After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
*** Three stars
I enjoyed the premise of this book and I was really excited as I got started, but ultimately my main problem that kept me from enjoying it as much as I expected was the main character and the fact that she was just negative almost the whole time. I understand she has some serious baggage, but she just seemed to hate almost everyone she came in contact with. In the last 20 percent when she’s dealing with an issue with Matt, she is so closed off and persistently so. At one point she says about Matt, “He doesn’t deserve me.” But I struggle to remember any kind of selfless gesture or anything she did for Matt throughout the book, and wonder what makes her think *she* deserves *him.* He writes her songs, he pursues her, listens to her talk about her issues, and throws out a grand gesture toward the end, and she’s still just a … shrew. I just really didn’t care if she got a happy ending or a bad ending or what because ultimately I did not like her. I admittedly “relate” more to main characters who are more like me, the good girls, but I could have liked Reagan, the bad girl, if she was just a little less negative and judgmental and a little more open. The only times she resembled a character I might have liked was a few times with Dee.
That was a long rant, but I still enjoyed a lot about this book, and therefore I give it three stars.