Nights Under the Tennessee Stars by Joanne Rock #Review

Posted February 14, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

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I received this book for free from Book Tour Provided in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Nights Under the Tennessee Stars by Joanne Rock #Review
Nights Under the Tennessee Stars

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Series: #2 Heartache
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on April 1, 2015
Pages: 381
Format: eARC
Source: Book Tour Provided
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I read the first book that took me to Heartache, Tennessee, and my first encounter with the Finley family so I was happy to return there for book two.  This time it’s Erin’s story and she encounters a man who needs to heal from his past even as he helps her get over her own recent mistake in love.

The story is book two in a series and there is mention of the situation and characters from book one, but in truth, it could be read alone or out of order.

The story opens with Erin anticipating a trip home to introduce the man she loves to her family and receive his ring on her finger only to discover that he has been hiding a wife and kids on her and has made her ‘the homewrecking other woman’.  Erin can’t trust her instinct about love and men it seems so instead she pours her energy into getting the antique store she owns with her sister up and running.

No sooner is Heather for a buying trip than Erin discovers that her sister had been in talks with a TV producer to feature their shop in his show.  Remy Wheldon is attractive and wakes her out of her dismals, but she soon learns that he has his own reasons for not wanting a relationship.  But they can have a good time while he’s in town, right?

Remy’s wife was murdered while he was away working and he feels a great deal of guilt because of the circumstances.  But he had to pick up the pieces to raise his adopted daughter and keep working to the pay the bills.  His heart hasn’t been in anything for a while, but he knows that his show is on shaky ground as is his daughter as she acts the part of rebellious teen.  Encountering Erin and the helpful, warm people of Heartache are good for him and Sarah both.  He is attracted to Erin, but his grief and guilt are still overwhelming.  He has nothing to offer this beautiful, caring woman who deserves better.

Oh, how my heart ached for Erin and Remy and Remy’s daughter Sarah who all shared the narration.  Like book one, this one hits the reader’s emotions.  The situations are such that the emotions are deep, but feel right for the story.  There are internal and external struggles, but there is also mature thinking and strong communication so that I found the story compelling.

Remy lost his first love through circumstances though he cares blame on himself.  He won’t let himself move on and he struggles with fear that anyone he loves is really a hostage to fate and might die on him.  He is attracted to Erin, but feels he doesn’t have anything left to give her in the way of love.

Sarah’s story was just as touching.  Her real father who is an awful person is putting pressure on her even as she starts to doubt that Remy cares for her.  She was too young to remember her mother so she struggles to understand Remy’s grief and how it changed him.  She is so lost and hurting.

Erin was betrayed by love and feels guilty that she was in a relationship with a cheater even though she never knew this.  She sees Remy’s guilt as misplaced and realizes that she has essentially been doing the same thing with her own past.  This helps her move on and start to engage in life again.  She is the stronger of the pair and I loved seeing her open up and put her heart on the line.

The author develops the characters individually alongside the romance that starts as attraction and then backs off to a slow build love.  There is no grand, torrid love affair, but a series of smaller encounters that add together.  Though gently-paced, sweet, and character-driven, there are some passionate moments.

I liked how the romance is part of the town life and there is an ongoing update to the lives of Erin’s brothers and their family.  That grand gesture of Scott’s was right on time and I loved it.

Again, I was sad to leave Heartache behind after the last chapter concluded.  I look forward to Heather’s story now.   I enjoy these slightly spicy gently paced small town contemporary romances and can easily recommend them to others.

My thanks to Lola’s Blog Tours for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #32 CR
Literary Pickers #32 cash register
Mt. TBR #19
Blogger Shame #3
Books N Tunes #5 Acadien’s Quelle Etoile?

About Joanne Rock

Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock turned a passion for writing into a career when imaginary characters kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for.

Joanne recently discovered a new creative joy in co-authoring, penning a Young Adult series as J.K. Rock with her sister in law, Karen, and– more recently—writing the Runaway Bride series with her long time critique partner Catherine Mann. She is continually excited to find new ways to spark creativity and maintain the fun in writing.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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5 years ago

This reminds me that I still have to buy the third book in this series. Your review reminds me of how much I enjoyed the first two books! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed this one as well. I felt so sorry for Remy and how his wife has been murdered. I enjoyed Sarah her storyline as well and I like how the author included a teenager storyline in both these two books so far too. You summed it up pretty nicely with how it’s emotional with lots of internal and external sturggles, but also mature thinking and… Read more »

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, I want Heather’s story, too.

I definitely love this small town world and series of characters Joanne Rock created. Glad to share that enthusiasm for the series with you, Lola.

5 years ago

I’ve always wanted to read her books, and the ones with Karen also.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lekeisha

I like her writing for sure. I have the first of one of her other series that I hope to read soon, but I also want to get the next book in this series.

Mary Kirkland
5 years ago

Sounds like a series of books that I might like. Thanks for the review.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I hope you get the chance to check them out, Mary.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh they sound like ones that would seriously tug at your heart.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Yes! It was interesting to get a story about a heroine who was unwittingly ‘the other woman’ and a man whose wife was murdered. Unique and added something to the usual small town romance.