Review: Serenading the Shadows by Jodie Larson (Lightning Strikes #1)


Note: This ARC was provided by InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Serenading the Shadows is my first Jodie Larson read and the first novel in the author's Lightning Strikes series. Adrienne Carmichael grew up knowing she was a piano prodigy, but while she loved playing the piano, it became a chore as she grew older. By the time she was sixteen, she wanted more freedom, more time to do what she wanted with whomever she saw fit. Her parents were there to rein her in, to keep her focused on the music. And like almost every teen that doesn't get what she wants, she complains about them holding her back and being unreasonable. Then fate intervenes, and ten years later, Adrienne is living with the scars--inside and out--and the guilt that weighs upon her heart has her serving her self-imposed punishment. When she meets singer and musician Kade Evans, he tempts her to come out of the shadows, but will Adrienne believe she deserves to do so?

Overall, this had a good story that kept me interested from start to finish and a cast of characters led by two people I wanted to get to know better as their story unfolded. Kade is exactly what Adrienne needs, but she doesn't think she deserves to have what he's offering her--love and happiness. She's never fully dealt with what happened a decade ago, so she's been stuck all this time. I liked reading about how she evolved into someone who wanted to truly experience life again instead of someone just going through the motions and it had a great deal to do with Kade, who is probably one of the sweetest, most patient main male characters I've come across in a long time. I also liked Quinn and Gabe, Adrienne's best friend and boss, respectively. The combination of music, romance, and redemption that one finds within the pages of Serenading the Shadows make for a 4.5-starred read. ♥

Release Date: 10 November 2016

Date Read: 10 November 2016

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