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Monday, July 11, 2016

Queen of My Heart by Nikki Lynn Barrett

Title: Queen of My Heart
Series: Life Won't Wait #1
Author: USA Today Bestseller Nikki Lynn Barrett
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: April 19, 2016 

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When the next King of country music offers to take you under his wing, what's a girl to do? 
Pinch herself, of course. Repeatedly. Then take the offer! 
Quinn Winters is tired of being the actress known for most killed off characters. After discovering her love of music when her last role portrayed a country singer on a daytime soap opera, she's making a much needed change in life. Quinn is unprepared for the demands and expectations needed to succeed in Music City. One pleading call from her sister puts her in an all too familiar, but unwanted position. 
Five years ago, Tucker McGinnis auditioned for a reality singing show, never expecting to win. His sudden fame and popularity comes as a major surprise. After a multi platinum debut, his second album is suffering the dreaded sophomore jinx. His musical muse becomes elusive when guilt plagues him over an accident which affects his family. He is blown away by Quinn when he overhears her audition at his record label, singing his most personal song. 
An attraction builds, and a connection through music is formed. But when life gets in the way, Tucker makes another offer - A temporary marriage which will benefit both of them, until things become too real. 
Two souls destined for the stage, two hearts blending together to create beautiful music as individuals, but even better as country music's next power couple- if they can shed the images of who they used to be.

4 1/2 stars

This is not the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last. Talent show winner becomes a Country music star. Tucker hides his past and cards close to his chest. Past hurt and I'll treatment have left him with a large burden to carry. Quinn whose acting career wasn't really a choice but an escape from the over-dependancy of her family, finds a new life and a new career in Nashville where she and Tucker meet, become friends and help each other to find friendship, love ,support and trust in another person but not by normal means. Add in years of guilt, ill will, heartbreak, mistrust and a fear of being hurt and you have the perfect base for a country song right there. there I enjoyed the secondary characters too. They rounded out the story nicely. Would recommend this author. Reviewed for WTMO.

Damn, she had so much to learn. Well, today she'd learn how to cook and hopefully impress her husband with a well cooked dinner, then give him an answer. The answer he wanted, too, because Quinn definitely had an interest in creating something real. Two hours later, Quinn wished she'd picked something simple like spaghetti, instead of trying to go for a big fancy meal. She'd seen a recipe for a gourmet salmon meal, thinking it seemed easy enough. The house reeked of the blackened mess of what was supposed to be perfect dinner. Perfectly ruined, that is. Tucker picked that moment to walk in the house. As Quinn cried alongside a very agitated Piper, he stepped in the kitchen with a bewildered look on his face. His gaze traveled to Quinn, then to the kitchen, and back to Quinn. She held up her hands in defeat from her spot on the floor. “So, I learned today that I can't cook worth a fig, either. I guess I can't impress you with those skills.” Tucker stared at her a minute longer, then walked away. He's mad. This didn't help. But he returned seconds later with a much calmer Piper. Then he flopped on the floor beside Quinn. “Hey. Tell your auntie she's the sweetest thing ever. Give her love,” he said in a soothing voice. “Tell her she doesn't have to go all out to impress me, because she already does. Will you tell her that for me, Piper?” Quinn almost snorted as she laughed through her tears. “That's a lot of expectations on an eight month old.” “You know, you might be right.” He bounced Piper on his knee. “Then I'll tell you. Your cooking skills, or lack thereof, isn't why I married you.” Quinn snorted this time. “You did not just say that!” She clutched her abdomen. “I did. But on a serious note, I'm sorry your attempt at cooking didn't turn out so well.” He wrinkled his nose. “I- I wanted to do something for you.” Stupid tears formed in her eyes. Ugh! She'd cried enough over this today! Tucker leaned closer, switching positions with Piper. “You do something for me every day. You fill up this house with feeling.” His eyes were on her now, so kind, loving, gentle, and adoring. “I thought you were mad, and I've gone all day not knowing,” she whispered, letting her complete vulnerability show.

I'm an avid lover of books. I've been writing as far back as I can remember, completing my first "book" by fifth grade in one of those one subject spiral notebooks. I have a passion for music, photography, jewelry and all things creative. I live in Arizona with my husband and son, but dream of being somewhere much colder and stormier. For now, I'll have to live that life through my characters and stick it out with the summer heat.


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