After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy step-mother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true. Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.
Overall Rating: 5/5 — Refreshing new adult read set in the world of country music and of course, hot country music artists.
“The world wants fun and shiny and new, but I save the best of me for when I’m alone with you. Yeah I’ll keep it all in, hide it under a grin. ‘Cause you’re the only one who sees, yeah you’re the only one who sees, the other side of me.”
I’m not really all that familiar with the inner workings of the world of country music, but one thing’s for sure: what it has is HEART at the very middle of it, and that’s also exactly what this story have. To be honest, this one didn’t exactly have a very unique twist to it of some sort to set it apart from other music-themed new adult novels, but for some reason, I felt so much more attached to the characters and the story regardless of that fact. And that’s reason enough for me to give this novel a five-star rating.
So we meet Kylie Lou Ryans, a striving musician in Nashville, who suddenly found herself on tour with country music’s bad boy, Trace Corbin. Sparks did fly, but when I say sparks, I mean it in a rather negative way. Because instead of getting instantly attracted to each other, they often fought and got into each other’s nerves primarily due to the fact that they’re complete opposites of each other: Kylie is very determined and strong-willed in achieving her dream to become a bonafide country music artist, while Trace is pretty much pissing his career down the drain without having second thoughts. But of course, somewhere in between all those negative tension is their budding attraction and undeniable pull to each other.
I lived for moments when Trace let his guard down and showed the “halfway decent man” in front of Kylie. He really had a good reason for being a hard-headed prick, especially because of the tricky and deceiving world of showbiz, and you can’t help but feel for him after what he had to go through ever since he was young. I admit, there were moments that I wanted to shake Kylie Lou for acting very immature, but then I am reminded that she is in fact barely an adult anyway. Both of them had their insecurities, shortcomings, and false judgments, but somehow they got over it and I can’t help but be over the moon with how they finally reconciled. It was simple and very heartwarming. And yes, Trace is one helluva hot and very swoon-worthy musician, just in case you’re wondering. It was a happy ever after for them but it’s still not the end of their story. I’m just really hoping that they’re strong enough together to overcome any shit that would come in the sequel.