Review: “When the Storm Breaks” by Emery Rose

Series: Lost Stars, #2

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Release Date: March 5th, 2021

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Our worlds never should have collided, but it seemed our paths were always destined to cross.

Brody McCallister was only supposed to be a means to an end. My golden ticket to get me closer to what I really needed—a way to make peace with what I’d done when I was eighteen, dirt poor, and left to fend for myself.

I only had six weeks in the middle of a hectic world tour to do it.
So the last thing I needed was to fall for a cocky cowboy. A walking contradiction with a charming grin, a dirty mouth, and a gift for healing wild and broken things.

His life was in Texas.
Mine was on the road.
He guarded his privacy fiercely.
I was constantly hounded by paparazzi.

Everyone warned me it could never work, that ultimately I’d be forced to choose—my music career or him.
I didn’t listen. I fell for him anyway.
Hook, line, and proverbial sinker.

But Brody was hiding secrets.
And when the storm finally broke, it destroyed everything in its wake … including us.


When I first met Brody McCallister in When the Stars Fall, I was instantly in love with him. He was the kind of secondary character that you don’t intend to grow attached to, but then become more concerned with their well being than anyone else’s. I didn’t expect my heart to be so full for Brody and Shiloh’s story as I read it, though. And I absolutely loved the way this book made me feel.

Emery Rose has an incredible talent for creating memorable characters. You might not always love them or support their choices, but they will stick with you and linger on your mind for days after reading the book. And with Brody and Shiloh, that is exactly what happened.

Brody is a single dad, running a farm and looking after his younger brother, while just trying to keep it together every single day. He walked away from the bull riding life to focus on horses and making a difference for his son Noah. Brody is a brooding cowboy, but he’s incredibly generous and kind and full of heart. There’s only so much he can take in his life at one time and the last thing he expects is to be encountering rockstar Shiloh Leroux. And the same goes for her. She’s had a rough go at life and after being treated like crap over and over again, Shiloh’s had enough and she’s moving on, because she needs to catch her breath. As the only woman in the band and as the ex-girlfriend of a drug addict and the sister to a very selfish brother, Shiloh needs the break and she finds herself moving into Brody’s guest house in a small town in Texas.

“You’re quickly becoming my favorite everything.”

But these two…the chemistry is incredible from the moment they meet. Shiloh is all sass and smart mouth and Brody is sex appeal and charm. They banter so much and they connect over little things. I love how their friendship and relationship builds. It does happen all at once, but it also happens slowly. It’s one of those stories that you think you know how it’s going to go, but then a twist is thrown in your way and suddenly everything changes. They’re drawn to each other from the start, the physical attraction is there and it just keeps building.

I love how different they are, how two characters with absolutely nothing in common come together to create such an incredible story. Shiloh may be hiding out in Cypress Springs, Texas, but she’s found herself the best kind of distraction. And it’s not just Brody, it’s the horses, the lifestyle, the town, the people – everything and everyone helps her escape her old life. And while she’s not looking for something new, that’s exactly what she finds in Brody’s arms and in his home.

“You’re my one true love. We were always destined to be together. Our paths were always meant to cross.”

This book is HOT! Much like Jude and Lila’s story, Emery gives you a steamy read with Brody and Shiloh. Honestly, I think this bad boy cowboy had a much dirtier mouth than I expected and I loved every single minute of it. The push and pull of their relationship builds into something so much stronger and it also amplifies their sex, which just gets hotter with every passing minute. 

And I thought nobody could beat Jude and Lila, but I think Brody and Shiloh have taken the spot for my favourite McCallister couple, because their relationship isn’t based on childhood love or second chances – it’s pure unadulterated attraction, love and desire and that is honestly becoming a new favourite thing.

While it can be read as a standalone, I believe that to fully understand Brody and to wrap your head around his relationship with Jude and Lila and his son Noah, you should read When the Stars Fall first. And I promise, you will not be sorry for taking that chance because Brody McCallister will make you love him from the moment you meet him.

Thanks to Emery Rose and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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