Heat Level: Sensual
Jolene Hart and Chance Rivers are the singer/songwriter “it” couple in the Nashville music industry. At least they had been for six-cohabiting months until their dramatic break up, accompanied with a guitar in the pool and sugar in the gas tank. Chance’s temper is volatile and he drinks too much. Jolene is ambitious and determined when it comes to her career. With contract obligations to their record company, they are forced to work together months later. They need to produce an album in two months and in order to do that, they “hide” themselves away a remote cabin/house.
That Jolene and Chance are still strongly attracted to each other the entire novel is obvious. There is no mystery about their attractive and therefore no real tension in that area. They are constantly thinking about how much they want the other so when they finally get together, there wasn’t that feeling you get after a period of building of tension. I wished there had been because I think I would have enjoyed that part of story more.
The reader discovers pretty quickly what the reason for their breakup was. I was happy it wasn’t due to any cheating.
The book picks up steam about two-thirds into the book with the introduction of Tennyson Mitchell, the new “It Girl” songwriter who is brought in by Jolene’s agent to help them with the album.
She was also young. And hot. And did Jolene mention she was hot? Tennyson was tall, thin, a brunette. No hips. Exotic features. Basically, everything Jolene was not.
What happens next caught me by surprise, although I knew something was coming. It added good conflict to the story and brought some of the tension I missed in the first two-thirds of the book, which made this a pretty good read in the end. I look forward to reading other books in the series.