Title: Smoke and Lyrics
Author: Holly Hall
Genre: NA/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Country star Jenson King is accustomed to fighting battles and losing–in his career, in his love life, and with alcohol. Following his divorce, thousands, if not millions, of fans are counting on his comeback. But how does one find the spark of passion when it’s long since burned out?
Lindsey Farrar wants nothing more than to prove herself as a music photographer. Fiery and independent, she’d work countless side jobs to fuel her dream rather than ride the coattails of someone else’s name to success. After a chance encounter, Lindsey shakes up everything Jenson believes about life and that other four-letter word.
After all, he’s been through, Jenson isn’t willing to let anything meaningful slip out of his grasp. But Lindsey’s determined to shine all on her own, and Jenson casts an enormous shadow.
I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. I was following the author for a while on Instagram when I saw the blogger sign up and I jumped right in! Once I picked it up, I couldn’t stop. Jenson became my life, literally. I freaking loved him.
The story consists of such a commonly known plot, but the author made it into something totally new and refreshing. I loved the writing. It was so captivating and sucked me right in. It had the perfect blend of everything. It had raw emotions but at the same time, it was light enough to be an easy and fun read. The romance between Jenson and Lindsay was sweet and adorable, with just enough steam to liven things up a bit and make it more interesting.
I loved Lindsay’s character. I loved how strong she is, and how true to herself. For her, her photography is everything, and she wants to make it big into the industry for her art and talent. Not because of the fame that comes with being Jenson King.
Jenson King is lost. He lost everything that he held dear, including himself and his music. With everyone depending on him, he is afraid of letting everyone down. All of that bearing down on him, he fades away. The fame and responsibilities that he has, makes him lose track of what he really wants and what he does not need. Through all this darkness, Lindsay seems to be the only silver lining. Until he loses her too.
Overall, I loved this book way more than I expected I would and I will highly recommend it to everyone. I am really looking forward to more works from Holly Hall.
**ARC received in exchange for an honest review**
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Holly Hall was raised in North Texas. She drinks coffee on the daily, would love to get paid to travel for a living, thinks animals are often better than humans, can count on one hand the number of things she loves more than reading and Texas A&M football (okay, that might be an exaggeration), and couldn’t handpick a better family than her enormous one. She is currently the reluctant resident of Houston, Texas with her husband and German shepherd. She is the author of three other standalone contemporary romances, Forever Grace, All the Pieces That You Left, and Love in Smoke.