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Summary

Emmett Jackson is a high school drop-out and a rock star wannabe at 20.

He has the looks, the sex appeal, and enough groupies to totally notch out his bedpost. That's his current problem. Poor choices and toxic decisions have splintered his dreams for the future just as the band is gaining momentum.

When a one-night stand that Emmett has no recollection of results in a surprise pregnancy, he's forced to come to terms with the fact that everything his band Wasted has worked for is now at risk.

Torn between obligation and pursuing his dream, Emmett faces some cruel realities in the months ahead. He wants it both ways, and when a female vocalist joins the band, the chemistry of their voices can't be denied.

Neither can the chemistry between them... 

This single-daddy rock star romance will tug at your heart, with plenty of surprises in store. Contains adult content.

©2019 Smith & Jones (P)2022 Smith & Jones
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loved the dual narration of Alexander Cendese and Gina A. Jones

This plot has steam, chemistry and a love story . Emmett, and Stacie have a drunken night together and he finds himself taking on the responsibility of raising baby. Stacie stuffers from mental problems and takes off . Olivia gives up everything for a mother she never truly understood. Her journey of self-discovery as she cares for her mother and learns more about her past.

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  • 30-04-22

Perfect!

What a great story! It was so well written and I was kept on my edge of my seat to see how this emotional story played out.
Alexander and Gina were the perfect narrators to bring all the emotions of the characters. Don’t miss this one!

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  • 21-03-22

Excellent rock story!

Heart Strings, by Andrea Smith and Gina A. Jones, is a unique take on the rock star trope, with more emphasis placed on the backstage lives of the stars, their relationships with one another, their families and the personal issues they confront in their daily lives. Emmett Jackson has no desire to take the S.A.T. that's sitting on his desk and, during a recess in the test, walks out to do what he really wants for his future, to play music with his garage band, Wasted. His best friends, Coop (bass), Wayne (rhythm guitar,) Slade (drums) and, eventually, Ace (keyboards) make up the band and Emmett plays lead guitar and is the front man of the group. Although Wayne and Cooper write most of the music, Emmett is particularly good at writing songs that reflect the darkness inside him. As they begin to gain momentum as a band, the rock star life follows along and Emmett parties a little too much, a little too often and it catches up with him one night. He has no recollection of anything that happened and, when an unknown woman comes sauntering out from the bedroom, he knows he's crossed a line. Stacie Coulter is a work of art and not in a good way. She's a one-night stand, so he thinks, and a bad penny that always turns up. With her claims, she turns Emmett's world upside down. Trying to be an honorable man, he will support her and, after 9 months, they will go their separate ways. When Olivia Harris joins the band as a vocalist, there is an instant spark between Emmett and Liv, as she calls herself, much to Stacie's chagrin. Nobody is going to take her man away! But Liv has a secret she's kept from everyone, preferring to deal with it by herself. Her mother is suffering from early-onset dementia and it's her responsibility to care for her. Liv is an only child, whose father died long ago, and, as a single mother, Sylvie did the best she could to raise her. They never had much money, but there was so much love in their home. When that Heart Strings' star begins to rise, her mother rants to Olivia that this life is going to ruin her. She falls into a memory from her past, when she was in love with a man named Zak, but he betrayed her. Liv has heard about this Zak person for years and years but has no idea who her mom could be talking about. As she lives more and more in her memories, it becomes clear to Liv that her mother is going to need more help. When she makes an appointment with the doctor for her, she has no idea just how much her mother has been unraveling. The diagnosis is heartbreaking but makes so much sense given her mother's odd behavior all of Liv's life. It's troubling, at best, and she has no idea how much of the truth has been kept from her. All the while, Heart Strings continue to tour and are becoming the main attraction, no longer opening for bigger bands at their gigs. They seem to have made it, but real life has a way of bringing Emmett to his knees. Stacie has been such an unsympathetic character all throughout the book and is even worse as the birth of the baby comes near. She lives in a fantasy world of her own making, and it's uncomfortable as she describes, in detail, her love for Emmett and his for her. Liv can't stand it and feels that she can no longer come between them. Emmett sets her straight and Stacie is forced to see what damage she's done. The birth of the baby brings so many surprises...Stacie's lack of maternal feeling and Emmett's immediate love for his child. The twists regarding Liv's father and the baby, Emmie, provide a sense of relief and happiness, if not closure. A complex story with characters who come alive! 
Alexander Cendese and Gina A. Jones bring this story to life with dynamic and well-modulated voices, giving each character their own personality!

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