Made in Nashville
Coming February 6th 2014
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An on-stage attack left Honor Blackwood with more scars than just the one on her face. It’s been ten years since she left her spot as Nashville’s brightest country music star. Is now the time to return? And is she brave enough to do it?
Country rebel and rock star, Jared ‘Jed’ Marshall is hot property on the Tennessee music scene in more ways than one. He’s wild, he’s sexy and everybody wants a piece of him. But when he sets his sights on Honor, is it pure attraction or just distraction on his mind?
Honor’s record label sign the ex-boyfriend that dumped her and suddenly going back to her old life is harder than she thought. Can she get a new contract? Will she get to perform at the Marlon Festival? Or will Dan Steele destroy everything?
When a secret from the past becomes public knowledge it’s no longer just about the music. Are all the people in her life lying to her to get what they want? And who is really behind the anonymous gifts she keeps getting sent?
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About the Author
Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romantic fiction author, writing hot heroes and emotional reads.
Represented by Kate Nash of the Kate Nash Literary Agency she is also a contributor to writing blogs, magazines and short story anthologies and regularly takes part in fiction festivals and literary events.
Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, Corfu, shoes and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.
Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.
My keenness levels were high for Made in Nashville simply because I'm a bit (read as a massive) country music fan. It also makes reference to the TV show Nashville, and even features some of the actors from it - which is just awesome.
So, the thing that you're all dying to know: Jared is one smexy beast. He has this confidence and sureness about himself that made me kind of envious of him and made him hell attractive. He operates on his own set of moral codes, that may or may not necessarily align with those that are socially acceptable . . . now that I'm thinking about it, he is kinda violent (but only in a prudent sort of way, not a beat-a-man-half-to-death-for-kicks kind of way). My favourite part about Jared? The way that he rocks his country/rock style. Totally the best of both worlds.
Then on the other hand, there is Honor. If I'm being completely honest, she kinda annoyed me, how after she was attacked, she choose to 'victim' to be her new career for 10 YEARS. I get she had trauma and all that, but sticking your head in the ground for that long is a bit excessive. But all is not lost folks! Jared some managed to snap her out of it and, I must say, I liked her a lot more after that. She was still a little damaged, but she was pushing forward with her life - way more health and productive.
Overall, I really enjoyed Made in Nashville - except the last about 15-20%. Things kinda took a crappy turn and Honor became annoying to me again. I mean, I understand that it was a logical and necessary path for the story to take since it was set up earlier in the novel - BUT that doesn't mean I have to like it. However, Baggot managed to pull things back together for me and tie everything up in a nice, neat little bow for the closer of the book.
Made in Nashville is a book I would recommend to lovers of country music (however, not a necessity). It is a book about being true to yourself and dealing with what life throws at you - and if you happen to find love along the way, all the better.
3 out of 5