All of her life, Cadence “Cade” Williams has been lied to…
With her ailing father on his deathbed, a whispered secret sends Cadence’s life into a tailspin. Determined to either confirm or debunk her father’s claim, she sets out on a mission to grow close to the only man with evidence to set things straight. To do that, Cadence earns a position in an elite security firm owned by her father’s old army buddy, Noah “Mac” Mackinley.
Mac is the only man who could hold the evidence to support her father’s claims…
But first, she must prove herself worthy of Mac’s trust and get close enough to find the truth. Her first mission is to watch over an eight-year old girl, Harley Clark.
Harley is not an ordinary girl. She’s the daughter of a rock star…
Despite her fragile appearance, Harley has tenacity and brilliance like nothing Cade has ever seen. To everyone’s surprise—including her own—Cade forms an unlikely friendship with the beautiful wallflower.
Her first assignment just became more interesting…
When Harley’s rock star father, Jax Clark, enters the scene, Cade can’t deny the instant attraction for the self-proclaimed bad boy. Tattoos, piercing eyes, and a raspy voice that sends thousands of fans into a screaming frenzy, he’s more than just a heartthrob. Worse, Jax starts to pay her more attention than she expects.
She’s faced with a choice—get lured in by the celebrity world and lose any chance of finding out the truth, or stick to the plan and avoid Jax at all costs to earn Mac’s trust.
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I thought this was a really sweet story. Lovable characters, lovable moments. And all around a feel good book. I’ve never read anything by Michelle Jo Quinn before, and right away I do know that I would like to read more from her, if only for the simple fact that she knows how to right really sweet and atmospheric moments.
While most of what she did in this book goes against everything that’s within my realm of believability (which is why I rated the way that I did), there is a certain charm to what she did with her characters.
I do not usually like stories that are insta-lovey, which this DEFINITELY is and the pacing of this book was extremely unrealistic for me. It just wasn’t something that I could see happening in the manner that it did. The romance happened within the span of a couple of pages, and I’m a simmering romance kind of girl. I did find myself rolling my eyes every so often, but not in a sense that I thought it was bad, I just thought some moments were a bit too cheesy. But, on the flip side, that is part of the reason why I DID enjoy it — because Quinn did something that NO other authors have really been able to do for me, which is make me like an contemporary romance with insta-lovey & the utmost cheese.
There are some fantastic strengths to this book, though. Cade, our lead female, is awesome. I enjoyed her a lot. She was a strong woman, but her vulnerable side was compromised. Her relationship with Harley, Jax’s daughter, was such a fun and well developed relationship – I’m SO glad that Harley was a brat. Jax, who is your typical bad boy reformed, wasn’t as much of an annoyance that I assumed he’d be. I did really enjoy what Quinn did with him. He honestly could have gotten totally south as a character, but nope. I enjoyed him.
Overall, I liked the book. A lot. But because of what I know I enjoy about books, such as pacing and emotional connection, I can’t give this book more than the 3.5 that I’m giving it. There is so much potential for further growth within this series, and I hope that I get to see that as I continue to read Quinn’s books. She’s a fantastic story teller, but the structure of the story and it’s progression… it left a bit to be desired for me.
Rating: ★★★ 1/2
About Michelle Jo Quinn
Michelle‘s love for writing blossomed when her father gave her a diary. However, instead of recounting her daily life, she wrote stories of fictional people. Like most of her characters, she believes in Happily Ever After. Naturally, she finds harmony in writing romance.
An unabashed, self-proclaimed foodie, Michelle loves to try new food whenever she travels. She once had triple crème Brie and duck rillette for lunch on top of Grouse Mountain. She enjoys watching foreign films and reading a good book by the fireside.
Michelle is an active member of RWA and several of its chapters. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids.
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