ben but I ended up falling in love with Ashleigh. There is no doubt or question she is hot for Preacher. She’s unapologetically herself with just enough vulnerability to make her endearing and not brash. Her patience and sensitivity with Ben’s internal struggles shows a depth of maturity she does Hot Pastor > Hot Priest. This reminds me of the TV show Fleabag but with a satisfying HEA. Ben’s definitely hot and all around an amazing man who’s more than his collar. I may have started out all about Ben but I ended up falling in love with Ashleigh. There is no doubt or question she is hot for Preacher. She’s unapologetically herself with just enough vulnerability to make her endearing and not brash. Her patience and sensitivity with Ben’s internal struggles shows a depth of maturity she doesn’t realize makes her so special. JB Salsbury masterfully took two characters who are as opposite as you can get on the outside and fit them together perfectly. I haven’t read the first two in the series and didn’t feel I missed anything. BUT I’ve already bought them and ready to see how it all started with Jesse (Ben’s rockstar brother) and Bethany (Ashleigh’s best friend and Elliot’s former nanny). I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest opinion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’

    Oh wow... I really didn't expect to like this book so much. But I really really loved it. Ben was just the sweetest you will ever meet. Ashleigh I had my doubts but she won me over eventually. Ben is the pastor of a church but also a widowed single father of an adorable five year old daughter. After his wife died giving birth to his little girl he just cant seem to move on. But then temptation comes in the form of sassy crude Ashleigh. She is a bartender and so far out there. Coming to church ever Oh wow... I really didn't expect to like this book so much. But I really really loved it. Ben was just the sweetest you will ever meet. Ashleigh I had my doubts but she won me over eventually. Ben is the pastor of a church but also a widowed single father of an adorable five year old daughter. After his wife died giving birth to his little girl he just cant seem to move on. But then temptation comes in the form of sassy crude Ashleigh. She is a bartender and so far out there. Coming to church every week and just can't help flirting with him whenever she can. And what is he to do after all he is only flesh and blood. But maybe Ashleigh is exactly what he needs in his life, or is she? I don’t want her to see me as a married man. I don’t want her to see me as a pastor. I want her to know I’m a warm-blooded male who has his eyes set on her and I’m capable of being the kind of man she needs. The relationship between these two are so far fetched, but damn do they work. Total opposite of each other. Both has issues in their past and struggling to overcome and then trying to see where they fit in each other lives is not an easy thing. Lots of angst, drama and so much feelings you just can't help getting hooked.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I totally and utterly loved this book and I love this family. The Bailey family are brilliant and as you make your way through their stories each one is different. Fun, interesting and engrossing but totally different. This book is about Phoenix Bailey, the wild child as they would describe her. Someone that often is known as "Shouldn't Have" but with all of those mistakes, she is making her mark in the world to get to, "She so SHOULD have". When she learns Griffin Thorne is coming to Lake Starl I totally and utterly loved this book and I love this family. The Bailey family are brilliant and as you make your way through their stories each one is different. Fun, interesting and engrossing but totally different. This book is about Phoenix Bailey, the wild child as they would describe her. Someone that often is known as "Shouldn't Have" but with all of those mistakes, she is making her mark in the world to get to, "She so SHOULD have". When she learns Griffin Thorne is coming to Lake Starlight she devises probably her stupidest plan but from stupid comes hope, love and wanting. This story is gripping, upsetting and what can I say totally brilliant. These characters feel like family and I love that in a book. I feel apart of them and become invested. I ended 2019 with this book and I wasn't disappointed at all. This book and series are a total recommend from me. Enjoy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Piper Reagan

    ??How do you review a book that is unlike any you've read, and give it justice? ?? That's the problem I'm facing here... Face the Music, perfectly weaves together a love story of opposites attract. That is if opposites were two different creatures from totally different planets. (that level of opposite) And what does that create? A page turning, can't resist, sexual tension build up unlike any you've ever experienced. A widower pastor with a young daughter just trying to survive the day to day lif ??How do you review a book that is unlike any you've read, and give it justice? ?? That's the problem I'm facing here... Face the Music, perfectly weaves together a love story of opposites attract. That is if opposites were two different creatures from totally different planets. (that level of opposite) And what does that create? A page turning, can't resist, sexual tension build up unlike any you've ever experienced. A widower pastor with a young daughter just trying to survive the day to day life he was dealt. A sexy young bartender who doesn't believe in herself or her self worth. The most unlikely match is what makes this story a game changer. Watching Ben and Ashleigh's story unfold and the purest of love grow will leave a permanent mark on your heart. It's an absolute MUST READ!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I was dubious at first thought. I did not want to read of a pastor who gets in trouble nor did I want to read of him with a girl who is reckless with him. My faith means a lot to me. If anything this story shows a lot of Christ like behavior. It's not anything that I thought. I remember him in Jesse/Bethany saga but here Ben gets to show us his every day Life and it's really sad because he's so young with a young vibrant daughter and he's not given up mourning his deceased wife. A few times I wan I was dubious at first thought. I did not want to read of a pastor who gets in trouble nor did I want to read of him with a girl who is reckless with him. My faith means a lot to me. If anything this story shows a lot of Christ like behavior. It's not anything that I thought. I remember him in Jesse/Bethany saga but here Ben gets to show us his every day Life and it's really sad because he's so young with a young vibrant daughter and he's not given up mourning his deceased wife. A few times I wanted to shake him. He really needed counseling, right? He know Ashleigh and thinks she's fun. I already adore him for his non judgemental outlook. There is a church oversight committee looking at Ben's partaking in Jesse's concert, deemed obscene by the committee. Ben says it's a one time thing. Lots of wonderful things between Ashleigh and Ben. It's not a typical rockstar story but you're going to love Ben and Ashleigh. I know it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ~lil maso~

