☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
One broken heart . . . Two lonely people . . . Three good reasons to learn to love again
After spending months alone, Jessica Jameson’s hellbent on numbing the pain of losing the love of her life to cancer by drinking enough whiskey that she can forget. Even if it’s only for one night. In the hotel bar, the last thing she expects is to meet a guy. A blonde-haired, green-eyed god, whose own experience of loss speaks to her bruised heart.
But afterwards, when she just wants to forget all about Daniel McIntosh she finds that’s easier said than done. After all, he’s the lead singer of Scoundrel, one of the world’s biggest rock bands. He’s also the reason for her missing period.
Now, having finally found her again, Daniel’s thrilled to be reunited with the woman he never forgot. There’s just one problem: Daniel doesn’t know he’s a dad. Can their relationship withstand him finding out? And, even if he can forgive her, will she risk her heart for a second chance at finding love.
The Other One by Isobel Hart is not the typical rock-star romance. Sure there is a rock star whose fame and partying gets in the way, but Ms. Hart adds more depth and dimension to her story.
Drinking heavily after the death of her fiancé and fighting the urge to end it all, Jessica Jameson meets Daniel McIntosh. Unbeknownst to her, Daniel is a famous rock star. The bar scene is funny despite Jessica’s dark thoughts. Their one-night stand leaves a lasting impression on Jessica, if you know what I mean!!
Fast-forward five years, and the two meet again and so begins the drama. The two main characters are well developed. Jessica is an easy character to like; she is a bit victimized by her past, but she carries on valiantly as the perfect single mom to adorable twin boys. It takes a lot more effort to like Daniel. Sure, he is a sexy crooner, but he drinks and carries on too much. Once he is reacquainted with Jessica and learns of their sons, he frequently behaves like a spoiled child. He is angry, demanding, and self-centered; he wants his “family” but not in a giving, protective way. Jessica is a saint through much of his bad behavior, but even she has her limits of what she will tolerate.
Harry, the wise bartender, and Denise, Daniel’s mother, are fantastic, lovable secondary characters who provide much needed nudges to both Jessica and Daniel. They give much needed perspective and support through Daniel’s self-serving lashing out. The emotional specter of Nick—Jessica’s late fiancé—was a little overplayed for my taste. Six years later, she is still describing him as “the one”. The plot is fairly well paced with ample time to suss out the characters. While readers can safely assume a happily-ever-after ending right from the start, Ms. Hart provides a unique journey there. I loved the final scene in which readers get the title tie-in. It is a bit melodramatic, but it is also sweet and sentimental. The epilogue provides a few laughs and sweetness as well!
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