By Jennifer Echols
Release Date:July 16 2013
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…
I was given an ARC for an honest review.
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Echols.She is always an author I can count on to write a great book.Dirty Little Secret is the story of Bailey who was part of a musical duo,but only her sister was signed to a music deal and her parents pretty much stopped caring about her.She went to live with her Granddad and he was able to get her a job in the mall playing music where she meets Sam.Thus embroiling her back into the music world her parents no longer want her to be a part of.
Im going to be honest.I loved Jennifer Echols books.I always get so excited when I see she has released a new book or one will be forthcoming, that this one somewhat threw me for a loop.It didn't feel like it was up to Jennifers normal writing.I had a incredibly hard time understanding Sam and why he did what he did.It felt like he was all over the place.Things happened pretty quickly in the book as well that it was almost happening too fast.I wanted the book to slow down a bit so I could figure out what was going on with Bailey and Sam.I feel like I didn't get as good of a grasp on Sam as I could have because the fact that he dated alot was brought up so much.There was one part in the book where Bailey and Sam have a huge moment and it happened so fast that I literally had to re-read it to make sure I didnt miss anything.I just didnt feel like this one had the same zing as Jennifers books normally do.I do love the cover and I love the basis of the book.I think if maybe a few things were slowed down and some things were perhaps delved into a bit more it would be a 5 star book in my eyes.