Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Release Day Event + Review: Cardinal

Title - Cardinal 
Author - Sara Mack
Genre - New Adult 
Published - October 6th 2015
Format - Kindle Review Copy

Jen Elliott’s world is falling apart.

Her boyfriend is married (not to her), the restaurant she works for sells out to a chain (she’s unemployed), and her apartment building catches fire (thankfully, she didn’t start it). Faced with a job search and living with her parents, a phone call from her brother changes everything.

“Come out here, Little J. Escape for a while.”

Convinced to do just that, Jen finds herself on her brother’s doorstep in Chicago. Armed with her guitar and a bruised heart, she plans to work on her music and contemplate her future. What she doesn’t expect is to fall for the sexy, tattooed neighbor upstairs. From the moment Latson appears uninvited in her bedroom, the two can’t help but wage a battle of sarcasm and wit.

Until the attraction becomes impossible to ignore.

Hopeful the universe is finally playing fair, Jen gives in to her feelings. She should know, however, that when it rains, it pours. When offered the unexpected chance of a lifetime, she decides to pursue her passion. Unfortunately, her dreams are tied to Latson’s painful past. As time goes on and their distance grows, Jen fears fate conspired to bring them together only to tear them apart.

Cardinal is the story of losing everything you have to find everything you need.

I received Cardinal in return for an honest review as part of the release event. Jen’s life has taken a dramatic spin downwards from the fact that her boyfriend is married to another girl, her apartment catches on fire but it’s just water damage, and she’s lost her job. When the chance to leave town presents itself Jen takes the chance to visit the brother she’s been putting off visiting. What should be a chance to relax, re-evaluate and figure out what she wants to do with her future may not be what is on the agenda.

Jen figures this is a perfect time to work on her music but is drawn into working as a bartender at the same club as her brother and the sexy neighbor from upstairs. The more time that Jen spends with Latson the more they start to connect, and after she has a chance meeting his nephew they make it official. When the chance to tour with his brothers band comes up she’s torn between love and her music. At latson’s instance she takes the chance it’s only 5 months what could happen? Will their love survive the 5 months that they are on tour? Will is past come back to break them up?

I like Jen she’s a total sweetheart who needs a good guy after what happened with her ex and I think Latson is just what she needs. They each have issues with pasts but they learn to accept each other and move past them after almost losing each other. I like the chemistry between the two it works well for them, and I’m a sucker for a happy ever after. I also liked getting to know her brother Pete and his girlfriend Jules they are a great addition to Jen’s life.

I haven’t read the prior book so I was a little nervous but Cardinal is my kind of story so I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance. The story is a fast paced contemporary romance that revolves around Jen and Latson as they figure out how to make it work. I actually had a hard time putting down Cardinal and finished it in a single lazy day it’s a captivating story that captures the heart as well as the imagination. I really love the idea of a normal girl finding a happy ever after with a Rockstar even if he’s no longer currently active after everything that happened. I really enjoyed the writing style the author uses it was easy to fall in love with her characters who are easy to connect with. I can’t wait to check out her other books because I enjoyed Cardinal so much. 

Author Bio
Sara Mack is a Michigan native who grew up with her nose in books. She is a wife and a hockey mom on top of being trapped in an office forty hours a week. Her spare time is spent one-clicking on Amazon and devouring books on her Kindle, cleaning up after her kids and two elderly cats, attempting to keep her flower garden alive, and, of course, writing. She has an unnatural affinity for dark chocolate, iced tea, and bacon.


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