Monday, May 11, 2020

REVIEW: You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn

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.

Source: Netgalley
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Shel: You'd Be Mine is a throwback to when New Adult was new and really targeted to those late teen/early twenty somethings who were trying to figure out the world and their place in it. It's youthful without being too young and it's mature without it being super sexualized, like NA novels seemed to become in the heyday of the NA world. You'd Be Mine feels like the older sister to YA and it works. It novel features two young up and coming country music stars, Annie and Clay, going on tour together and trying to navigate some of the pressures and expectations of what people expect of their 'stars'.

Shel: More so, it's about both of them finding out how to begin coping with the baggage that they each carried onto the tour. They were both so deeply wounded by things in their past that it was really rewarding to see how they found their HEA at the end. I appreciated the way Erin Hahn designed the path of love and acceptance that Annie and Clay had to journey on. Their dreams, heartaches, struggles, and confrontations were pitch perfect for who they were and what they wanted to be--nothing ever felt too much or not enough.

Shel: I have no idea what Erin Hahn has planned next but I do know that I'll be looking forward to reading whatever it is.

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