I am happy to be participating in the release day blitz for Sandy James’ new book, Can’t Walk Away. This is the story of on the rise country singer Savannah Wolf and Brad Maxwell, the man who may be able to get her career back on track.
When Brad hears Savannah sing at his restaurant, he is struck dumb. Her voice captures him instantly and he knows he has to have her back on the stage at Words & Music. She is so inspiring that she even gets his musical brain to start creating again. Brad (the one time “Hitman” of Nashville because of all the well-known hits he created for artists) wants to help Savannah grow her talent. He also finds himself strongly attracted to her. Unfortunately, Savannah knows his reputation as a love ’em and leave ’em guy and she knows she needs to stay far away from any romantic entanglements with him. That is easier said than done when there is a strong attraction between the two of them and they are working closely together.
Savannah doesn’t want to risk this second chance at finally having her dream. She has a young daughter to provide for and she wants Caroline to have a comfortable and safe life. Brad was emotionally burned after the death of his wife. He swore he’d never fall in love again but Savannah may just be the woman to change all that.
This is my first book by Sandy James. I was intrigued by the synopsis and I am glad I had the chance to read this book. I will say, it didn’t blow me out of the water so to speak, but it is definitely a sweet second chance at love and life romance. There is a lot of optimism in Savannah which I really enjoyed. She hasn’t had the easiest time in life in the last few years after she was swindled out of her first music start. She feels wiser now though and is not going to risk anyone taking her money or her chance to provide her daughter with a good life. Savannah is just a real person, a good friend, not necessarily a risk-taker until she realizes she has to be.
I wasn’t quite as enamored with Brad. I know he cleaned up his act when it came to women and drinking but his past sleeping with woman after woman just felt like overkill and kind of tawdry. But he is definitely on a redemptive streak and I can’t fault him for trying to put the past behind him.
Can’t Walk Away proved to be a sweet romance. It has a lot of feel good appeal to it in its main characters. I liked this book and I think readers who enjoy music reality television competitions may find this book a good match for their reading tastes. (Though I will clarify and say there is NOT a singing competition in this book, the very nature of succeeding in Nashville is a competition in and of itself.)
Can’t Walk Away is available today!
CAN’T WALK AWAY by Sandy James
(October 10, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99; Nashville Dreams Series Book 1)
In Nashville the stars shine a little brighter, songs sound a little sweeter, and love lasts a lifetime.
Young, rich, and better looking than a man has a right to be, successful songwriter Brad “Hitman” Maxwell was once Nashville’s biggest celebrity. Then a heartbreaking loss and a shocking betrayal caused his light to go out. Now, instead of pouring his soul into song, he pours beers at Words & Music. His bar is the perfect escape—a place to forget his past—until the night she takes the stage…
Savannah Wolf used to dream of becoming Nashville’s hottest star. Now, as a young single mom, she dreams of a steady income and being home to tuck her daughter into bed. So when Brad Maxwell offers her the gig of a lifetime—playing as the headliner at Words & Music—Savannah discovers the best of both worlds. And she refuses to ruin this opportunity by falling for her sexy boss. Except that Brad suddenly starts writing music again…music inspired by her.
By the fifth take, Brad was losing his patience.
Had he been wrong in thinking Savannah was something special, something new? He sure as hell didn’t think so.
Then why couldn’t he get her to sing with the passion she’d shown back at Words & Music?
Maybe it was the song. “That Smile” was his first attempt at writing in a long time. Perhaps it wasn’t up to snuff?
No. When Brad had heard Savannah sing it earlier, he’d known he’d written a strong song with a good melody and a catchy beat.
Something was clearly blocking her talent.
“I’m sorry, Brad.” She dropped the headphones from her ears to let them rest around her neck. Then, head bowed, she started shuffling through the sheet music.
He’d never seen her look defeated before, and he didn’t like it. This wasn’t the Savannah who’d been his muse. This wasn’t the woman who brought back his music.
This was…a disaster.
He watched her closely, trying to find some telltale clue as to what was going on today that had robbed Savannah of the passion and talent he’d counted on. Her hair was braided, the braid an eclectic mixture of blond and blue. A blush tinted her cheeks, and he could hear her nervousness through the quaver in her voice, especially in the last notes of her fifth recording.
Something was definitely wrong, and he was going to have to find a way to fix it. But he couldn’t do that from another room. Even though he could see her, something told him she needed something more personal. Unsure of whether being closer to her would make a difference, he figured it was worth a shot.
Brad started a new recording so he could capture the song if he was able to help her, pushed himself away from the console, and headed to the recording booth with his remote control in his pocket. He pulled the door open and stepped inside.
Savannah glanced up from the music, offering him a wan smile that made his frustration evaporate. She knew something was wrong, too. Maybe if they put their heads together, they could get back the magic.
After pulling a stool beside hers, he sat. Then he gently took off her headphones, plucked the pages from her hands, and placed them back on the music stand. She let her eyes meet his, and he could see her concern.
“We’re going do things a little differently this time,” Brad said, keeping his voice low.
He nodded and scooted closer. Then he wrapped his hand around one of hers. “You’re not going to think about recording.”
“Nope. This time you’re just going to sing to me. That’s all.”
Her whole body relaxed, and Brad had to fight the desire to smile.
“Sing to me, Savannah. Just to me. Okay?”
She nodded, and before she could get a chance to think about what he was doing, he pulled a remote from his pocket and began the music playback so that it echoed through the room.
The notes of the intro flowed around them, and he kept her grounded by not allowing her to glance away. When she opened her mouth to sing, he gave her hand a reassuring squeeze and offered her an encouraging smile.
And sing she did. Each delightful note came from deep inside her, and he found himself caught in some kind of spell, the same type she’d woven around him back at Words & Music. He hung on each rise and fall of that delicious voice until the last note echoed through the booth.
The song might have ended, but not the magic. Brad found himself leaning closer, his eyes fixed on her soft, pink mouth. Desire ripped through him as she mimicked his action, drawing ever so slowly closer until he could feel the sweet heat of her breath against his face.
With a groan of surrender, he captured her mouth with his own, giving her no warning as his tongue swept deep inside.
Savannah nearly knocked over her stool when she rose to thread her arms around his neck. She was such a little bit of a thing that he could stay seated and draw her between his outstretched legs without interrupting the kiss. As she moved closer, Brad wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her hard against him.
The kiss turned ravenous, and he realized that he was done fighting this attraction.
About the author:
Sandy James lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis and is a high school psychology teacher. She owns a small stable of harness racehorses and enjoys spending time at Hoosier Park racetrack. She has been an Amazon #1 Bestseller multiple times and has won numerous awards including two HOLT Medallions.
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