Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

Dirty Little SecretDirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary: 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…

Characters: Bailey is super talented, but was left behind. It's impossible not to feel sorry for her and hate her parents and sister, but Julie's not so bad.  Bailey can be stubborn, but I like that she doesn't hold back and has a unique sense of style.  As for Sam, Jennifer has created another one of her drool worthy boys.  I never thought I'd crush on a guy in cowboy boots.  He is full of witty and cute lines, but he frustrated me sometimes by acting selfish!  I'm glad he realizes that he's acting like an idiot because he and Bailey are great together.  Their childhood memory at the festival is super aww worthy!  Then, the other band members include Ace and Charlotte.  Ace is a cool character throughout.  Charlotte, on the other hand, isn't so friendly in the beginning.  Her drama with Sam and Ace is kinda annoying, but she turns out to be pretty nice.

Plot: The timespan of this book is the craziest!  Sam has a line in which he talks about "these past four days," and this book really does take place over a short, short period of time.  This makes the love story a little less believable, but love can happen in an instant, n'est-ce que pas?  Well, they sorta knew each other at one point.  Regardless, the book was super cute with a little bit of heavy drama thrown in.  I suppose it's a bit predictable or maybe I've just read too many of these types of books.  Yet, I still knocked this book out in nearly one sitting. Summertime is the perfect time for Dirty Little Secret to have been released.

Would I recommend it to a friend?
Yes, I love this woman! Jennifer Echols is the bomb!! She knows how to create awesome characters and sweet romances with tension.
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