As an avid reader, the stuff that happens behind the creation of a book fascinates me. As a frustrated writer, I have always wondered what life would be like as a writer and Paige Rion’s first novel in her Callaway Cove series just fed this curiosity of mine in such a delicious way.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Andi Callaway has dreamed of becoming a published author her entire life.
Ford Delaney has always wanted nothing more than to escape his past.
An opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Andi finds when she returns home to Callaway Cove on summer break. A chance to work for her literary idol Ford Delaney is up for grabs, and she’s willing to risk everything—her boyfriend, her best friends, and her education—to get it.
She’s positive this will be the key to reaching her dreams. But the moment she begins working for the reclusive author, Andi realizes there’s more to him than just a name. As attraction builds between Andi and Ford, she begins to discover consequences must come hand-in-hand with something great—which could loosen control over her tightly wound life. And once romantic sparks fly, Andi’s other relationships start to crumble, Ford’s fame comes back to haunt him, and the heat they generate will either forge a powerful, enduring love or threaten everything she holds dear.
Andi Callaway has always wanted to be a writer. She is in the process of writing her first novel and is trying to come up with ways to kickstart her career. When she hears of an opportunity to work as an assistant to one of the biggest names in the literary world, she makes up her mind that she’ll get that job no matter the cost. After all, Ford Delaney is a renowned, international bestselling author and she’d be a fool to pass up the chance this summer job presents.
In her mind, Andi is more than qualified for the job. After all, she’s a writer herself (well, almost). She’s almost positive she’s got it in the bag. Things get a rocky start when she finds out that she’s competing with her two best friends, Rachel and Carma, for the position. This situation then creates a strange tension between Andi and her bestfriends. She couldn’t quite understand what they could possibly want the job for. This can be Andi’s big break. For Andi, she needs this job so much more than they do.
This is an example of how Written on Her Heart does not just focus on the romance. I loved how Paige Rion was able to showcase the dynamics between her characters, especially between these three women. They all want the job for different reasons and it was compelling to read about Andi’s efforts in trying to understand where Rachel and Carma are coming from. The tension between these three was absolutely palpable and I was definitely interested how this one opportunity tested their lifelong friendships. As much as it was horrible how they treat each other just to get the job, I actually enjoyed how Rachel tried to undermine Andi even after Andi got the position.
As Andi struggled to juggle her relationship with her friends, she’s also faced with a much bigger problem. Sure, she got the job but she did not foresee what working for Ford Delaney meant for her. She certainly did not expect the attraction they felt for one another. It’s all well and dandy but Peter, Andi’s boyfriend, wouldn’t really appreciate her working for a man she keeps having inappropriate thoughts about. And have I mentioned the sexual tension? Wow. I was thisclose to shouting at my e-reader to tell Andi to just get it over with!
Working for Ford definitely challenged her idea about her relationship with Peter. They’ve never had any problems before but spending time with Ford showed Andi what it would be really like to have a relationship with someone who understands and supports what she wants to do with her life. She knows she can’t possibly let the opportunity with Ford go but she can’t seem to do that and keep her relationship with Peter intact at the same time. We find Andi as she becomes increasingly confused with her feelings. She can’t deny whatever she is starting to feel for Ford but she also can’t just forget the years she spent with Peter.
This becomes the main crux of the novel. We witness Andi’s struggle to reconcile the different versions of herself that these two men bring out in her. She is faced with the decision to ultimately choose which “Andi” she wants to be because with each day spent in Ford’s company, it becomes increasingly clear that she cannot be both what they want her to be. I found it beautiful how Andi finds the courage to be who SHE wants to be regardless of whatever the people around her think. It was also nice too see Andi learn how to stand up for herself and shove aside the pushover persona she’s always had. For once in her life, she’s making decisions for herself instead of always thinking about everybody else. Don’t get me wrong, I admire her for her selflessness but I thought it was really brave of her to finally start speaking her mind, to let go of her perfectly controlled life, and to be and do what SHE wants to.
I can’t let this review end without saying how much I loved Paige Rion’s writing. I think she was able to create a beautiful multilayered story. The depth and emotional value of this book is simply exquisite in the most complex of ways (if that even makes sense). Written on Her Heart is more than just your typical romance story, it’s a tale of how a this unlikely group of people endeavored to overcome conflicts in personal interests in order to preserve the bonds of friendship and family. How far are they willing to go to take what they want? Is there a price too steep? What are they willing to sacrifice? Would it be worth it?
Paige Rion answers these questions in a summer adventure you won’t forget.