"If you’re still obsessing over A Star Is Born (because, same) you’ll love this new romance novel by Erin Hahn." - Cosmopolitan
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.
Erin Hahn’s thrilling debut, You’d Be Mine, asks: can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?
"Witty and charming, with an off-the-charts, irresistible blend of romance, humor, and characters who steal your heart from page one. Erin Hahn is an author to watch." - Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
ERIN HAHN started writing her own books when her little sister gave her shade about a country music-themed Twilight fanfic. By day, she likes to help kindergarteners make snakes out of playdoh. By night, she writes swoons. She married her own YA love interest who she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat, Gus, who plays fetch. You'd Be Mine is her first novel.
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april nashville, tennessee
If I die, it's Trina Hamilton's fault. She's hard to miss; statuesque blonde with angry eyes and tiny nostrils wearing top-of-the-line Tony Lamas so she can kick my ass at a moment's notice. When the early-morning sun finally burns through my irises and kills me dead, she's the one you want.
"Christ, Trina, it's barely seven."
My road manager flashes cool gray eyes at me while pressing her matte red lips into a thin line. Her expression hasn't changed in the minutes since she came pounding on my hotel room door. She's a study in stone, but not for long. Better to get this over with.
I mumble another curse, yanking the frayed brim of my baseball hat lower. "At least slow down. I have a migraine."
Trina whirls around and shoves a manicured nail in my face. "Don't," she spits, "pull that migraine bullshit, Clay. You look like death, smell like sewage, and if you think those glasses are doing anything to hide that black eye, you're sorely mistaken."
I scratch at the back of my neck, playing for time. "Are those new Lamas? Because dang, girl, they make your legs look incredi —"
She grabs my chin in a painful squeeze, her sharp claws digging into my bruised cheekbone. "Don't even try it. What happened to you last night?"
I wrench my face away. "Nothing serious. A little scuffle with some fans after the show."
Trina stares at me a long minute, and I start to fidget. It's her signature move. I might be a country music star, but Trina makes me feel like a middle schooler who just hit a baseball through her window.
"A little scuffle," she repeats slowly.
"Yeah. A scuffle."
"Really. Just a few good old boys shooting the breeze, probably," she offers with a too-bright smile.
She nods and starts walking, her heels clacking on the asphalt and ringing in my ears. A couple of middle-aged tourists halt, curious, midway through loading their golf bags into a rental car to watch us. I tug the brim of my hat even lower and hustle to match her strides through the hotel parking lot.
"So, that's it?" That can't be it.
"No, Clay. That's not it. Your face is all over TMZ this morning. We, as in you and me, because I'm irrevocably tied to your fuckery, are due at the label at 8:00 A.M. sharp."
I release a slow breath. "Trina, I have a contract. They already started presale on the summer tour. It can't be that bad."
Trina's cackle is edged with hysteria. "That guy you punched after throwing a beer in his face and waving a knife —"
"Knife? Really? It's a Swiss Army pocket tool. Every self-respecting Boy Scout owns one."
She plows on. "He was the SunCoast Records CEO's youngest son. His legally old-enough-to-drink son, as a matter of fact. Which you are not. How you manage to get served time and time again —"
I roll my eyes. "I've been playing bars since I was fifteen, Trina."
"— when you are so publicly underage —"
I lift a shoulder and wince as pain shoots down to my elbow. Must have tweaked it last night. "I'm a celebrity."
Trina grunts, her derision clear, just as my phone chimes in my pocket. I pull it out, ignoring her.
SAW TMZ. ON MY WAY.
"Is that Fitz?"
I nod, texting back.
TOO LATE. TRINA'S HERE.
"You can tell that good-for-nothing fiddler he's on my shit list, too. He promised he'd watch out for you after the last time."
"I don't need a babysitter, Trina."
"Obviously. Just get in the car, Clay."
* * *
We pull into the lot of SunCoast Records fifteen minutes early. Trina slams the door with her bony hip and pulls out a cigarette, lights it, taking a long drag, and leans back against her outrageous banana-yellow convertible.
