You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn: Review of a sweet YA story.

Synopsis

“Witty and charming, with an off-the-charts, irresistible blend of romance, humor, and characters who steal your heart from page one. Erin Hahn is an author to watch.” – Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is LyingAnnie 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.

Erin Hahn’s thrilling debut, You’d Be Mine, asks: can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

Review

“It was pretend.

It was supposed to be this act professionals do for laughs. For profit. For whatever it was until it no longer was any of those things for the two people that mattered: me and him.”

4 stars

This is the definition of a cute story. Perfect for readers shying away from angsty reads and looking for a good time.

The characters are easy to love, easy to connect with.
Their inner conflicts are easy to relate with.
The pace is just right for the story, not too slow not rushed either.

Not many faults to find here. The book has been polished and everything runs smoothly.

On one hand you have Annie, gifted daughter of two mega country stars who left her too soon. She is courted by music labels for months now but is afraid to follow in her parents steps. She knows what glory can do to someone. How all consuming a passion can be.

On the other hand you have the current music golden bad boy Clay. He is barely nineteen and already big in the music industry.

“What comes to mind when you think of Clay Coolidge?”
(…)
“Sex appeal, boozehound, makes love to the mic, rock star, stadium filler.”

If he was born to sing he lost his way somewhere since his brother’s death. He is now trying to grieve and burrows in his pain in alcohol. The record label grows tired of his antics and sends Clay to settle a contract with Annie. She is their bargaining ship and his last chance.

Annie fought for years against her natural inclination but music is in her blood and can’t be denied any longer.

With her friends she’ll do Clay’s first part touring the whole summer with him and his best friend Fitz. Country music fans soon flock to these incredible concerts. They are magic together.

Of course you will have a romance but …it’s complicated as Annies is extremely guarded given her past and Clay thinks he does not deserve her.

“So, she sings like an angel, plays like the devil, pitches championships, and slays amusement park games. Is there anything you can’t do?”

They both will have to face the demons of their past and overcome their trauma if they want to become who they were meant to be and live their lives to the fullest.

I had a great time following this tribe, witnessing Annie’s rise and doubts while rooting for Clay who was obviously in need of help.

You have all the expected clichés about country music and it worked extremely well in this bitter sweet coming of age romance.

For a country music fan like me this was like walking in a candy store: all sweetness and hard to leave.

Thank you to St Martin’s Press and Netgalley for trusting me with this copy of the book. It had no influence whatsoever on my willing and always honest opinion.

Have you read it?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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18 Replies to “You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn: Review of a sweet YA story.”

  1. StackingMy BookShelves says: Reply

    I have had this on sitting on my shelf. I totally need to read it. Great review Sophie!

    Mary

  2. wonderful review Sophie! This is on my my most anticipated releases, so to hear that you enjoyed it makes me happy.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I really hope that you’ll love it too Kayla!

      1. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  3. It would be nice to read a YA romance without a lot of angst. Sounds sweet, Sophie.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      It was Laura!

  4. Great review, Sophie! This sounds like a fun read! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Raven and it is!

  5. I am all about the low angst and this sounds fun. I am all about books like this one.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I know Sam! So maybe try it? LOL

  6. Aw, this sounds like such a fun YA contemporary. Perfect for when you need a break from all the adult romance angst. 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Exactly Tanya!

  7. Great that this was so polished and sweet!! Wonderful review!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  8. I’ve seen this and now I’ve read your review I defo need it!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh Caro I hope you’ll love it!

  9. Sophie That’s an awesome review ❤ I seriously need to read it ASAP

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Priyasha!

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