**Disclaimer: I received a free copy of You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn through NetGalley for review purposes. Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for this opportunity.
You’d Be Mine is the story of Annie Mathers and Clay Coolidge. Clay is the quintessential country rockstar. He sings songs about beer, babes, and trucks; he’s a superstar. Annie, on the other hand, is an up and coming country star whose deceased parents are country royalty. Clay, who has a bit of a bad boy reputation, is charged with recruiting Annie, and her band, to play on his summer tour so that he can put himself back in his label’s good books. She reluctantly agrees and they end up touring the United States together. But while touring, country music isn’t the only thing that’s brewing. Could there be a bit of love in the air?
I loved this book! I gave it 5/5 stars on GoodReads, because it was just what I needed at the time. I will admit that it took me awhile to get to it (it was one of the first books I was approved to read on NetGalley), but I am so glad that I did get to it and read it. So let’s get into why I loved it!
Firstly, I loved the way that Erin Hahn wrote it. Her prose was was really lovely, and I loved the songs that she included in the story. They really added depth to the tale, and if they ever do an audiobook for it, I really hope they put the songs to music. I think it would really add something. The song that the title of the book came from was probably my favourite. It kind of punched me in the guy a little bit and gave me all the feels.
Secondly, I loved the characters. Annie and Clay were both beautifully flawed. They felt really real and three dimensional. You wanted to cry with them and you wanted to just shake them and tell them to get their shit together. I really enjoyed their dynamic as well, but not just that, I also enjoyed their dynamic with the other characters. Clay and Fitz are my new favourite male friendship I’ve read, and I loved Annie interacting with her band.
Thirdly, I loved the concept. I grew up listening to country music. My parents were always listening to it on the weekend and I fell in love with people like Reba McEntire and Faith Hill. (Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will always be couple goals for me). I didn’t know that I needed a country music contemporary romance book in my life until I read You’d Be Mine, and it turned out that it was exactly what I needed. I loved the look into the world it gave, and I loved how the story centered around the music.
Finally, I loved that the story had a happy ending. Sometimes I don’t mind a jarring cliffhanger, or something that leads me into impatiently waiting for the next book. However, sometimes you just really need something that sums up prettily and it ends happily. So I really and truly thank Erin Hahn for that.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this book if you like romance and contemporary and country music. If you don’t, this book probably isn’t for you and I would not pick it up. Don’t be that person who reads a book that isn’t for them and then leaves a nasty review. But if you do like those things, please pick up this book when it comes out in April.