Ladies and Gentleman, I’m here to announce that You’d be mine is coming out today!

I’ve sat on this book for MONTHS trying to get my words together, trying to understand what I actually thought about it and I think I finally am able to do so and just in time!
What took me so long? I had too many emotions about this book, good and bad, but mostly I needed to prove myself with something that only time would tell and I wasn’t wrong.

So where to start? I think need to write a disclaimer first.
I love music, I enjoy it deeply, and Country is one of my favourite genres. I’m not, however, one of those people that can’t live without music, religiously carrying headphones with them or always blasting something in their ears. I’m the type of listener that get fixated with songs or albums and start listening to them in a loop until I know them so deeply that they become white noise.
That said I have enjoyed this book, It shines a light in the ugly and shiny parts of the life on the other side, the backstage and onstage life.
There is some crude aspects in the entertainment industry where you play a persona and nothing else matter to a lot of people, and you only need to remember who you are because no one else will.
I found this book way heavier than the romantic fresh frame it was planned to have. I feel like it should come with some trigger warnings, some pretty big ones if I am to be honest.

But let’s shine a light on it and let’s start with what I loved before getting into more details, shall we?.

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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.


 

So, what do I love about this book? I love that the author gifted us with a double point of view, it allowed me to sympathise with characters I otherwise wouldn’t have, why? Because the characters in this story are onions! They have layers and public personas and more layers, they have traumas and charm and charisma and chips and crepe and it’s ok, they are human, they are young but way older than they should be, they are deep thrown into this wide-scale industry full of big names where everyone is tempting them with one or the other vice and not everyone can be strong, hell knows if I don’t know something about it! Clay is running from himself, he’s lost and clueless; Annie is done, a bundle of phobias and fears a set line of self-imposed don’ts that prevent her to ever step out of line. He’s using the damned way to run from his demons she’s using the merry way to stay away from hers, they are the Ying to their Yang and together they’ll find a balance that it’s actually quite perfect.

I Loved how in this book Love takes the centre stage and then bows and take a step aside for self-growth and self-love. I love how they need to be a better person for themselves in order to be so for each other, I just really liked it. It lightened up my Sunday and It trapped me from the very beginning.
I loved the alternate chapters, I think it was the best choice ever, It helped us have an insight on a character that, otherwise, would’ve been simply judged and not truly understood. As well as open our eyes to grief, sorrow and loss.

This book made me cry, swoon and feel so much, so… why only 3.5 stars?

[SPOILER- ISH]


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blame it on the ending.

After months I have Just realised I don’t miss it, I don’t have a clear image in my mind of it, it wasn’t epic, it wasn’t THAT BOOK that I will remember when I think about my books of 2019, that ending felt bland, almost anticlimactic, It was nice as a thought and I applaud the virtue behind it, but didn’t feel like in par with the rollercoaster that was the rest of the book! And that, for me, is the difference between a memorable book and… well, a not so memorable one.

 

3.5 /5 ☆
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OULD I RECOMMEND IT?
Yes, why not? It’s cute, it’s pretty and It’s well thought, I think a lot of people would love it, especially if they read it while listening to country music!

The e-copy of this book was gifted to me on Netgallery in exchange for an honest review

This is it, this is the time:
I FINISHED THIS BOOK I CAN FINALLY RANT ABOUT IT!

Most of you might not know it but I’m a massive Gilmore Girls fan, I’m prone to    Rewatches of it and it’s the reason why I forced myself into liking coffee to begin with. The fact that I am now absolutely coffee obsessed is all their fault!  I’m still unsure how I feel about a year in the life ( or better: I know full well how I feel about it but I’ve decided to focus only on the fact that I got to see them again),, but there is something I’m extremely sure about: Between Rory and Lorelai, my favourite character will forever be Lorelai. Growing up with a single parent, I dreamt my mom was that cool – don’t get me wrong, my stepfather is the coolest but my mom and I were never… friends! Lorelai really had Rory’s back and I never felt like my mom understood me like that. At 27 I know consider my mother one of my best friends. We have a weird, not always healthy but strong friendship and I think in some way I owe it to Gilmore girls for teaching me how to. So when I heard about Lauren’s book I put it in my TBR and there it lingered until now ( because I’m an idiot and non-fiction still scares me a bit). But when I finished Lies sleeping  I didn’t think I was ready to dive into anybody else’s world so I thought I start early on my 2019 resolution and grab this book — and I’m sooo happy I did!
Since the first few pages I was super excited, I brew myself a big mug of coffee and I sat down with the soundtrack from the season 1 of GG ( click ) and I started reading.

