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Review: Just One Song by Stacey Lynn

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Title: Just One Song
Author: 
Stacey Lynn
Genre: 
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: 
Independent
Rating: 
4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Nicole Parsons had the perfect life, made complete with the suburban home and the proverbial white picket fence. When tragedy struck and she lost the most important people in her life, she turned away from everything she loved before; shutting out every reminder of the perfect life she lost. It has been one year, three months, one week and six days since the accident; and Nicole is ready to stop counting the days she’s survived, and begin living again. On a dare from her best friend, Nicole encounters Zack Walters – the popular alternative rock star and man who signifies so much of her past – and suddenly everything in Nicole’s safe and quiet life changes. When she’s forced to face the pain she’s carried for so long, will she truly be able to heal from her past and begin to live again? Or will her new adventure ruin her completely?

Review:

In this story we are given a very broken and alone woman named Nicole Parsons.  We learn early on that she has lost two people very near and dear to her just about 15 months ago and now as the days tick by, so does what’s left of her life. She has tried moving on and is currently a successful photographer however; she also uses this part of her life as a shield and reason not to move forward. She can look through a lens and capture beautiful images but in reality she doesn’t allow herself to have that same beauty surround her heart.  Her life goes on day by day and as she counts them off the numbers give her a small measure of comfort but are also a sad reminder of the time gone by.  It takes a hard look in the mirror and seeing the meek person she has become to realize she’s not the one who’s gone and if she’s going to get any resemblance of a life back, she’s going to have to start doing it one day at a time.  With the help of her best friend, Mia, she begins to take the tentative steps back to finding herself and the life she once enjoyed.  It’s during these tense and uncomfortable moments, in their old favorite stomping ground, Jack’s Bar, that her path to the life she’s trying to get back is interrupted by a man who will change her life forever.  Changes she’s so desperately needs but are they changes she will allow to happen?

“I feel like I’m stuck in some human pinball arcade game being tossed back and forth between wanting to have my old life back, wanting to move on, wanting to be happy again, and wanting to hold on to everything I used to have, even though it’s not possible.”

We also meet Zack Walters.  A very famous but very humble rock star who, despite having hoards of fans dying to get to know him, is also alone in this world and just looking for someone who will see and possibly love him for him. Not the rich and famous rock star; just him.   It’s when his path crosses with Nicole’s that he finally sees (and wants) the one woman who has no clue what the name Zack Walters means and he’s never been so motivated to finally allow someone into his heart.  What he doesn’t expect is the visceral reaction Nicole has once she begins to see and hear what his world is like and now, even more than he thought possible, he wants her in every way possible.  It’s this chance encounter that gives Zack an idea and offer Nicole an opportunity she will have a hard time saying no to.  But…will she take him up on his offer?

“We are only just getting to know each other, but in the short time we have, there has never been a moment where I have not been impressed by you. I know you’ve been through a whole lot over the last year and if all you can give me right now is friendship, I’ll gladly take it.”

This is a story about love mixed with loss and how one can survive and overcome the worst case scenario that any of us have ever imagined.   The reader goes on a self-discovery journey that is clouded with fear and doubt but above all a great and much deserved ending.   Zack is a big part of this story however, it’s Nicole that drew my attention and took most of my attention. I had moments where I questioned her actions and other times I completely understood her.  Zack, on the other hand, had me all gooey from 2 minutes in and he never failed me the entire time. He was sweet and sensitive and very refreshingly different than other “rock star” characters I’ve been introduced to in the past.  He’s not your typical rock star and secretly has the heart of Prince Charming. The pace of the book was decent and if anything could have been a bit longer and more detailed in places. That could also be just me not wanting to let it end.   For being a debut novel, it was nice and sweet with a realistic-like feel to some of the life elements and themes and I appreciated the fact that although we are talking about a rock star, the glamorous life was not “glittered” with hype but was also not glazed over either.  It was a very nice balance that I had not experienced in other rock star/Hollywood star related storylines I had read in the past.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I look forward to what else Mrs. Lynn has on the horizon.

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stacey lynnAbout Stacey Lynn:

Stacey Lynn lives in Minnesota with an incredibly supportive husband and four young children. She spends her day taking care of the kids and loving her family. At night she’s curled up with a book and a blanket, or her laptop, writing down all the stories she hears in her head. Just One Song is her debut novel.

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