Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Drive By Book Review: A Song for Sophie by Mackenzie Crowne

A SONG FOR SOPHIE is FREE on Amazon until Oct. 19th

Jobless, practically homeless, and tired of being manless, Sophie Taylor jumps at the chance to be Beaumont Walker's personal assistant. Six weeks on the road with country music's bad boy--and, more importantly, his all-male crew--is the perfect opportunity to change her life.

Beau Walker doesn't need any more distractions. Sophie, with her butt-ugly suits and balls-to-the-wall attitude, shouldn't be one, but she proves to be distracting and more--even, surprisingly, a friend. So when he discovers her plan to snag a man from his worldly wise crew, he's determined to protect her from herself.

When Sophie realizes Beau is behind her failure to attract even one member of his crew, the last place she expects to find herself is in his bed. But will one night of passion convince her she's woman enough for him? Or will it destroy their friendship and his budding belief in true love?

“Don’t you have something you’re supposed to be doing? I assume we’re paying you. Go earn your paycheck.”
“Oh, you’re paying me.” She allowed the secret smile to curl her lips in an actual one. “And I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.”
“What’s that? Boring me to death?”
She dropped her oversized purse to the floor and took the chair next to him. It was a very comfortable recliner, and large enough that her arm didn’t reach the handle to lift the footrest. Feeling around blindly, she sat forward, and hanging half way over the arm, grasped the control. A quick tug and the footrest snapped up, and the back of the chair fell into the recline position, making her squeak.
Beau shook his head.
She tugged at the hem of her skirt to make sure it didn’t ride up, squirming until she’d settled herself. With her ankles crossed, she plopped her hands and forearms on the cushioned arms of the chair and looked at him.
“I’m keeping you busy.”
“I’m keeping you busy. You asked what I was supposed to be doing. That’s what I’m supposed to be doing.”
“Well, quit it. You’re pissing me off.”
“Oh, yeah,” she drawled, “like that’s hard to do.”
“Have I fired you yet today?”
“You’re fired.”
He really was funny when he was trying to look menacing. She laughed and held his glare. “Geez, you’re cranky.”


This is another episode of Drive By Book Reviews... Brought to you by an author who was supposed to be doing something else but instead spent several hours crouched over her e-reader, ignoring family, friends, and fluffy pets. I downloaded it off of Amazon during a free day and thought to myself: I'll just read the first page.

Right. ((WRONG))

A SONG FOR SOPHIE wasn't LITERALLY a book I couldn't put down, because I did manage to handle essential diversions such as taking my daughter to school, showering and washing dishes. However, I really didn't accomplish anything else. From the first riveting page, Mackenzie Crowne uses words to paint pictures. Just the opening description of her hero lifting weights was yummy, mouthwatering goodness.

A SONG FOR SOPHIE is a bit of a Cinderella tale albeit a contemporary western romance. The heroine is dependable, serious, very likeable, but a little dowdy. Like the storybook princess, she's also a knockout when you dress her up and take her out. I loved those little glimpses we received of Sophie's free spirited, fun-loving nature lurking beneath her rather stern exterior.

As always, Mackenzie Crowne's hero's are delicious and well written. Beaumont Walker, bad boy country singer, is no exception. However, he made my palm itch for most of the book and that's all I'm going to say about that.

Romantic scenes were sensual and charged with zesty energy and plenty of humor. I enjoyed the back and forth between the hero and heroine and the dialogue sounded natural to my ear. I liked all of the supporting cast characters, especially Beau's mom, Savanna, and his friend, Tim. Most of the conflict seemed to be rooted in the emotional hangups of the hero and heroine but they were resolved in time for the author to deliver a satisfying (and musical!) Happily Ever After.

Two thumbs up. I highly recommend this wonderful romance.

Author Bio:

Hi there. My name is Mackenzie Crowne.
I'm a wife, mother and really young grandmother living in Phoenix because the southwest feeds my soul. My husband and I managed to raise two rambunctious little boys into wonderful men without any disfiguring mishaps. Dirt bikes and ESPN are the order around our house, and life at the 'Testosterone Ranch' more closely resembles one of today's wacky reality shows than yesterday's 'Leave It To Beaver'.
One of eight kids, my childhood was a free-for-all, chock full of laughter, love, family and friends. My love of books, specifically the romance genre, has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened my resolve to see my stories shared with others. Today, I am a five-year survivor, living my dream.
I was raised on the belief that a stranger is just one conversation from being a new friend. My friends call me Mac. I hope you will too.

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  1. Squee! I love that you enjoyed "Sophie". LOL @ the itchy palm. Most men I know have made me want to slap them on occasion, so I'll take your reaction as evidence I've made Beau at least partly realistic. :-)

    Thanks for taking the time to share your review, Melissa. The kind words are much appreciated.

    1. Hi Mac,
      Story was a total pleasure to read. I'm gonna be accounting for the time lost today but it was worth it. *G*

      How many other books in this series are there?

  2. Thanks for the review! I had debated on getting this book before, now I have to get it and read it.

    1. Laura, it's a great read. I'm sure you'll enjoy it! :)

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting.

  3. I have this book on my Nook and can't wait to read it!