- File Size: 828 KB
- Print Length: 348 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517055296
- Publication Date: October 6, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0153L27YC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We meet Jen in Sparrow, and she didn't receive her happy ending, I was so happy when Sara announced that she was writing Jen's story.
Jen is having a tough time, we learned in Sparrow that her boyfriend was a lying cheater. To make matters worse she loses her beloved job, and her apartment building catches fire. Her brother convinces her to come to Chicago and stay with him. That is where we meet a sexy, tattooed, former rock star. Latson (Gunner) is not your typical bad boy. He is raising his nephew, while running a successful nightclub. While Jen has necessarily sworn off men, she has decided to live by her Cardinal rule of doing whatever it is that makes her happy. Music is her passion. Add in some wonderful secondary characters and this book is full of love, laughter, some heartache, and music.
This is going on my best of 2015 list. I think others will enjoy it, if they love a good NA, Contemporary romance. It has all the feels, and yes, even a happy ever after.
Although I really enjoyed Sparrow by Sara Mack, the ending left me wanting more, especially for Jen. She got dealt a bad hand more times than once. Well, this book changes everything. I don't want to include spoilers, but let's just say Jen's life is turned upside down in Cardinal and probably not exactly in the way you'll suspect as you start reading. By the end, I got the satisfying closure I was seeking for Jen.
One of my favorite things about this book was how three-dimensional the characters are. I already loved Jen from Sparrow, but I got a better appreciation for her throughout this book. And, let's just say Latson is my new book boyfriend. What I especially like about him is that he's not perfect. He's got flaws, but the more we learn about his past, the more we understand where those flaws stem from. And by the end of the book, he's had significant personal growth, something that I love to see.
Another aspect of this book I really enjoyed was the glimpse into the rock star lifestyle. I've been on a rocker book kick for a while, but usually find myself disappointed because all the important details (e.g., performing, touring, practicing, meet and greets) seem to be glossed over. Not in this book. We get to see it all. Assuming Mack doesn't have a secret life as a rock star, I'm impressed with the amount of research she must have done to make all of this seem completely authentic.
Overall, I recommend Cardinal to anyone who likes sweet NA romance without overly explicit intimate scenes or anyone who likes rocker romances with a twist. As for me, I'll continue to read everything Mack publishes because she just gets better and better!
This entire story I just kept thinking I wish Jen and Latson were real. As a reader you can't help but be swayed by how fun their interactions are. These are people I'd absolutely love to grab a beer or coffee with, because they aren't artificially perfect but perfectly flawed.
In fact I wished most all of these characters could be pulled from the pages, because Sara Mack could write solid, lovable characters in her sleep. That's what really makes Cardinal shine, and it's the biggest reason this author's books are an auto-buy for me.
Cardinal as a story is like a nice cup of tea and your favorite throw blanket, and the warmth and realness of this cast of characters is a standard all contemporary romance should strive to achieve. I also have to note that the song lyrics throughout this story are rich with angst and heart, just beautiful stuff.
I won't do a summary of the book. Just kick back on your couch and enjoy a truly sweet romance. And if this is your first introduction to Sara Mack's work, good heavens. Go look up Guardian and Sparrow, because you're missing out.