Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review:Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: April 15th, 2014
Synopsis: 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.

What I Thought:

Part of what drew me to this book was the premise.  A road trip during the summer while touring with "the band" with a possible romance was like apple pie a la mode, too good to resist.  For it's part, the book delivered what it promised and more.  The other draw was the gorgeous cover. I love the mix of bold and bright colors which really represent summer for me. 

I fell for Reagan, Matt, and Lilah as they toured city after city. I was beyond appalled by some of the things that happened to Lilah and what she went through. I understand that the entertainment industry is built on image and all, but I still couldn't stomach what I saw. If that's what being a celebrity is like, I'll let someone else have it and never wish for it again.  I loved Reagan for her fierceness and protectiveness of Lilah.  Reagan applied that same ferocity to protecting her heart from anyone who seemed like it might be a threat. Reagan was that cool chick I wanted to be friends with when I was in high school.  One of my favorite parts of the book is where it's mentioned how Reagan and Lilah met and became friends and how they see each other.  I think plainly stated, Matt simply stole my heart. He was steadfast, willing to prove it, and lets not forget talented.  For someone who was also nursing a broken heart, I loved his openness to keep trying to put his trust in someone.  That takes guts.

Emery Lord's story features all of its characters in phases of discovery.  Reagan, Matt, and Lilah are learning how to deal with their new realities and where they want to go from there.  Their journey is a mix of highs and lows that will keep you turning page after page. I can't wait for Emery Lord's next book.  She's set the bar really high with this fantastic book.  If you're looking for a book that will keep you entertained now that summer is fast approaching, you can't go wrong with this one.  I laughed, cried, and hooted with joy as I read this book and I know you will too.  If you're still undecided, all you need to read is the first couple of pages and all your doubts will dissipate. :)

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i am a whirling dervish of
lipstick smudges on coffee mugs,
of bright nail polish and dresses with twirly skirts.
i prefer big, messy hair and thick, black eyeliner and tortoise-framed glasses meant for a man.
i am good at conversations with subtext
and at listening to songs that have harmonica solos and at not wearing practical shoes, or any shoes.
i stay up too late for a girl who likes to wake up early, i have a dog sidekick named winston churchill, and i write books.

*ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.  I've also purchased a hardback for my personal library.)

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