I was fortunate to be given an ARC copy of this book by the author and her publishers, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Imagine that you are the daughter of a legendary rock star, the lead singer of one of the biggest rock bands to come out of the USA. The same legendary rock star who gave you half siblings by different mothers, a dysfunctional yet privileged upbringing and his own brand of love. An upbringing on an island that, since your father’s untimely death and the subsequent breakup of the band, has become the place of pilgrimage for fans wanting to visit a pivotal place in the band’s history – an island that is your home.
Imagine that you are a tennis player, at the top of your game with sponsors and adoring fans following your every tournament. But following shoulder surgery, it is becoming harder and harder to remain in those top rankings and you have announced your unexpected retirement during a press conference. Now said press, management and fans are desperate to change your mind and you need somewhere to just be incognito and happy in your decision.
Faith Harper is the daughter of Blacklight frontman Grey Harper, and she continues to be the face of the Harper clan in Cloud Bay on Lansing Island as she is the organiser of one of the country’s most popular music festivals, CloudFest. Caleb White has gone to ground since announcing his departure from the tennis circuit until his friend Liam invites him to a music festival, CloudFest, with exclusive use of the home of a Blacklight bandmember. Neither is looking for a relationship, much less love…..
This is an easy to read, romantic fiction novel that doesn’t always follow the path that the reader expects. There is a rapport between Faith and Caleb from the moment that they first lay eyes on each other, but they each come with huge amounts of baggage and Ms Douglas does not give us a story where the course of true love runs simply! Throw in a complicated family that encompasses blood relatives and band members, the attention of the world’s paparazzi and a festival full of music lovers, bands, not to mention surprise acts that fail to show, what could possibly go wrong?!
The characters are easy to warm to and I felt that they developed into three dimensional people over the course of the story. It is light – so not for those of you looking for deep literature – but not written in a saccharine or overly sentimental way. Great for a weekend away on a sun lounger or curled up at home for an autumn evening or two. I enjoyed Need You Now and I think that if you are a fan of romantic, contemporary fiction you will too. This gets 4 stars from me and I’m looking forward to more in the series.
Published by St Martin’s Press, 29 August 2017. Macmillan
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