Genre: YA contemporary
Publication date: July 16th, 2013
Publisher: MTV Books
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
From the author of the “real page-turner” (Seventeen) Such a Rush comes an unforgettable new drama that follows friends-turned-lovers as they navigate the passions, heartbreaks, and intrigue of country music fame.
Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.
Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…
Dirty Little Secret was my third Jennifer Echols book and I am happy to say she's impressed me yet again! I really enjoy reading her contemporary romances. While events towards the end prevented me from liking this one quite as much as Going Too Far or Such a Rush, I still enjoyed most aspects of the book.
BAILEY, THE MAIN CHARACTER
Bailey was awesome! She was rough around the edges and able to stand up for herself. I loved how she didn't let anyone try to walk all over her without pushing back against them. Her voice never bored me and her passion for music (when it was shown) was nice to see.
This author is really good at writing romance. Bailey and Sam had a . . . tumultuous relationship, sure, but I like book relationships like that. There were times when the characters found each other irresistible, but they had several rough patches to work through. For the majority of the book, I loved the romance. One turn of events towards the end made me officially dislike Sam. Then, at the end, their relationship felt forced to me. I wasn't convinced of their chemistry as much as I was before. Nevertheless, the romance was still something that I really enjoyed.
I love music based books! This one had country music in it (which I also love) and had a fiddler as the main character. The music added a fun aspect to the book. It also heightened some of the drama because a lot of conflict concerning Sam's band arose. This could possibly be annoying to some readers, but not to me. Books are one of the only things that I actually like to see a little a little drama in. It keeps a story interesting.
I really liked reading Dirty Little Secret, mainly for the reasons I've already explained. This book was definitely an enjoyable read--quick, too. If you're a Jennifer Echols fan, I highly recommend reading this one. If you haven't read her books but love a great romance and an awesome protagonist, you may like this one!
My questions for you:
Do you like music based books?
Have you read any of Jennifer Echols' books?