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Author: Rachel Harris
Publisher: Entangled Bliss, Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: February 15th, 2016
This is a delightful, superbly written contemporary romance and the first book in a new series. Arabella Stone is the daughter of a mogul in the country music industry and has had a crush on Charlie Tucker, the Bassist, since she first saw him when she was a young teen and it has never gone away. Now she’s all grown up, finished her degree and determined to get a job without family influences being applied, she wants it on her own merit. Little does she realise that her Dad has his financial fingers in so many other music businesses and is determined to keep his daughter safe, even if it means making a deal with Charlie Tucker…. Deals are fine, when they are out in the open. This one certainly isn’t. What will happen when Arabella finds out the truth?
The way the two fight their mutual attraction, work together, learn more about each other is a great change that is brilliantly portrayed. Their interactions are great, with some humorous moments as well as plenty of turmoil as they try to resist their attraction. The characters are well rounded, including some of the secondary characters, too, making them easy to relate to and empathise with. I liked how the author showed the heroine seeing past the public image of the hero, recognising qualities in him that others have ignored and which she proudly acknowledges. I also respected the heroine in her determination to prove she can be self sufficient and get a job on her own merit rather than just because of her parents. The plot ensures that nothing goes smoothly, keeping the reader thoroughly entertained. It is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romance with plenty of twists, turns and angst along the way to a well earned HEA.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
Love is one dare neither of them can take…
Arabella Stone, Nashville’s darling, is eager to shuck her prim-and-proper rep, and a few wild months spent checking items off her “ summer bucket list” is the way to do it. First up: kiss the man she’s crushed on since she wore a training bra, the bad boy of country himself, Blue bassist Charlie Tucker.
For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn’t out of the norm—but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label’s CEO, he knows he’s in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she’s also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.
Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them…knowing that once it’s all over, so is their time together.
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