A former pop princess wants to write a song that will prove she’s not just the Back-Up Bellamy, but little does she realize the rockstar she’s working with has a different kind of duet on his mind.
Mattie Bellamy is a songwriter. Music has always been the biggest and best part of her life, but there’s been a hole in it ever since she and her sisters broke up. Piper and Della were the voices she wrote her songs for and without them she’s struggling to find a voice of her own. She’s tried to find other musical partnerships, but the press and most of the other musicians she’s worked with just see her as the least popular member of a former girl group. Not the talented lyricist and musician she is in her own right. The respect and recognition she yearns for seem out of reach, at least until Adam Brooks demands to work with her.
Adam Brooks, front man and driving force behind chart-topping rock band Delusions of Glory, is having album troubles. His bandmate and co-writer has abruptly retired to take care of his family and now there’s a hole in Adam’s creative process. He’s tried to make it work with some of the top songwriters in LA, but isn’t having any luck finding the harmony to his melody. That is until he hears Mattie Bellamy’s musical expertise is on the table. Adam’s had a thing for her since he was a kid. And if all expenses paid working trip to a private tropical island is what she needs to say yes… well, the band was due for some fun in the sun.
But what begins as Adam’s excuse to spend time with his teenage crush quickly morphs into something far more serious. Mattie can’t believe she’s finally found someone who really believes in her, and spending time with Mattie is even better than Adam’s teenage dreams imagined. But not even lovely remote Syer Island can shield Mattie and Adam from the cold harsh camera flash of reality forever. Can Adam convince Mattie they’re meant to be together? Or is their relationship destined to be just one more tragic lovesong?
Author’s Note: Take a rockstar hero and pop princess heroine. Stick them in forced proximity on a tropical island. He’s all in and she’s got good reasons for staying out. Add in ocean surf, moonlight, and a mutual passion for music. The result? An unconventional workplace romance that’s as impossible to resist as a Sex on The Beach cocktail. Steam Level: Sunburn. Shenanigan Level: Extreme. Feels: Hits all the high notes.