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The tone is settled right at the beginning, Lauren Graham is witty and charming in her special way that hits the spot right so. This book is raw and humble and naked in the way only a good person, a real person can be. Now I know that Hollywood people are real people, but there is Angelina Jolie real and then there is Lauren Graham real. While Angelina Jolie’s real feel still somewhat wrapped in mysticism and it would probably still be if I were to help her do the laundry;  Lauren’s type of real is funny, full of doubt and gaffes, of feeling ready but realising once there that you were not or that it wasn’t for you, of sticking with something and caring enough to make it part of you, of clicking with people, of following signs and don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, of believing you missed your train when it hasn’t yet passed by and in believing it has arrived and gone when it was just the beginning. Of finding her own self-worth within herself and learning that enemies are fine but friends and family are there so you can share your life with them and they will be important and cherished at any time of your life.
I love Gilmore girls, I like certain moments more than others and I was so glad I could see that a character that I loved so much was actually nothing more than an actress I like so very much with a bit of make up on and doubtful wardrobe choices, that the person I thought she might be results to be her real her. Not that It matters, but It’s always nice knowing that the figures you looked up growing up are actual humans with insecurities, set backs and real lives, that you can peek through reading their books.

C O N C L U S I O N S: 

For how much I struggle with non fiction I found this book smooth and pleasurable to read, the throne and humor reach you with ease and you find yourself smirking on your own in the tube, It’s fresh and relaxing, it feels like a catch up with an old friend and will leave you wanting to have yet an other series, even if you know it’s over, but is it…? Don’t you think it looked more like a cliffhanger…?

HAPPY BLOGMAS!

Sooo! Since the  last TBR post was so popular and since I had promised you guys a Christmassy one, here I am to deliver! This is the list of Christmas books I have started early November and that I still am filling; it’s mainly composed of two types of books: those that I have already managed to read  (mainly because they were given to me on Netgallery), and those that I have yet to read but I am really looking forward to and I will read as soon as this hectic of a schedule will calm down. Lately I’ve been super busy and so active, It’s a new feeling, but I’m not complaining! It just leaves less time to read… Anyway, let’s get to it!

Snowy nights at the lonely heart hotel.

51h1b42bdrqlI’ve already used an entire blog post raving about this book, It’s sweet, cozy and lovely, if you are a fan of the “ family makes Christmas” trope, this is the book for you! It’s funny,  full of inclusion and positivity, and Just a generally easy read to ease you into the season.

 

 

A Christmas Date:

4997e9c02a412e518c438d57511f30e4a9f4a4d1This book was… childish, but easy, it’s well written but Not exactly deep. It’s petty and bratty, but it’s also funny and quick, it’s a book that I will suggest if you are desperate to fill your time while on the train home or between a good read and an other, It’ll take you less than a couple of hours to read it and It’ll make you enjoy life away from family during the holidays. The plot is pretty easy, the protagonist hires a professional to pretend to be his boyfriend at a family gathering, the actual book has more to it than that, the characters are incredibly petty and childish but Santa  will do its magic, doesn’t he always do?

Christmas at Log fire cabin:

517pnu7lzslNow, this is one of the books that are on my TBR, I saw it from my friend Steph (@thebookishrose_) and I must have it, I’m just waiting for amazon to restock it!
This is so classically Hallmark story that I’m wondering how it’s not a movie yet.
I think This might become my first book of the year, since I always start with a romance!  The plot: Poppy has an ultimatum, well it’s not really an ultimatum but I expect it will feel as such; her boyfriend proposed and he gave her 12 days to give him an answer, twelve days particularly busy, especially with hers and her best friend’s dream at their fingers and the attractive owner of the cabin where they are catering an event! Let’s just say they will need a Christmas miracle to sort out her thoughts and life options!

Murder  under the Christmas, Murder on Christmas Eve and A very Murderous Christmas.

If you are sick and tired of romance book with “ Christmas” In the title and if, like me, you are swamped by extra shifts, family obligation and last-minute gift shopping, I think this books will be for you! This collections of Christmas themed crimes will deliciously make your Christmas a bit more cunning. While mistletoe toe hunts around and you see everyone look longingly at it, you can detect clues from your relative or let the narrative play its magic! 30 short stories, three books, what are you waiting for? If you read one a day and double out on Christmas Eve, Christmas  and Boxing Day you’ll be done by 20019!


For the books I still want to read I’m probably going to wait until January, as I usually do for Christmas books! I usually end up reading them either in November or in January. I know, I’m weird! Anyway, this was all I’ve got! Read loads, be merry and Let me know if you have any more Christmassy books you’d like to suggest!