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Can't Walk Away

(Nashville Dreams #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  50 reviews
In Nashville the stars shine a little brighter, songs sound a little sweeter, and love lasts a lifetime.

Young, rich, and better looking than a man has a right to be, successful songwriter Brad "Hitman" Maxwell was once Nashville's biggest celebrity. Then a heartbreaking loss and a shocking betrayal caused his light to go out. Now, instead of pouring his soul into song,
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Published October 10th 2017 by Forever Yours
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Can’t Walk Away is book one in the brand new series, Nashville Dreams, by Sandy James. I am such a fan of Sandy’s writing and have been so excited about this upcoming series. First, let’s just gaze at this cover. That alone was incentive to read this book. And I assure you that this book most certainly did live up to it’s cover. It was everything I hoped it would be and more.

can't walk away sandy james

Brad Maxwell used to be Nashville’s number one songwriter The one all the famous singers clamored for. He was called The H
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kindle
If you are looking for a contemporary romance that will leave a smile on your face, then Can't Walk Away is the book for you. Sweet and endearing, the story starts with a young single mom trying to make a living and ending up finding a man that will change her life forever.

I received this copy of Can't Walk Away from Sandy James. This is my honest and voluntary review.

My Rating: 4.5 stars
Written by: Sandy James
Series: Nashville Dreams (Book 1)
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Forever Yours
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it

An interesting story, though fairly cliché, but I enjoyed reading, and I know that I will return to this author again.
Anne OK
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Can't Walk Away is the first book in the new series Nashville Dreams by Sandy James, a new-to-me author.  Set in Nashville, the city that "music calls home" and the "songwriting capital of the world," there's plenty of inspiration for entertaining and fun-to-read storylines for these characters, along with the potential to be real crowd pleasers.
The author writes this story in dual third person perspectives – not always my favorite – but, in this case, it really worked for me.  I think the fee
Jacob Proffitt
I'm walking away (heh) from this one really early. Some of it is that they both have the same background of done-wrong by love with a Nashville-is-nasty chaser. So it feels a little heavy. But most of it is just that my mood shifted crosswise to this story in a hard way. Which is why I'm dnfing without a rating as it really isn't the story's fault. Sadly, I think it is a hard-enough mood cross that I doubt I'll be able to pick it up later. ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


Can’t Walk Away by Sandy James is a sweet sentimental second chance love story that brings forth the union of two strangers. They say music is the universal language and in this story James introduces readers to Brad and Savannah who are brought together by music. One is a hitman songwriter and one is a single mother with a great voice. Both are struggling with a tormented past, and yet their passion of music rekindled something that spoke d
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unexpected. Sweet. Sexy. Down Right Heartwarming. Those are the words that I’d choose to describe Can’t Walk Away.

Can’t Walk Away follows the story of Brad and Savannah. Once upon a time, Brad was one of Nashville’s biggest stars. That was until life threw him an unexpected curve ball, taking all if his passion with him. Now instead of writing and singing music, he finds himself tending bar, trying to escape the pain of the past. All is going the way that Brad has planned…that is until Brad meet
books are love
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

Loved. I was mad at Russ and Eric for their berating Brad and thinking he could not change his ways but he proved them wrong with his feelings and actions towards Savannah.

Brad just grabs you from the beginning. what he went through and how he tried to stop the pain is just so heartbreaking. He is a good guy. He cares and is kind. He gets lost in his head though when a song comes to him and tends to forget everything. Watching him turn down his personalit
Reviews from the Heart
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can’t Walk Away by Sandy James is the first book in her Nashville Dreams series and it’s about two lost and hurt people trying to find their way. It was at times sad, but also sweet and heartwarming.

Brad “Hitman” Maxwell was once Nashville’s biggest celebrity. He wrote some of the biggest hits. Then he is left heartbroken when his wife walks away and leaves him devastated. Now the bar he opened with his friends is his escape from the past. He has not written anything in a long time. Until her.
Emma bramley
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first book by this author that I've read. This is the first book in this series by this author. This is a melt your heart romance story, perfect for these winter nights. This story will make you laugh, cry and smile as you read. The characters were amazing, I just fell in love with them from the start. The secondary characters were really good too and worked well in the story and helped it to move along at a nice pace. I can't wait to read more from this author in the future.
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Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
2.5 "I almost walk away" stars.

