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?
”He’s just as damaged as I am. He’s got heartache and grief and loneliness, and if I can’t survive him, he sure as hell can’t survive me.”
I wasn’t expecting this book to make me feel so many things. This book tackles quite a bit of hard topics such as loss of a sibling/parents, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse. Make sure you are in the right headspace before you crack this one open.
With that said, I commend Hahn because she really went for it in this debut novel. We get two really damaged characters here that both are trying to recover from very traumatic things. However, the main thing that they have in common is their love for music. Without music, the small thread they are holding onto would snap in half.
Hahn’s writing made you feel that. Made you believe it. Honestly guys, the way she weaved her words together hypnotized me. Don’t even get me started on some of the song lyrics that we get through this book. The lyrics for the title song “You’d Be Mine” fit so well for Annie and Clay that I was amazed at how great it was.
The relationship between Annie and Clay stole my breath away. I don’t even like angst but I was inhaling it like air between these two. Read the quote below:
”I’ve never in my life kissed someone like this. Felt like this. Wanted like this. It’s as though we’re one person. Like my soul found it’s fucking other half.”
You guys! Those small moments of pure emotion that we got between these two made me so happy and just tingly inside.
If you pick this up thinking that it’s just going to be a basic country love story with no depth, then you will be proved wrong. Erin Hahn made a good debut novel and I can’t wait to read her next book.
ARC provided by Wednesday Books for an honest review. Quotes were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.
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 kindergarteners 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.