One and a Half Regrets: A Sweet, New Adult Romance (Love by the Numbers Book 1)
J.A. Coffey, author
I never expected Liam Hensley to rock and roll his way back into my life. Now he's reminding me of things I thought I'd long since given up--my heart, my dreams, my own music. He says he wants a second chance, to make up for mistakes of the past. There's just one little problem...I'm hiding a secret that could ruin both our futures. I can’t tell him I had his baby.-- Classical violinist and single mom, Beth MacGuire works part-time at a bar while keeping tabs on her alcoholic mother and minding her sweet infant daughter—until a chance encounter with her high school crush, Liam Hensley, spells disaster for her plans to put her past behind her. When Liam signed with hot band, Wylde Ryder, he rocketed to fame and never looked back. He's returned to Seattle for a bandmate’s doomed wedding, but seeing Beth rekindles feelings he thought he’d buried for good. Plagued by turbulent memories, their passionate reconnection sparks brighter than his concert spotlights. Beth is set against risking her precious baby’s happiness for life with a rock star daddy, but when Liam's father discovers their little secret, the drummer must choose between stepping up or stepping away from being a family man.
In this short and tender romance, a classical violinist and a rock musician tentatively build a romance despite big secrets and wildly different lifestyles. Beth MacGuire has given up her dreams of playing violin to be a waitress at the Seattle pub that she co-owns with her brother. Her priority is caring for her 10-month-old daughter and alcoholic mother. Then her ex-boyfriend, drummer Liam Hensley, breezes into town with his band and is eager to reestablish their relationship. Beth and Liam’s backstory—how Liam broke up their once-close relationship when he signed on with the band and left Seattle, and how Beth became a single mother—is quickly established. Beth’s unwillingness to tell Liam about her child is promptly introduced, but the full details of the other obstacles to their renewed relationship are more slowly revealed. This adds some tension to the plot, but the roadblocks are easily resolved. The narrative flows quickly, with natural dialogue and alternating perspectives that convey Beth and Liam’s tight relationship and make them sympathetic. (BookLife)