Sunday, December 30, 2018

#ARCReview: You'd Be Mine By Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
Format: Egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
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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: Suicide, Drug use & Alcoholism

This book was an interesting one, but I have to be the first to admit that Country Music is really not my thing, and since this book was about young Country Music stars it didn't really fit with the type of stuff I read. That is totally on the reader in me, not on the book itself, so I would take my review with a little grain of salt. This book just wasn't for me, but I still was invested in the characters that I was glad I read it. It's a solid book, just not one I would be shouting at everyone to drop everything to read it.

I picked up this book because it looked like a sweet young adult contemporary romance. It does have that in this book, but it also was much darker than I expected. Our protagonist Annie is the daughter of Country Music stars who died when she was thirteen, in a really bad way. I was kind of annoyed that the book drug out telling us how her parents actually died. So I do wish that was revealed much sooner in the book. When you do find out, it makes a lot of sense why Annie has resisted signing to a label for so long. The girl has been through a lot, and she is so afraid of becoming her mother. She makes some mistakes in this book, which I think makes sense for a girl of her age, but she also feels so mature at times. It's clear her grandparents upbringing really stuck.

The love interest Clay is really broken, but the whole time I just really did not like the romance between Clay or Annie. He was just a Grade A Jerk! Even when he starts to change his ways towards the end of the book, I just didn't feel like these two fit together. I do like that Clay gets a redemption Arc in this book and it was good to see his development, but I just never liked the guy. It made it hard for me to root for him, because every time he would do something nice he would turn around a be a huge jerk the next time.

There is only one person of color in this book, that we know about, which is Annie's drummer and best friend Jason Diaz. It's even mentioned early on in their tour that people kept on mistaking him for a roadie. I was glad this was mentioned, but then it's only once and we never really see what comes of that. I did really love Annie's bandmates Jason and Kacey. They gave the book a lot of comic relief, and it was nice to see she had a great support system.

The book is really steeped in Country music, that was cool, but also it didn't really interest me. That is totally a personal opinion, so if you love Country music this would be a perfect book for you.

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