Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Serenades by Nikki Duncan

Title: Serenades
Author: Nikki Duncan
My Rating: B 

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Whispering Cove #9
Main Characters: Aimee and Josh
Release Date: December 2013
Publisher: Samhain
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
With passion this hot, it’ll be anything but a silent night.

Whispering Cove, Book 9

Aimee Smith found a home and friends in Whispering Cove. During the Fall Festival she found no-strings fun in the arms of her favorite country singer. Then her fling left town—and she discovered how much of himself he left behind.

Josh Bryan loved life on the road—until one Whispering Cove waitress ruined it. Not that he’s complaining. Before her, there were willing women at every stop, but none stayed in his mind, under his skin, or left him wanting a second taste. Not like her.

Almost fourteen months later, with Christmas festivities in full swing, Aimee’s days at the bar are long and her nights walking the floor are longer. Yet she’s never been happier, at least until Josh walks into the bar in a swirl of snow.

The truth could send him running, have him accusing her of setting a trap…or be her one chance to prove she wants him for more than just his money and fame. That is, if he’s willing to take a chance there’s something between them deeper than passion.

Product Warnings
This title contains a waitressing mother, a serenading celebrity, snow-melting passion and a secret baby.

My Review:
This is book #9 in this series, but this is my first time reading any of the books from the series and it completely works as a stand-alone. I picked it up because it sounded like a fun Christmas novella and it definitely was that. The story line isn't new, but there were a few little mystical twists that I loved. I loved Josh's connection to Aimee and the baby. Describing his physical issues while he was on tour at the same time she had the baby was awesome. It made it so much easier to believe in the connection between these two people although he hasn't tried to contact her in over a year. 

And that really is the heart of the story...these two are connected, even though they only had one moment in time. For Josh, he's tried really hard to ignore that connection, not wanting to get tied down when his career is on an upswing. He spends ten months a year on tour...that's not exactly ideal for a relationship. But as soon as he sees Aimee again, he's a goner and that's even before he meets his daughter Kendall. I loved the way that Nikki wrote the scenes between Josh and his can literally feel their connection. This is a guy who connects soul-deep and those connections jump beautifully off the page in this book. I enjoyed it. It was definitely a fun romantic read for the holidays.

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