The Songwriter

Brooke Adams
The Songwriter
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Breathless Press
Release Date
January 2013
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

For successful romance novelist Annie Blake, writing happy endings is one thing but believing in them is another. When her editor proposes writing the biography of famous eighties rock star and heart-throb James Craven, she jumps at the prospect—but she gets more than she bargains for. At fifty-nine, James is still very attractive and Annie falls helplessly in love with him, only to find herself intimidated by the thirty-year age gap and his sexual advances toward her.

As his life story unravels, she discovers there's more to him than meets the eye. James confesses the secret behind his rise to stardom, which is a gypsy's blessing-turned-curse. He chose to sacrifice love for the sake of fame. Now he must find true love before his sixtieth birthday to break the curse and restore his youth, and time is running out.

Annie must choose between believing in fairytales and losing him forever. But is she in love with the rock star or with the man behind the legend?

Book Review by SColt (author,reviewer)
Jan 27, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
166 people found the following review helpful
I adored the THE SONGWRITER. The rainy atmosphere of England and Scotland were the perfect back drop for this sweet romance and its older yet vibrant characters.

Annie is a romance writer, still healing from a painful divorce a few years prior. She's floored when her editor rings her up to tell her the rock star James Maxwell has contacted them, requesting she write his biography. Flattered and excited by the prospect, she agreed to meet the man at the legendary Abbey Road recording studios where he'll be laying down tracks for his greatest hits album. When they meet, she can't but be impressed. Despite being close to sixty, James is still as vibrant and talented as he was in his youth. As they work together closely to pin his story, the attraction between them sizzles, refusing to be ignored. From the moment his first kiss makes her toes curl, they head down a path that proved to be destined.

Lucky in everything but love, James has all but given up on finding his true love after two failed divorces and what seems like a lifetime of casual dates. Then he reads Annie's books and something inside him recognizes her for the rare jewel she is. Bound by a bargain he made unwillingly in his youth, the odds are stacked against him and Annie working from the start. She's twenty years younger, wary from a previous relationship and contracted to pen his story. Regardless, James forges forward, taking two steps back for every one step they manage forward. When a secret from the past is unearthed, he's almost certain their chance for happy ever after has been smashed to smithereens.

This story kept me guessing with its surprises, strategically placed to throw you off, and I loved every plot bomb that detonated. I'm greedy so I wanted more details. England is so unique it would've been a treat to get more imagery.

I also found some of the things that happened to be unbelievable. That a woman who'd never sung would be able to fill in for an understudy and have an amazing vocal range is a bit hard to swallow. There was also a situation that came up that made me a bit squeamish. I can't reveal it without ruining a plot twist but I'll say it's not for the super conservative. The sex scene Ms Adams does tackle is steamy yet tastefully done. Perfect for those who aren't into things on the hot and heavy side buy enjoy a little spice.
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