Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Woot! We got us a country music novel!!!
Avery has just arrived in Nashville from a small Kentucky town with the hopes of making it as a songwriter when she discovers that the man she’s been involved with forever and presumed she would marry has been cheating on her. So she gets angry and tells him to drop her off, but then she forgets her purse in his car. Shane, a music producer, has just left party when he sees Avery angry and yelling and standing in the middle of the road. He rescues her. But what seems like Shane rescuing Avery might just be the other way around.
It’s novels like Dream Maker that make me do a little happy dance and it’s not just because they center around one of my favorite topics, music. No, it’s because it’s fresh and the heroine, Avery, is strong and sassy and no one puts her in the corner and if they tried she’d kick their butt. She doesn’t need anyone to fight her fights for her. She has a very strong sense of purpose and of integrity, which is why when she sees that Shane is the brother of one of her favorite singers she leaves and doesn’t try to get in contact.
Likewise, Avery is the kind of woman that makes a ladies’ man like Shane think twice about continuing to play the field, except that his dad was not the greatest role model and he’s afraid of turning out like him.
When Avery and Shane reconnect, there’s still some fireworks, but Shane is like a bulldozer who wants Avery regardless of the cost—to her. I guess that’s the beginning of where Dream Maker powered down just a tad for me and Shane lost some of his initial likeability that seemed to stem from his sensitivity. However, McCarthy brought the novel back online and Dream Maker had a satisfactory conclusion.
I enjoyed this first taste of the Nashville Nights series and will certainly seek out the first.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
From Amazon: Dream Maker
rating: (4 out of 5 butterflies)