    Well, my new year of reading started off with a bang, I was invested in this story before this book was even released. Pastor Ben and Ashleigh's story was in the making from Skipped a Beat. In my review for that book I preyed for Ben's story and I wasn't at all sorry or disappointed with what I got. I totally and utterly fell head over heels in love with Pastor Ben but he was so much more than a Pastor, he was a devoted man, a great father to Elliot and sadly widower. All was well in his world un Well, my new year of reading started off with a bang, I was invested in this story before this book was even released. Pastor Ben and Ashleigh's story was in the making from Skipped a Beat. In my review for that book I preyed for Ben's story and I wasn't at all sorry or disappointed with what I got. I totally and utterly fell head over heels in love with Pastor Ben but he was so much more than a Pastor, he was a devoted man, a great father to Elliot and sadly widower. All was well in his world until his brother Jessie and eventually, Ashleigh barreled into his and Elliots lives. This story is complex, Ben and Ashleigh are polar opposites and like magnets are completely drawn to each other. Ashleigh is a brilliant character with a free spirit and a devil may care attitude, making her a great standout character. She is completely right for Ben the man not the Pastor, widower or any other title he has. This story isn't all sunshine and roses, it's raw, heartbreaking but real. It shows that people DO judge books by covers, by the past mistakes and misfortunes people carry with them. They don't see the real person. They just see the mask a person wears to hide the hurt and pain that plagues them. I totally and utterly recommend this book and series, this is a great opposites attract romance with a rockstar twist. It's brilliant. For more reviews, news and giveaways, check out Saucy Reviews on Kinky Korner at; Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Take me to church! Y’all J.B. totally knocked it out of the park with this one! I devoured this book. Literally in one sitting and there was one reason: Pastor Ben!😍😍 I loved him. He’s swoony AF! I mean, for real, he had me swooning so much throughout this book! I loved how he treated everyone in his congregation; fairly and without judgment. I loved how he loved his daughter. I loved his relationship with his brother. I loved how real and vulnerable he was, and I absolutely ADORED how he showed Take me to church! Y’all J.B. totally knocked it out of the park with this one! I devoured this book. Literally in one sitting and there was one reason: Pastor Ben!😍😍 I loved him. He’s swoony AF! I mean, for real, he had me swooning so much throughout this book! I loved how he treated everyone in his congregation; fairly and without judgment. I loved how he loved his daughter. I loved his relationship with his brother. I loved how real and vulnerable he was, and I absolutely ADORED how he showed Ashliegh her worth and the kind of love she deserved. 🥰That, definitely was the swooniest part! 😍😍 I loved Ashliegh too. She was Ben’s opposite in so many ways, but she was exactly what he needed. She was vulnerable, but she hid her vulnerability behind her vulgar speech and brash personality. She was a loyal and loving friend. The way she treated Ben’s daughter though...that was my favorite. She was so endearing and loving. Very few people got to see that side. But Ben did. Even when Ashleigh tried to put up her usual guarded front, Ben saw her and he showed her the kind of love she deserved. This was a slow burn romance that had me feeling all the feels! Both Ben and Ashleigh had really difficult pasts, but the love and understanding they showed each other healed, and was beautiful. I loved watching their love story slowly unfold. This was another fabulous book in the Love, Hate, Rock -n-Roll series, and dare I say...my favorite -Don’t tell Jesse 😉 Y’all read this book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Reviews from the Heart

