Tuesday, October 6, 2015


TITLE: Cardinal
AUTHOR: Sara Mack
GENRE: NA Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 6th

Jen Elliott’s world is falling apart.

Her boyfriend is married (not to her), the restaurant she works for sells out to a chain (she’s unemployed), and her apartment building catches fire (thankfully, she didn’t start it).  Faced with a job search and living with her parents, a phone call from her brother changes everything.

“Come out here, Little J.  Escape for a while.”

Convinced to do just that, Jen finds herself on her brother’s doorstep in Chicago.  Armed with her guitar and a bruised heart, she plans to work on her music and contemplate her future.  What she doesn’t expect is to fall for the sexy, tattooed neighbor upstairs.  From the moment Latson appears uninvited in her bedroom, the two can’t help but wage a battle of sarcasm and wit.  

Until the attraction becomes impossible to ignore.

Hopeful the universe is finally playing fair, Jen gives in to her feelings.  She should know, however, that when it rains, it pours.  When offered the unexpected chance of a lifetime, she decides to pursue her passion.  Unfortunately, her dreams are tied to Latson’s painful past.  As time goes on and their distance grows, Jen fears fate conspired to bring them together only to tear them apart.

Cardinal is the story of losing everything you have to find everything you need.

Heartbreak, loss, new beginnings, rock stars, and Latson.  Yes, Latson.  A sexy, tattooed rocker.  *swoon*  Throw in romance, a love story and you have yourself a 5+ star read in Cardinal.
Jen was a secondary character in Ms. Mack's book, Sparrow. Having a book devoted specifically to her character; giving us an inside peek at her life, her back story is pretty cool.  Jen is a talented singer and guitar player but is unlucky when it comes to relationships. She's stuck in a rut, at a dead end job, another disappointment of a relationship, and did I mention her apartment burnt down? At the end of her rope, her brother tells her to come stay with him and his girlfriend in Chicago.  
I've read all of Sara Mack's books.  I've loved each and every one of them but Cardinal has something different, something that made me push this book to my #1 spot on my Mack favorites.  It may be the whole rockstar element or the amazing lyrics Ms. Mack wrote herself.  It could be all of the secondary characters played important roles, or maybe it was the incredible writing style.  From the time you read the first few lines, you're immediately hooked.  
All I have to say is, bravo Ms. Mack, Cardinal was outstanding!  I highly recommend this book...especially if you love hot tattooed rockers.

Sara Mack is a Michigan native who grew up with her nose in books. She is awife and a hockey mom on top of being trapped in an office - which now has a window! - forty hours a week. Her spare time is spent one-clicking on Amazon and devouring books on her Kindle, cleaning up after her kids and two elderly cats, attempting to keep her flower garden alive, and, of course, writing. She has an unnatural affinity for dark chocolate, iced tea, and bacon.

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