Deep in the Heart (An Austin After Dark Book, #1)

Deep in the Heart (An Austin After Dark Book, #1)

by Alexa Padgett

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Two strong, battle-scarred people grapple with how to make a relationship work in the forceful first Austin After Dark contemporary. - BookLife

She's mending guitars and her life. 

Jenna Olsen isn't sure she'll ever escape her past. Becoming a skilled guitar craftsperson helped with the anxiety, but she dreams of the day when she can trust again.

When an up-and-coming country star asks for a custom guitar in an impossible time-frame, Jenna falls for the challenge.

He's focused on music to help forget the war.

Camden Grace's music and fans help him cope with the physical wounds he sustained in Iraq. But he's haunted by his fractured family history.
When an angry outburst leaves an expensive guitar shattered, he doesn't expect to find a strong-willed woman whose struggle echoes his own.

Will creating a new instrument turn their romance into a smash hit?

As the instrument and their feelings start to come together, a dangerous would-be flame attempts to sabotage their relationship. The jealous rival could kill more than their careers if Jenna and Camden can't rise above the rage to heal their hearts forever.

For fans of complicated characters, this one's a shoo-in.- BookLife 

Deep in the Heart is a new adult contemporary romance with a melody of music. If you like sizzling chemistry, raw emotions, and wounded heroes, then you'll love Alexa Padgett's compelling novel.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155515326
Publisher: Alexa Padgett
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: An Austin After Dark Book , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 27,078
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path as a content manager for a web firm at the height of the tech boom, marketing director for a high-profile sports agency and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction. She is a card-carrying member of RWA, or would be if Romance Writers of America had cards. She’s also a member of Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA), and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal (FF&P) chapters, where she’s met fabulous writers. She aspires to be as witty and kind as her writing family is.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, Alexa soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all – at least for a while. And she does in her books.

Alexa loves to read, especially her friends’ stories. She also spends a great deal of time in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

 Write her at She loves to hear from her fans!

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Deep in the Heart (An Austin After Dark Book, #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Bookwizerd 8 months ago
This is a great book that incorporates the reality of PTSD and Anxiety Disorders with romance. Add to the mix careers, family and friends makes the obstacles that need to be overcome feel like a hopeless journey. Can these two figure it out or is it just too much excess baggage? I am so happy I received an ARC of this book so I could review it for potential readers.
Lily07 More than 1 year ago
Quality writing. A story that emotes realism: angst, joy, sorry, pain, fear, love …. a whole gamut of emotions exceedingly well. Ms. Padgett takes the reader on a journey with characters going through painful, traumatic experiences, through to the joyful exuberance of romance. There certainly are gritty parts to this tale but they only showcase the realities of living in our world today. As unfortunate as these circumstances are, this reader learned a lot about the depth of pain that sometimes impacts people. Both the main male and female characters had their share of pain and sorrow. Ms. Padgett drilled right down to the bone to what impacts a person to their core. These types of circumstances cross the path of the main female character more than once in her lifetime, challenging her intestinal fortitude. Who knows the machinations (or who wants to know) of some people who appear to be destructive to those around them and target certain people with their evilness. It was very beautiful to watch the loving support family offered, not just during these events, but afterward as well. A very "meaty" novel that offers the reader plenty of hours of enjoyment! Thank you Ms. Padgett for the entertainment. This reader looks forward to reading many more of your novels! Highly recommended read. I voluntarily received an advance review copy of this novel via Booksprout and I am leaving an honest and unbiased review. I have no affiliation to this author.
Barbara Watts More than 1 year ago
A new series looking forward to reading the next book a well written story that held my interest throughout. Jenna Olsen and Camden Grace both love music and both suffer from PTSD both from different things in their lives but when they meet and have a connection can they help each other heal. I would recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sarah Clay More than 1 year ago
This is a great start to a new series, this is Camden and Jenna story he is a former Army Ranger who left the service after being injured and found music helped his recovery and is now a country and western singer, she builds custom guitars these two meet when he goes to her shop. The attraction between these two is immediate but she does not want to be in the spotlight and they both have some past issues that will cause them problems. This was a super read I really enjoyed it.
Jean-Rall More than 1 year ago
From Jean-Rall OMG I love this book so much. Two broken people that have gone through so much heartache, sadness and pain in there lives. The connection and chemistry between them is instant but they don't act on it for a while because they have both been burnt before. I definitely recommend this book it is well written and so emotional that I cried quite a few times. I have read a lot of Alexa's books and I have never been disappointed and I am so looking forward to the next book that she writes. I Voluntarily Reviewed an ARC Copy Of This Book
Merryj More than 1 year ago
She has trust issues and he has just took out his anger on his guitar! Scarred by the War in Iraq, Camden uses music to soothe his soul. He has a dysfunctional family that is trying. When he presents Jenna with the task of making him a guitar in a time frame that is impossible to achieve, she takes up the challenge and the man! As these two form a bond someone is trying to come between them. Will they succeed or will this solidify their relationship making them stronger? This is a story that gets to your heart and have you cheering for Camden and Jenna! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
BossAngel More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!! What will happen when two broken lost people find each other and fall in love is address in this book. It was a roller coaster of drama, angst, with touches of romance that reminded me of great soap opera which I couldn't put down till the final page. Cam and Jenna both been hurt by the media and ex's but find that inner strength each gives to each other, but Jenna past threatens the budding romance and Cam's musical career. Does Cam choose love over career? Love the supporting characters - Pop-pop, Kate and the rest. I volunteer to read and review this ARC
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
Jenna Olsen has worked with her grandfather for years to hone her craft of custom guitars. When Camden Grace, former Army Ranger and the latest country western rock star, visits her grandfather’s shop to order a custom guitar he is surprised to find that J. Olsen is Jenna…a woman. He is immediately attracted to her, somehow knowing that her past has left her cautious and unsure of herself. Jenna is curious about Cam, his past as a ranger and his life on tour as a country star. She prefers to stay out of the spotlight, but is intrigued by her feelings for him. When a former friend begins to threaten Jenna, Camden will do all that he can to protect her. Camden has other issues in his past that he will need to deal with after the death of his father. These two wounded souls will try to forge a new future and put the past to rest. I thoroughly enjoyed this romance with tones of suspense as they try to remove the threat from Jenna’s life. I look forward to the next book in the series and liked the way Ms. Padgett made her characters so genuine and slightly flawed. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
BookAddictLive More than 1 year ago
Wow what a book it so emotional, I was gripped from the beginning. Jenna was so unlucky in love until she meets Camden Grace a sexy singer who needs Jenna to make him a new guitar as he smashed his old one in a fit of grieve when his father dies. This is about to damaged people that find each other. It was so beautiful to watch them come together and help each other heal. As always in these stories there is someone that wants to hurt Jenna. This is also about learning to trust each other with their hearts. I’m not saying anymore except to say you are in for a real treat. To date I had only read the Cici Gurule mysteries, so this was my first romance from Alexa Padgett and I have to say I’m hooked.
Jeanine More than 1 year ago
I love starting out the new year with a new book series. This time it’s the new Austin After Dark series by Alexa Padgett titled Deep in the Heart. This series begins with Jenna, a small town girl with a talent for making custom guitars and a big time case of PTSD that keeps her close to her shop. When Ben, an old boyfriend, comes in making an unwelcome advance and some nasty accusations, Jenna is rescued by a stranger with a story of his own. Camden Grace, the country star that everyone loves, the one that your mother warned you about, right there in her shop. And he wants a guitar made by Jenna. Things get interesting when these two start working together. Is it just a business deal? And what’s with Ben anyways? Can Jenna keep her past from ruining her future?