    Take me to church!! Pastor Ben stole my heart, y'all. I loved him when he was sitting in his drive way just trying to steal a few moments for himself. I loved him when he was struggling with who he is. I loved him when he was defending his family. I loved him when he finally figured out who to love!! This man had me all twisted. I was caught off guard by the emotion and totally blind sided by the conflict. This book was all over the place but in the best possible way. It made me think and more i Take me to church!! Pastor Ben stole my heart, y'all. I loved him when he was sitting in his drive way just trying to steal a few moments for himself. I loved him when he was struggling with who he is. I loved him when he was defending his family. I loved him when he finally figured out who to love!! This man had me all twisted. I was caught off guard by the emotion and totally blind sided by the conflict. This book was all over the place but in the best possible way. It made me think and more importantly, it made me feel.  Ashleigh is the yen to Ben's yang. She's a kick a$$ heroine that hides behind her smile and refuses to apologize for who she is. She's everything that Ben's not and the person that just might help him remember all the things that are really important in life. JB Salsbury never disappoints and once again I devoured ever word. I have mad love for this series and I can't wait to see what she gives us next. ~ Kimberly Anne Follow the blog: Instagram: http://bit.ly/RftHInstagram Blog: http://bit.ly/RftHBlog Facebook: http://bit.ly/RftHFacebook Twitter: http://bit.ly/RftHTwitter Bookbub: http://bit.ly/RftHBookBub Goodreads: http://bit.ly/RftHGoodreads MeWe: http://bit.ly/RfthBlogMeWe

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Face the Music introduced you to Ben and Ashleigh. They are completely different from each other but it made for a great opposites attract one another book. Ben still hasn't completely moved on from his wife after her untimely death. It's been six years but she still has his heart. Every now and then, though, he does start to see Ashleigh in a different light and maybe.. just maybe he can give his heart away one last time. Enter Ashleigh. Now she has been pining over Ben for like three years. Unf Face the Music introduced you to Ben and Ashleigh. They are completely different from each other but it made for a great opposites attract one another book. Ben still hasn't completely moved on from his wife after her untimely death. It's been six years but she still has his heart. Every now and then, though, he does start to see Ashleigh in a different light and maybe.. just maybe he can give his heart away one last time. Enter Ashleigh. Now she has been pining over Ben for like three years. Unfortunately for her, nothing has happened between them (yet). When her best friend Bethany can't babysit Ben's daughter, well Ashleigh steps up to the plate. Maybe being around her will get her closer to Ben. Okay, I'm not going to lie. Elliot is the cutest kid ever. I adored every chapter that she was in and it doesn't even matter who she was talking to. After getting all that cuteness though, I needed some sexual tension and chemistry to balance it all out. Thankfully, I got so much sexual tension! Ugh, I swear these two were just explosive together. In the end, I need to dive into the next book so freaking badly!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Stinson

    While I did like this book, I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped I would. My feelings toward Ashleigh would come and go. As soon as I would start to like her, she would do something that would turn me off her. But I felt the exact same way about Ben. It took me a while before I really liked either of them. I hated that Ashleigh always had negative thoughts about herself but she didn’t want to work hard to make herself better. She continued to act the same way. And I could sort of understand B While I did like this book, I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped I would. My feelings toward Ashleigh would come and go. As soon as I would start to like her, she would do something that would turn me off her. But I felt the exact same way about Ben. It took me a while before I really liked either of them. I hated that Ashleigh always had negative thoughts about herself but she didn’t want to work hard to make herself better. She continued to act the same way. And I could sort of understand Ben’s issues with trying to move on after losing his wife but he kept saying he was a married man. It took him a while to remember the part of his vows that said til death do us part. It felt like the ending was a bit rushed but overall this was a good book. I’m assuming we get Ethan’s book next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    I absolutely love this series! And this book (#3), is a hilarious hot mess. Ben Langley is a gorgeous Pastor that cusses like a Rock Star. Ashleigh is a beautiful girl with a heart of gold who looks for love/sex in all that wrong places. Some creep in her life has made her feel unworthy and she believed him. Ashleigh is so good to Ben's five year old daughter and they would make a perfect family! I absolutely love this series! And this book (#3), is a hilarious hot mess. Ben Langley is a gorgeous Pastor that cusses like a Rock Star. Ashleigh is a beautiful girl with a heart of gold who looks for love/sex in all that wrong places. Some creep in her life has made her feel unworthy and she believed him. Ashleigh is so good to Ben's five year old daughter and they would make a perfect family!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liz Booker

    This book really resonated with me. The heroine put on a happy face but deep down she always felt like she wasn't good enough. It took a lot for anyone to get through to her, to make her believe that she was worthy. I can really relate to that. This book really tugged on my heartstrings. I truly enjoyed it. 5 stars This book really resonated with me. The heroine put on a happy face but deep down she always felt like she wasn't good enough. It took a lot for anyone to get through to her, to make her believe that she was worthy. I can really relate to that. This book really tugged on my heartstrings. I truly enjoyed it. 5 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amberb03

    Great book! Loved Ben and Ash!!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marie Vasquez

