You'd Be Mine

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 05 Apr 2019

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I received a E-ARC for my honest review from Netgalley. I want to say thank you Netgally and Wednesday books for letting me read and review this book.

This book is about Annie and Clay. Clay is a popular artist in country music and Annie is a daughter of two country music legends. Clay is a young adult that is struggling with the loss of his big brother and dealing with being famous. I can't honestly imagine. Annie is just finishing high school when "trouble" knock on her grans door to join his summer tour. Clay has not been on his record labels good side so he needs some help. Annie wants to stay out on the spotlight because of what happened to her parents but music is in her blood. Annie and her hand agree to your with Clay. 
Will clay save his career with the help of Annie? Will Annie be able to figure out her feelings for Clay? 

Please read this amazing and cute story. It had me laughing and blushing with every page!!
Annie is by far my favorite. She has this sweet charm but fire to her. 

This is definitely a book I will read again.
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I loved this one! I wish I hadn’t waited this long to read it because it was way better than I was expecting it to be. I was expecting a light, fluffy contemporary, but this turned out to be much darker. The characters were well developed. The plot was engaging. Overall, I really enjoyed reading it.
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You’d Be Mine is a quick and fun read. One that once you start reading you will keep reading till you are done. Where the bad boy Clay is finally having that reputation is starting to hurt him. So he needs to change his image and reform his bad boy ways. That’s where Annie comes in, Clay needs to convince her and her band to come on tour with him to reform his image. Both Clay and Annie have had bad things happened to them and they are weary of trusting others. This makes their journey to finding love with one another an interesting story.
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You'd Be Mine is a fun and super sweet read. The kind of book that makes you smile and swoon, and have the urge to start blaring music. It's slightly predictable, but that doesn't take away from the story.
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I had been very excited about this release due to the country romance. I love country music and felt this was a new and fresh idea for a YA book.It definitely lived up to my expectations. It explores great friendships and family dynamics as well as teen love.

Annie is a character who you automatically love as she's friendly, talented and charismatic. Some of her background is sad and is written in an impactful emotional way, exploring grief realistically.

Clay is the bad boy you wish you hated but secretly like which i think as a reader i felt and so does Annie to. He is quite mysterious with obvious problems but  is also sensitive towards others. He  puts on the bravado of being tough and care free which i think was great to have and portrays what fans see in the media of real pop stars.

The group of friends Kasey, Jason and Fitz provide the humour and support to their co-stars throughout the book. I also enjoyed the bond they all make as a group with their life on tour, late night antics , fights and make ups all of which makes the story engaging.

I loved the tense atmosphere throughout which made me so desperate for them to get together after all the turbulent times of drugs, alcohol and fame. The ending was the perfect swoon worthy romance.

Everyone should definitely go and pick this book up, its a fabulous new release written beautifully.
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This was an adorable read. I loved the Nashville TV show feel of this book. I loved that it was told from two points of view but you also see how the peripheral characters felt. 

Clay and Annie could be real people. You felt Clay spiral and you feel like he is a little bit based on Justin Bieber. Annie feels like an early Taylor Swift. The Taylor that was sweet and innocent. You cheer for them. You cry for them. You want to see them together. 

I wanted to actually listen to the songs. Watch an actual video because the words just jumped off the page.

This is a fabulous YA novel that I think translates well for adults to read. 

Thank you Wednesday Books and Erin Hahn for my copy of You'd Be Mine
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This book was as angsty as a country song (though I’m really not a country music fan, I do love all the heartache and cheating and drinking in the lyrics). The story is about two teenage country singers who go out on tour together. Annie is the daughter of a legendary country music couple who came to a tragic end. Clay is a bad boy country star whose successful career may be derailed by his demons.

I really enjoyed You’d Be Mine. Annie and Clay both have tragic backstories and reason to be wary of each other. Their romance is a very slow burn one, which I liked. (In fact, some people may wish their was romance was a little swoonier.) There isn’t a ton of plot – the plot is basically their summer tour and the fits and starts of their romance.