"I thought you quit." Fitz Jacoby lumbers over from where he's parked his crotch rocket and tugs the stick from between her lips. He stomps it out with his boot, and she glares but doesn't protest. Trina might have said Fitz was on her shit list, but she'd never hold to it. No one could.
"I did, but then Clay happened. He's fixing to kill me and my career. I wish I'd never agreed to manage you guys."
"Aw, now, Trina, that ain't true. You love us." Fitz pulls some kind of fudgy granola bar from his pocket and hands it to her. "Have some breakfast. Have you even taken a second for yourself today? I bet not," he croons. "Probably been up since dawn fielding phone calls and emails. You take five right here. Have a bite, find your chi or whatever. I'll make sure Boy Wonder here makes it up to the office, and we'll see you there."
Before she can protest, he silences her with a look and a waggle of his rusty brows and grabs my arm, tugging me along. "One, two, three, four ...," he mutters.
"Clay needs a clean shirt!" Trina yells, and Fitz holds up a plastic shopping bag without even turning.
"How the hell did you have time to stop for a shirt?"
"I have spares," he says, his jaw ticking.
I blow out a breath, trying to shrug out of his grip. He doesn't let go, just keeps dragging me to the glass doors of the lobby. "It wasn't as bad as they made it sound."
Fitz doesn't say anything. Instead, he leads me straight past the security desk to a men's room. He checks the stalls before locking the door and shoves the plastic bag at my chest. "There's deodorant and a toothbrush in there. I suggest you use them."
I remove my hat and glasses and pull my bloodstained T-shirt over my head before leaning over the sink. I turn on the cold full blast, splashing my face and rubbing the sticky grime and sweat from my neck. Fitz hands me a small hand towel, and I pat my skin dry. I use the deodorant — my usual brand — and brush my teeth. Twice.
"I like the shirt," I say.
"You should. You own three of them already."
"I have a contract."
Fitz laughs, but it's without humor. "Man, I don't care about your contract. You could've been seriously hurt. You could've been shot. You could've got in a car accident. You did get in a fistfight like some kid."
"He started it," I say, but Fitz is already holding up a calloused hand in front of his face, cutting me off.
"We don't have time for this. We're going up there, and you aren't gonna say shit in your defense. You're gonna say 'Yes, sir' and 'Yes, ma'am,' and you're gonna eat whatever crow they throw in your face and pray to God Almighty they don't sue you for breach of contract. Do you hear me?"
I sprint to the toilet. The coffee burns as it comes up.
"Christ," Fitz is saying when I come back to the sink, but he doesn't seem as mad. I splash more water and brush my teeth again, and then he holds the door open for me. As I pass, he grips my shoulder and gives it a squeeze.
Time to face the music.
* * *
I "yes, sir" my way through twenty solid minutes of lecturing done by three men in meticulous black suits. I manage not to throw up again. I manage to keep my contract. For now.
"Under one condition," the CEO, Chuck Porter, a balding man with wire frames says. "We have a little side job for you."
"We've had our eye on your opening act for several months now. She's been giving us the cold shoulder, but we thought if we sent you in ..."
I slump back in my seat, relieved. "You want me to convince some singer to come on my tour?" Piece of cake. Last year, my tour grossed higher than any other country act across the nation. Who wouldn't want in on that? It's the chance of a lifetime. "Who?"
A phone vibrates somewhere. Trina inhales softly. Fitz uncrosses his legs, sitting up.
I laugh. "You're serious?"
Chuck Porter's smile is all lips. "Perfectly. She's been hiding out in Michigan since her parents' untimely death. She's been touring the local circuit —"
"I know," I say. "I caught a show of hers last summer outside Grand Rapids."
This seems to surprise Chuck. "Well, then, you know she's special."
"She's talented as all get-out," I concede. "So why is she giving you the runaround?"
Chuck looks at his partners uneasily. "We're not sure. She's recently uploaded some clips onto YouTube and garnered quite a bit of attention, including from our competitors. Her mother, Cora, had originally signed with us. We'd love to have the pair."
