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.”
Trigger Warnings: Heavy Alcohol Use, Drug Use (once by one of the MCs), Suicide (although it doesn’t happen in the time of the story being told, there are a couple of scenes that are pretty graphic describing it).
After meeting Clay, all I can say is God bless the country boys. Clay is the spitting image of modern day country music singers wearing those blue jeans and boots. I’ll be honest, after reading this book, I might have to go and pick me up a country boy of my own (because I’ve always joked that I’d find me a city man).
“Wherever these boys are finding their denim, I want a lifetime membership to their mailing catalog.”
Clay comes from a small town where everyone knows your business and when his brother dies in the Army when Clay is 15, Clay decides that he’s going to run from his demons in his small town and make it big. Over the years he’s gained the reputation of being a playboy, drinking country singer before the ago of 19 that could ultimately be the reason for his music career coming to an end.
Annie on the other hand comes from country music sweethearts. Nothing’s the same after Annie finds her parents dead as a young teenager. After moving in with her grandparents and cousin, she stays out of the media and plays at small gigs with her cousin (Kacey) and best friend (Jason). That’s until she’s offered the chance of a life time to tour with Clay to help clean up his image. Annie’s hesitant to the offer because she wants to prove that she’s more than the child of two of country’s biggest name in modern times and bring back some of old country music charm.
Despite the different upbringings and attitudes towards life, Annie and Clay have an undeniable pull towards one another.
After a few roadblocks, Clay sees that Annie is the happiness that his life needs while Annie is afraid that history is on repeats and they will end up in the vicious life of the music industry and ultimately like her parents. Both of them must work through the past on their own and with each other in order to move forward and stay ahead of the darkness that looms behind them.
I was kind of surprised with how dark this book. This book is lays both Annie and Clay’s emotions on each and every page. During the whole book, I felt their pain, happiness, confusion, and every other emotion that two grieving teenagers could possibly feel in an industry where people full their creativity with those emotions.
Despite the fact that Annie and Clay don’t have any parents, they have amazing friends that are their support system. Kacey, Jason, and Fitz have seen the pair through their darkest days and continue to encourage Annie and Clay to not give in to the past that is more than willing to tear them apart. Without their friends, both Annie and Clay would fall into the darkness that surrounds the music industry like Annie’s parents.
Throughout this story, we see the two characters face their past and work towards redemption. They work through their destructive grieving habits and become lighter in the end.
- Talk Fast by 5SOS
- Highway Don’t Care by Tim McGraw ft. Taylor Swift
- Talk Later by The Vamps
- This Girl by Hunter Hayes
- In a Song by Hunter Hayes
- Style by Taylor Swift
- If Walls Could Talk by 5SOS
- 8 Letters by Why Do We
- Missing You by The Vamps
Happy reading until next time,