He’s determined to set things right, no matter the cost.
The last person Abby Crawford wants to face down is country music superstar Seth Kendall. Last time she did, she flat-out lied so he’d go to Nashville without her. She’s never understood why their mutual best friend proposed, but she went with it so her baby wouldn’t be fatherless. Now she’s a divorced mother of a teenager, and secretly Seth’s biggest fan.
Seth is home in McAllister, Texas for his father’s funeral…and a chance to meet the daughter he’s never known. He’s willing to face the music of his own making and admit he’s known about his little girl all along. For fifteen years he’s kept his distance because Abby told him to follow his dreams without her, insisting she didn’t love him. But now he won’t leave until he knows his daughter and she knows him, even if it means facing the woman who broke his heart for good.
Confessing she’s lied about her daughter’s paternity all these years won’t be easy for Abby, especially with her ex blackmailing her to keep the secret. And Seth doesn’t know the hardest truth of all: Every love song he plays on his guitar still plucks her heartstrings.
CONTENT WARNING: Spicy sex.
Heartstrings is the PERFECT name for this book because It definitely tugged at every single one of mine! This story was gripping from the very beginning. It is filled with deceit, lies, love, and lust. I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know how it all played out. The characters were all captivating to say the least. Some you loved and others you just loved to hate! As much as I love my rock star books, it was a nice change to read about a country star! Maybe I have a weakness for cowboys...
Seth Kendall is a country superstar. When he went on a talent show at 18, he left everything behind to take his shot at Nashville. That included his pregnant girlfriend and troubled past. The past was a little easier to forget than the family he left behind. Abby is a newly single-mom. She had hoped she would never have to see Seth Kendall again. She knew that telling him she didn't love him was the only way he would go chase his dreams. She was too stubborn to admit that every time she heard his song on the radio, it tugged on her heart a little more than it was supposed to. Now 16 years has passed and she is faced with every lie she has ever told..
The main characters in this book had my head spinning. One minute I wanted to scream at them all, and the next, my heart was melting. Abby was definitely one of those characters I hated and loved at the same time! I hated her because she just seemed so damn stubborn. It frustrated the hell out of me that she wouldn't just open her eyes and see what was right in front of her. But on the other hand I absolutely adored her. She was strong and always put her daughter first. Even though I didn't agree with the way Abby handled the situation with Seth, I can admit that she was put in a tough predicament. No one knew what the right choice was and she went with the option she felt would benefit her daughter the most. Seth Kendall.. (hold on, I'm fanning myself) OK , I'm good now. He is a sexy cowboy who has made a lot of wrong turns in his life. Did I mention he was a country superstar and had a singing voice that could make a girl fall in love instantaneously. But he sacrificed a lot for the price of fame. While I found it admirable that he would come back and try to make things right now, in the beginning of the book I found myself sitting back and thinking "It's been 16 years. If your father hadn't died, would you have ever have come back". But throughout the book, pieces of the puzzle start to fit together. Not everything is always as it seems.
The love story between these two was phenomenal. They had chemistry, sexual attraction, and a troubled past. It has all the basic ingredients for a good read. Then you throw in a blackmailing ex-husband, a superstar ex-girlfriend, and more lies and secrets than you can count and you have yourself a 4 star book! I loved every second of this read. Yes at times I was frustrated and mad. But I love when an author is able to pull that kind of emotion out of me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a book that has humor, drama, lies, love, betrayal and really hot sex!
Seth leaned in. His lips were close enough to kiss, and his scent of sandalwood and something exotic enveloped her, taking her back to that night on the beach. His eyes flashed with the dangerous fire of his temper. It was similar to the flame of the passion she’d once seen in the green depths. Abby didn’t expect or want the heat curling in her belly, and shivered with a sudden and fierce desire.
“I’m her father, Abigail. I wanted to be her father after she was born. It was you and Mike who insisted I had no business messing things up.”
“I never said any such thing. You never tried. You just left.”
He pounded a fist on the counter top so hard she jumped. “Yes, I left! I wasn’t welcome at home. Dad ran me off with a shotgun. Mike wouldn’t even let me see my daughter. He made it quite clear you and he were happily married, and I had no place in your life. I was under contract to be in Nashville to start recording my first album.”
What did he mean, Mike wouldn’t let him see Emily?
Before she had a chance to voice her question, his eyes darkened as the pupils dilated, obscuring the stormy green. “But I’m no longer nineteen and scared shitless. I could make things very rough for you and this fantasy you’ve got working.”
A cold lump quickly replaced the tangle of heat in her belly. “What-what do you mean?”
He backed off and tapped the countertop. “I’m talking a custody battle. I could have a judge order a paternity test. I think we both know the media hoopla the results would cause.”
Her heart slammed into her chest wall. “You wouldn’t do that.”
“Try me. Now that I’ve met Emily, I want to get to know her.” He walked over to look out the kitchen window. The hard line of his jaw melted, and he swallowed so hard his throat moved up and down. “I was a fool when I let Mike talk me out of being in her life after she was born.”
“What do you mean?”
He glanced at her. “Don’t pretend you don’t know.”
The strings of guitar music provided a soft counterpoint to the hard tension in the kitchen. Emily was outside on the patio playing around with her guitar, waiting for them to finish with the dishes she and Seth had insisted on doing.
“All I want is to have some time with my daughter. That’s all I’m asking for.” When he looked over his shoulder at her, sadness replaced the anger in his eyes. “I’ll keep your little secret. I’ll just be her favorite singer. The family friend who made it big in Nashville. I don’t want to hurt her. As much as it galls the hell out of me, I see what Mike means to her.”
He moved toward her and shoved his hands into the pockets of his jeans. “Besides, I don’t want to hurt Carolann or Frank any more than you do.” He glanced outside again, his voice husky as he spoke. “But I’ll sue you if I have to.”
A part of her wanted to give in to him, but a larger part wanted to punish him. Let him take her to court; she’d make sure the world knew what kind of jerk Seth Kendall really was.
She gritted her teeth and fisted her hands by her sides. “I’ll let you have tonight, Seth. But don’t ask for more.”
She turned away and strode through the French doors.
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Sara Walter Ellwood is an award winning author whose novel Gambling On A Secret was named by bestselling author Carolyn Brown in the Happy Ever After Blog on USA Today as one of her favorite romances of 2012. Although Sara has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her stories. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for nearly 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia.She also writes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name of Cera duBois.