Thursday, April 10, 2014

BOOKANISTAS: Open Road Summer

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

I'm sure you guys are expecting a more coherent review of this book than OMG THIS BOOK I LOVE IT SO MUCH! And, honestly, I'll try to give you one. But, seriously, OMG THIS BOOK I LOVE IT SO MUCH! 

I knew I wanted to read this book when I first heard about it because it checks all of my boxes. Romance? Check. Best friends? Check. Travel? Check. Music? Check. So, I expected to like it. Maybe even like it a lot. I had no idea how much I would fall in love with this book, though. It was just so, so perfect. 

Emery Lord's writing is beautiful. I wanted to hug this book when I was done with it (in fact, I actually may have done it) because there are so many beautiful passages and turns of phrase throughout. It's been months since I read the ARC of this book and there is one particular part that I still think about because I love how gorgeously it was worded. The whole book is like that, too. Lovely writing that is totally accessible. It's one you'll want to read again and again. (I know I do!)

I especially loved the friendship in this book. I love a strong friendship between girls on the page, where the two friends love and encourage each other. This book is about the kind of friend you want to have and the kind of friend you want to be - that one-of-a-kind friendship that holds a special place in my heart. My girlfriends have always been so important in my life, so I really love reading books like this one that celebrate that friendship.

The romance in this one is amazing, too. It's a fabulous slow-burn, we can't be together but we totally want to romance between two really well-developed characters that completely sizzles. You'll want to fall in love with these two, and you'll be sad when this book is over. For real. 

I loved everything about this book. So much so that I'm downright evangelical about it. I'm singing the praises of OPEN ROAD SUMMER far and wide. Get a copy of it next week so we can gush about it, and then pass along the recommendation to another contemp lover. I promise, you'll fall in love.
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  1. Aaaah! I hate that I haven't read this yet. :-( Cannot wait for my preordered copy to arrive next week. I have a feeling I'm going to LOVE it. Great review, Jess!

  2. This book looks like the perfect summer read!

  3. This book sounds awesome! I love a good slow burn romance :)