I raise a brow at his wording. A pair, like they're collecting a matching set. Except Cora's been dead five years, so not much chance of that. I take my time, considering my odds. Annie Mathers is huge. Or, at least, she will be. It took approximately ten seconds of her performance for her smoky vocals to sear themselves into my memory. And with her famous name, she might just make everyone forget my recent indiscretions. Next to me, Fitz pulls up her YouTube videos on his phone, and even through the poor phone speakers, her voice draws goose bumps on my forearms.
We all sit, listening, before Fitz lifts his head and looks at me. "They're pretty amazing." He passes the phone to me, and I watch her figure on the small screen pluck out the melody on an old guitar. She is framed by a tiny brunette playing a fiddle and a Puerto Rican guy with black curls and bongo drums.
"Jason Diaz and her cousin, Kacey Rosewood, round out her band. They've been playing together for years."
I can't drag my eyes from Annie's long fingers skillfully manipulating the strings as though they were an elegant extension of her limbs. Her wild brown curls spring in front of her closed eyes. Suddenly, she opens her eyes and stares right at me through the screen, and my stomach squeezes uncomfortably.
"So, what's her hesitation?" I ask again.
"The past few years, school. She wanted to finish high school in one place."
I nod. I was the same way, but the label wore me down my senior year. It helped that my brother died. I had no reason to stay home.
"More recently, it seems psychological. She's wary of the industry after her parents."
I shrug back into my seat, passing the phone to Fitz. "Not much I can do about that. I don't blame her."
Fitz presses the screen of his phone, turning off the voices and putting it in his shirt pocket. "Which is why you might be the best person to talk to her. You're currently in the industry."
"Yeah, but it's different. Singing was an escape for me, my ticket out."
Fitz shakes his shaggy head. "Maybe so, but you can see it, can't you? You recognize her passion? Because I sure as hell can, and I have maybe half as much as you and that girl. She's a performer. It's written all over her face." He sits back and re-crosses his knee over his leg. "Go up there and get her."
Chuck clears his throat. "You forget. We're not asking. We're telling you. Either you tour with Annie Mathers or you don't tour at all. I'm willing to take the loss on your contract. We have plenty of eager young talent ready to fill your spot."
I narrow my eyes as Fitz tenses next to me. I still him with a hand. The thing is, I don't think that's the complete truth, but I'm not willing to risk it. If that means I have to go to Michigan to convince a girl to tour with me, so be it.
"When do I leave?"CHAPTER 2
The first time I saw Clay Coolidge, I was fifteen. It was at a summertime music festival in Chicago. There was a Young Stars competition that was little more than a gathering of braces-faced kids from farm towns who came up together in their church choirs. He hadn't become Clay yet. He was singing under the name Jefferson Clay Coolidge. A girl doesn't forget a name like that. It sounds like something out of a vampire book or some Civil War–era hero. On a beautiful sixteen-year-old boy from Indiana, it translated into a honey accent and swooping hair, imprinting on every teenage girl in the audience.
I haven't seen him since, until today.
Now he's sitting at my kitchen table. His eyes are as dark and lovely as ever. His sandy hair is wavy across his forehead, and his long legs are stretched out and crossed at the ankles. My cousin, Kacey, is sitting across from him, sighing. My seventy-year-old gran is bustling around in her frilliest apron making hand-squeezed lemonade of all things.
Let the record show, the Rosewood ladies have no chill.
"Gran," I start, trying to keep the exasperation out of my voice, "I think Clay would be just fine with concentrate."
To his credit, Clay straightens. "Oh yeah. For sure. In fact, Mrs. Rosewood, I'm great with water. No need to fuss."
My gran waves a dripping hand near her ear, ignoring us. Kacey shifts in her seat, flicks her dark hair over one shoulder, but it falls flat since she cut it to a bob over the weekend. She sighs again, her eyes not moving from Clay's handsome features.
He squirms, and part of me glories in his discomfort. Kacey is a lot when you first meet her. My gran starts muttering about someone not refilling the trays in the freezer, and I decide to throw the guy a bone. "Hey, um, Clay? Let's take a walk and discuss whatever it is you came all the way out here to discuss."