    Face the Music surprised me in so many ways. I didn’t expect for the characters to burrow so deeply into my heart as they did. I definitely didn’t expect the level of emotions I felt. JB Salsbury has always impressed me with each of her love stories, but Face the Music touched me on a deeper level than her previous books have and I loved every single moment. Ben and Ashleigh were incredible characters. Their opposites-attract love story was breathtaking. With Ben’s conservative views (I mean, he Face the Music surprised me in so many ways. I didn’t expect for the characters to burrow so deeply into my heart as they did. I definitely didn’t expect the level of emotions I felt. JB Salsbury has always impressed me with each of her love stories, but Face the Music touched me on a deeper level than her previous books have and I loved every single moment. Ben and Ashleigh were incredible characters. Their opposites-attract love story was breathtaking. With Ben’s conservative views (I mean, he’s a pastor, so he was held to a higher standard of how to live than others). But he was so kind and gentle and open. He was excepting and lived by the heart. So much so his past loss still was an ever present feeling he’d learned to live with. He has been living for his daughter and for his church. But one night in stage with his brother sparked a new life he didn’t expect. And the beauty of an unlikely match brought color and new life to his world. Ashleigh was a woman that has lived a rebellious life. A super strict upbringing led her to live life freely. She owned her beauty and sexuality and enjoyed every moment. But catching the eye of a man like Ben has her past life and insecurities rushing to the surface. Their connection was unexpected and undeniable and absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I don’t even know if it’s possible to love this story and the characters more than I do. It was outstanding, breathtaking and inspirational.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I had some big hopes for Pastor Ben's story since Jesse's story. And J.B. Salsbury didn't disappoint. It was a great opposites attract contemporary romance with plenty of feels to go around. Pastor Ben's wife died giving birth to their daughter. And in the following six years Ben hasn't even entertained the thought of moving on. He's focused on his daughter and his congregation. And then his brother was forced to detox under his watchful eye and it sparked something that he had kept suppressed fo I had some big hopes for Pastor Ben's story since Jesse's story. And J.B. Salsbury didn't disappoint. It was a great opposites attract contemporary romance with plenty of feels to go around. Pastor Ben's wife died giving birth to their daughter. And in the following six years Ben hasn't even entertained the thought of moving on. He's focused on his daughter and his congregation. And then his brother was forced to detox under his watchful eye and it sparked something that he had kept suppressed for years, his love of music. Something else he has suppressed in the past six years was his libido. And if anyone temps him it is Ashleigh. Ashleigh is Bethany's best friend. She's funny and outspoken and dresses sexy. She's completely the opposite of a pastor's wife but Ben needs a babysitter and Ashleigh steps up to the plate. The scenes with Ashleigh and Eliot were hilarious, Eliot was such an adorable kid. I appreciate the slow build between Ashleigh and Ben. Ashleigh is used to men lusting after her but not respecting her. To honoring her and that is what Ben hopes to change. As characters Ben was just the sweetest hero I have read in awhile. He's not outrageous like his brother, he's the calm and steady one. And Ashleigh whose flashiness is a cover for her insecurities. They are complete opposites but it works. Want to find out more? Check out my review on Stephanie's Shelves

