You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Content Warnings: alcoholism, self harm, suicide, substance abuse, death of loved ones, panic attack description
I went into this not expecting to love it as much as I do now but WOW. I’m so blown away by this story and here are some reason why y’all should read it. This book itself is like a country song: full of tragedy, swoon-y and angsty romance and heartbreak and sassy southern attitude.
- SUMMER ROMANCE – This is a perfect summer read and there’s always about romances that take place during the summer that feel so different
- MUSIC – A major part of this is about the country music industry and going on tour which is something I’ve been looking to read. I love reading about bands and I wish Under the Willows (Annie’s band with her cousin Kacey and best friend Jason) would actually exist. Also the songs in here are powerful and fun and I hope one day they will actually be performed.
- ANNIE + CLAY– Annie Mathers is a cinnamon roll who is also sassy and has a lot of agency throughout the book which was very refreshing to see in a romance heroine. Then there’s the bad boy sinnamon roll Clay who is also a sort of cinnamon roll. I love that this book isn’t just about their angsty, swoony romance but also about each of their stories and how they need to look into their past and current selves to be together.
- SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS – Both Annie and Clay have supportive groups behind them such as Kacey (nice Kacey Musgraves reference!!!) and Jason (one of my favorites) and Clay’s best friend Fitz who has everyone’s back. I would trust that man with my life.
- TEARS WILL FALL – This book has so many poignant and real and dark moments of vulnerability, tragic backstories, and emotional development. I cried a lot. But that just showed how invested I became in these characters and their lives.
- DOLLY PARTON CAMEO – I won’t say when she shows up but Dolly is here and of course its a wonderful lil cameo.
One thing I didn’t like: the lack of yee haws in this book. DISAPPOINTED!!!
But seriously this book is AMAZING. Like all the good country songs, You’d Be Mine has crooning lovers, tragic tales, southern sass, and everyone having a good time.
If you are a fan of A Star is Born, country music, summer romances, and just a solid story, read You’d Be Mine which is out now!