Clay scoots back his chair with a loud scrape and is up before the words have half a chance to settle. I shoot Kacey a look and speak slowly. "Why don't you go fetch Jason? I sent him a text, but you know his phone is on silent. Probably up all night on his PS4 again."
She makes a petulant grab for her keys. "I'm not his momma," she says.
I push through the screen door without responding. "We'll be back, Gran." I lead Clay down a mown path that winds to the back acres that will be hayfields come harvesttime. My grandpa hasn't farmed in years, but he rents out the land to a few different neighbors. Right now, it looks like the Logan boys are planting.
Once we're out of earshot, I turn to Clay, still a little in awe that he's here. "So, they're really pulling out the big guns if they've flown you out to the middle of nowhere."
He doesn't deny it. "Does that surprise you? Even if you sucked, your name alone would guarantee butts in the seats."
I snort, despite myself. "Classy."
He shrugs, and somehow, it's charming rather than indifferent. "I only mean you had to know it was coming. You released the clips, after all. Label's probably had someone on the lookout for you since birth."
"Yeah, well. I don't much care for the inside track. I can make my own way, thanks."
Clay nods, reaching down to pick up a large stone and tossing it under the tree a few yards away. It's a telling move. One showing a familiarity with farm life. Stones can wreak havoc on expensive equipment.
"You're a conundrum, Annie Mathers. A natural artist, clearly talented, with a name that would open any door and an offer that's likely the best you could hope for. Why're you playing coy?"
"You just said it. My name," I say. I reach down and pluck at one of the billions of yellow dandelions dotting the grass. "They want Cora Rosewood 2.0." I roll the stem between my fingers before meeting Clay's penetrating gaze. "Did you know the Late Night duet with my mom was the most-viewed episode of all time? I was six. I thought Willie Nelson was my actual grandpa until I was ten. I knew the words to 'Coal Miner's Daughter' before I learned my alphabet. My freaking birth announcement was on the cover of People magazine's country music issue."
Clay motions his head to keep walking. We step high on the already soft grass. Michigan is a special kind of green in the spring. Green on top of green, edged with more green. I wonder idly how my home looks in his eyes. He's probably used to fancy hotel rooms and has a loft in New York or Nashville. Maybe both.
After a minute, he says, "Look, the way I see it, you can be a martyr and let all of that keep you from your destiny, or you can embrace it and come on my tour."
"And the Mathers/Rosewood name holds no appeal for you?" I say, dubious.
His lips quirk. "No offense, but Clay Coolidge ain't a bad name in its own right."
He has a point. It's not as if he's some unrecognizable upstart. He's young, maybe a year older than I am, but he's been around long enough.
"So, what do you need me for?"
He tips his head back, squinting in the morning sun. "I don't. To be honest, I had nothing to do with the decision. For some nefarious reason, yet to be determined, my tour manager insists we need to sign you for this summer. And apparently, Grammys and gold records don't carry the weight they used to. So here I am, in the middle of nowhere, as you said, hours before I care to be awake, asking you to sign the fucking papers so I can be on my way."
I swallow back the sting of his retort. I asked for it, after all. Still, he doesn't have to be an a-hole.
"Well, by all means, don't let little old me keep you from your hangover," I snipe.
He groans. "Don't be so sensitive."
The weed crushes in my fist, painting my palm gold. "I'm sorry, are you supposed to be convincing me to sign?"
He's silent for a beat, and I wonder if I've blown it. He reaches for my arm, and I ignore the electric jolt in my nerve endings at his touch. "Look," he says, exasperated, though his grip is gentle. "It shouldn't matter what I want. This is about you and your future. Do you want this? Forget your name, forget your history, forget me and the label. Do you want this to happen? Because once you sign your name, it's going to, and you can't go back."(Continues…)
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This was a really good read. It had all the elements needed to make a story that sticks with you after you have finished it. Full of himself bad boy? Check. Young girl overcoming tragedy? Check. Coming together and finding love…well, in the end, check. The beginning, the middle and the end are all believable, which to me makes for a good recipe for a great story. Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an arc of this book for an honest opinion.