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Sooo... Honestly, for a lot of this book I was so freaking frustrated with Pastor Ben. But on the flip side, I was as crazy for him as everyone who has read this book was. The love and honor and fidelity Ben had for the mother of his child was, in many ways, one of the most touching things I've ever read. But at some point it's time to let go of the past and start living again. And IMO, Ben waited way to long to do that. Ashleigh, so broken and yet so strong! Man I love that woman! And I LOVED t Sooo... Honestly, for a lot of this book I was so freaking frustrated with Pastor Ben. But on the flip side, I was as crazy for him as everyone who has read this book was. The love and honor and fidelity Ben had for the mother of his child was, in many ways, one of the most touching things I've ever read. But at some point it's time to let go of the past and start living again. And IMO, Ben waited way to long to do that. Ashleigh, so broken and yet so strong! Man I love that woman! And I LOVED the way she was with Elliot, she was amazing!!! I was so happy she found someone that could give her the love and devotion she so desperately needed and deserved. And Elliot! OMG!!! I loved that little spitfire!!! I can't wait til she grows up and gets a book of her own!!! There were quite a few good quotes but my very favorite was from Elliot. “Rene told me vegetarians only eat vegetables. Does that mean humanitarians eat people? Uncle Jesiah said yes and that I’m so smart. Can we stay here forever?” This is definitely a book and a series I would recommend!!! And most assuredly NOT an insta-love story!!! I don't think I've ever read such a slow burn story before! But once the fire started, WATCH OUT!!!! It was a conflagration!!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    4.5 stars! Oh, Pastor Ben. You have my heart! An opposites attract romance that is both fun and emotional, and so damn sweet! This is such a beautiful story, and I loved it! This is the third book in the Love, Hate, Rock-n-Roll series. It’s the story of Ben and Ashleigh, both introduced in book #1, Playing by Heart (Ben is the brother of rock star, Jesse Lee, and Ashleigh is the best friend of Jesse’s now wife, Bethany), but this book can be read as a standalone. Ben is the pastor of a church and 4.5 stars! Oh, Pastor Ben. You have my heart! An opposites attract romance that is both fun and emotional, and so damn sweet! This is such a beautiful story, and I loved it! This is the third book in the Love, Hate, Rock-n-Roll series. It’s the story of Ben and Ashleigh, both introduced in book #1, Playing by Heart (Ben is the brother of rock star, Jesse Lee, and Ashleigh is the best friend of Jesse’s now wife, Bethany), but this book can be read as a standalone. Ben is the pastor of a church and a widowed single father to an adorable five-year-old daughter. His beloved wife died giving birth to Elliot and he has never been able to move on, holding tight to her memory and to the vows he made to her. But temptation comes in the form of wickedly crude and sassy Ashleigh. His ex-babysitter’s best friend is a sexually liberated wild girl with a filthy mouth and a flair for flashing skin. Sitting in the front row of his church week after week and flirting shamelessly with him whenever she has the opportunity, Ben is unable to resist Ashleigh’s light and liveliness, and he begins to feel something for her. Ashleigh has crushed on Ben from the moment she first saw him. She knows that she is far from the woman that a man like him would typically go for, and she also knows that he is committed to the memory of his wife, so she doesn’t ever expect anything to happen between them. But when she begins to spend more time with him and Elliot, things begin to shift. This is such a fantastic relationship. Ben and Ashleigh are so different, but they just don’t care. Their feelings for each other are strong, and though they are from completely different backgrounds, living extremely different lives, it doesn’t matter when it comes to their attraction. Instead, their hurdles come from their own personal issues. They have both had trauma in their pasts, and they are both still struggling to deal with it, and they are also figuring out who they are and where they want to be. There are big decisions to be made, and it’s a bit of a journey for them, and I loved watching them work through it all. I don’t want her to see me as a married man. I don’t want her to see me as a pastor. I want her to know I’m a warm-blooded male who has his eyes set on her and I’m capable of being the kid of man she needs. The story is written in dual POV so we get to see all that they are feeling up close and personal, and my heart ached for them and all they were going through. The emotion is beautifully written, and the drama brings so much depth to the story, bringing feels, angst, and a wonderful intensity that had my heart pounding. “I opened my fucking soul to you. I held my heart in my hands and offered it to you, broken and battered and so demolished, but I gave it all to you. And you…” he shakes his head. “You give me nothing. Your walls are firmly in place while I’m bleeding out at your feet.” It’s a heartwrenching read at times, but it’s balanced by sweet and funny moments with Elliot, hilarious and outrageous outbursts by Ben’s brother, Jesse, and by the sweet and flirty relationship that develops between Ben and Ashleigh. It’s a slow burn, with plenty of chemistry and steam, and it’s beautifully heartfelt as they figure it all out. “There is nothing you could tell me that I won’t love you through.” … I continue to hold her eyes. “There is nothing you could say or do that I won’t love you through.” Swoon! Ben and Ashleigh’s story isn’t an easy one, but I loved their journey, and it’s worth it for the happy ending that left me grinning and swooning yet again. There is one member of the band left to have his story told, and with that little hint dropped at the end, I’m really looking forward to Ethan's book to round out the series. Loved this one – 4.5 stars. An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

