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Release Day Review! HEART BREAKER by Erin McCarthy (Nashville Nights #1)


Title: Heart Breaker
Series: Nashville Nights #1
Author: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Release Date: May 17, 2016
They’re perfectly in tune—but only when it comes to their music. This sizzling romance from New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy follows Nashville’s hottest country music duo as they fight for love in a city where dreams often cost a broken heart. Self-made singer/songwriter Jolene Hart loves everything about being on top in Nashville. Well, everything except her very public breakup with Chance Rivers, her sexy masculine other half. Once the hottest duo on the scene, they turned Music City on its ear. Now their careers are as cold as their relationship. Which is why their manager has practically locked them in a remote cabin with nothing but a guitar, a bed, and time to do what they do best: make some beautiful music together. 

As Nashville royalty, Chance has big boots to fill—and the pressure that comes with ’em. He fell hard for Jolene, but he couldn’t handle the spotlight, the crowds, and the fights that made headlines and killed any notion that love and success could go hand-in-hand. Still, Chance is more than willing to rekindle the one thing that worked: the wild passion behind their hit songs. Soon they’re making up for lost time, in the steamiest ways possible. But Chance finds himself wishing for the impossible: that their intimate hideaway could last forever.


I read a lot of Erin McCarthy’s past books, but then felt like she went a bit off the rails around the middle of her Fast Track series. I am happy to say I enjoyed Heart Breaker, first in her new Nashville Nights series a lot, though. It has a sweet, lighthearted feel to it, despite the angst that comes popping through at various times (it’s practically a requirement anyway, since hello–they’re country music stars!)

I liked both Chance and Jolene and really wanted them to be together–combine that with the fact that it’s a second chance romance, and it was obvious that this book was going to be right up my alley! It was clear from the beginning that the two of them had something good together and just needed to figure out how to stop getting in their own way and just be. Easier said than done when you’re in the spotlight 24/7…

It was a bit disheartening to see the same thing that tore them apart the first time around trying to do a repeat the second, but at the same time it was believable, given their temperaments and the craziness that surrounds fame today. I really liked the way Ms. McCarthy had them work through their own individual issues, though, and got them to their HEA in a way that made sense and makes me believe that this time it can stick. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more from this series!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


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bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than 44 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. A RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award, Erin is a member of Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana.
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