Monday, February 3, 2014

Book Review: Love Songs for the Road

Love Songs for the Road
Love Songs for the Road by Farrah Taylor
January 13, 2014
Entangled Bliss
274 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
(content: clean, mild sexual references, fade to black)
Source: eARC from publisher for Honest review
Book Blurb:

A rock star. The nanny. A love that could rock their world.

The only thing rock star Marcus Troy loves more than making music is his kids. So finding just the right nanny to take on tour with them is important—as is proving to his ex he deserves joint custody. Falling for his employee wouldn’t just be fodder for the paparazzi: it could ruin everything.

Too bad the perfect nanny turns out to be beautiful, vibrant Ryan Evans. Ryan’s never left her small Montana town before, so she jumps at the chance to see the country. And as much as accidental fame doesn’t gel with shy Ryan, what does is her relationship with her capricious, smoking-hot, shockingly good dad of a boss. Marcus is nothing like what she expected. But when the whole world’s watching them, will life in the spotlight be too hot to handle?

My Review:

This is a very cute story about a rock star, a nanny, two very cute kids, and a rockin' road trip. It was a little predictable at times, but that didn't detract from its enjoyment level. And the extra bits that did not follow the norm for this type of rocker book made it that much better. This was a very nice debut by Farrah Taylor.

Right from the first couple of chapters, I instantly liked Ryan. She has a good head on her shoulders and isn't suddenly distracted by a half-naked rock star. She knows what she wants in life and she loves kids. She's funny and straight-forward. Marcus, at first, comes off a bit cliché, but then he reveals his better intentions and, once again, I found myself liking him. He's a musician at heart, who has come across difficult times with his ex-wife, but has also come into his own as a father. Plus, he oozes charisma, has a boyish charm to him, but also a tender side that's super sweet. Add to this Marcus's adorable, sneaky kids, and you get a great family dynamic with this new nanny on tour.

While Marcus and Ryan's relationship seemed a little quick to me, and could have been developed a little better, I still enjoyed watching how their dynamic played out. There was a nice feel to their banter, their attraction, their ease about each other. The age difference could have been weird, but was actually nicely played. The integration of the children was adorable. The drama was realistic and thoughtful. The romance between them was clean and sweet and a nice break from some of the more explicit reads out there. And I liked where the author took them and how things played out.

Overall, this is a nicely written, clean romance, with a refreshing play on the rocker/nanny storyline. This is a great read for the clean romance reader or anyone looking for a sweet story with great characters. It's a great way to spend an afternoon.

3-1/2 STARS
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