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Author: Sydney Logan
Genre: Contemporary/Sweet Romance
Author: Sydney Logan
Genre: Contemporary/Sweet Romance
Cover design by: T.M. Franklin
Publisher: Enchanted Publications
Release Date: July 11, 2017
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Sex. Drugs. Rock and roll.
Life in the fast lane is nothing new to Corbin James.
After completing his second stint in rehab, Corbin heads home to Riverview, determined to leave the music world behind and focus on his family, his songwriting, and his sobriety.
Crippled with debt but determined to make it on her own, Jolie Daniels pours her heart and soul into the town's bookstore. When Corbin finds his debut album in Jolieâs discount bin, sparks fly between the pretty bookstore owner and the rock star musician.
Corbin knows heâs nowhere near good enough for a sweet girl like Jolie . . .
But he wants to be.
When a record label approaches Corbin with the chance to make a musical comeback, he doesnât think twice before saying no. Heâs ready to settle down, and he wants to do it with Jolie. However, when her beloved bookstore is threatened with foreclosure, Corbin finds himself signing a contract that will take him away from home and back on tour for three months.
Can Corbin resist the temptations of the tour? Or will the loneliness of the road resurrect all the demons heâs worked so hard to bury?
It felt good to be writing songs againâeven if he was the only one who might ever hear them.
Well, he and Jolie.
When Corbin let it slip that heâd been writing, Jolie begged him to bring his guitar to the river the next afternoon.
âThe fall leaves are beautiful,â Corbin said, gazing at the mountains in the distance.
âThey are. And youâre stalling.â
He couldnât deny it. Corbin had never been one to be nervous about sharing new songs, but for some reason, this seemed different. Important. Meaningful. Maybe because the inspiration for these songs was sitting right in front of him, with her long hair in a braid and her green eyes bright with excitement as she eagerly awaited whatever he was about to play for her.
But that wasnât the only reason he was nervous.
âI have a confession to make, Jolie.â
She crossed her legs in front of her. âOkay.â
âThese songs . . . theyâre the most Iâve ever written . . . while sober.â
Jolie nodded in understanding.
âI mean, thereâs a very good chance theyâll suck. I just want you to be prepared. And I want you to be honest if they are.â
âThey wonât suck.â
âHow do you know?â
âBecause they wonât.â
Corbin sighed heavily and pulled his guitar out of its case. Her faith unnerved him, maybe because he was used to letting everyone down. The very last thing he ever wanted to do was disappoint her.
Jolie mustâve sensed his anxiety, because before he placed his fingers on the strings, she gently reached for his hand.
âDonât be nervous. Itâs just me.â
Corbin smiled and squeezed her hand. She had no way of knowing it, but these days, it was her opinion that mattered most.
Taking a deep breath, he attached the capo to the neck of the guitar and strummed a few strings to make sure it was in tune.
Then he started to sing.
One song effortlessly flowed into the next, with Corbinâs soft tenor voice echoing across the water. He kept his eyes closed or on his guitar the entire time, too afraid to see Jolieâs reaction to the music. It was only when he played the final note in his last song that he finally allowed himself a glance at the beautiful woman sitting in front of him.
Tears streamed down her cheeks.
âI know theyâre rough,â he said, his voice shaking slightly as he placed his guitar back in the case. âIâm still struggling with the bridge in that last one. My fault, since I wrote it that way. I was thinking maybe I should cut it out completely orââ
âAnd in the first song . . . the chorus needs some work. Iâm thinking maybe trying it in a different key or something. I donât know.â
âCorbin James, shut up and listen to me.â
He took a steadying breath and gazed at her.
âI loved them,â she said softly.
âEvery single word. Every single note.â
Corbin lifted his hand and trailed his fingers along her cheek, wiping her tears away. He heard her breath hitch in her throat as he leaned closer. He knew it was risky. Kissing her could ruin everything before it even had the chance to turn into something . . . something that might be incredible and wonderful and life changing.
It was a chance he had to take.
Not kissing her simply wasnât an option.
Jolieâs eyes fluttered closed as he cupped her cheek, letting his nose glide against hers. With a quiet sigh, her lips parted in silent invitation, and he couldnât help but smile when he felt her tremble against him.
âThis could change everything,â Corbin whispered, kissing the hollow just below her ear.
âI hope so.â
Their arms wrapped around each other, and Corbin buried his face against her neck, inhaling deeply and drowning in her sweet scent. She moaned softly, and it was that moan that finally broke him.
Corbin had every intention of kissing her gently, but her moan, combined with her hands pulling him impossibly closer, sent his body into overdrive, and they both groaned when his mouth hungrily captured hers. Frantic and sweet. Frenzied and tender. With quiet sighs and gentle whispers and warm arms that held each other tight, they laid back against the autumn grass and kissed until the sun disappeared behind the mountains.
Sydney Logan writes heartfelt romances that feature strong women and the men who love them. In addition to her novels, she has penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is a Netflix junkie, music lover, and a Vol for Life. Sydney and her husband make their home in beautiful East Tennessee.