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Chasing Dreams (Devil's Bend Book 1) by [Edwards, Nicole]
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Cooper Krenshaw knows what it’s like to feel the bright lights upon him, the sound of the crowd roaring when he walks on stage; after all, he happens to be one of the biggest names in country music at the moment. And he has knowingly just dropped off the grid. The first decision he has made on his own in quite some time. Cooper only thought he was looking for a challenge when he walked off of that concert stage in Chicago. After finding himself in Devil’s Bend, Texas, he soon realizes that the dream he’s been chasing might not be the one he was after all along.

Now he’s found himself not only starting over in a new town, but he’s pretty sure he’s met the toughest challenge of his life... she just happens to be an angel in blue jeans.

Tessa Donovan hasn’t been the best of friends with Fate for quite some time now. Owning and operating The Rusty Nail, a small bar in her hometown of Devil’s Bend, has been enough to keep her going through the motions of her life. But it’s the only thing she’s got. After losing her husband fifteen short months after they were married, Tessa has spent the last four years chasing dreams in order to maintain her sanity. Only those dreams are soon ripped right out of her grasp by a sexy country music star who claims he descended on her small town by accident.

Coincidence? Or has Fate stepped in once again? Whatever the case, Tessa knows the handsome cowboy might get to overtake her dreams, but she’s bound and determined that he won’t take her heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2189 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Nicole Edwards Limited; 2 edition (5 October 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOBMTMW
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By The Smut Librarian TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 October 2014
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While Tessa irritated me with how much she put herself down, this was a good read and I got really invested in both the characters and the story. Not as strong as Nicole's other books, but good nonetheless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The drama wasn't dramatic, the secrets were not a big deal, and the bad guys weren't that bad... 26 October 2013
By Reading as much as I can - Published on Amazon.com
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Tessa Donovan is the owner of a bar in a small town called Devil's Bend.
She is a woman who has checkered past and is now working hard to put her time working as a bartender.
Cooper Krenshaw is a famous country singer that has found his way into Devil's Bend. He is friends with Tessa's older brother, Adam. Cooper is a bit tired and disillusioned from his fame as a country singer and is interested in hanging out in the small bar and singer there to get back to small town roots and singer for smaller crowds.

Okay - so far so good. Tessa immediately catches Cooper's attention. She is pretty, independent, strong and fiesty. Cooper is talented, sexy and a generally good guy.

This book focuses mainly on these two and how their relationship grows and they trust each other and fall in love.

I really wanted to love this book - but just couldn't understand why their 'secrets' were really that big of a deal.

I couldn't stand how Cooper had to keep Tessa from running away. She would try to get up and leave Cooper every time something got uncomfortable for her.
She is a strong woman. She breaks up fights. She stands up to her brothers.
Yet - she constantly is attempting to run away from Cooper. It's annoying.
For example, they are chatting about ideas for the farm and Tessa mentions a petting zoo. Cooper laughs. She gets super pissy and upset.Are you kidding me? He wasn't cruel about it. She is supposed to be a strong person. Why does she get so upset so easily?
After awhile, I started to wonder what exactly Cooper saw in Tessa. Seems like he deserves someone more sassy, strong, independent and secure. She got a bit wimpy.

Towards the end she started to develop more of a spine. But it was too late for her to redeem herself in my eyes.

Also, Cooper and Tessa act like that have MAJOR horrible bad things in their past..I was gearing up for something bad. But it was pretty minimal. Nothing huge.
It was a fizzle.

Some things just didn't make sense. There is a HUGE deal with something Adam decides to do. Then, we don't hear from him at all throughout the book. He appears at the end for a second, but it's obvious that it's a set up for another book.
I liked Izzy a lot (Tessa's crazy friend). She seemed to stay true to her character. Crazy. Says what she wants to and doesn't care. Liked her a lot.

Yes - there were a few steamy sex scenes. But it wasn't enough to make me feel like these two characters really bonded with each other.
Cooper can get amazing sex at any time. What made it special with Tessa? Yeah, she rejected him at first. But is it just the chase. She didn't hold out for very long....For such a long book - I didn't feel the connection there.

Overall it was okay to read.
Has a happy ending.
No cliffhanger.
I would love to know more about the brothers. They seemed to have potential to be more interesting than Tessa.
Just really don't like characters that run away from difficult situations. Talk it out! Fight it out. But the passive, feel sorry for myself, running away without letting the other person explain just makes me nutty. She didn't successfully run away from Cooper b/c he kept grabbing her arm or telling her to 'stay'. Just the fact that he had to keep doing that was annoying...