I loved this book! I loved the characters in this story. Both Annie and Clay have tragic histories. Annie’s mother was a famous country singer, but her parents died suddenly when she was a young teenager. Clay lost his mother, grandfather, and older brother who helped raise him. They both have these common experiences of losing their families, but their grief comes out in different ways. This story shows a lot of what happens behind-the-scenes in the music world. Annie and Clay go on tour together. They have to write songs and adjust to last minute changes all the time. I really enjoyed this side of the story because I don’t know much about the music industry. It was all very new to me, and I liked reading about it. This story really broke my heart, but it was mended by the end. This book will be the perfect summer read! Thank you Wednesday Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love music and I love stories. Combine those two elements together and you have me practically eating out of your hands. So you’d understand my excitement over Erin Hahn’s debut You’d Be Mine. And it was a treat to read. Summer, music, the sweetness of first love – You’d Be Mine has it all. I can’t remember the last time I fell in love so quickly with a YA contemporary. It completely reeled me in with its first few pages and had me swooning by chapter four. All of these was largely due to the story’s main characters, Annie and Clay. Annie and Clay were interesting characters. They were different from one another with their contrasting personalities and temperament, and yet they were still similar. Both had some serious emotional baggage – Annie with her parents and Clay with his brother. These unresolved issues and the different way they dealt and coped with them kept Annie and Clay from really acting on their obvious attraction. At the start, at least. The two young country stars, getting to know each other more and growing closer during their summer tour, eventually getting together close to the end. I really enjoyed reading this book. The sweet, satisfying ending of course factors in, but it was more than that. You’d Be Mine tackled grief and trauma, and the different ways people handle these two issues. Clay turned to alcohol to numb the pain of losing his grandfather and brother almost simultaneously. He was close to the edge, driving himself to his own destruction. Annie, meanwhile, became too careful, setting strict rules and boundaries for herself wanting to steer away from the path her parents took. These – their grief and trauma – was a big part of Annie and Clay’s story, and Erin Hahn did a great job tackling this element of their characters. It was realistic but was still handled with great care and sensitivity, something that I hugely appreciate as it opens up avenues for discussions in relation to these to very real issues. This was a character-driven story – Annie and Clay doing most of the labor with supporting characters adding more color and nuance - but it did not take anything away from the plot. It was still fun and sweet. The glimpses into the inner workings of the country music scene was definitely intriguing. Other readers got A Star is Born vibes from this book, and while I agree it did have that going for it, I was more reminded of two of my old time favorites – Nashville and Hart of Dixie – which was nice surprise for me. With characters you’d cheer for and a swoony romance, You’d Be Mine is the perfect summer read for YA contemporary lovers. Trust me, this book will definitely give you that funny butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling just by reading it. Erin Hahn may just be a new auto-buy author for me. I’m definitely going to look forward to any of other future works from her.
I received a E-ARC for my honest review from Netgalley. I want to say thank you Netgally and Wednesday books for letting me read and review this book. This book is about Annie and Clay. Clay is a popular artist in country music and Annie is a daughter of two country music legends. Clay is a young adult that is struggling with the loss of his big brother and dealing with being famous. I can't honestly imagine. Annie is just finishing high school when "trouble" knock on her grans door to join his summer tour. Clay has not been on his record labels good side so he needs some help. Annie wants to stay out on the spotlight because of what happened to her parents but music is in her blood. Annie and her hand agree to your with Clay. Will clay save his career with the help of Annie? Will Annie be able to figure out her feelings for Clay? Please read this amazing and cute story. It had me laughing and blushing with every page!! Annie is by far my favorite. She has this sweet charm but fire to her. This is definitely a book I will read again.
