The help only he can offer
Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she's not a two-album wonder. But her case of writer's block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.
The legendary musician walked away from success at the height of his career. Yet Luke is already inspiring Cassie with his dedication to building a permanent community outreach center for troubled teens. Volunteering to help bring music into these kids' lives is also bringing her and Luke closer. Maybe they're not as different as he thinks
About the Author
Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of fifteen novels and three novellas. Family values, a hint of mystery, and, of course, love, are her favorite themes because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com or like her Facebook page, Tara Randel Books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A gentle and sweet romance--like book 3 ( The Bridal Bouquet ) there's a bit of a mystery involved, and a whole lot of (mostly family and ex-related) drama. This time, though, throw in the complications that the music industry and fame bring with them, plus a healthy dose of writer's block and...yikes. Yeah, Cassie and Luke have obstacles galore on their way to an HEA. Spoiler alert: they'll get there. Eventually :) Couples from other series books make appearances (the main couple do not get to their own "wedding march" during the course of the book, but both of them are present at plenty of weddings throughout the story), and though you'll probably be curious about their stories, if you haven't read them you should do just fine here. My only real complaint? What English teacher doesn't ever have to spend time grading, planning, or reading over student work...? ;) Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
THE WEDDING MARCH is a steady-paced story that involves family drama, a teen outreach program, musical fame, and sweet romance. It embodied this Harlequin line of books with a story that is sure to touch readers' hearts. If you enjoy sweet romance with plenty of depth from complex relationships and situations, then definitely give this one a try! Right off I have to say how much I loved the musical aspects of the story! When I was younger I wrote lyrics and songs were always rolling around in my head so I could relate in so many ways to the main characters in this story and to some of the teens who aren't quite brave enough to show their words to the world. Even though I love this aspect of the story, I appreciated how well the author balanced everything. Music didn't overshadow the romance and the romance didn't overshadow these characters' individual struggles. Everything was weaved together to tell a story that feels authentic and easy to relate to in one way or another. It also was easy to build an emotional connection to the characters, becoming invested in the outcome and hoping that things would work out. I also really like these characters. Cassie is such a sweetheart and even though she's been in the spotlight, it hasn't ruined her. She has her own troubles, but there is a humility and honesty that comes across from her. She has such a caring heart (except maybe towards her dad). She's definitely someone I'd love to be friends with. Then there's Luke who has been ruined by the spotlight and a messy divorce and is pretty bitter and standoffish about some things. I love how hard working he is and the time and effort he puts in with teens for his outreach program. He's also charming and quite talented. I love the way Cassie brings Luke back to life or at least challenges his self-imposed prison from living. They were a good match. In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed this story! It was sweet and left my heart light. Content: Clean Source: Received a complimentary copy through Prism Book Tours, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.
I can't imagine the pressure of fame and fortune, especially when people seem to "use" you for them. Both Cassie and Luke have had their fair share of heartaches, successes, and disappointments and they each have to learn to forgive and move on, which is much easier said than done. I enjoyed the journey of them growing from their situations. Luke has thrown his fame to the wind after being betrayed, but instead of being completely bitter, he's done a lot of good with his time and talents and I loved seeing the interest and investment he has with his project. Cassie has been all but abandoned by her father, who is now trying to get back into her life. The pressure of writing the next great album doesn't get her down, as she tries to find ways to help herself, instead of waiting around to be helped. I love a romance with some meat to it and this isn't a fluffy insta-love story. The struggles are real and the love is gradual. I love how the romance is mixed with music and the relationships with this group of troubled teens, which combined, puts some cracks in the emotional walls. There is a minuscule thread of mystery, which adds to the tension and makes for an overall well-balanced diet of words. Content: mild romance *I received a complimentary copy through the tour host, which did not affect my opinion in any way.*