Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dream Maker by Erin McCarthy

The bestselling author of Heart Breaker returns with another sultry Nashville Nights novel of country hits and stolen kisses, as a one-night stand turns into the beginning of an irresistible partnership.

Shane Hart loves the ladies. Like hit records, he can never have too many. Shane swore long ago never to treat a woman the way his abusive father treated his mother, but his traumatic past has kept him from making any solid commitments—even to a fiery redhead like Avery O’Leery. Shane’s happy enough to rescue her from a tight spot, but that’s as far as their connection goes—until their unforgettable liaison has him rethinking his impulse to love ’em and leave ’em.

Avery has big plans: first, shake the dust of small-town Kentucky from her boots; second, become a bona fide songwriter; and third, keep the truth hidden about her birth father from everyone in Nashville. Nowhere on that list is she supposed to land in bed with a sexy stranger who rescues her off the street at midnight, especially if that stranger is Shane Hart. Avery’s trying not to fall for the dreamy music producer who could make or break her career. But her best-laid plans seem to be no match for a love that feels like destiny.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I found the writing so choppy at the start of this story that I almost DNF’d it. Fortunately, the writing does become more fluent as the story progresses. This is a cute, sweet romance between a struggling songwriter and a famous Nashville producer.

I struggled to warm to Avery, the slightly too stupid to live (TSTL) heroine. A virgin in her mid-twenties, still dating her high school boyfriend and prone to tears, Avery is not a woman I’d actively befriend. Shane is a little bit more complex. His family history is difficult and he has organised his adult relationships to protect him from more hurt. But I absolutely hate the clichéd storyline where the resolute playboy meets the single virginal girl who can instantly turn him into a monogamous family man. Urgh!

Parts of this story felt like they had been directly poached from Nashville, the recent TV series, which was a little disappointing. The storyline is simple enough, but the pacing is erratic. The ending is so abrupt that I checked to see if I’d missed a few chapters of relationship building. I hadn’t.

This is insta-love with a few dramatic hiccoughs, followed by a race towards a white picket fence. Readers who enjoy their romance cute and sweet will probably enjoy this. Readers looking for a little grit and some originality should look elsewhere.

The second book in the series features Jolene's producer brother, Shane. If you enjoyed book one, this gives even more of the behind the scenes of these country music families' romances. It is somewhat clichéd, but I guess that is what we are led to expect from that section of the music scene.

Avery is a woman on a mission – yet she has been in a dead end relationship for 8 years, waiting for the 'right' moment – and somewhat prone to tearfulness. She grew on me as she gained some backbone, but she was a bit of a mess, talented songwriter or not. Shane, on the other hand, was very controlled, avoiding relationships altogether, but somehow Avery gets under his skin. That there is an additional twist, or two, gives rise to a further level of cliché... but it is a sweet and easy read, with a happy ending.

USA Today bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than 44 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. A RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award, Erin is a member of Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dream Maker (Nashville Nights #2) by Erin McCarthy to read and review.

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