I enjoy country music a lot and I’m a big fan of Faith Hill, Rascall Flatts, Lady Antebellum so when I saw this YA Contemporary story centered on country music, I was quite intrigued. I’ve read YA stories featuring rock stars but this is my first time reading a YA story centering on country music. Clay was your typical bad boy, dragging a painful past behind him, hell-bent on a path of self-destruction. One of his latest transgressions led him into meeting Annie, a seemingly good girl. Their paths collided and only time would tell whether they’d complement each other or destroy one another. Annie was the daughter of a famous singer and she grew up in the limelight. She got out and tried a different path but the lure of music was too hard to resist. When Clay came to convince her to come back and sing, she already wanted to and so started their tour together. They both had their pasts and issues to work through. This story emphasized the beauty of music, the art of it, how it affected people. But also showed the darker side of the music world—the stress and pressure, the depression and the temptation to take the easy way. I appreciated that the author showed the gritty side of the show business but there was a certain depth lacking in the words that would have given the story more impact. The writing style made the issues feel less dark instead of intensifying the impact. That said, “You’d Be Mine” was a pretty good story, dealing with serious issues that impact teens and musicians. Also, throughout the book, one part of my mind kept trying to work out the significance of the title before I finally got it.
You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019 TW: drug abuse, suicide mentions, & alcoholism Initially, I was a little unsure of this book. I had heard some so-so reviews and didn’t want to get my hopes up. I ended up reading it anyways, and wow, am I glad I picked it up. This book follows Annie Mathers, a humble country western star on the rise with a tragic past, and Clay Coolidge, the bad boy of the country music scene, as they go on tour all over the US together for the summer. As the tour goes on, Annie wins over the crowds and supercharges her fanbase becoming the next Country Mega-Star. This book has some highs and some lows and basically everything in between too. What I Did Like: - I loved the setting of this book. Maybe it’s just me, but I really enjoy books with touring plots. The constant change in setting keeps you on your toes and keeps you entertained. - Also, I really enjoy all the country-ness of it all. It was just the right amount, without being too much. - I really like when books centered around music include the lyrics to some of the songs “written” by the character. It adds an extra layer of detail that I appreciate. - I hope on the audiobook that the lyrics are actually sung. That would be really cool. - Annie’s backstory is revealed in bits and pieces, which adds a little mystery/puzzle to the plot, which I enjoyed. - Okay, the bandmates are seriously my favorite part of this book. They are just the right amount of silly, sarcastic, and weird. The fill out the secondary cast quite well. What I Didn’t Like: - The flirtation-ship between Annie and Clay is cute, but in reality, Clay is a giant douche and Annie is unrealistically nice. It just rubs me the wrong way when then interact in their polar opposite states. - I would have like to see more interaction with Clay and Annie’s families. They set up some really good characters and just didn’t really flesh them out much. - Some things in this book are just a bit much for me. I’m going to leave it at that because I don’t do spoilers. Recap: Overall, You’d Be Mine is a quick, cheesy, country read. It’s a great YA version of the county-themed novels the romance genre is generally known for. Annie and Clay have great chemistry, except when they’re furious with the each other, and the friends/bandmates add a profound sense of camaraderie to the tour. You’d Be Mine is a great read as long as you don’t dwell on the details too much. 3.75/5 stars *Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
I was drawn to this book by the concept: a modern day Johnny and June. My Nashville roots pulled me to it and I wasn’t disappointed. Country music bad boy Clay Coolidge has burned a lot of bridges due to his behavior and dependence on alcohol. He has one shot to save his summer tour. He has to convince Annie Mathers, daughter of country music royalty, to come out of hiding and open for him. Annie is interested in what it could do for the career of her band. She is not however too interested in intertwining her life with Clay’s. Her own parent fought the demons he does and she saw just how tragic a life it can be. As they tour the country pressure mounts to be America’s sweethearts. Can they put on the show or will they crumble under the effort? I enjoyed this YA book. The story was intriguing. I wanted to know what happened next and have already toyed with the idea of reading it again. The characters were real in their reactions, their thoughts, and their lives. Also, my Nashville-self wasn’t offended by the country music theme. It was apparent that the author has great respect for country music and had done her homework. (No, according to her blog, she doesn’t live here.) There was some content that was a bit on the racy edge, but as you can surmise from the description, Clay is a pretty gritty character. In the end, though I realized that the content was purposeful and made the story real. Overall I give this book all the stars. A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for this honest review.
