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.
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Ahhh, thank you so much to St. Martin's Press for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
I need to start by saying that I LOVED this book. I'm a huge fan of the TV show Nashville and always tend to like stories that go "behind the scenes", in this case, what it's like to be a touring musician. It was actually the cover of this book that caught my attention first, and then when I read the synopsis, I thought it would be a cute story. It ended up completely capturing my attention and now I'm anxiously waiting for Erin Hahn to give us another book!
Real (and Flawed) Characters
I love that these characters actually seemed like real teenagers to me. They fall in love, freak out, drink, and make mistakes, and I thought it was great to see. Annie is the classic "girl next door", but Hahn goes the step further to actually explain why Annie doesn't have casual sex and why she's been so hesitant to sign with a record label. Likewise, Clay as the "bad boy" could have been stereotyped so quickly, but Hahn took him further and showed us what brought him to this point and whether he would ever find redemption. I also loved that Annie doesn't simply fall for Clay or think that she can "save him"; instead, she realizes that he has to do it himself. She's working through her own baggage and recognizes that she can't take on his as well. Hahn did a great job of humanizing these characters and giving them depth, which made for a great story.
Makes Me Want to Listen to Country
I'm not a big music person, but I do tend to listen to the country stations when we go to the cottage; there's something about the open road that calls for country music! However, reading You'd Be Mine makes me want to make a conscious effort to listen to country more often. I love the songs that Hahn wrote for this book and wish that I could actually listen to them. Clay's song brought tears to my eyes just with the lyrics, so I can only imagine what it would do to me with music behind them! I also loved that Hahn made a point of comparing Clay's "brand" with Annie's and how their are so many styles of country. Either way, their songs are excellent and I think country and non-country music listeners will love the lyrics too.
Just a Really Sweet Love Story
At the end of the day, this was such a lovely love story. I'd love to meet Annie and Clay (as well as Fitz, Kacey, and Jason!) and really hope that Hahn might consider writing them into another story in the future, just so we can see how everyone is doing! I felt like I was on the summer tour with everyone and loved getting to read about their adventures together. Erin Hahn did a great job writing this story so that it's approachable, entertaining, and ultimately, romantic. I also found out that the final version (not the ARC that I read) will have an additional epilogue with more Annie and Clay time!! I definitely need to get the final version as well because more time with them means more happy for me.
I thought this book was so lovely and I completely fell in love with the characters, their music, and their story. I can't wait for the final version to be published on April 2nd. So much love for this book and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Erin Hahn will give us more of them in the future!
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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