Friday, September 25, 2020

Review - Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen

Lies & Lullabies
by Sarina Bowen
Series: Hush Note, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2020

Summer nights and star-crossed lovers! From USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

Once upon a time, he gave me a summer of friendship, followed by one perfect night. We shared a lot during our short time together. But he skipped a few crucial details. 
I didn’t know he was a rock star.
I didn’t know his real name.
Neither of us knew I’d get pregnant.
And I sure never expected to see him again.
Five years later, his tour bus pulls up in Nest Lake, Maine. My little world is about to be shattered by loud music and the pounding of my own foolish heart.

Sarina Bowen has a way with words and delivers a romance with emotion and heart. I am no fan of a secret baby so I did have a hard time with that issue (shame on me for not reading the blurb!), but the depth of the characters and the fantastic second chance romance that brought a happy ending made this an overall enjoyable read.

Could I love Jonas any more? Probably not! He was such an awesome hero. With his rockstar perception of the world that’s been layered with some tragedy in his past, he certainly had his flaws - but I loved how he always tried to learn from his mistakes and miscalculations. Kira was a bit harder for me to like. Again, I am no fan of a secret baby, not when it was clear she could have let Jonas know early on about Vivi, and more so, if they hadn’t run into each other, I’m not sure I could believe that she would have eventually let him know. She was a great mother and sister, but even after learning a bit more about her past, this really made it hard for me to like her.
“A penny for your thoughts,” Jonas said, fingering his beer.

“I’m just trying to picture it,” I said.

“Picture what? The concert?”

“The future.”

“Ah,” he said. “I’m not sure that works too well. But we all try, anyway.”
I absolutely loved so many of the characters in this book. Kira’s brother Adam was, to me, the glue that held this story together. His presence in so much of the story helped to balance out some of Kira’s actions. Ethan was another one that was a bit more than a side-character every time he was on the page. And I would absolutely love to see a book for both. Sarina Bowen also does a wonderful job with Vivi’s character as well. So often the child gets overlooked or is not portrayed in an age-appropriate way, but Ms. Bowen does such a great job showing the relationships between Vivi with Kira and Uncle Adam, and then ultimately with Jonas, that was believable and added the right emotional components to the story.

With characters who feel real and emotions that are easily read off the page, this book is another great read from Sarina Bowen and I would recommend to anyone who doesn’t mind a secret baby!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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