Cardinal by Sara Mack (ARC Review by Kristin – #NerdGirlSoldier)


Title: Cardinal

Author: Sara Mack

Published Date: Expected October 6th 2015

Genre: Romance


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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.


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Kristin – #NerdGirlSoldier’s  Review***
If you’re looking for a book that will guarantee a book hangover, then you need to one click Cardinal by Sara Mack right now. Not even joking. This book was so well written and each character was so well developed that I felt all of their emotions and felt like their pain/happiness/hate/whatever was mine.

I loved the plot. It had so many twists and turns that I never knew which way the roller coaster was going to go. Jen and Latson’s story is just amazing. Jen has lost her faith in men while Latson struggles with letting anyone in to see the real man he is. At first you don’t think it’s going to work but as the story goes on you see that like any relationship, there are ups and downs. Jen’s future in music starts to grow and it threatens their relationship. Latson has little trust while Jen’s gone and that doesn’t help either. I couldn’t help but root for them. By the end of the book I was cheering when they did get their happily ever after.

The characters are very well developed, and they grow. I saw growth not only in the primary characters, but the secondary ones as well. I love how each person in the book has their own issues to deal with, yet they all come together when another needs support. It was truly an amazing book that I plan on buying even though I received a copy from the author. Go. Preorder it now!!


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