Can't Walk Away by Sandy James
Series: Nashville Dreams #1
Published by Forever Yours
Publication Date: October 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In Nashville the stars shine a little brighter, songs sound a little sweeter, and love lasts a lifetime.
Young, rich, and better looking than a man has a right to be, successful songwriter Brad "Hitman" Maxwell was once Nashville's biggest celebrity. Then a heartbreaking loss and a shocking betrayal caused his light to go out. Now, instead of pouring his soul into song, he pours beers at Words & Music. His bar is the perfect escape--a place to forget his past--until the night she takes the stage...
Savannah Wolf used to dream of becoming Nashville's hottest star. Now, as a young single mom, she dreams of a steady income and being home to tuck her daughter into bed. So when Brad Maxwell offers her the gig of a lifetime--playing as the headliner at Words & Music--Savannah discovers the best of both worlds. And she refuses to ruin this opportunity by falling for her sexy boss. Except that Brad suddenly starts writing music again... music inspired by her.
Brad Maxwell owns and runs a bar/restaurant with his friends. He used to be one of Nashville’s greatest songwriters but after the death of his wife he gave that all up. The music stopped showing up in his head and he was fine with that.
On Indie night at his place, Words & Music, he hears the most beautiful music from a woman named Savannah Wolf. She’s actually a waitress at Words & Music but they’d never had much interaction. Immediately a song starts flowing in his head and he knows it’s for Savannah. Brad knows that Savannah is a star and starts to push her toward that stardom. Unfortunately that’s not what Savannah wants at all and it causes issues.
Brad falls for Savannah at first sight but it takes longer for Savannah to get to the “love” part of their relationship. She’s a single mother who had been burned by her previous agent – who was also her daughter’s father. She’s slow to trust and Brad moves a little too quickly. When things start getting out of hand with the whole business Savannah takes matters into her own hands and that decision makes her want to walk away from everything.
This was a cute book. I really liked James’s writing and her books always put a smile on my face. In this book Savannah was amazing. She was smart and level-headed and knew exactly what she wanted and what she didn’t want. She put her family and her daughter first and wasn’t willing to budge on that. I had to admire the woman for standing up for herself on many different occasions in the book.
Brad was a little bit of a different story. He fell in love with Savannah at first sight and was all in. He moved way too fast for my liking and I actually found it a bit creepy. Sure there was an age difference between them, but that wasn’t it. I think it was just because he moved so fast without knowing this girl from Adam – just because she was beautiful and had a gorgeous voice. I found that weird. Because of my feelings toward Brad and his over abundance of immediate feelings for Savannah I had a hard time with the romance portion of the book. It was nice, but I couldn’t get fully invested. The musical part of the book and the portion of the story where Savannah’s past came back to haunt her were very good and that’s what raised the rating on this book.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5