But I really liked the writing and found the story to be the perfect one to get me excited about the beginning of summer. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for future books by this author.

If you loved Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, definitely check You’d Be Mine out – I think you’ll love it!
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Annie Mathers has a gorgeous voice and the country music pedigree to back it up: her parents were Nashville royalty until they died in a double suicide back when Annie was a child. Now she's 18 and trying to figure out whether she's brave enough to try to make it on her own in music or whether she should choose a different life and stay home on her grandparents' farm. Then Clay Coolidge shows up at her door and invites her to join his summer tour. He's a superstar (winner of last year's Best New Artist CMA), he's charming, he's easy on the eyes, and he's offering her a chance to step out of the shadow of her parents' tragic love story. How can she say no? As the summer goes on and they sell out arenas performing together, Annie starts to fall in love with Clay...but she also realizes that he has a lot of problems of his own, and he might need her a lot more than she needs him. Does she dare risk her future on a star that might burn itself out too soon and burn her up in the process?

This book had some great potential. Both Clay and Annie are charming, complicated characters, and I wanted to find out what happened to them. Their band members (Fitz, Jason and Kacey) added some snarky dialogue and the razzing you can only get from friends who are more like family. As the book went on, though, I started to care more about them than I did about Clay and Annie. Aside from liking how he looks in his Levis, it was hard to tell what exactly it was that Annie liked about Clay. There were a lot of scenes of them performing on stage together, but very few of them actually getting to know each other. It was a little too much like insta-love for me. They were on a tour of the country, but there wasn't nearly enough of them exploring the cities they visited. What a missed opportunity! I mean, the tour buses and dressing rooms are interesting for a little while but there was so much more they could have done with a national tour. Also, there were big time jumps where the plot just seemed to kind of skip ahead and things were left unexplained...they just magically got resolved.

Now, I will say that I'm probably not the target audience for this book. A teenager might find the whole thing swoony and not WANT anything more than smoldering looks on-stage and kissing in hotel hallways. However, as someone who reads plenty of YA, I know it is certainly possible to inject a compelling, meaningful story into a fluffy teen romance and that just didn't happen in You'd Be Mine. The pieces were there, but they didn't fully come together. I wanted more!

**Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC!**
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I didn't expect to like You'd Be Mine. Contemporary romances make me very skeptical. 
BUT Hahn's characters are so good and lend themselves to a worthwhile medidation on grief and growing into your authentic self. It's not a perfect novel--Hahn leans too heavily into cliche one too many times that snapped me out of my enjoyment--but it was an entertaining one.
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From the blurb, I was sure this would be right up my alley- I adore YA, country music, and slow burn romance, but sadly, You'd Be Mine fell a bit flat for me. I think perhaps it's because of the ages of the characters- I think the angst and drama might have worked a bit better with older characters rather than late teens. Overall, I found it to be an enjoyable read, just not one that knocked my socks off.
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A sweet love story lively with swoon and swagger!

   Erin Hahn’s debut is a lively heart warming contemporary YA romance. The kind of book that puts a BIG smile on your face! The thing I really like about young adult romance is how innocent it is;  how everything is just so exaggerated, because it is the first time these characters have ever felt this way. I guess I appreciate that the characters have not been jaded yet and I can forgive them their naïveté because they are young. Perhaps I long for the days when I was a little more naïve and a little less jaded.

   Annie and Clay are up-and-coming country stars. Clay has a bit of a bad boy reputation, his label insists he gets Annie to tour with him to help repair his image. Annie is the daughter of two major country legends who died tragically, determined not to follow in her parents footsteps she is extremely hesitant to step into the spotlight. The  two end up touring together and what follows is a Sweet relationship, that I am sure every reader and fan was rooting for. Of course as in all good teen romances this book had plenty of drama, angst, and emotion. I believe Miss Hahn did a wonderful job handling the drama, and the ending... perfect!

