I was provided a free copy of this by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release: April 2, 2019
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.
I think the first thing that attracted to me to this book, in all honesty, was the cover. So, I’m going to give it major pointers there before we get started. Second, was the premise — I mean, getting to travel along on a dreamy, summer country tour and swoon along the way? I couldn’t resist.
This is Hahn’s debut novel, and let me tell you how impressed I am. This story is so light, so fun, so heart-wrenchingly/warmingly good, that I am so honored I got to be one of the first to read it.
Clay and Annie, the MCs, in this are just absolutely amazing. One thing that really makes a book for me is that the characters need to be so real that I ca almost reach out and touch them, and that’s what Hahn has done here.
One of the things I enjoyed the most about this, was that Clay, while the male love interest, was never described as being anything other than “handsome and broad shouldered”, which is beyond what I coud ask for. In most romance novels, it seems, description of their ‘wash-board abs” and “perfect smile” get in the way, but Hahn knew what she was doing with this one by keeping a lot of the details up to the reader, which really really worked.
I think my all time favorite thing in this, however, wasn’t only the connection between the characters throughout and the how Hahn’s minimalism in graphic description really made for the work, but possibly the songs that Hahn crafts for us. Each of the originals in here that Clay and Annie sing, I can almost hear, can almost picture myself listening to on a stroll to class or with the windows down, driving home to my little town in Tennessee.
Hahn has crafted a beautiful little story here that is so warm that it reminds me of fresh baked apple pie sitting on the windowsill. Give this one a shot. Clay’s and Annie’s stories are sure to win you over and have you melting too.
What do you look for in a romance? Let’s chat in the comments!