Unsung (Country Roads #5) by Shannon Richard
Review Copy: ARC
Harper Laurence has been jilted on her way to the altar. Desperate for some time away from her friends and family, Harper takes off for Nashville—only to meet a hot, scruffy, tattooed stranger. A man she liked a little too much, and who left her the teeniest bit . . . well, pregnant.
Liam James is an up-and-coming country musician, who just found his muse. Ever since their weekend together, Liam hasn't been able to forget the curvy, vivacious woman who left him wanting more, even as she inspired some of the greatest songs he's ever written. He's determined to convince Harper that he's the guy for her . . . and that the best love songs can never be unsung.
I normally run in the opposite direction when I read in a blurb that the hot love interest is a musician, usually a "rock star", as it just seems to translate to "narcissistic sweaty douche-bag" in my head. But having read this author before I knew that wouldn't be the case here. Richard actually writes incredibly sweet male characters, sassy-cool females, and hot (but not porno-gross) love scenes. (How's that for a sweeping summation of someone's work?).
This was no exception to those assumptions, though, I'm pleased to say, and I actually enjoyed the fact he was a singer/songwriter (and that Harper had no clue who he was!). The song he writes and sings for her becomes a pivotal part of the story.
The way the story is told is quite fun too. We sort of start in the middle at a tense moment, then circle back to the beginning and so all you can think while reading is - what's going to happen to lead us back to that opening scene?! Griping stuff!
As I've come to expect with this author, she knows how to write romance just the way I like it - sensual love scenes, sweet dialogue, and some heart-stopping moments that kept me flipping pages well into the night.
All in all, a really great read and a highly recommended contemporary romance series!