Genres: Contemporary Romance
Jen Elliott’s world is falling apart.
Her boyfriend is married (not to her), the restaurant she works for sells out to a chain (she’s unemployed), and her apartment building catches fire (thankfully, she didn’t start it). Faced with a job search and living with her parents, a phone call from her brother changes everything.
“Come out here, Little J. Escape for a while.”
Convinced to do just that, Jen finds herself on her brother’s doorstep in Chicago. Armed with her guitar and a bruised heart, she plans to work on her music and contemplate her future. What she doesn’t expect is to fall for the sexy, tattooed neighbor upstairs. From the moment Latson appears uninvited in her bedroom, the two can’t help but wage a battle of sarcasm and wit.
Until the attraction becomes impossible to ignore.
Hopeful the universe is finally playing fair, Jen gives in to her feelings. She should know, however, that when it rains, it pours. When offered the unexpected chance of a lifetime, she decides to pursue her passion. Unfortunately, her dreams are tied to Latson’s painful past. As time goes on and their distance grows, Jen fears fate conspired to bring them together only to tear them apart.
Cardinal is the story of losing everything you have to find everything you need.
Cardinal is a standalone, contemporary romance for ages 17+. Cardinal is a spin-off of Sparrow; however, the books do not need to be read in order.
Cardinal is a sweet, heartwarming story. While Cardinal is the follow up to Sparrow, you don’t have to read Sparrow first. Jen is attempting to fix her life after everything comes crashing down. Enter hottie Latson, the neighbor. Its impossible to not feel bad for Jen. I mean, the girl is having a crap run of luck! Latson has some issues, but I am happy to say, by the end of the book, he has grown so much. That is one thing I love to see in a character-personal growth! Cardinal gives you a lot of that! Jen is one of those people who just keeps on trucking even when life is throwing her down. I loved that both Jen and Latson were more mature than New Adult characters. So often the rockstars are self absorbed and shallow but Cardinal doesn’t go for that trope and I really appreciate that!
The Secret of Ella and Micha (without all the extra angst!) by Jessica Sorensen, Forever My girl by Heidi McLaughlin, Tear by Rachel Van Dyken
then you will enjoy Cardinal. (And if you enjoyed Cardinal, give these other books a try!)