Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Heart Breaker by Erin McCarthy

Title: Heart Breaker
Author: Erin McCarthy
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Nashville Nights #1
Main Characters: Jolene and Chance
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
They’re perfectly in tune—but only when it comes to their music. This sizzling romance from New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy follows Nashville’s hottest country music duo as they fight for love in a city where dreams often cost a broken heart.
Self-made singer/songwriter Jolene Hart loves everything about being on top in Nashville. Well, everything except her very public breakup with Chance Rivers, her sexy masculine other half. Once the hottest duo on the scene, they turned Music City on its ear. Now their careers are as cold as their relationship. Which is why their manager has practically locked them in a remote cabin with nothing but a guitar, a bed, and time to do what they do best: make some beautiful music together.
As Nashville royalty, Chance has big boots to fill—and the pressure that comes with ’em. He fell hard for Jolene, but he couldn’t handle the spotlight, the crowds, and the fights that made headlines and killed any notion that love and success could go hand-in-hand. Still, Chance is more than willing to rekindle the one thing that worked: the wild passion behind their hit songs. Soon they’re making up for lost time, in the steamiest ways possible. But Chance finds himself wishing for the impossible: that their intimate hideaway could last forever.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

My Review:
I adored this book so, so much. But then I'm a sucker for second chance love stories. Jolene and Chance are a country duo known as Hart-Rivers. Musically, they've been together 2-3 years. They were romantically entwined for 6 months within that until it all blew apart a few months ago. Now they don't even speak...not since that epic fight when Jolene over-reacted to a photo in a tabloid and Chance completely lost his temper. But now it's time for them to put together another album so they have no choice but to work together. It doesn't take long for them to realize although they've both been really hurt, neither one of them is over their emotional connection to the other. The problem...those issues that caused the breakup in the first place are still there and still issues. 

Chance is country royalty. He's a third generation song-writer out of Nashville. Even if he screws up, he's going to be just fine...his family name will carry him over a bump in the road. Jolene grew up as poor trailer trash. If she screws up, her entire career is over. She's terrified that something is going to jeopardize her career...to the point that she lets that insecurity impact her relationship with Chance. But he's not without his issues too...he doesn't want to be famous for just being his father and grandfathers show monkey. He has his own skills that he wants people to see. This is a lot of pressure on the two of them professionally and personally. 

Like I said, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. My heart got fully involved with both characters and ached with them when things get hard between them. And in the backdrop is their wonderful musical chemistry. I live in Texas where country music is a way of life, so I loved the country music theme to the story. And watching them come up with lyrics and emotionally go through the heartache of delving into those hard emotions that it takes to write a whole album about their breakup? Yeah, I thought it was really emotional and I got completely sucked into the angst of it all. I loved it and can't wait to see what's to come in the series.

Note: while I absolutely adored this book and connected with the characters on a gut-wrenching level, I was shocked when I got onto Goodreads to grab the basic book info (cover and description) and saw the really wide-range of reviews and ratings on this book. Some people really did not see what I did. Wow...did not expect that. But that's where we all have different perspectives going into a book. Just remember, my review is just one reader's opinion. So if you buy it based upon my opinion, I really hope you love it as much as I did.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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