  25. 5 out of 5

    ♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

    One of the last few books of my reading year 2019 was “Face the Music” by JB Salsbury. I was super happy and surprised to be able to read it this early. Reading and reviewing as many books in one year as I do it is often not easy to recall the plots of previous books (which is why I avoid reading unfinished series where basically your opinion on the whole plot depends on still remembering what you read months ago) – but the second I saw the plot of Face the Music I remembered how I intrigued I w One of the last few books of my reading year 2019 was “Face the Music” by JB Salsbury. I was super happy and surprised to be able to read it this early. Reading and reviewing as many books in one year as I do it is often not easy to recall the plots of previous books (which is why I avoid reading unfinished series where basically your opinion on the whole plot depends on still remembering what you read months ago) – but the second I saw the plot of Face the Music I remembered how I intrigued I was when I first “met” Ben previously in that series … like more than a year ago or so … Believe me for him being not even a secondary but more a third kind of character (is there even such a thing as that?) in that previous book that truly speaks a volume. If you followed the series then you know Ben and his Background with Jesse Lee, his childhood and his tragedy. So you can already guess that you will join quite the ride with this plot and believe me the blurb tells you not even half of it. Because being the amazing author that she is JB Salsbury uses everything she can to draw the reader in and her writing style will refuse to let you go. The ingredients couldn’t be more perfect …. With his Background and Family Ben already has enough of a story to tell to fill this book but throwing the very let’s say “colorful” Ashleigh into the mix as well as his “job” – the reader will not be able to stop reading – of that I am positive. This is like the modern rock and roll version of “The Thorn Birds” - only with much more enjoyable leads, slightly different obstacles, a more intriguing plot... OK OK I admit actually it is almost nothing like “The Thorn Birds” but still I could not get that book/movie out of my mind as I hated it a lot as a child (my mother was a fan) I simply wanted Ben and Ashleigh to have a better ending than Ralph and Meggie - but with all that is in their way – let’s face it (har har pun intended) it is not looking very good … As a Pastor, Ben not only places high expectations on himself but with his tragic background it is only logical that he is all kinds of damaged when it comes to relationships. Ashleigh isn’t any better, but also she has her reasons and she has high walls around her made from slutty clothes and she hides behind foul language and some kind of “You think I am bad? Well, probably it’s worse than you think” attitude. That alone would be enough to fill the pages of this book. But don’t worry. Ms. Salsbury made sure that there is even more because it will be outside forces that set the tone of the plot and bring me back to my “Thorn Bird” thoughts. I read several books of this author in the past and while “Split” will probably remain my favorite – this series has taken a good and strong second place. And I cannot wait what this author is up to next (secretly hoping it will be something wicked with a damaged character like in “Split” or at least someone like “Jesse Lee”) ═══ PLEASE SUBSCRIBE / LIKE / FOLLOW US ════ Blog : https://www.jerisbookattic.com FB Page : https://www.facebook.com/JerisBookAttic Twitter : https://twitter.com/JeriTRyan Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2... Bloglovin : https://www.bloglovin.com/@jerisbooka... Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/jeris_book_...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    * A review copy was provided by the author. * ~ 4 Pastor Langley Stars ~ OH MY WORD!!! I LOVE Pastor Ben Langley. I was so intrigued with Ben Langley and his daughter Elliot when I met them in Playing By Heart. I was so excited to her that J.B. Salsbury was writing his story and that his love interest was Ashleigh. I loved her character in the first book, so I was thrilled to get to know her better and what made her tick. What I wasn’t expecting was all the emotion that was in this book. I knew B * A review copy was provided by the author. * ~ 4 Pastor Langley Stars ~ OH MY WORD!!! I LOVE Pastor Ben Langley. I was so intrigued with Ben Langley and his daughter Elliot when I met them in Playing By Heart. I was so excited to her that J.B. Salsbury was writing his story and that his love interest was Ashleigh. I loved her character in the first book, so I was thrilled to get to know her better and what made her tick. What I wasn’t expecting was all the emotion that was in this book. I knew Ben’s story was a sad one, because we learned some of his background in he first book, but my heart was torn a part by his pain and guilt that he felt throughout this story. Plus the emotions that the author shows us that were underneath Ashleigh’s sass and snark. I just couldn’t get enough of these characters. Face the Music is the third book in the Love, Hate & Rock n Roll Series. It is a standalone novel, but I truly think that readers should read Playing Be Heart first. That way you get the full experience of Ben Langley and Ashleigh. I think you will appreciate their story so much more if reading book 1 first. This book is told in Dual POV. I almost want to say that this is a continuation of Ben’s story. You’ll understand that more once you read these books. I thought the flow of this story worked well. This is a slow burn romance, but I think that was for the best for Ben and Ashleigh. I did think the pace at times was on the slower side, at least for my liking. I thought this book could’ve been a tad bit shorter and some things could’ve been left out to move this a long a little faster. Just my opinion. It didn’t take away my overall enjoyment of this book. It’s just why I didn’t give this a 5 star rating. In this book we follow Ben and Ashleigh’s story. As I said we met them both in book 1. Their friendship took form in that book and continued to go in this book. Pastor Ben is a single father who tragically lost his wife during child birth. He has had trouble moving on and letting go of his late wife. Ashleigh is Bethany’s (heroine from book 1) BFF. She has a growing attraction to the Pastor, but doesn’t think she is good enough for him. She has always lived her life not settling down and only having casual hook-ups. But something calls to her about the Pastor and she is captivated by him. Can a Pastor who lives his life by certain rules fall for someone who is the exact opposite?? Can Ashleigh let down the walls she built and let the Pastor in?? Read this book to find out. I loved seeing Bethany, Jesse, Ethan, Ryder and Elliot again in this story. This band is more than a band….they are a family. I love coming back into their world and seeing where this world will take them, If you are a fan of J.B. Salsbury’s books you don’t want to miss this latest gem!!! Add this to your TBR list NOW!!! Follow Us at :: Book Bitches Blog | Facebook | Twitter

