Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols
ARC provided by the author.
(Thank you Jennifer!)
Release date: July 16, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
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…
I can’t believe I hadn’t read a Jennifer Echols book until now!
I won’t lie though, it took me a little while to get into the rhythm of reading this book. It’s not because I didn’t like it, but I couldn’t really make a connection to it. I didn’t let that stop me from reading it, though!
I liked the sassy attitude presented by the narrator, Bailey, and her passion for what she loved to do. However, the pace of the story seemed rather slow to me at first and then suddenly it was over with. I couldn’t help but find myself overly annoyed with the relationship between Sam and Bailey, but then again, not all relationships can be “perfect”. Still, their constant back and forth bothered me. I understand that they both had a lot on their minds and dealt with things differently, but there were some situations where I just want to smack Sam upside the head.
I did really enjoy the story line and the concept of it. It told a story of going after your dreams even when others around you don’t encourage or want you to. I enjoyed the writing style and I am curious and anxious to dive into a few of Jennifer’s other books. I am very glad I had the opportunity to read this book and open my eyes to a whole new author.
Overall, I give this book 3.5 stars.