SynopsisEvery love story should have its own song...
A childhood promise has Chance Walker picking up a guitar once again. Sure, he's been busy growing up, finishing college, and even law school. He made a promise to his dying mother and he’s determined to keep it. While his guitar playing dreams were big when he was a kid, his skill is rusty and he hires Erin Michaelson to bring music back into his life. Not only is she incredibly talented, she's one of the sexiest women he’s ever met. It's hard to focus on correct finger position when her sweet scent threatens to drive him out of his mind.
Less than twenty-four hours after his first lesson he sees her again, but this time she’s on stage using another name and seducing an entire audience of men. He played the gentleman card once, and it got him nowhere. This time, all bets are off and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her. A single, sizzling backstage kiss will change both of their lives forever, because Chance soon realizes that Erin is not just an itch, she’s an obsession that he refuses to live without.
Erin Michaelson spends her days teaching guitar and her nights on stage as her sexy alter-ego, Eva James. Music is her dream, her passion. All she wants is to say goodbye to a lifetime of scraping by, working two jobs, and paying for past mistakes. When a major record label exec hears her band play, she gets her big break. But life can be a real bitch, and meeting Chance now is just bad timing.
Problem #1: The record label wants her to dump her band and move to L.A. Problem #2: She hadn’t counted on Chance Walker and the scorching heat of that first kiss. And last but not least is Problem #3: Is Chance really falling in love with the dull guitar teacher, or is he really just lusting after the sexy Eva James?
Will success make all of Erin's dreams come true? Or will falling in love make them both crash and burn?
Crash and Burn by Michele Callahan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Chance's mother passed away several months ago when her four sons receive a reminder that she would like them to follow the dreams they shared with her when they were young. This leads Chance to guitar lessons, which lead him to Erin. Erin is a talented musician who performs under her bolder alter-ego, Eva James. Chance is very attracted to Erin, but doesn't make a move on her because he is trying to act like a gentleman. After seeing her perform as Eva, he can't hold back and he makes his attraction to her clear. Erin is very attracted to Chance as well, but she isn't one to take sex casually, and she is about to embark on a career that could take her far away from Chance.
Chance and Erin are both very likable characters, and it is easy to cheer them both on throughout the story. The whole concept about the brothers receiving the letters they wrote to their mother when they were young is really touching and I liked that whole concept. I actually enjoyed a lot about this whole story. My main issue with all of it is that I would like everything more developed. I feel like we know a few things about each main character, but I feel like I would have liked to know both of them a lot better. I also would have enjoyed seeing more development in their relationship. I felt like the pacing of everything was a little too fast. I'm not opposed to the insta-attraction thing, but if I'm going to buy into insta-love, I'm going to need more of everything. That said, the chemistry between Chance and Erin was very hot and I was really hoping they would figure out how both of them could be happy. I would read more by this author in the future.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review