on December 6th 2016
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase crafts a tender, hopeful family-centered romance
She knows him by reputationRiley Shaughnessy knew that to stand out in his large family, he'd have to go big. Making a name for himself as a musician wasn't easy, but he followed his dreams to rock-star success. But the relentless expectations of fans is not helping the slump he's in now. So of course the person who attracts him is the woman who is not impressed by fame.
Which gives Riley Shaughnessy a lot to proveEntertainment reporter Savannah Daly is completely unfazed by pretty-boy rock stars. She's just here to get her interview and write her story. But spending an entire month with the Shaughnessys is going to show Savannah a side of Riley she never could have guessed.
The Shaughnessy Brothers Series:Made for Us (Book 1)Love Walks In (Book 2)Always My Girl (Book 3)This Is Our Song (Book 4)
Praise for Love Walks In:"The return of the Shaughnessy family is a welcome event." -RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
This is Our Song is the fourth book in the ‘Shaughnessy Brothers’ series by Samantha Chase. I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I didn’t have to in order to enjoy this book thoroughly.
This is the story of Riley Shaughnessy. He has loved singing since he was a little boy who sang along with is mother in the kitchen. She encouraged him to sing, and loved when he sang on stage at school. On one such occasion the song he chose with his mother, and for his mother, he sang so beautifully that the audience were in raptures. From that day he realised that he loved the lime light, loved people enjoying his performances. So it was no surprise that he went on to become a famous singer.
This book finds him in a terrible slump. He is going solo from his band as a one off kind of thing, and wants to write an album of songs from the heart. Not songs written by other writers, not cover versions. All his own music. The problem is, something happened a year ago that kicked his ego and his confidence in himself to the curb. He needs this album too much and it’s the need to get it just perfect that is holding him back and getting his record company antsy. They don’t want his popularity to fade, plus of course they want the money that his album is bound to bring. They give him just a month to finish the album, not realising that he is only just half way done. In the mean time, to keep him fresh and in the public eye, they want him to do an in-depth interview for a music magazine. He agrees to it, but he isn’t happy about it at all.
The woman who is given the task of interviewing him, Savannah Daly, is just as unimpressed about having to interview him. She doesn’t like his music, or him, which her editor says makes her perfect for the job. Hers won’t be a fluff piece of writing, it will be the nitty gritty of what makes him tick, and hopefully she will find out why he is stuck on his album.
When Savannah and Riley meet there is an instant, unwanted attraction between them. They get on better than either expected, but neither want the complication of giving in to the attraction between them. Savannah wants her story, and Riley wants to carry on trying to get his album finished. The more time they spend together. The more Savannah discovers that Riley is much more than the hollow rock star that she first imagined, the more she finds it harder and harder to keep her distance from him. She also wants to help him get past whatever hurdle is stopping his progress with his song writing.
I could write pages about this book but I don’t want to end up giving too much away. Suffice to say that the course of true love, and album making certainly do not go hand in hand. The relationship between our couple seems to be coming along beautifully until Riley finds out something about Savannah that could be the nail in the coffin for their relationship.
What I really loved about this book is that although Savannah and Riley are the focus of the story, all the other siblings from the previous books take part in this one too. They all have their love stories told in the other books, but in this one you can still get to enjoy their stories, rehashed in brief for Savannah’s sake when Riley introduces her to them. Riley’s dad is a darling too, and the book has such a feel good vibe to it that it was an absolute joy to read. I am definitely going to read the previous books as soon as I can because Samantha Chase and her Shaughnessy Brothers have become a firm favourite of mine.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.