Thursday, August 1, 2013

BOOKANISTAS: Dirty Little Secret

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 love Jennifer Echols! I love all her books so much, and I was so excited when I heard that this newest one had a music focus. You know me and my music...I love it, and I loved a main character and a hot boy who were both musically talented. 

No one in YA is writing romance scenes like Jennifer Echols, you guys. They are hot, hot, hot, but they are also between awesome characters who are totally developed and interesting. Sam has a lot of issues, but so does Bailey, so they are a great pair with a ton of chemistry. One of my favorite scenes between them isn't even one of the makeout scenes, but one where they are playing music on stage together. Damn, she knows how to make a fiddle sexy.

Music + hot Jennifer Echols romance = you know its right up my alley. This newest one does not disappoint!

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today...

Lenore Appelhans sings out for CODA by Emma Trevayne
Stasia Ward Kehoe admires ALL MEN OF GENIUS by Lev AC Rosen


  1. I've been wondering about this one for a while, so I'm happy to hear that it was as good as I was hoping it would be. Thanks for the great review and recommendation, Jess! :D

  2. I really love Jennifer Echols, but I had a hard time with this one. I really didn't like the love interest. It felt like he was just using her, and I had to stop reading. I'm going to try to pick it up again at some point, but I just couldn't take him or her with him. I will say, the setting is so fun, and the music element was great.

  3. I've been looking for some great character YA books, so this is SO helpful. Thanks for this, Jessica!