Published by Entangled: Select on 26-06-2017
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Sam Castleton has fame, houses all over the world, and one really big problem—he’s got an album due and he can’t write. All he wants is a quiet place to get his head straight. Dale, Georgia, seems like the perfect quiet spot to try to hear the music again and get some lyrics down on paper.
With her daughter’s paternal grandparents making a sudden appearance and the difficulties of running her own lodge and being a single mom, Faith Adams doesn’t have the time to worry about the mysterious stranger staying in one of her cottages, no matter how sexy he is.
Her newest guest may be surly, but his money is good, so she’s willing to overlook his surly nature. If only she could ignore the way he awakens a searing hunger in her…
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Let’s start this review off by being absolutely honest, I only looked at Storming The Castle because the cover is gorgeous. The sunset mixed with the couple mixed with the font. It just makes for the perfect cover. Sadly the book doesn’t quite live up to the cover. That doesn’t mean Storming The Castle isn’t a bad book, but it’s not a great book either.
Sam Castleton is feeling burnt out on the rockstar life. Fearing he’s becoming an alcoholic and knowing he has no muse to speak of, he needs a quiet and secluded place to hide away for the summer so he can get his life together and write a new album. Enter Dale, Georgia. Those familiar with Hart’s other novels will be familiar with the setting and characters as they all make cameos. While in Dale, Sam rents out an entire bed and breakfast owned by a single mother who just happens to have no idea who he is.
Faith Adams has been widowed for almost six years. It hasn’t been easy but she’s made it work, especially with finding out she was pregnant after her husband died. Opening the bed and breakfast was her way of making sure she could be around her child and still be able to provide for her daughter at the same time. As the years go by she finds herself becoming a bit lonely but not enough to actually want to act on her feelings because there’s more than just herself to think about, there’s her daughter Piper. But then Sam enters their lives and there’s just something about him that Faith can’t seem to let go.
So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of it. Storming The Castle was just okay. It was awesome that it wasn’t your average rockstar romance, which I loved. Sam was a great character. And so was Faith. Really, I liked all the characters. A lot. Even down to Faith’s in-laws who seemed to be hell-bent on making Faith’s life a nightmare. I understood them all. But the whole story just seemed a bit… much? A lot of the conversations seemed forced and the situations awkward. And for someone who valued their privacy and wanted to keep a low profile, Sam was doing a lot of things around Dale. It just seemed a bit unbelievable at times.
But that’s not to say everything about Storming The Castle was bad. Like I said, I did enjoy the characters. They were funny and endearing. Dale did have that small town feel that I enjoy in books of this nature. There was a charm to the book as well but you had to really stick with it to find it, and it mostly had to do with Sam and his growing as a character.