   Annie and Clay were great characters and I loved the relationship between them. Annie had such a quiet confidence and a sweetness about her. Clay was really a good guy in and boy clothing. The two of them together were quite magical, especially when it came to the music. Erin Hahn brought such strong voices to these characters that I feel as though I’ve heard them sing. 

   A lovely little gem of a book, perfect for readers of all ages who love the love.💕

*** many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***
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This was actually a super cute concept for a book. I loved the idea of teenagers on tour, even if their love story was pretty predictable. Annie and Clay had a lot of baggage, but were fun to read about and follow along for the summer.
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I really really wanted to love this book. Every time i got fed up , i took a break and picked it again. But it wasn't my cup of tea.

You'd be mine is a story about two country music stars who are about to go on a tour and embark a musical journey. Though they are two entirely different persons , they have one thing in common - their music.

You'd be mine is the kind of story where you gotta love and connect with the protagonists. This book has two protagonists and some common side characters who appear in both pov. 

Annie and Clay , both of them had been through some rough struggles . But Erin didn't let us feel the struggle. She has kept on reminding us again and again which got boring soon.

I didn't connect with any of them. And both protagonists seemed too "over cliched" to the point of burning.

Annie was the sweet kind " sees the best in people " person. Clay was the shut off brooding silently creepy person. Could it "be" more cliche?

I couldn't take it and dnf it at 40 percent. I'm saying this wasn't for me. This might work for you.

I thank Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a copy for reviewing.
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This is a must read for an fans of the show Nashville. It's a YA romance behind the scenes look into country music, complete with a swoon worthy male lead, country classics, and well fleshed out characters.
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I could go on and on about You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn but bottom line is this is a MUST READ!!! I cannot wait to read more from Erin!!!
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You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
TW: drug abuse, suicide mentions, & alcoholism 

Initially, I was a little unsure of this book. I had heard some so-so reviews and didn’t want to get my hopes up. I ended up reading it anyways, and wow, am I glad I picked it up. This book follows Annie Mathers, a humble country western star on the rise with a tragic past, and Clay Coolidge, the bad boy of the country music scene, as they go on tour all over the US together for the summer. As the tour goes on, Annie wins over the crowds and supercharges her fanbase becoming the next Country Mega-Star. This book has some highs and some lows and basically everything in between too.

What I Did Like:
- I loved the setting of this book. Maybe it’s just me, but I really enjoy books with touring plots. The constant change in setting keeps you on your toes and keeps you entertained.
	- Also, I really enjoy all the country-ness of it all. It was just the right amount, without being too much.
- I really like when books centered around music include the lyrics to some of the songs “written” by the character. It adds an extra layer of detail that I appreciate.  
	- I hope on the audiobook that the lyrics are actually sung. That would be really cool.
- Annie’s backstory is revealed in bits and pieces, which adds a little mystery/puzzle to the plot, which I enjoyed.
- Okay, the bandmates are seriously my favorite part of this book. They are just the right amount of silly, sarcastic, and weird. The fill out the secondary cast quite well.

What I Didn’t Like:
- The flirtation-ship between Annie and Clay is cute, but in reality, Clay is a giant douche and Annie is unrealistically nice. It just rubs me the wrong way when then interact in their polar opposite states.
- I would have like to see more interaction with Clay and Annie’s families. They set up some really good characters and just didn’t really flesh them out much. 
- Some things in this book are just a bit much for me. I’m going to leave it at that because I don’t do spoilers.

Recap:
Overall, You’d Be Mine is a quick, cheesy, country read. It’s a great YA version of the county-themed novels the romance genre is generally known for. Annie and Clay have great chemistry, except when they’re furious with the each other, and the friends/bandmates add a profound sense of camaraderie to the tour. You’d Be Mine is a great read as long as you don’t dwell on the details too much.

