Jace Black went from an oilfield roughneck to an overnight singing sensation. Now he’s working on a duet with country music legend Krystal King, and he’s determined to earn his way to the top. But the more time he spends with Krystal, the more he finds himself falling for her–and he’s beginning to be more interested in her than he is in making a name for himself.
Krystal King grew up on stage and in the spotlight. No matter how golden her life appears, her past left deep wounds. But Jace Black makes her wish things were different. To do that, she’d have to risk letting him in… And that might be too big a risk for her battered heart to take.
As a huge fan of country music, the cover of this book was an immediate draw for me. Also, as a fan of The Voice, the premise caught my attention as well. Not that I needed any more boxes ticked, but I’m also a sucker for a rich girl/poor boy love story.
Krystal King was a hard sell for me. Even though I really wanted to like her from the start, she’s indifferent and withdrawn at the beginning and, even knowing that there was some awful secret hiding in her past, it took some time to get past her attitude. Once Jace starts chipping away at her walls, she becomes so much more likable. Once her big secret is hinted at, however, you can totally understand why she’s thrown up all the walls that she has. By the end of the book, my entire opinion of her had changed.
Jace Black is my kind of guy, however. He comes from humble beginnings and has no family other than his sister. With Heather, he’s protective, but not to the point of being obnoxious about it, which is a good thing for both the reader and Heather. But more than that, he’s honest and he’s down to earth. They make a bit too much of a big deal about his ‘gentlemanly’ side because honestly, it’s just being a normal, respectful human being. Jace’s sister, Heather is great. She’s the perfect mix of fangirl, little sister, and side character. I’m hoping that she’s featured in one of the upcoming books because I’d love to see her with Travis (although I think Jace would object haha)!
As for the rest of the King family, they were quite a group. Emmy Lou is the sweetheart, good girl, but doesn’t come off as too plastic or artificial. Travis is… something, but I loved his obnoxious self. Hank, their father, isn’t fleshed out as well as Krystal’s siblings are, but overall I liked him. He made some questionable choices, but as a parent, I can almost understand why. CiCi, Krystal’s mother, on the other hand, was over-the-top awful. I’m hoping she becomes less of a caricature of herself during the next novel.
Although bits of Jace are predictable, I wasn’t expecting the confrontation that came. I do believe that the subject manner was handled well, however, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Now that I’m done with Jace and Krystal’s story, I’m eager to find out which King is the next to find their mate – Travis or Emmy Lou? I really hope it’s Travis, but I have a feeling that he’ll be the last to settle down.
*Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.