36146624You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

ARC received from the publisher for a fair review.
Publish date: April 2, 2019

 

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.

Erin Hahn’s thrilling debut, You’d Be Mine, asks: can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

The Story

As you readers know I tend to pick a song as a “soundtrack” for each book. Sometimes that’s easy, sometimes they just come to me. You’d Be Mine is almost in itself a song on it’s own. Following the story of country singers had me listening to Hahn’s own playlist that she put together (see her site for the playlist) and ultimately I have this strong desire to go to a country concert, a ho down, a rodeo, anything that will get my fingers tucked into my belt loops, kicking my feet and dancing with some cowboys and cowgirls. The funniest part of all of this? I’ve never really listened to country music. Now I am jumping out of my seat to get my butt to the next honkytonk. With all that being said, I can say that I was enthralled by this contemporary YA.

You’d be mine was a little more than just a romance between two country singers. It dealt with some heavier issues that made my cold heart hurt. Trigger warnings include: drug abuse, alcoholism, suicide, loss of war victims. As the tour continued I thought I would get tired of hearing about them being in a bus, on a stage singing, but through the character development the story progressed drawing you in. Through the story songs are included to help show what the characters were feeling as well as brought in the whole music bit back into the book. All I want is for some youtube singer to put a little diddy with it so the songs can be real.

The Characters

The dynamic between Clay (Jefferson) and Annie was definitely the driving factor of the book. And while I love a fun ya contemporary having a character driven book where the protagonists have to overcome their personal obstacles are my favorite. Annie and Clay both have their individual issues while simultaneously needing the world to love them for who they were. Annie needing the validation of her own talent outside of the shadow of her parents. Clay needing the love for who he is outside of just being a hot country singer. The combination of the two had my heart breaking so hard as Clay struggled with his self esteem, which is usually bestowed on female protagonists, with the draw that Annie had to just show him some genuine love. Ugh, my heart is clenching thinking about how much Annie helped him accept himself for who he was and to have a desire to be a good person in general.

The Soundtrack

Kings of Leon – True Love way

The Author

Erin Hahn started writing her own books when her little sister gave her shade about a country music-themed Twilight fanfic. By day, she likes to help kindergartners make snakes out of playdoh. By night, she writes swoons. She married her own YA love interest who she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat, Gus, who plays fetch.

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