Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Publication Date: 1/13/14
Rating: 3 stars
A rock star. The nanny. A love that could rock their world.
The only thing rock star Marcus Troy loves more than making music is his kids. So finding just the right nanny to take on tour with them is important—as is proving to his ex he deserves joint custody. Falling for his employee wouldn’t just be fodder for the paparazzi: it could ruin everything.
Too bad the perfect nanny turns out to be beautiful, vibrant Ryan Evans. Ryan’s never left her small Montana town before, so she jumps at the chance to see the country. And as much as accidental fame doesn’t gel with shy Ryan, what does is her relationship with her capricious, smoking-hot, shockingly good dad of a boss. Marcus is nothing like what she expected. But when the whole world’s watching them, will life in the spotlight be too hot to handle?
I really like the premise of Love Songs for the Road - a rock star, single father hires a nanny to help care for his children while on tour. I've read so many rocker books, but none with that particular angle. And true to form with the Bliss line, it is a sweet romance that made me smile a lot.
When I think to my reading experience, I can definitely say that I did like this story. The two main characters, Ryan and Marcus were likable characters with good intentions. And though I'm a mom, I sometimes become annoyed with kids in books, especially when they are super precocious, but the children in this book were very sweet and played a nice - and prevalent - role. In addition to the characters, I thought the story was an interesting one because not only do we have a rock star and his nanny falling in love tour, but it also examines the pressures on the new romance from the media (not to mention the ex-wife). Even better, Love Songs for the Road deals with what happens when a normal woman who wants her own life and career, falls in love with a man who has a consuming career of his own. Ryan must decide how to pursue her own life goals, and still be with the man she loves, or will she choose him at all? I like that Ryan wasn't the one who had to bend to Marcus' lifestyle, that he must meet her.
Despite liking Love Songs for the Road, I can't say that I was swept away by the story. I've thought about this a lot, and cannot exactly pinpoint why. It was sweet, it had romantic moments, but I wasn't consumed. I think that might be due to a lot of off-page interactions between Ryan and Marcus. I'm fine with fade-to-black, but I needed a little more emotion to go on.
Despite that, I did like Love Songs for the Road. It was sweet, heart-warming and real.
He pressed his mouth hotly against hers. With their lips and tongues, they teased and flirted, asked questions and gave answers in a wordless dialogue. Marcus felt the heat of the desert sun warming their joined bodies. And the hollow, still emptiness in his chest--the bottomless well of craving and yearning that had been there for so long he forgot it existed--fill with air and light.