3.75/5 stars

xoxo, Bree

*Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

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This was such a cute and sweet story. I have been craving a good YA story and Ms. Hahn did not disappoint. I am not a fan of country music but after reading this book I am wanting to listen to all things country. I was captured from the first page. After finishing this debut novel I will definitely be on the look out for more from Erin Hahn.
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I really enjoyed this book! The incorporation of country music, friendship and romance were done perfectly for me!  I loved getting to know both of our main characters and watch their friendship blossom into something more than that. The way Erin Hahn was able to show how Annie's parents fame affected her in such a raw and real way that I felt like this actually happened in the country music scene. As someone who loves country music and has grown up around it, I found this book a great representation of the genre while also keeping true to the main characters stories!
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3 REASONS YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS BOOK:
1. YOU LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC
Alright, so this one may be a bit obvious considering the subject of the book, but if you’re a fan of country music (or honestly just music in general), you may love this book. Our two main characters are country music stars: one already at the top of his game, the other a fast-rising star. Annie grew up with parents who were deeply involved in the country music scene and that shaped her viewpoints on some aspects of the industry. While Clay found country music to be his escape from having to face some tough things back home. Both have such a love for music and for country music in particular, and that really showed through in the writing.

2. YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A MATURE YOUNG ADULT BOOK
The topics discussed in the book are on the more mature side, but still ones that I think should be discussed in young adult literature. This book covers a multitude of topics including addiction, death, depression, love, heartbreak, and so much more. The characters may be 18 to 20 years old, but they’re dealing with very adult problems, much of the reason behind that having to do with the industry they’re in.

3. COUNTRY, COWBOYS, AND MUSIC
I know I technically already mentioned two of the above things, but it’s true: if you like any of those, this book may be up your alley. It did make me think of summers growing up in Texas, listening to country music out on the lake or in the backyard. It brought me back to all of the outdoor festivals and concerts I’ve gone to over the years and made me want to make more time to enjoy the things that make me happy. Just like country music makes Annie and Clay happy.

Note: Since I did promise an honest review, I want to tell you this book missed a couple of marks for me, and in the end just wasn’t for me. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be right for you! Here are a couple links to some reviews by friends of mine who loved this book:
Kellisa at @KSquaredReads on Instagram
Morelia at @StrandedinBooks on Instagram
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Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for sending me a copy of You’d Be Mine to read and review, and for letting me be apart of this tour. I was very excited to read this book because it sounded like a cute, fluffy, contemporary. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. I had some issues with this book, but there were a few things I liked about it. 
Issues: my biggest complaint were the time skips. Half of the time, these made absolutely no sense to me, especially in the first half of the book. Sometimes they would be at the star of the chapter, sometimes they would be in the middle of a paragraph, or in the middle of a scene that felt incomplete. Most of the time, there was nothing that broke them up or differentiated what was currently happening and the time skip. There would be page breaks with a symbol that would divide many time “moments later” was said. But then something like “3 weeks later” or a flashback would be in the middle of a paragraph or a scene that I didn’t realize was over. I mostly didn’t understand why there were don’t changes or dividing symbols for some time skips but not the others. This did get a little bit better in the second half of the book though.
The other biggest issue I had was how they managed to stay unrecognized the entire time. In some scenes these characters would be hyped up as these huge deals in the country music industry, but then in others they would talk about how no one ever recognizes them when they aren’t on stage. They talk about how Clay leaves all of his audiences at his shows in “puddles of hormones” and you can honestly tell me that he can go out in public and not a single person recognizes him? Not a single fan comes up to him? He’s never followed by paparazzi? If he has that much of an effect on his fans, surely someone is bound to notice him. 
Things I liked: I did, however, like that it was a dark contemporary. Don’t be deceived by the cover, this book is VERY dark. I’m a fan of hard-hitting contemporaries, so I liked the darker aspects of this book. Also, the cover is gorgeous. I also liked that it dealt with the dark side of fame and being in the music industry, and boy did this book not shy away from that. It's important for people to know that these industries are not all glitz and glamour and that the celebrities we see all over the media everyday are real humans who have real feelings and are dealing with real issues. This book portrayed that fantastically. Overall, I would recommend this book if you like country music or if you enjoy darker contemporaries. However, please go into this book knowing the following trigger warnings: depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, death of a family member/parent, suicide, witness to suicide.
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