Her boyfriend is married (not to her), the restaurant she works for sells out to a chain (she's unemployed), and her apartment building catches fire (thankfully, she didn't start it). Faced with a job search and living with her parents, a phone call from her brother changes everything.
"Come out here, Little J. Escape for a while."
Convinced to do just that, Jen finds herself on her brother's doorstep in Chicago. Armed with her guitar and a bruised heart, she plans to work on her music and contemplate her future. What she doesn't expect is to fall for the sexy, tattooed neighbor upstairs. From the moment Latson appears uninvited in her bedroom, the two can't help but wage a battle of sarcasm and wit.
Until the attraction becomes impossible to ignore.
Hopeful the universe is finally playing fair, Jen gives in to her feelings. She should know, however, that when it rains, it pours. When offered the unexpected chance of a lifetime, she decides to pursue her passion. Unfortunately, her dreams are tied to Latson's painful past. As time goes on and their distance grows, Jen fears fate conspired to bring them together only to tear them apart.
Cardinal is the story of losing everything you have to find everything you need.
**Cardinal is intended for ages 17+. Cardinal is a spin-off of Sparrow by Sara Mack; however, the books do not need to be read in order**
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Reviewed by JJ Phillips for Readers' Favorite Cardinal by Sara Mack is a contemporary romance. When Jen's life turns upside down, she ends up starting over with her brother in Chicago. She has her guitar and wants to focus on her music, but is unexpectedly distracted by the handsome and dashing upstairs neighbor Latson. Their relationship is filled with sarcasm, wit, teasing, and a healthy amount of smoldering lust. Just when things are perfect and Jen begins to think life couldn't get any better, she is given the opportunity of a lifetime; to tour with a band for five months and get the chance to give her music to the world. But that means being away from Latson for five months, and Jen isn't sure if their budding relationship can handle the long distance. Does she take the chance and turn away from the one good thing in her life? Or does she pass on her chance of a lifetime to be with the man that she thinks might be the one? This is a really sweet love story about fresh chances and starting over. I felt so bad for Jen because she kept getting dealt a bad hand and I really was happy when she found Latson. It was awful that she had to make such a terrible choice, but I understand what the author wanted me to think about in my own life. This is a really good story about dreams and goals and passion, and how that all relates to love and second chances and starting over.