Review: You'd Be Mine
*I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.*
Synopsis | Goodreads
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.
Review | Rating: 5 stars
I'll be honest and say that I did not know what this book was about when I requested it. I've been on a big romance kick lately and I loved the title and cover so I took a chance and was given a copy. When I started it, I wasn't sure about it since the main characters ranged from the age of 18 to 22ish and from the beginning, I could tell it would be angsty. I was not wrong about that. The tragedies and loses that Annie and Clay experienced would break anyone but they were still standing, still trying to find a way to cope with it all. Both of them were hurting and angry at the hand life had dealt them and Annie dealt with it better on the outside but still had demons but Clay was using booze and women to deal with his. I cried by the end of this one because Erin Hahn made me feel for both of these characters. She made me care for them so much that I just wanted to hold them both and tell them it would get better one day. Annie's story gutted me and is what finally opened the floodgates that were threatening throughout most of the book. Erin did a masterful job slowly telling both of their stories and showing the people behind the masks they used to hide behind. I loved Annie and Clay. Together they were magic and chemistry that was undeniable from the first time they were on stage together. Separately they were two broken people--each believing they weren't good enough for the other. Annie did not want to be her parents. She didn't want to be in a love so powerful that it ended up destroying everyone around you. She didn't want to risk her dreams for love and knew that she was still dealing with her own things to drag someone else in a relationship with her. Clay was still grieving the loss of his older brother but hadn't really dealt with it. He did not believe he was good enough for pure, sweet, innocent Annie and that he'd corrupt her. Both of them had things they needed to deal with before they could be together and realize that they both deserved better and each other.
I loved the slow burn of their relationship and the fact that Clay had to clean himself up and start working on himself before he could ever be enough for Annie. I loved Fitz and Kacey so much. They were adorable together and neither of them had any hangups about starting a relationship.I loved Jason too. He was protective of his friends and funny. The five of them together created a family of friends that had each other's backs and performed masterfully together. This book gave me all the feels and had such strong characters, writing, and plot. I enjoyed it immensely!