Review: Heart Breaker by Erin McCarthy (Nashville Nights #1)

Note: This ARC was provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for an honest review.

Heart Breaker is both my first Erin McCarthy read and the first book in her Nashville Nights series. This had second chance romance written all over it and I was excited to get my hands on it, but unfortunately, I was left wanting. I found myself growing increasingly frustrated with both main characters who are part of an award-winning duo--country singer and songwriter Jolene Hart and country music royalty and songwriter Chance Rivers. We're told at the beginning of the story that Jolene ended her relationship with Chance, but the two are forced by contractual obligations to team up again and pen more songs. The preferred venue for the songwriting is a secluded cabin with nothing more than the essentials: a bed, a guitar, pen and paper, and each other. The passion still exists between them, whether they be making love, writing a new song, or fighting. With no other distractions, they remember why they were perfect together, but when the outside world calls, will they also remember why they went their separate ways?

I felt like I was in an on-again, off-again relationship with Chance and Jolene. Sometimes, I liked them, other times, I just wanted to smack them. There's no denying that these two are passionate about one another and passionate when it comes to music. However, while Jolene can deal with the trappings that come with fame and success, Chance flounders, wishing that the focus would be on the music he created and not anything else. When things were good, Chance and Jolene were undeniably fantastic to read about, but sheesh, when things were bad, my irritation level would go haywire and if they were real people, I would have flat-out advised them to just move on already and find other people to be with. They were like country music's fictional Taylor and Burton except without that air of mystique. I've been going back and forth--much like Chance and Jolene were in the story--about what rating I would give Heart Breaker, and at the end of the day, I had to go with what I felt would best convey my feelings: three stars. ♥

Release Date: 17 May 2016

Date Read: 17 May 2016

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