  27. 4 out of 5

    Franci Neill

    10 It’s More than They Ever Expected Stars!!! Yes, you’re reading that correctly…this is a 10 star read for me. I know there’s not that many stars available but I needed a way to express how much this book and Ben and Ashleigh’s story touched me in so many ways!! Yes, I’m in love with a Pastor, Ben to be specific and I guarantee you my Jewish Mom NEVER thought she’d hear those words come out of my mouth but I just can’t help myself. This man is so much more than Jesiah’s older brother, Elliot’ 10 It’s More than They Ever Expected Stars!!! Yes, you’re reading that correctly…this is a 10 star read for me. I know there’s not that many stars available but I needed a way to express how much this book and Ben and Ashleigh’s story touched me in so many ways!! Yes, I’m in love with a Pastor, Ben to be specific and I guarantee you my Jewish Mom NEVER thought she’d hear those words come out of my mouth but I just can’t help myself. This man is so much more than Jesiah’s older brother, Elliot’s father, the Pastor of Grace Church and Maggie’s widowed husband. He’s full of complex layers that have caused him insurmountable grief, bursts of joy and love and in some ways redemption. Ashleigh on the other hand is a woman that is so far from who Ben thought he would be attracted to. She’s brash, says what’s on her mind, doesn’t abide by societal standards in any part of her life but most importantly she’s covered in an armor of her own making. This girl made me cry for the pain she’s experienced and is hiding from the world. There’s a select few she trusts with her secrets, one of which is Bethany, and even she doesn’t know it all. This girl doesn’t believe she’s worthy of the love Ben wants to give her and watching their story unfold was truly an emotional experience. This book has it all….love, guidance, jealousy, guilt, second chances and on and on. Ben hasn’t really felt alive in all the years since his wife died and when Ashleigh finds her way into his life on several levels his and Elliot’s lives are turned topsy-turvy! He’s trying to understand these feelings that he has without feeling like he’s betraying his wife. Ms. Salsbury has done such a fantastic job of writing a story that has this element to it…she deals with it head on and not letting it slide to the background of this story. It’s almost like Maggie and her death are another character in this story. At moments I was so frustrated with Ben but then he would say or do something involving Ash and my heart would start to beat again for him and what was possible for both of them. Ash is a woman that so wants to be loved but is afraid to reveal her true self in fear of Ben rejecting her and rejection is something this girl is very familiar with. I loved how she pushed the buttons of those around her. There’s one character in particular that I took great glee in her speaking her mind because trust me when I tell you, she got what was coming to her!!! This book is EVERYTHING I was hoping for Ben and Ashleigh’s story and so much more. I laughed, I cried, I swooned and I cheered. I loved watching Ben come to the realization it’s okay to love again and seeing Ashleigh experience what true love feels like and seeing her metamorphosis into the young woman that she’s always wanted and meant to be. Oh and Elliot is a little girl that grabbed my heart and won’t let go. She’s precocious, curious, sassy and full of love that anyone that’s around her can’t help but be drawn into. If you do nothing else this week, please one-click this book and settle in for a story that is so much more than a second chance love story. Ms. Salsbury will grab you by the heart, take you on a journey that is one of the best slow-burn stories I’ve ever read and when you turn that last page you’ll have a feeling of happiness and joy at what love can truly accomplish!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    LA Spiez

    Face The Music is the latest addition to the Love, Hate, Rock-n-Roll Series. It is also one of the reasons why JB Salsbury is fast becoming one of my unicorn authors. Face The Music made me laugh (Ashleigh is super funny), made me cry, and kept me turning pages because this book is a true page turner! Oh Pastor Ben, you made making out so incredibly hot, I'll never look at it the same way again. That is one of the amazing parts of Face The Music by JB Salsbury. Pastor Ben and Ashleigh had such ch Face The Music is the latest addition to the Love, Hate, Rock-n-Roll Series. It is also one of the reasons why JB Salsbury is fast becoming one of my unicorn authors. Face The Music made me laugh (Ashleigh is super funny), made me cry, and kept me turning pages because this book is a true page turner! Oh Pastor Ben, you made making out so incredibly hot, I'll never look at it the same way again. That is one of the amazing parts of Face The Music by JB Salsbury. Pastor Ben and Ashleigh had such chemistry and sexual tension that their make out sessions were crazy hot. So imagine how steamy it will be when he finally gets down to business (swoon). Pastor Ben is a great man (you’ll get it when you read the book. And you’ll WANT to read the book). Why is he a great man? Because he’s a single dad that takes amazing care of his six year old daughter and runs his church with an open heart. Oh and he’s incredibly attractive. Dark almost black hair, hazel eyes that seem to change color and a body that he works hard for. Yes he is a DILF. What makes him even hotter? He doesn't realize how very attractive he is. Ashleigh is one of his parishioners and she’s got a major crush on Pastor Ben. Ashleigh is definitely a character I loved. She is a free spirit, truthful and an all around amazing human being. You’ll think so too. The thing is Ashleigh doesn’t believe that she's amazing. She’s got a past and she’s really not willing to share, even with her best friend Bethany and especially not with Pastor Ben. The good news? Pastor Ben finds Ashleigh attractive too. Every time she's around, he feels happy and lighter. The bad news? Pastor Ben is a widower, still unwilling to let go of the memory of his wife. Kind of makes a relationship with Ashleigh nearly impossible. But, their attraction is just so strong and sometimes when sparks fly, they make a fire. Not only Pastor Ben and Ashleigh have that off the charts chemistry, Ashleigh, loves Ben's daughter Elliot, who is sweet and funny and adorable. So girl likes boy, boy likes girl and everyone should be happy right? Unfortunately, it's not that easy. They try to get past the barriers that are keeping apart. Just when you think everything will work out, another obstacle pops up. Face The Music will have you on a rollercoaster of emotion, so get ready for the ride. I promise, it will be a ride you will love and a story and characters you will fall in love with. I'm giving Face The Music five musical stars. I forgot to mention, there's also a musical theme that runs through this story and you'll love it. Pastor Ben singing is a sight that I have envisioned in my mind over and over again. One more thing, Face The Music is part of a series. I of course didn't read it in order, but now, I get to go back and read the other two books! If you didn't read the first two, you should grab those too!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Fletcher