There is absolutely no reason I should have liked this book but I absolutely did. I am not the biggest fan of country music and a romance set around it was really the last thing I should have wanted but You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn is a wonderful, heartfelt romance that I really enjoyed reading. I think it was the backstories of the two main characters that really drew me in. But before I get too deep into the story, let's get to the review! Clay Coolidge is a mess. He drinks too much. Sleeps around too much. Fights too much And is just a bit out of it. He's been doing the country music thing for a while and is wildly famous. But he's gotten a little sick of the same old he's sung over and over again. They don't mean much to him anymore or at least not as much as the songs he's been currently writing do. But he has one too many late nights and his record label is fed up. If he wants to keep making music, he needs to get Annie Mathers, a legacy to country music, to agree to be his opening act on tour. And that's how we meet Annie. Annie is not a mess. Well...we'll get to that in a minute. But compared to Clay, Annie doesn't drink, doesn't sleep around, and has a pretty great life set up for herself. She records videos of herself singing and performs at festivals with her band every now and then. She is also the daughter of one of the most famous country music couples in history. But when Clay comes to her grandma's house in Michigan (I love when Michigan is in any book lol), she does not know what to say. Sure, she loves music and loves to perform, but she doesn't want to end up like her parents. And that is a perfect lead into Annie and Clay's demons. To say they have a lot of them would be an understatement. Annie is still dealing with her parents' deaths. Her mother died from an overdose and her father, after finding her mother dead, died by suicide, leaving her alone. While she certainly can't escape being associated with them, she wants as little to do with them and their way of life as possible. Clay's demons involve his grandfather dying but mainly revolve around his brother dying on the battlefield. He was a soldier and pretty much Clay's biggest role model, and his death is what caused Clay to spiral out of control. You can see how putting these two together might cause sparks and not necessarily the good kind. But, after much cajoling, Annie signs the contract and agrees to go on Clay's tour with her band. And that sets them on a path neither of them thought possible. It's clear from the beginning that Clay and Annie are attracted to each other but he finds her to be too good for him and she is not messing with a guy that reminds her of everything that was wrong with her parents. But, this wouldn't be a romance if they didn't fall in love. So, as they go from city to city together and get to know one another better, their bond begins to grow. And then THE KISSING HAPPENS! Unfortunately, those demons we talked about get in the way. (Don't they always??) There is also a little bit of jealousy in the way as well. As they go from festival to festival, it's clear that Annie is a star and everyone almost immediately falls in love with her. Clay has been used to having the crowds screaming just for him, so to have to share that makes an already self-conscious Clay feel worse. I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press/Wednesday Books for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
You'd Be Mine is the perfect summer read for fans of A Star is Born, country music, and young adult. Annie and Clay have great chemistry but they also have wonderfully complex stories individually. While this is a swoon-worthy romance there's plenty of angst and tragic backstories that fleshes out Annie and Clay that felt very real. There's also a dive into the country music industry and touring which was interesting to see. Alongside Annie and Clay the other members of the cast are well-developed enough to be likable while not overshadowing the main characters. Like all the good country songs, You'd Be Mine has crooning lovers, tragic tales, southern sass, and everyone having a good time.
