Title: Storming the Castle
Author: Arianna Hart
Series: Dale #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sam Castleton has fame, houses all over the world, and one really big problem—he’s got an album due and he can’t write. All he wants is a quiet place to get his head straight. Dale, Georgia, seems like the perfect quiet spot to try to hear the music again and get some lyrics down on paper.
With her daughter’s paternal grandparents making a sudden appearance and the difficulties of running her own lodge and being a single mom, Faith Adams doesn’t have the time to worry about the mysterious stranger staying in one of her cottages, no matter how sexy he is.
Her newest guest may be surly, but his money is good, so she’s willing to overlook his surly nature. If only she could ignore the way he awakens a searing hunger in her…
Source: ARC provided by Entangled: Select Contemporary via NetGalley
Take one grumpy, burnt-out rock star, add a hard-working single mother, place in a remote woodland setting and throw in a cute child and an adorable bear-dog. Mix vigorously with a hint of family drama and you get this romantic tale that I enjoyed immensely.
It’s more of a small town romance than a rocker story, so adjust your expectations accordingly, because it’s all kind of sweet and good, with people who work hard and support each other, rather than taking whatever advantages they can. Sam is very much in need of that kind of easy atmosphere when he arrives, since his life has spiralled out of his control and he’s well on his way to becoming an alcoholic.
Luckily for him, Faith is extremely undemanding. She just wants to raise her daughter and get on with her business, she doesn’t even want to know who he is. There is an immediate attraction between them, but since they don’t act on it, their romance is more of a slow-burn, though it does lead to some heat later on.
I liked that most of the drama in the book actually focused on Faith. I kept expecting more from Sam’s side of things, but Faith’s own battles provide more than enough to fill the book. I’ll admit, some of the revelations were a little unexpected for this type of book, and was constantly waiting for other factors to be brought into play, but it certainly made things interesting. I do, however, think some aspects were resolved a little too easily, not just with Faith, but also Sam (his drinking in particular).
So it’s not perfect, mostly because this is a sweet book with nice feelings that doesn’t want to make anything too grim or gritty. There are a few darker things hinted at, but the plot mostly skates over them to leave everything comforting and cheerful. The characters are decent overall, the setting is beautiful and the whole thing is pretty cute. It was easy and enjoyable and I liked it enough to want to know more about Faith’s friends – so I guess I have some catching up to do in Dale.
Storming the Castle is Out Now.
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