Adoration! Complete and utter adoration is what I have for Listen to Your Heart by Sydney Logan. This heartfelt and romantic book had me cheesy grinning from 13% into the book, and I didn’t stop until the very end!
I adore these characters, every single facet of who they are spoke to me. Skye and her love of all things 80s is phenomenal. The endless music and movie trivia is fantastic, and I found myself singing the songs in my head that the characters discussed (I also completely love the chapter headings and titles). More than her endless amount of trivia, Skye is the type of heroine I love, because while she can understand the motivation behind Caleb’s actions, she knows what she is worth and demands it. Even though she is cautious about true love and soul mates, she isn’t closed off, and I found this to be refreshing.
Caleb will romance the heck out readers just like he wooed Skye; they will not stand a chance. From his words to his actions, Caleb is the stuff of romance dreams, and seeing him interact with Eli only makes him that much more desirable.
Listen to Your Heart is a story that focuses on insta-attraction with a quick progression to love, but even with the quick pace of the relationship, it never felt false or forced. The author fully hammers home the idea that when you know, you know, and with life being so uncertain and often short, why wait. This idea, the driving theme behind her book, makes the pace of the story perfection. Both of these characters struggle to do the right thing and constantly consider what is appropriate for the courtship as well as others, but at the end of the day they embrace their passion for each other because nothing else matters!
It was such a joy to read this book. I laughed, I swooned, I cried, but ultimately it made me happy. The romance, the love, the grab life by your hands and live every moment resonated with me as a reader, and I couldn’t get enough of Caleb and Skye’s story. It will certainly be a book I return to and visit whenever I need a romance pick-me-up.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: “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?
Caleb stands and offers me his hand.“Dance with me?”
I hate to dance . . . almost as much as I hate to date. But this is, without a doubt, the most romantic thing that’s ever happened to me.
Caleb’s eyes never leave mine as he leads me to the dance floor. Pulling me close, he drifts his hands up my arms and along my shoulders until I’m flush against him. I encircle his waist with my arms as we sway to the music.
Then the most amazing thing happens.
Caleb leans his forehead against mine and starts to sing.
And I melt. Absolutely, positively melt right there in his arms.
Correction. This is the most romantic thing that’s ever happened to me.
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.
Suddenly too overwhelmed with everything, I close my eyes.
“Please look at me,” he whispers, and because I’m completely under his spell, I obey.
“Caleb, I . . .” my voice drifts off.
Everything’s just too intense. It’s too much. And I don’t know what to say.
“You feel it, too?”
The insecure girl in me wants to ask what he means, but the woman in me knows. Of course I feel it, and I have no idea how to answer him. I decide to go with the truth.
About the Author:
Sydney Logan writes heartfelt romances that feature strong heroines and the heroes who love them. In addition to her novels, she has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. 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.