Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Sweet Harmony

Sweet Harmony (Cricket Creek - Book 7) by Luann McLane

Publication Date: 10/07/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Signet Eclipse
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
ISBN-10: 0451470486
ISBN-13: 978-0451470485

(Received for an honest review from Signet Eclipse)

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Books in the series

Cricket Creek

1. Playing for Keeps
2. Catch of a Lifetime
3. Pitch Perfect
4. Whisper's Edge
5. Moonlight Kiss
6. Wildflower Wedding
7. Sweet Harmony

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Excerpt from, Sweet Harmony, courtesy of the author's website.


Cricket Creek, Kentucky, is no Nashville—it’s a sweet, small town outside the big-city limelight. But here, two headstrong country music stars will need to rely on their Southern roots and explosive chemistry to top the charts together.
When Cat Carson drops her record label and signs with an independent label based in Cricket Creek, it’s a huge upset in the music world. But the residents of Cricket Creek are thrilled to have a real country music star in their midst. Everyone except Jeff Greenfield, that is—a local rising star himself, who’s been asked to record a duet with the stunning beauty.
Jeff grew up on a farm, but his smooth, soulful country style is starting to get him noticed outside Cricket Creek. And while a duet with Cat Carson could send his career skyrocketing, he doesn’t want to lose touch with his roots—or lose his head. Because sparks are flying every time he and Cat hit the studio. And it’s more than a little distracting....


Cricket Creek, Kentucky, is the setting for the seventh book in the Cricket Creek series, Sweet Harmony by LuAnn McLane. Readers will love the country music overtones in this book, as well as, the charming small town setting and robust characters. When a country/pop sensation moves to town, after ditching her big city record label for more musical control, things start to get out of hand for a local boy. Fans of the series will love the returning characters and embrace the new ones in this addition to a sweet romantic series.

What I liked:

Well, first of all I am a Kentucky girl and reading books set in my home state is always a pleasure. LuAnn McLane obviously knows a lot about small town life and big city dreams. These two ideas combine to make Sweet Harmony a great addition to this well written series. I love all of the nuances and enchanting little tidbits that make Cricket Creek so special. The small town flavor of this book is one of the things that makes it enjoyable. Readers will want to come to Kentucky just to find out if McLane's rendition of a Kentucky hometown is on the level or not and let me just say... it's spot on!

I am not always a big fan of celebrities somehow falling off the beaten track to become locals, but McLane tempers that to an extent in this book, by having Cat sign with a local small town record label. Great things often come from humble beginnings and liked the way that McLane is going with this. Cat is a great character in herself. She may be a famous singer but isn't full of herself. She wanted more control over her career and the music she was making. She could have stayed in Nashville and worked for the machine, making a ton of money, but she choose a different path. I liked her a lot. She was klutzy and sweet and she knew what she wanted out of life.

Jeff was a bit more of a stickler. He didn't say he didn't like Cat's music but he didn't say he liked it either when they met. He was not a fan of Cat's rise to success. His own career as a traditional country musician was a much harder fight and he thought Cat's breezy songs were not heart felt and real. He did however have a soft spot for Cat as a person. In fact he was very attracted to her from the first and when they have to work together on a song, he has a hard time reconciling how he feels about working with her with his attraction to her. I liked him better as the story progressed but I did want to beat him over the head now and then...LOL!

I'm not sure the story was completely realistic, but it wasn't out of the realm of possibility either. It was a sweet romance that builds slowly and allows the reader to enjoy the time these two spend together. I thought Cat and Jeff made a good couple once he was willing to accept that they could make a go of things despite both being in the music business. Like I said he was a little hard to convince, but what man isn't? 

What I didn't like:

I'm still not convinced that celebrities and locals make a good fit in most instances, but I in this novel McLane makes it work. Most of us read for escape and this was a good one. 

Bottom Line:

I loved the setting of course, being from Kentucky myself. The small town aspects of the book were a joy to read and reminded me of small towns I've been in myself over the years. Cat was a great heroine, strong minded, a little clumsy and very tender hearted. Jeff was a harder sell for me, but in the end he grew on me and I thought they made a good couple. A good addition to this excellent series.

Sweet Harmony is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag! 

About the Author:

LuAnn McLane lives in Naples, Florida, near the coast. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys beachcombing, reading, traveling, and entertaining friends and family. She loves hearing from readers.

Giveaway Details:

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Rita Wray said...

I haven't read any yet.

KMichelleC87 said...

im ashamed to say that i havent even heard of this series but i definitely want to read them now!


Laura S Reading said...

I have Playing for Keeps in my TBR pile

I like small town novels and unexpected romances.

Linda Kish said...

I haven't read any yet. This would be my first.

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Martha Lawson said...

I haven't read any of these yet, but I have enjoyed her books in the past.

Unknown said...

i have read Pitch Perfect. since then i have picked up the first two in the series just have not had time to read them yet. i love series that are in towns and include many characters, not just a couple through out.

Charlotte said...

I haven't read ant of the books.

traveler said...

I haven't read any of the books. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Lori Hutcheson said...

I have read "Playing For Keeps", the first of the Series,"Cricket Creek". I Loved it!! I can't wait to read the next. LuAnn McLane makes you feel like you are in the story, it is so real!

lag123 said...

This is a new series for me. I must add it to my TBR list.

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Anonymous said...

I've never read her books so she's new to me! carole fiore thanks for the give away!

Terry Benson said...

You are a new author for me. Thank you for the chance. I will have to get the other six books to read.

Kimberly Wyatt said...

I haven't read any of them yet but I'm interested in giving them a try. I don't read many romances but I'm trying to branch out.

bn100 said...

Never read this series

Unknown said...

I haven't read them yet. Thank you for introducing them to me.

Anita Yancey said...

I haven't read any other books in this series, but this one sounds really good. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Texas Book Lover said...

I have not because until recently I hadn't heard of it but now that I have I'm going to have to read it because it sounds like one I would quickly get addicted to as small town romances are my favorite!

RAnn said...

Never heard of this series before but would like to try.

Natasha said...

I haven't yet.
Thanks for the chance to win!