Review: Listen to Your Heart by Sydney Logan

Posted November 19, 2016 by Shannon in Promo Post, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Listen to Your Heart by Sydney LoganListen to Your Heart by Sydney Logan
four-stars
Published by Enchanted Publications on November 19th 2016
Genres: Adult, Forbidden, Musicians, Romance
Pages: 214
Goodreads

"I don't want to be a choice you have to make. I want to be your heart's only option."
Wedding planner Skye Douglas makes a career out of bringing fairytales to life—even if she’s given up on her own happily ever after. Instead of dating, she devotes time to her nephew, a guitar prodigy who shares her love for 80s hair bands. When she encounters Caleb Lynch, the new guitar teacher, everything changes. Caleb's passion for music—not to mention his Def Leppard T-shirt—makes Skye wonder if she might get her storybook ending after all.
Caleb would do anything for those he loves—including a fake engagement as a gift to his best friend's dying mother. But after meeting Skye, he regrets the promise he made.
When Skye realizes she’s fallen for the groom, will she listen to her head . . . or her heart?

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Review

You know what one of my favourite things about starting a new book is? The fact that not only do we get new characters, settings, styles of writing, but we have those first few moments of butterflies with a new couple. The first meeting, the first moment alone. The first kiss and the first date. When an author can plaster the biggest, cheesiest, happy smile on my face with these first few moments, I’m already sold. Sydney Logan does this to me every single time, without fail.

“Please don’t break my heart,” she whispers in the darkness.
She drifts off to sleep, saving me from making a promise I’m doomed to break”

Not only is Listen To Your Heart super cute, I’d classify it as adorable. Between Skye, Caleb, Eli and the rest of the gang, I couldn’t stop smiling or laughing, to then in turn be hurting and hopeful for them. I not only wanted them to but needed these characters to work out.

“Caleb Lynch was exciting and intense and, in the end, completely devastating.
Stupid. I’m a stupid, stupid girl.”

When I first read the synopsis for this story, I instantly thought of the movie The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez. Granted, I don’t think I’ve seen it in about a decade but I remember it being sort of (maybe loosely?) like this book – the groom falling in love with the wedding planner. Now with that being said, I’m truly surprised that there aren’t more books around with this storyline and thank goodness there isn’t, because this author might have just ruined the others for me. Seriously. I loved not only the groom/wedding planner aspect but how all the over elements fit together as well, then especially moving into how Juliana and Lyndsey worked together.

“It’s supposed to be romantic,” I mumble.
“Oh, it is. It’s also nuts.”

The only thing I can think that I would’ve liked to see change about Listen to Your Heart would be the length. I wanted it LONGER! Not only because I really liked story but I think this could’ve helped in a few different ways. A longer intro/build up between the relationship in these characters would’ve definitely toned down the instalove. Truthfully, it was really instalovey – this is your warning. I’m okay with this aspect on some levels, but when the characters are stating they’re in love by page 50, I’m a little skeptical. However the first meeting and their first date? That was gold. No, better than gold. That was diamonds and platinum! I also think an extra 50 or so pages could’ve helped to build a stronger connection between the readers and the characters. Given us more to go on or even just a few more date scenes between Skye and Caleb if nothing else. Just a little extra ‘oomph’ to really knock it out of the park.

It’s never been a secret but I have a big romantic heart which loves cheesiness and cliches and romantic comedies and anything that can make me feel all squishy inside. This book gave me exactly those kinds of feelings and I fell in love with this story as Skye and Caleb fell in love with each other. Plus that ending? YOU CAN’T GET BETTER THAN THAT! Oh my GOSH I had the biggest smile plastered in my face with everything that happened. Caleb *sigh* <3.

“Caleb’s deep blue eyes burn with emotion as he sings softly to me. I don’t care that we probably look ridiculous and cheesy. I don’t care that the waitress will most likely slash my tires. I don’t care that he’s singing slightly off key. I don’t even care that my best friend is going to scream bloody murder when I tell her about this moment.
I don’t care about any of it, because I’m here.
With him.
It’s exciting.
It’s terrifying.”

I’m a huge fan of little angsty moments in books, especially when they revolve around a circumstance that you know will blow up in everyone’s face. In Listen To Your Heart, I had been waiting on the edge of my seat for this moment! I couldn’t wait to see how the characters would react, how messy everything would become, how they might come back from that moment, etc. and I’m so happy to say that Sydney does not disappoint! This one pivotal scene was one of my favourites in the entire story and the author completely nailed everything. The setting, the emotion, the reactions, all of it was spot on. I freaking LOVED it.

“[…] if I’ve learned nothing else this week, I’ve learned that life is too short to wait for the perfect moment. I think, sometimes, we have to create those moments and hope they’re perfect enough”

This is the second story I’ve read by Sydney and I quite enjoyed them both. If you’re looking for something cute and a little fun with a touch of angst that’ll have you going out of your mind, check out this author and her impressive list of work!! Sydney Logan doesn’t disappoint.

 

*An ARC was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Shannon

four-stars

About Sydney Logan

Sydney Logan is the bestselling author of six novels. She has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. A lover of music, she fills her playlist with everyone from Johnny Cash to Eminem.

Sydney holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and spends her days surrounded by kids and books. A native of East Tennessee, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

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