Friday, March 15, 2013

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

Dirty Little Secret
Good Reads Summary
Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

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…

My Thoughts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve only seen two episodes of Nashville but what I have seen, I’ve liked. Dirty Little Secret matches up to it with the drama and family and connections you don’t want and complications- both the romantic then the familial sort, from both the leads in this one.

I got sucked in it if reading this in a handful of hours in any proof of that. Yes, I’m as surprised as anyone to find that I loved reading this, though I didn’t feel as strongly for the characters. Because truly, I found myself wanting to punch Sam more than once. HARD. Yet, I also liked the guy… both of the leads in fact are likeable: Bailey because you feel sorry for her at first, then because something better in her shines through; Sam because he’s written to be liked, his tendency toward making double entendre at the most odd moments not withstanding (though that was a big part of his charm,too.)

And I liked the baggage they were both carrying too. Bailey with her swept off to the side drama got me not teary eyed but angry on her behalf… so, so angry on her behalf! Then Sam, with his dad being the way he was and with his other drama that had him making a little more sense to me, though I must confess, knowing his WHY, I still desperately wanted to punch him. Again, HARD. Except I couldn’t completely not not like him because there’s this other aspect, this honest (up to a point) part to the guy that allows Bailey to acknowledge some truths. That bit? That had me liking him a little more (and yes, as said, that’s even with me wanting to punch him!)

Bailey, though you can see how she’s left messed up by her choices but also largely by the choices made by those around her. So I was sad for her, felt sorry for. Simply, I felt for her. And when finally things come to a head, I’m all “YAY!” for her, in my head, but I was also feeling things a tad to pitch perfect/feel good, as in “This is your moment so claim it, girl!” Hokey. I suppose, but after all the not-really-dramatic but more emotionally charged stretches that that had preceded it, it made sense.

The rest of the people in this are filler though, her family especially. I hated her parents. and all the excuses she’d make for one or the other was a strike against the girl, but I suppose it’s one of those I can feel that way because they’re my family but no one else can.  Not to say that others were filler as well, but there could have been more from them, you know? I enjoyed Sam’s ‘family.’ How he and Ace and Charlotte fit and then argued then fit again. How one word was enough from any of them to hold another back. Then how they’re aware of each other’s history. Of course, there’s that Sam and his father bit… which was sad sad sad too, but that aside, the leads in this one? They’re different, but not completely different because I found myself believing what it was they were going through and wanting an HEA somehow.

Thank you, Edelweiss!


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