Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 6th 2016
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She knows him by reputation
Riley 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 prove
Entertainment 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.
I’m one of those people who can multi-task. To a point. I do like almost complete silence while I write with the exception of my Sounds of the Ocean soundtrack playing. I can have twenty tabs open online and be on social media while I’m writing, but please don’t make me listen to anything! But amazingly enough, on most of my books I do end up with a playlist that helps me get the job done.
I just don’t listen to it while I’m writing.
I turn to it when I’m blocked – when I’m stuck in a scene and need to get hyper-focused on my characters. This is Our Song was kind of easy to have a playlist to because Riley is a musician. There were songs that I felt like I could imagine him singing or that the lyrics really applied to him.
So what was on my list and why? Here’s just one of the songs that was on my This is Our Song playlist!
True Love by Glenn Frey:
Even though Riley’s a world-famous rock star who is used to getting what he wants and not really having to work too hard at it because of his talent, that actually works against him with Savannah. Glen Frey’s song is all about learning to work toward true love and how rewarding that can be!
Favorite Line: Out of the blue, out of the night
You came along and you changed my life
You got me feeling things, I swear I never felt before
He didn’t just beat her in the best of three.
Oh, no. That would have been too easy.
No, Savannah—who realized too late that she was a very sore loser—kept egging him on until he finally put the paddle down after beating her in twelve games. Twelve! Why did she have to keep taunting him? Even while they were playing she couldn’t make herself ask him anything important. They talked about useless stuff—favorite bands, favorite foods—hell, at one point she’d even asked him his favorite color.
She hung her head low in defeat and put her paddle on the table. Riley had excused himself and went to get them each a drink. She prayed it was vodka. Something to make her forget this humiliation.
His prize at the end of the first three games was that she’d stay and have dinner with him.
After the next three she’d stay for a movie.
She really thought she was going to beat him in the third round. Unfortunately, it had been her biggest loss, and he’d simply chuckled and said he’d have to think about his reward. And he’d repeated that after the fourth and final win.
Riley cleared his throat when he walked back into the room and handed her a glass of ice water. They drank in silence for a few minutes. “That was fun,” he finally said, and Savannah realized he wasn’t being obnoxious and he wasn’t gloating. He genuinely looked like he’d had a good time.
And despite all the losing, Savannah would have to agree. It was fun.
“How do you feel about salmon for dinner?”
“It’s one of my favorites,” she said and was relieved he wasn’t gloating.
“It’s kind of early yet. Maybe we can watch a movie first?”
That was a reasonable request, and she agreed. Together they picked out a classic Neil Simon movie from 1967, . “Ooo…Robert Redford.” She sighed. “Another favorite.”
Tucked away in a corner was one of the biggest flat-screen TVs Savannah had ever seen. Riley noticed her stunned look. “It’s one hundred ten inches. They don’t come any bigger than this right now. The picture’s great too.”
Two oversized recliners were centered in front of the screen and they each sat down. Riley started the movie and within minutes Savannah was more relaxed and they were both laughing along with the story.
She kicked her sandals off and tucked her feet up on the chair beside her. Next she pulled the clip out of her hair so she could relax her head against the back of the comfortable chair. Looking to her right, she saw Riley was watching her. His expression was intense and for the life of her, she couldn’t figure out what was wrong. “Is everything okay?”
He didn’t answer right away.
“I still have to decide what I get for winning those last two rounds,” he said, his voice low and gravelly.
Savannah nodded, hypnotized by the way his eyes had gone so dark.
“I’m going to combine them into one request,” he said, and it sounded more like a warning than a statement.
“Okay.” Her own voice was almost a breathy whisper.
Leaning closer, Riley’s eyes zeroed in on her lips before meeting her eyes. “Savannah?”
“I’m going to kiss you. Twice.”
His hand snaked out and around her nape and slowly drew her closer to him. And then his lips touched hers and Savannah’s brain simply stopped functioning.
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~~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.