The help only he can offer…
Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she’s not a two album wonder. But her case of writer’s block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.
The legendary musician walked away from success at the height of his career. Yet Luke is already inspiring Cassie with his dedication to building a permanent community outreach center for troubled teens. Volunteering to help bring music into these kids’ lives is also bringing her and Luke closer. Maybe they’re not as different as he thinks…
Other Books in the Series
Why do I feel like I’m rubber-stamping my reviews for this line? I don’t mean too. Really. But I can not say enough good things about the line. If you like sweet romance with depth, characters that you instantly fall in love with and when you finish the book, your heart is happy…then this is the line for you. Harlequin Heartwarming just gets it. Truly they do. I haven’t read a bad book from this line at all. In fact, this is my second book from Ms. Randel and I loved it just as much.
What really stood out for me in this one though was the depth that Cassie really felt for one of the kids at the club. She didn’t have too but she did. It showed great character depth for her and also showed Luke that she wasn’t fluff but really solid as a person. In fact, the kids at the club play a huge part in the romance. I know, kids can be plot devices but Ms. Randal shows us that teenagers have feelings, too and that sometimes they just need to find that one adult that will truly listen to them and understand. (Trust me, I sub at our high school enough. I see it all the time. Plus, I have a few that single me out every time I’m on campus. Just to say Hello and that they miss me in class.) Luke understands the kids, too but somehow, he let the kids rule his so called life and he forgot how to live again. Sure, his ex-wife did a MAJOR number on him but it wasn’t until Cassie showed up that he really understood how to live again and maybe (?) write music again.
The music portions of the book were good, too. I liked how Cassie had writer’s block. I have writer’s block all the time. I have 4 books on my computer that are not finished because I can’t get past it. Preach sister! But what struck me was when Luke and Cassie finally decided to collaborate together and it just clicked. *NOTE* I would have liked an epilogue to see if “the” song was ever recorded. But that’s just me. Luke is such a great hero. Loving but so alone. Again, it wasn’t until Cassie came into his life that he realized how alone he really was.
I wish that I could have nice things to say about Cassie’s dad. He’s one of the worst dad’s out there. I just wish that Lauren didn’t have to get hurt in the process but Cassie has warned her too many times. But with that in mind, Cassie knew it all along.
By the end of the book, I was sad. I didn’t want it to end but alas, it had too. I will miss the colored streak in Cassie’s hair, Luke’s kisses (Oh my), Denny and Erin and the goings on in Cypress Pointe. Great character growth and depth from Cassie and Luke. And yes, Ms. Randal gets it too. She writes a beautiful love story that everyone can read and have a happy heart in the end. Hopefully she will visit this town again. I must come to the wedding of Nealy and Dane. 😉
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.
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