Ｔｉｔｌｅ：You’d Be Mine
Ｒａｔｉｎｇ：★ ★ ★ ★ ★
＊Ｎｏｔｅ：I received an ARC of this book on 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.
✩ Annie was really genuine and honest, she was also a little spunky but kind.
✩ Clay was troubled but he had a good heart. He changed a lot through the book.
❝ “Wherever these boys are finding their denim, I want a lifetime membership to their mailing catalog.” ❞
This is such a cute and warm story about two music stars struggling with their inner demons. For Annie Mathers, it means not falling for the dangers of the industry or meeting the same tragic end as her parents. For Clay Coolidge, it means facing the loss of his brother and admitting that he needs help before he hits rock-bottom. When Clay lands himself in the spotlight again due to his drinking problems, his label gives him one last chance to redeem himself and save his image.
From the moment Annie enters his life, Clay is at once awed and threatened by Annie. He recognizes her talent and envies the way she can be herself in her music—a privilege he doesn’t have. In a way, he senses that she’s the real deal and knows that eventually, she may outshine him. What he doesn’t expect is the way she slowly awakens the boy he used to be before the stage became his life.
As you can expect, Clay definitely gives Annie a hard time now and then. What makes it great is that Annie doesn’t really let him get away with it. She calls him out on his BS and gets real with him in a way that no one else does. She sees the real talent he hides away and she pushes him to be a better person. One of my favorite parts has to be when she writes a song in retaliation to him being a jerk on stage and instead of being angry, Clay gives her props for it.
Aside from this, I also love the romance in this book. I feel like things really developed naturally in this book. Moreover, I think it was interesting that both characters were hesitant about it to start. For Annie, it all came back to how her parents went down a dark road, and for Clay, it was more about him realizing he was a mess and not wanting to pull Annie down into the mud with him.
I think the ending of the book was great the way it was because even though we didn’t have everything wrapped up neatly there was this feeling of “they’re going to make it”. Totally recommend this if you enjoy contemporary YA romance!
Do you like contemporary YA romance? If you do, tell me one of your favorites!