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Review – Dirty Little Secret – Jennifer Echols

05 Jun

dirty little secretDirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Echols

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss

Description:
I was being given the chance to do the one thing I wanted most in the world. The chance was presented to me by a guy so gorgeous, he turned my skin to fire when he touched me. And joining a band was the one thing I was most forbidden to do, the thing that would ruin my future forever.

There are too many secrets in eighteen-year-old Bailey’s life. Not just the obvious one: that she told her grandfather she was going on a date, and instead is playing fiddle in a Nashville bar. There’s all the stuff that makes it worse. Like how her younger sister, Julie, was offered a recording contract, and her family is terrified that Bailey is going to mess the deal up. Like the way that Bailey has been acting out. Like the way they’re all mad at her, even Julie.

Bailey’s parents don’t want her playing any gigs at all, but when they leave her with her grandfather in Nashville for the summer so they can tour with Julie, he lands her a music job that’s beneath the radar, playing old country songs in cheesy costumes at a local mall. That’s where she meets Sam. . . .

Review:
I have to admit that I primarily requested/downloaded this book because I fell in love with the cover. It just was to me, eye-catching. You could tell by looking at it, that the story behind it was going to be interesting – so many different elements – the violin, the picture of two people kissing…I wondered how it was all going to play out. And I’m pleased that say that it was well-worth it. In this case, the picture on the cover lived up to the story in the book (it is always disappointing when it doesn’t…).

It was also nice to see a young adult/new adult romance (since it kind of falls into both worlds), where there wasn’t a root story that involved rape (attempted or occurred); molestation; kidnapping etc. But rather, an almost normally, albeit slightly screwed up family. Sure Bailey probably got the wrong end of the stick and I felt back for her – but it was nice to see some semblance of normalcy.

I will have to admit though, that the blurb available on the authors website (as well as Amazon and other book-related ones), basically gives away the entire story. For what its worth, I edited out what you see here so it was shorter. Which is kind of disappointing…there wasn’t really that much mystery into how everything was going to play out…I wish that cover designers would go back to a more limited description, so that there is some surprise to the story…but back to the story.

The romance that developed between Bailey and Sam was sweet (there isn’t really any other way to describe it). It is definitely a book that I would recommend for older teens, because there are scenes that involve sex that would make it inappropriate for the younger people in the age group. But there was also some teenage angst (I mean, what would a YA romance novel be without the angst 😉 ). But it wasn’t overdone, it felt more believeable than some of the scenarios that I have read about in different books.

This was my first book by Ms Echols, and it definitely won’t be my last. I think I have two more by her waiting on the pile at home. I gave Dirty Little Secret a solid 4 stars.

 
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7 responses to “Review – Dirty Little Secret – Jennifer Echols

  1. susandyer1962Susan Dyer

    June 6, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Great!! Another book for my TBR pile that is going to topple over!! Lol

     
    • Dee

      June 6, 2013 at 2:24 am

      Like you haven’t caused me to add books to my close to toppling Mt TBR…

       
      • susandyer1962

        June 6, 2013 at 3:09 am

        Yeah but i want to read ALL of Jennifer’s books now and she has ALOT! Hehe

         
      • Dee

        June 6, 2013 at 9:12 am

        Lol you can’t blame that on me – I’ve only read/recommended one of them…

         
      • Susan Dyer

        June 7, 2013 at 2:00 am

        I know but they all sound really good!! BRAT!!!

         
      • Dee

        June 7, 2013 at 9:09 am

        Whistles innocently…

        I have a couple here I could do as traveling books

         
      • susan Dyer

        June 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm

        You are an enabler!! Hahahahaha I have too much to read as it is! I’m going to see if my library has any of them? Or maybe Kindle!! Have a great weekend Dee!!

         

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