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I was the girl with a plan. Always had been. I was the girl never getting in trouble, always following the rules. For some reason, falling in love with the one guy I shouldn’t sent most of my plans flying.
Being with him wakes up something in me. Feelings I never knew existed. I’m done being the good girl, the one everyone expects to act accordingly to what’s best for everyone else.
Now I want to live for myself. To experiment it all. The good, the bad, the exhilaration, and the thrill of being in love. Reach for all my dreams, follow my heart, and give him every piece of me. With no restraint.
What I didn’t know, is that life had other plans for me. For us. And for my heart.
Our love should have been simple. Until it wasn’t. Until we face a challenge that seems impossible to overcome.
As we find our way back to each other, our careful and fragile equilibrium is shaken again.
Can we survive the heartache and throw caution to the wind and learn to navigate this new reality? Together? Or should we just call it quit and never trust love with our hearts again?
Sweet Agony is a full-length standalone novel in the Carter Hills Band universe. It is book one in the Whiskey Melody series.
Hot tears etched their way down the delicate skin of my face. My heart leaped into my throat. I tried to scream. To expel all the fury broiling inside me. In vain. No sound came out of my mouth. Not even the sobs bubbling in the depths of me.
This day should’ve been one to remember. One to celebrate.
The happiest of my life so far. One to bring tears of joy to my eyes.
I was a train wreck.
A ball of sadness.
A bomb about to explode.
Anger and grief twisted around, I didn’t know where one ended and the other began.
How could this happen?
My day should’ve been blissful. Or I always thought that was how it was supposed to be. I had no idea, as I’d never put too much thought into this before.
Right now, I had nothing to be festive about. I was about to shatter the heart of one of the two people I loved the most in this world. My insides roared into a blaze. Burning everything in their wake.
What had I done?
When my back landed on the wall behind me, I slid to the floor, curling into a ball.
I wrapped my arms around myself, trying to ease the pain. I wasn’t sick. Not really. But the thought of breaking someone’s heart—someone I loved most of all—was enough to draw me into a spiral of darkness.
I closed my eyes.
My breath caught in my lungs. I coughed, trying to get rid of the heaviness in my chest.
It wouldn’t go away.
A soft knock on the door startled me.
“Hey, Dah, are you in here?” Jeff asked.
I said nothing. Because I had nothing to say, anyway.
He’d find out soon enough. I closed my trembling fist and let reality kick in.
I was down for the ride of my life.
I breathed. One. Two. Three. Time to face the music. Yeah, no pun intended.
I completely and totally adored book 1 (Pink and Country), in the Carter Hills Band series, so I knew coming into Princess and Country that this was the back story, or flash back, telling about Carter and Dahlia growing up as best friends, and how she and Carter’s big brother Jeff, fell in love, got married, had a baby, and totally broke Carter’s heart through the entire thing…
We also knew a few other tidbits of information about how this book was going to end - that someone coming fresh to this book wouldn’t know and would likely throw their book or kindle across the room when they find out. Even knowing in advance, it was still a lot of difficult reading.
As with the first book, it had Emmanuelle’s brilliant writing and storytelling, but is a far shorter story - and I didn’t want it to end (or maybe I just didn’t want to come to the end I knew was coming, more likely)! It’s absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to go back to the current timeline and more character’s stories!
Thank you, Emmanuelle, for an ARC copy of Princess and Country! Everything here is my honest review and feedback.
This book. Wow. Just wow. I fell in love with Carter in Pink and Country and I did not think that I could fall more in love with him and I did not think that my heart could hurt more for him. This book completely proved me wrong. I loved learning more about Dahlia and knowing the way she felt for both Carter and Jeff and why she chose who she chose. I understood that not only did Carters heart break, but so did hers in so many ways too. She quickly became my girl crush for sure. Now this brings me to Jeff. Oh Jeff. I LOVED reading about you and learning your story. I fell for him just as hard as I did Carter. But boy did my heart break into a million pieces even knowing what was coming. The love these two shared (and the love the 3 of them had together) was by far the most precious and amazing gift anyone can give and receive. You keep me wanting more and more and I can not wait to dive into the next book. I might think I am ready for whatever roller coaster of emotions is coming, but I know that I will not.
I love this book, the love triangle between Dhalia, Jeff, and his brother Carter. On maintaining between Jeff and her fame and all it is so beautfiful
This book left me heartbroken but in a good way. I think the constant changes of pace and the numerous heartbreaks that happened made the story tragic yet beautiful. The author is so talented in how she creates such a moving story. I loved this read
This story gives a wonderful insight into Dahlias story with Jeff which is something only mentioned in Pink and Country. It's wonderful to see their love story actually play out within a novel, allowing readers to get more details than we had from Pink and Country when it was brought up.
Prepare to have tissues on hand because this story definitely hits right in the emotions many times. I adore the characters that Emmanuelle Snow has created.