A single mom.
A cute little girl.
A possessive hero.
And music.

So why I didn't like it? Maybe I just wasn't in the right mind frame right now... or the fact that the red bitch is due any day and she ruins my life every month, but I can't for the life of me get into this one.

Slow romance or insta-love. I read them all. But I need to feel something. I'm the type of reader that needs that, to feel the bond between the characters. To bond with them. Unfortunately, this
Sandy S
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 10, 2017

In Nashville the stars shine a little brighter, songs sound a little sweeter, and love lasts a lifetime.

Young, rich, and better looking than a man has a right to be, successful songwriter Brad "Hitman" Maxwell was once Nashville's biggest celebrity. Then a heartbreaking loss and a shocking betrayal caused his light to go out. Now, instead of pouring his soul into song, he pours beers at Words & Music. His bar is the perfect escape--a place
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars

When you are drawn to a title for no reason...that's how I approached Can't Walk Away. I can't say it was because it's based within the centre of country music roots because I don't even like the genre. However, the 'je ne sais quoi' worked it's magic for me.

Brad 'Hitman' Maxwell may still be surrounded by the music that made his fortune but nowadays he's happier working the bar and managing Words and Music. When a new talent mesmerises him during the bar's Indie talent night, it not on
Wit & Wonder Books
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
***ARC provided by Author in exchange for honest review***

Can’t Walk Away by Sandy James is a book about taking second chances and a love of music. I am a sucker for anything that has to do with music. Books featuring a singer or a band are ones that I love. This one was no exception. It was a great story about two people that have been through a lot. I laughed and I cried, and I fell in love with the supporting characters. They were amazing and really added to the story.

Brad “The Hitman” Maxw
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
This book will melt your heart, make you cry, and make you laugh all at the same time. Sandy James did an exceptional job writing this story.

Brad "The Hitman" Maxwell was out of the limelight of writing country music; until he heard Savannah Wolf sing at his bar Word & Music's I loved how Brad didn't recognize Savannah at first when she was on stage for indie night at the bar. As soon as he heard her sing he was inspired to write again. I adored how Brad had written the song for her and that S
Dec 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
[1.5 stars] didnt really like the book, plot was okay but execution not really. felt disconnected with the book & the characters. brad & savannah's connection seems too instant & fast. probably not continuing the series. ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brad "Hitman" Maxwell had it all... a promising music career, the fame all that head to Nashville hope to find, and then in an blink of an eye it was gone. Now he has settled for a much more subdued lifestyle, spending his nights behind the bar slinging drinks, instead of being on the stage entertaining the crowd. It's not exactly the life he thought he wind up having, but it is what is, and he is doing his best to embrace it... but then a beautiful woman with the voice of an angel wanders into ...more
Heather andrews
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Savannah can be quite distracting to Brad, “you keep that up,” he said with a growl in his voice, “I’m gonna drive us right off the road.” Brad always wants to do right by his woman, and the man has a big stubborn side, “I’m going, Savannah. I’ll stay out of the meeting and sit in the lobby like a good boy. But I’m going. And that’s the end of the discussion.” I enjoyed this book, I loved the chemisrry between Brad and Savannah.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

Brad 'Hitman' Maxwell was once a brilliant songwriter, but he gave it all up when he discovered his late wife's betrayal. Now he owns a successful bar and loves how pouring beers helps distract him from what happened in the past. However, the moment Savannah Wolf steps onto the stage and sings, Brad finds himself pulled back into the world he left behind, especially since Savannah inspires him to write songs again. Yet, when the past begins to rear its ugly head and Savannah finds herself a targ
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 COUNTRY stars for Hitman and Songbird’ story! Let the magic of the music seduce your soul.

Dear Lord! This book made me remember why I love reading. Can’t Walk Away by Sandy James is so captivating. From the first pages I was deeply attached to the story. The author delivers a wonderful contemporary romance. The plot is beautifully addictive and refreshing. I must say that the author did a goodly and amazing job. Books like this shall be written more often.

