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.
Going into this book I expected a great light contemporary summer read. I got so much more than what I bargained for with this novel.
This book starts out perfectly with two girls who are going on a road trip summer… well in a way. They are going on tour for Dee’s country music tour. Reagan is her best friend and tagging along in the hopes that she will have a break from her life at home. Reagan has always been a mess lately while growing up and in this novel the reader will get to see why she is the way she is.
I have to say I really loved Reagan because she reminded me a little of myself. She is full of attitude and spark. She doesn’t put up with any crap from anyone and she is stubborn. I loved this about her because I always enjoy my female leading characters with a bit of sass and attitude. Not all girls in the world can be like her best friend Dee who is sugar and spice and everything nice. I enjoyed learning about Reagan’s past and what specifically happened to her to make her act in this fashion and I was really impressed with her character growth throughout the entire book.
Of course what summer romance read would be complete without a leading male character. I have to say I was also really impressed with Matt. He seemed like a guy who was a little too clean cut at first and I wasn’t sure how that was going to match well with Reagan but once you give Matt a chance to show you who he is you will want him as much as I did. He has this rugged side to his personality and he does love to bug Reagan in order to gain her attention and affection. I loved watching him melt Reagan’s heart slowly over time. He certainly had his work cut out for him and I loved watching every minute of their romance and the struggles that they went through.
Right before the ending of this book I had to say that I was liking the book but the book hadn’t yet jumped into a top contender category for me. I liked all of the characters, romance, drama, and friendship but it needed something a little extra. I’m glad to say that at the end of the book I did get that something extra. I just loved how Matt and Reagan ended up in this book. I felt that they both really put themselves and their hearts out there for each other and I loved how their interactions at the end of the story felt so real and I loved some quotes in the last few pages because they reminded me of my romance with my fiance. I think that at the end Lord did an awesome job with this book. I was at first appalled when Stephanie here at Once Upon a Chapter compared this slightly to Sarah Dessen’s writing and book style but I do have to say that if someone were going to go head to head with Dessen for the Queen of Contemporary Title, I would want it to be Lord. I have to say Dessen is still my favorite but I can’t wait to devour all of the future books by Lord.