Seattle is in the rearview mirror and Kenzie Daniels wants to start a new life to pursue her musical dreams in Nashville. But it’s harder than she thought trying to make it on her own with no one to rely on but herself. Until a handsome customer shows up at her table and changes the course of her future.
Remy Martins wasn’t looking for anything but a good time and a creative outlet when he stumbled upon Hank’s Diner and discovered his muse. The moment he laid eyes on Kenzie, the beautiful waitress with a chip on her shoulder, he knew his luck had turned around. He’d been in a writing slump for months and she was the spark he needed, breathing new life into his lyrics. Now Remy is determined to have Kenzie and keep her in his life.
When a chance run-in at one of his gigs has Kenzie leaning on him for support, Remy is given the opportunity to make her an offer she’d be a fool to refuse.
Just as their relationship morphs into something more, fueling a deep physical need that neither of them can deny, Kenzie’s and Remy’s pasts collide – threatening to destroy their bond along the dreams they’d hoped to fulfill.
Can Kenzie rely on Remy to be there when she needs him the most? Will both their dark pasts ruin their chances at a bright future?
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I honestly wanted to like this book, but the characters were just so unlikable, I had to give it one star. A little disclaimer here: I know New Adult novels usually include sex. That’s fine. My issues with this novel lie elsewhere.
Lord knows I love myself a good “bad boy”, but the character of Remy really just didn’t do it for me. I was a little annoyed with how he would basically treat Kenzie as a walking sex toy, and his thoughts consisted of nothing but sexual fantasies about her or testosterone fueled rage towards his father. His character wasn’t all that complex, and he was pretty stereotypically male.
Kenzie… I had a lot of issues with how her character was portrayed. First of all, this book was overflowing with slut shaming, and Kenzie was not immune to being shamed. In fact, half of the conflict in this book arose because Kenzie dressed provocatively, and her crazy ex didn’t enjoy it. It almost seemed like the author was trying to imply that Kenzie was almost raped by her ex because of how she dressed that night, and that just didn’t sit well with me.
I thought the plot was interesting enough, with both Remy and Kenzie’s pasts coming back to haunt them. Actually, when Kenzie started receiving the text messages, I really ended up getting into the book. From that point on was the peak of my interest.
This book really had potential, especially with the musical plot. Unfortunately, it fell flat with me. One out of five stars.