The main characters are well develop
Romancing the Book
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by NetGalley

Can't Walk Away immersed me in the sounds of Nashville and left me wanting more.  Savannah goes from waitress to  successful country singer and some of the fame and problems that go along with it attach to her.  Brad, a former songwriter called The Hitman, doesn't recognize her when she plays at an Indie night where he's the manager and owner of the restaurant/bar with two of his friends and where Savannah waitresses.  When they "meet" sparks fly b
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can't Walk Away is a really good read. At first, the story is slow and I was unsure of how I would like it. By chapter 2 or 3, the story picks up. The settings are written well and characters are easy to enjoy.

Savannah Wolf is an independent and loving mother. She's very practical in her goals. She wants to provide for her daughter and pay back her parents. Savannah once had the dreams of being a rising star in country music. That went away after a massive betrayal from her manager. I admire Sav
Eva Scalzo
when songwriter brad "hitman" maxwell first notices savannah wolf in can't walk away he's so impressed by her talent that he feels compelled to write his first song in years. from the get-go he knows savannah will be a star, even though she's already had one run at stardom and wants nothing to do with the celebrity lifestyle.

working with brad is a dream come true, but she struggles to manage the impact her increased profile has on her, on her family, and on her life. and the more closely she wor
Romantic Reads and Such
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Both Brad and Savannah have super trust issues, which you can imagine what that means. Yep, just a few bumps that end up being a bigger deal than maybe they should have been. Part of their problem is that they have a pretty hard time ignoring their attraction to each other so they are moving pretty fast. Leading to lots of assumptions and jumping to conclusions that is only exacerbated by their trouble with trusting each other.

Granted both of them have their reasons. Brad’s marriage wasn’t what
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Can't Walk Away is book 1 in the Nashville Dreams series. I've been a fan of Sandy's work for the past few years so I knew I had to grab book one in her brand new series! If you love musicians in your novels you're going to need to grab this book!

Savannah Wolf is a single mom that works as a waitress at a local bar in Nashville. She happens to do one of the indie nights at the bar and winds up on the fast track to being a celebrity. After hearing Savannah's amazing voice, Brad Maxwell (aka Hitma
Shelly's Book Corner
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beth-s-reviews
Second chances, new beginnings and finding a shining light. Can’t Walk Away will have you believing anything is possible with the right person.

Singing and her little girl is what makes Savannah Wolf happy. With being burned in the past. She doesn’t want a manager to help with her career. With an ex who bleed her dry, she doesn’t have much faith in the industry and or men. But she had a strong attraction led her one of her bosses, Brad Maxwell. Brad has worked in the industry. He had a dry spell
Lynn Brooks
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A disillusioned man meets his salvation! Strong characters with an interesting plot take us on the ride of taking second chances even though you still might carry the bruised heart from your last attempt at love! I enjoyed it and look forward to more in the series.

Once the biggest songwriter in Nashville, Brad "Hitman" Maxwell lost his creative energy amid loss and betrayal in his personal life. Now he enjoys himself at the honky tonk he runs and owns with a couple of friends. Words & Music is a
patrick Lorelli
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Brad Morgan used to be called “Hitman” for the hit songs he wrote. Now he owns a club with two of his friends. One night during open mic he is blown away by the voice of Savannah Wolf, who used to dream of being a big country music star, but now just wants to sing. Brad does not even recognize her as one of the waitress that work for them and goes to the office and begins to write. He is writing for the first time since his wife died and after her death he found out some things about her he did ...more
Jackie Wright
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sandy James is a new author to me and I really don’t know why, after reading Can’t Walk Away I certainly will be checking her other books out.
Brad “Hitman” Maxwell had it all, he was a successful songwriter, he is rich and hot but a heartbreaking loss and a shocking betrayal has left him pouring beers at Words & Music instead of writing songs. That’s all about to change when Savannah Wolf takes to the stage, will this unknown girl become Hitman’s muse, will he start writing for her and will she
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Sandy lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis and is a high school psychology teacher. She is published through Grand Central Forever Yours and Carina Press as well as indie-published. An Amazon #1 Bestseller many times, she has won numerous awards, including two HOLT Medallions.

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Nashville Dreams (3 books)
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