Sunday, December 14, 2014

Review ~ One Song Away by Molli Moran

Genre: NA contemporary
Pages: 200
Publication Date: November 30th, 2014
Publisher: Molli Moran
Goodreads Description: 
She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…

Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn't taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn't have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush (and former best friend) is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees...on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: re-introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn't bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. Sweet moments where she forgets they aren't really dating. And she didn't count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep...and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or finally write her own song? 
In this post, I shared my expectations for some books on my TBR. I'm bringing the statement I had with this book to compare with my thoughts after reading it.
I'm expecting to like this one, but not love it. I actually haven't read the description. The author is really nice, so I decided to request her upcoming NA from Netgalley. The cover makes it look like a sweet romance, but I tend to prefer my NAs with more edge and drama.

Source: I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

One Song Away is a tough book for me to review. There were a lot of great aspects to the story, but the last quarter of the book left me with a very negative impression.


THE GOOD PARTS

I loved the fake romance! It's one of my favorite types of romances and I was happy with how it turned out in this book. Jake and Sophie made a nice, swoon-worthy couple. I really liked how they had been best friends when they were teenagers. It made their chemistry more believable.

Sloane (a best friend) and Cassidy (the sister) were my favorite characters, though. They were supportive of the main character and I wouldn't mind reading books focused on either of them. I was really interested in what was happening in their lives. Also, I liked their personalities more than Sophie's.

WHERE THINGS WENT DOWNHILL

Around 77 percent, I started getting really annoyed with Sophie. Her actions didn't seem to line up with the personality she said she had. I had a hard time believing in her struggles or her growth from them because her actions and thoughts didn't convince me enough.

After that point, I started getting more irritated--super irritated. The way the messages were conveyed in the story just . . . rubbed me the wrong way. It felt repetitive. The character gave a seemingly never-ending internal monologue of how she had changed, what kind of person she became, that sort of thing. There seemed to be very few breaks (dialogue, interactions between characters, etc.) from it. 

Because the book went into this message-mode so much, I felt less impact from it than I should have. I didn't dislike the things being conveyed; it was the way they were always in my face that irritated me. I love powerful messages, but only when they're more subtle or done really well. I will also love them if I absolutely love the book in the first place. There wasn't enough balance between the message mode and the actual story in the last quarter for me to get anything out of Sophie's character growth. I just felt annoyed and eager to be done with the book.

On top of that and my problems with the main character, there was one of myleast favorite types of HEA endings. The last chapter felt unnecessary. 

OVERALL . . . 

One Song Away was a nice, romantic NA. I liked it for the most part. Because of all the things that annoyed me, though, I wasn't left with the impression that it was a great read.





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