Coming Home (Jackson Falls #1) by Laurie Breton
One man became her husband.
Danny Fiore is a handsome, charismatic singer with huge ambitions and a voice that can peel the paper off the walls. Casey Bradley is just eighteen years old, but the songs she writes send an icy finger down the center of Danny’s cynical spine. Danny knows exactly where he’s going, and he has no intention of taking any woman along. A woman like Casey would want things he’s not prepared to give. A home. Stability. Children. He’s married to his music, and that’s the way he likes it. Neither of them plans on falling in love. But sometimes, the heart has a mind of its own.
The other man became her best friend.
Guitar wizard Rob MacKenzie doesn’t have Danny’s looks, or his charisma, or his sense of style. Tall and gaunt and bony, Rob isn’t a god, just an ordinary mortal, an easygoing guy who wants nothing more than to write his songs, play his guitar, and find the right woman. But life is never quite as simple as he’d like, and his search for Ms. Right keeps leading him down all the wrong roads.
When Rob MacKenzie and Casey Bradley Fiore begin writing songs together, the result is an unstoppable hit-making machine that catapults Danny Fiore to stardom. But the road to success is littered with land mines, and life with Danny isn’t all that Casey expected. Rivers of darkness run through her troubled marriage, and every time Danny breaks her heart, it’s Rob who picks her up, dusts her off, and glues the pieces back together.
When her world fell apart, she had to find herself.
It isn’t until she suffers an unimaginable loss that Casey begins to question who she is and what she really wants from life. As she searches for herself amid the wreckage, she discovers the bittersweet truth that the choices a woman makes at thirty can differ vastly from those she made at eighteen.
There are some books that are just so easy to put down and get back to life’s chores, work, my own writing, and all the other fuss. This was most definitely not one of those books. From the moment I turned to the first page I was totally and wholly and irrationally absorbed into Danny and Casey and Rob. The story was wrote with such detail and such emotion I can’t help but again express my fondness for the story. An entire lifetime in in the pages of this book; from the moment Casey made the decision that forever set her on a course of living a life as a rock star’s wife to that moment when she finally gave in to the horrible truth of what her life had become.
The writer really knows how to tug at one’s emotions as she told of how the three lives were intertwined and how of the complicated decisions they make, often sacrificing their own happiness for their love of another. It was easy to forget this was just a story and much better than sitting in a movie theater. The characters were 3D…coming off the page and making incredible marks on my heart.
I haven’t read of many books where there is a rock star character but it was entertaining to say the least. Nowhere could I pull and pick at the story, nowhere could I find anything negative to say about it. This is good and bad. Good because, well, hell…having a sensational book in your hands is always GREAT. Bad…in that I just can’t convince myself to read the other books in the series. I refuse to take the chance that the next stories will be anything less than perfect as this book was. I know, I’m odd like that. Sometimes one just has to be content with that gift they were given and remain satisfied in its perfect.
My personal verdict: 10/10