I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Hometown Heroes #1
Published by Entangled Bliss on June 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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He'll do anything to win her heart. She'll do anything to keep him away.
Country star Cole Grayson is in town, and Kylie Andrews is less than thrilled. As if months of changing the radio station and tearing down his posters weren’t bad enough, now she has to deal with a town of fans swarming toward the man who deceived her the year before. But when Kylie’s eyes meet Cole’s again, she can’t deny the electric chemistry that drew her to him the first time around.
Cole Grayson is on a mission. Ever since Kylie left him, he hasn’t been able to forget her sweet country smile. After writing a song just for her, he sets off for her hometown to prove he’s not the player she thinks he is. But as much as Cole can’t forget her, Kylie wonders if she can forgive him…
** This is a Red-Hot Bliss and may contain open door bedroom scenes **
One of my favourite movies is Pure Country. I remember borrowing it from the video store, back in the old VHS days. The whole “country star, regular girl, secret identity” vibe of it warmed my teenage heart, so I love reading books that follow that same line.
Taming the Country Star is a fun, witty little gem from Entangled Bliss, that has all the themes I mentioned I love, as well as a great depth for a novella-length story.
So, what did I think of Taming the Country Star?
As I said just before, I was really pleasantly surprised at the depth that Margo Bond Collins was able to give her story. Being quite a quick read (only 90 pages in Kindle format), you could be forgiven for thinking it could feel a little light. Not so with this – I think it feels meatier, because our hero and heroine share a past, and I think Margo has done an excellent job with telling us about their past without taking away from their present (and vice versa).
Cole sure does have the country boy swagger about it – I love his confidence and persistence in the face of Kylie’s doubts. I also really liked that he wasn’t made out to be a male diva or anything like that, despite his rather “interesting” methods of avoiding the attention of paparazzi (some of those outfits had me in stitches). I totally understood why Kylie, despite her feelings, would be a little gunshy about getting involved with someone in Cole’s position, but I also really liked how she allowed herself to at least try to find a way past her fears.
There was a genuine and rather electric connection between Kylie and Cole – the fact that she had some understanding of life in the spotlight, and he also understood why she might be reluctant to dive in, rang true to me. Now while this isn’t as spicy as a lot of the books I read, Taming the Country Star is a little more racy than the Bliss line generally tends to be. There is a little open-door bedroom action, so if this isn’t your cuppa, you may not like this part. However, the intimate moments are far from salacious, so you should be OK.
Kylie’s friend Lee-Ann is a total blast, and I love that Cole’s manager Billie isn’t a total bitch-queen.
This is a wonderful way to kick off the Hometown Heroes series, and I would love to know who is next up for their Happy Ever After! If you, like me, love the clash of worlds romance, this is totally going to be up your alley.