    Can we get an Amen for Pastor Ben?! I swear i need a lifetime of Hail Marys for the very naughty thoughts running through my head for my Ben! Swooooooon!!!! Yes i said it! MY BEN! One of my absolute favorite books ever! Pastor Ben is cool, calm and collected. He takes his job very seriously. It's pretty much his whole world. That and his daughter. Being a single parent he often has to juggle the two and because his last babysitter left to marry his brother and now its even worse. He's starting to Can we get an Amen for Pastor Ben?! I swear i need a lifetime of Hail Marys for the very naughty thoughts running through my head for my Ben! Swooooooon!!!! Yes i said it! MY BEN! One of my absolute favorite books ever! Pastor Ben is cool, calm and collected. He takes his job very seriously. It's pretty much his whole world. That and his daughter. Being a single parent he often has to juggle the two and because his last babysitter left to marry his brother and now its even worse. He's starting to get stressed until the very real temptation personified Ashleigh steps in to help out. Ashleigh lives a wild and free life. She bartends at night and shes quite happy doing this. With numerous opportunities for one night hook-ups she's convinced herself shes happy with this. That is until she semi-volunteers to babysit her secret crush Ben's daughter. Both of them struggle being so close to each other. Ben vowed to love his wife forever and even though she died in childbirth he has no plans to break his vow. Ashleigh doesn't want any responsibilities. Shes happy living wild and free! But close proximity and forbidden desires are about to rock both their worlds. Honestly... all the feels in this book... well... they hit me from all sides on a personal level. I felt Ben's anguish at his lost wife. His struggles with dealing with his daughter and trying to keep his wife's memory alive. He just gutted me. I wanted to wrap him in my arms and never let go. I'm not ashamed to say there were tears on a few occasions. Then there was Ash. She broke me too! Her fun party girl front hid a huge load of insecurities. My heart broke for her when she would put herself down. Again on a personal level i saw myself. I think a lot of us girls are quick to do this to ourselves. I wanted to take her a few bottles of wine and have a girls night where i'd tell her how wonderful she really is. I wanted this story to go on forever. It should never end! The writing, the story, the characters just everything about it was perfect. My girl JB Salsbury just gets better and better with every book she releases! Brilliant! I loved seeing Jessie and Bethany again. Jessie was on form! Lol i loved how his relationship with Ben is building up again to true brothers. I can't wait to see more of them in the series. This was a slow burn which was absolutely spot on for this story, it built you up to the climax which was when Ben went from Pastor to alllll man! Yes yes yes please!!!! Loved! This series is as good as the fighting series and Ben is what Rex is to me now. He's hit the top spot! Highly recommend this book, this series, this author. A is for Alpha B is for Books

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    4.5 Stars I was so excited when I found out that Face the Music is Pastor Ben and Ashleigh’s story. I was rooting for them way back when we met them in Playing by Heart. A windowed single dad pastor and a sexy uninhibited bartender, these two couldn’t be more opposite from each other. However, somehow they were perfect for each other and supplied what the other needed. I loved every minute of the emotionally charged journey to see them slowly find their way towards their well-deserved HEA. The 4.5 Stars I was so excited when I found out that Face the Music is Pastor Ben and Ashleigh’s story. I was rooting for them way back when we met them in Playing by Heart. A windowed single dad pastor and a sexy uninhibited bartender, these two couldn’t be more opposite from each other. However, somehow they were perfect for each other and supplied what the other needed. I loved every minute of the emotionally charged journey to see them slowly find their way towards their well-deserved HEA. Their slow-building romance was filled with angst and brought some teary-eye moments. Both of them had some heavy history and seeing both struggled with their internal demon was excruciatingly painful. Still deeply in love and grief of his dead wife, Ben had never thought about finding love again. He was fighting his attraction to the sexy and tempting Ashleigh because of guilt and loyalty of his dead wife. Hidden behind all the sexy clothes and vulgar speech, Ashleigh was vulnerable and didn’t believe in herself and her worth. She had a difficult past and she believed she would be judged harshly because of her choices. I loved that Ben and Ash stayed true to themselves throughout the book. There were no lies, deception or games. Their interaction were natural and genuine. Ashleigh’s brutal honesty was funny at times and brash at others. Ben’s considerate and loving character made me a great man who you cannot help but swoon over. Witnessing how this unlikely match heal each other with their love and understanding was beautiful. It was great to catch up with Bethany, Jesse and his band. It was nice to see Ben and Jesse’s reconnection as brothers. I welcomed Jesse’s brazen comments which added much humor and surprisingly wisdom. There is a little glimpse of Ethan’s (Jesse’s bandmate) desire at the end of the book and hopefully we will get his story soon. I voluntarily reviewed an advance complimentary copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Follow Me: Maggie’s Escape Book Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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