The plot twists were not very interesting nor gripping. Just seemed contrived to me.
Not super interesting.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Romance. :) No cliffhanger. (No spoilers) 7 October 2013
By CPO - Published on Amazon.com
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Nicole Edwards is known for her ability to give her readers erotic romance that will have you re-reading scenes over and over, it will have you wake the hubby (or wish you had one). I LOVED this book, it was a beautiful and touching story. In true Nicole Edwards fashion, the love scenes did not disappoint. I was in love with these characters and the story that made me hope they find the dreams they are chasing. I wanted Cooper and Tessa to have their happily ever after. I went through a range of emotions while reading, I even had a scene that I was so touched, I cried. In this book, you aren't left with a cliffhanger that makes you want to throw your kindle across the room... to me, that's HUGE! One thing I look forward to in a book is the supporting characters, as I was introduced to other characters, I was wondering which one she will write about next because I know I will learn more about them in future books. I was sad to finish this book, but I know, more is to come. Thank you Nicole Edwards, for this beautiful story.
5.0 out of 5 stars #TeamCooper 17 July 2014
By G from G&T Indie Cafe' - Published on Amazon.com
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Now, I’ve been a huge fan of Nicole’s for a very long time. She knows how to captivate you with a story and keep you hooked right from the beginning straight to the very end. She does this yet again in Chasing Dreams.
Cooper Krenshaw is HOT HOT HOT!!! OMG!! I love a southern cowboy!!
Tessa Donovan is such a refreshing independent woman who knows what she wants and when she wants it…and it’s Cooper that she ultimately gets!
This is a great beginning to a new series and I cannot wait for more.
Tessa’s dreams come true in this book but not because she made them come true, it’s because Cooper bought what she always wanted and had the same dreams she had. Together they are one hot combination.
I highly recommend this to the readers!! I gave it 4.5 stars and am ready for some more!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Country music and crazy sexy 28 April 2014
By Jecca Reads-a-Lot - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a huge fan of Nicole's, so I couldn't put off checking out her new series, Devil's Bend, for very long. And I loved it just like I have all her others. Although it isn't riddled with kinky sex clubs and menages, it's still a hot, sexy love story.
Tessa is a small town, Texas girl who's been to Hell and back more times than she can count in her life. It's no wonder she tries to keep herself closed off and aloof, avoiding relationships and love at all costs.
Cooper, a gorgeous country music star from Nashville, is searching for something; he just isn't sure what. After he finds himself in Texas, reconnecting with an old friend (who just happens to be Tessa's brother), he starts to figure out what that something is.
Sparks fly between Tessa and Cooper immediately, and they can't fight their connection for long. But as always, life and the past have a tendency of getting in the way. Can Tessa leave her past behind her and allow herself to give to her hearts desire to love Cooper? Will Cooper's celebrity status prove to be more than Tessa can handle?
Well, I can't give you all the answers, now can I? You'll have to read the book to find out, and you won't be disappointed.

From a critical standpoint, I did notice there were a few more grammatical/punctuation errors than I normally see in her books, but they were still minimal. They definitely weren't significant enough to take away from the story or make reading it less enjoyable.

As always, I look forward to what Nicole cooks up for the next book in this series. Maybe a story about Cooper's best friend, Dalton (another country music sensation)? Or maybe some love for one of Tessa's two brothers? We'll have to wait and see, but I bet it'll be as hot as a Texas summer, just like her other books.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot and Sweet 25 June 2016
By Cheri - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though Nicole Edward's website shows Alluring Indulgence and Club Destiny as being crossover series, I have found that all of her books are somewhat connected. Not that you have to read them all to understand the stories, in fact you don't even have to read both AI and CD if you don't want to and you'll still understand all the books in whichever of the series you decide to read. Anyway, for my own benefit and because I love her books, I decided to go back and read the author's books in order they were published. That means skipping back in the order to read the Devil's Bend and Unhinged stories as I was done with the AI and CD books that have been written to this point.

All that to say that I loved this book. I could mostly see where this story was going, but I was happy to be along for the ride. Since I did read the AI books, I was glad to get to know Cooper and Dalton better and I'm looking forward to Dalton's story. I wouldn't mind seeing a prequel type story on Izzy and Eric either. Edwards' books are always sexy, funny, sweet, and steamy. All good things.

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