Jody Pritchett had a dream…but life had other plans. Instead of singing and dancing on Broadway, Jody’s a twenty-year-old single mom, living at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. The choice to keep her little Angelia came with a high price and although she adores her baby girl, it doesn’t take away the sting of kissing goodbye her chance at a career on the stage.
Leo Sinclair had his own dream…but got lost along the way. After a failed marriage that left him hollow and downtrodden, the Australian songwriter wonders what joy his future could possibly hold. Encouraged by the one family member who doesn’t think he’s a failure, Leo decides to stop living the life everyone expects him to and start chasing his dreams again.
When the perfect opportunity comes knocking, Leo leaves Australia behind and hops a flight to LA. With his sights set on selling a musical to a Broadway producer, Leo is determined to finally realize his life-long dream. But life gets in the way again, when he spots a young mother outside his apartment in tears. He never realized how one person, one voice, and one Angel could have him contemplating abandoning his dreams once again.
As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide which dreams are worth clinging to…because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need.
∗5 ‘We-O’ stars!!∗
Sweet, heartwarming, and a perfect addition to author Melissa Pearl’s Songbird series! There was no insta-love. No whiny heroine. No bad-boy to lust after. Just 2 well thought out characters who had dreams. Characters whom I fell in love with almost immediately. They drew me in by their tenacity and determination. Each, given their own voice in the book, amazingly talented and searching for their ultimate path in every aspect of their lives. It was about finding the strength to go after what you really need in life!
I really appreciated the fact that the usual NA M.O. was almost completely ignored! Jody, or Jo, and Leo do have an instant connection but it’s not the ‘steamy first meeting’ or ‘piercing gazes’. It’s simply music. It’s simply a concerned stranger offering music on a bad day and an apartment for rent.
Jody’s dreams become smashed when she finds herself in a situation that most 19-20 year olds would balk at. But she takes it has on and it becomes her ‘Angel’. (There are no spoilers here as it mentions in the blurb that Jody had a baby.) When she takes an apartment and a job from Leo, well that’s when she finally shines as a character. It was almost as if she were just existing. As if the dirt and dust that settled on her, she didn’t bother to disturb it. But changing her direction by living on her own and her new-found friendship with Leo, all that grunge turns to shine.
Leo. Sexy Aussie accented Leo. I loved him. He’s got a tight-knit family but when he finds himself realizing that he can live for no one but himself, he enlists the help of his Uncle and moves to the states. Leo wants to be on Broadway. Wants to compose the music and words spoken on the biggest stage. After his first few encounters with Jody, she unknowingly becomes his muse. Lyrics coming to him after hearing her laughter. And he’s not afraid of her being a single mother! I loved that he wasn’t judgemental and even comes to her defense at times. And holy hotness batman – he was the sweetest EVER to Angelia!
The author made a superb decision in giving them both a voice. I just love a book written with dual POV’s!! Giving me the opportunity to see Leo having random, intimate thoughts Jody and she having the same for him. The internal struggles they each had and the witty banter kept me reeled in for sure!! I love this author’s writing style. It’s simple, yet complex all at the same time. Weaving a web of perfection!
I think I read this book in about 4. 5 hours! And one of my favorite parts is the playlist!! To me reading, writing and music go hand in hand and being able to associate a song with a scene or chapter is like a fine wine I want to savor off and over! The music almost becomes another main character. It pushes and pulls, ebbs and flows with the storyline giving readers an experience they won’t soon forget!