Book Talk 7/21/17

Book Talk…7/21/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Old habits die hard. But in this sexy, heartwarming romance, a musician who’s addicted to the temptations of the road falls for a good girl who makes him want to clean up his act.
 
Mason Dell’s band, Pushing Limits, is a sensation, and he’s having a blast on their biggest tour yet. Then he gets a call from his best friend, who’s in the Navy, asking him to find out why his sister isn’t answering her phone. The dude once saved Mason’s life from a suicide attempt related to a gambling problem—so the two-and-a-half hour drive from L.A. to her small town is nothing.

What he finds is a sweet, successful boutique owner who’s too busy to notice when her phone dies. Nicole McCormick has nothing better to do than work. She’s bored of all the men she’s been dating: stable, career-oriented guys who are nothing like her destructive father. Mason’s is a breath of fresh bad-boy air. Their sexual connection is explosive, and with her shop undergoing renovations, Nicole even joins Pushing Limits on the road. But when Mason falls off the wagon, that’s one path she swore she’d never go down again.

While Nicole picks up her broken heart and heads home, Mason misses her like crazy. Although he wants to forge a future with her, he just doesn’t know how to leave the past behind. But for love, it’s time to learn.

Don’t miss any of Stina Lindenblatt’s emotional Pushing Limits novels:
THIS ONE MOMENT | MY SONG FOR YOU | I NEED YOU TONIGHT

 

Mason Dell goes to check on a friend’s sister when he hasn’t heard from her in a few days. What he finds is a woman skating heartbreak with bad dates and an uncertain future. His own demons are gambling and one-night stands. When things get hot and heavy between them, they agree to a non-committed relationship. He invites her along on tour and then falls back to his old patterns. Devastated, Nicole returns home and tries to go on. Can Mason defeat his habits? Will their love survive?

 

This was a steamy read. The characters are likeable and down to earth despite Mason being a drummer in a rising band. And Nicole is easy to understand with the failed dates and workaholic lifestyle to build her dreams. When they are destroyed during a fire, you cheer when Mason offers her a position with band doing their finances. The two have human habits and it will take determination to break through to their dreams and love.

***** 5 stars

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of secrets, romance, and two women bound together across time by a shared dream.

 

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

 

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

 

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

 

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

 

Tenley has just won the award named after her famous father. She is at the height of success with her first novel but fears she doesn’t have a second in her. Her boyfriend manipulates her into an engagement and breaking things off when her estranged mother calls with a cancer diagnosis, she heads to Florida where she meets a man worth risking her future for.

Birdie lives in eighteenth century U.S. and is considered an old spinster by most but because of her family’s wealth is sought after by many. She longs to write books instead of marry but when an old crush comes back from England, she finds herself torn.

 

It was hard to get into the beginning of this book with the two different worlds povs. I couldn’t figure out what was going on till further in the novel. It is the desk that connects the two women and tells the stories of their lives.

 

*** Three stars.

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