My Thoughts As her past and her present collide can Annie Mathers keep her heart intact or will Clay Coolidge be the one to shatter it’s pieces beyond repair? That is the burning question she has to keep uppermost in her mind every time his dazzling smile turns her way, and it is much harder to stay detached the more the pair spend time together on and off the stage. At a very young age, almost from the time they were born in fact, both Clay Coolidge and Annie Mathers loved performing. Singing was an effortless way in which these two found a way to block out/escape the harsher realities of life that caused them to relive painful memories that threatened to overcome every bit of hard won peace in their day to day lives. As Annie and Clay grow closer those same memories also threaten to tear apart any kind of personal relationship before it ever came to be one. Hanging over Clay’s head is the knowledge that his bad boy persona/lifestyle was not an acceptable fit for the good girl/sweetheart image that Annie Mathers was known for throughout the industry. Nor did he feel worthy of her due to recent mistakes while they were on tour together. Funny thing is that Annie has her own personal hangups causing the thinking that she is not the right one for Clay either thanks to past experiences growing up with her volatile parents as examples. Sometimes listening to the heart not the head works out better, sometimes not so much. In the case of Annie and Clay it takes a little of both methods to gain clarity and make a correct decision. What I took away from this story is the truth that ones past does not have to dictate ones future, a truth finally accepted by both Annie and Clay leading them to a place in their heads that led to healing long held inner wounds. Country music was at the forefront of this story and was represented very well for me as in my own youth grew up on Cash, Parton, Rogers and the rest that these characters loved as well. I enjoyed the original songs that held so much emotion in them for both Annie and Clay. The emotions rang true as did their road to finding each other outside the bounds of fame and fortune. Both of which fade but a lasting, loving partnership through life outweighs the loss of each of them in the long run. [EArc from Netgalley]
bad boy of country music clay coolidge needs annie mathers on his side in you'd be mine. partly because the label wants her on their payroll. she's the daughter of country music royalty. but that's a legacy she's not interested in harnessing. finding your parents dead of a drug overdose and suicide is something that will stay with you. in a bad way. and clay whose grief is eating away at him, just like the never-ending schedule of tours and music he doesn't feel and groupies who just want a piece of him without actually wanting him is heading down a similar road. annie shouldn't like clay. clay should definitely not like annie. but they spark something in each other. and maybe, if that spark catches flame there will be redemption for the both of them. or maybe they'll burn each other out. and reading this swoony romance is just an enjoyable journey. there's the right amount of angst and romance in this. **you'd be mine will publish on april 2, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press (wednesday books) in exchange for my honest review.
I loved this book so much. It felt like my face was melting from smiling so much while reading it. I teared up a few times too (sometimes I teared up *while* smiling). This book is just amazing. Annie is such an amazing character. Smart, opinionated, talented, loyal to her friends and herself, and genuine. I loved her immediately and rooted for her till the very end. She's amazing. Clay is so layered (Shrek and Donkey would say he's like an onion) and well-written you can't help but want to know everything about him. The side characters are perfectly written, the story is perfection, and the references to music will make you want to put on your boots and your best summer dress and go find some good music.
I am desperate for more fun but emotionally complex YA romances and this fits the bill perfectly! Annie and Clay immediately sparked for me. Their chemistry was great and I rooted from them from their first on the page meeting! There is also a great secondary cast of characters who I fell for immediately and want to spend more time with. Absolutely fantastic!
This was a wonderful romance! I went into this book without a whole lot of expectations. I picked this book up largely because it sounded somewhat original. I don't remember ever seeing another book about a pair of young adult country music stars so I decided to give it a chance. That risk worked out pretty well. This was one of those books that sucked you in and didn't let go. I just had a great time with this book. Annie is the daughter of country music superstars. Her parents are gone so her grandparents are her closest family. She is leary of walking in her famous parent's footsteps but she has a gift. When Clay knocks on her door to recruit her for the opening act on his tour, she decides to go along with the rest of the trio, which includes her cousin and close friend. Clay is headlining the tour and has been on the music scene just a little longer. Even though he is underage, he has spent a lot of time on the road drinking or hanging out with girls. He has some things in his past that he is also trying to deal with and he isn't always dealing with them all that well. I loved Annie and Clay together. From the very start, I thought that the scenes between them were the times when they were completely real. Clay wasn't always such a nice guy when other people were around but Annie seemed to bring out the best in him. I loved their chemistry both on the stage and off. I really thought that these two were good for each other and it was a ton of fun watching them find their way. I would recommend this book to others. It was a very well done story about two people working to get over their pasts while they fell for each other. I look forward to reading more from this new author. I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press - Wednesday Books via NetGalley.
I just read a beautiful story. It's a lot country, a little star, and a lot of down home too. You'd Be Mine is not only a wonderful story but it's a haunting love song. I finished this book with happy tears welling up in my eyes. Annie and Clay aren't your typical "rocker romance". Country music fan or not, these two will have you standing on your feet at the final curtain call. It's a choice really and [they'd] be mine! Heartfelt and full of treacherous traps, You'd Be Mine is a young adult story that shouldn't be limited by that title. It's about personal growth, loss, and being survivor. There's love, loss, and fear. It's the happy, or the light in your smile.
Thank you so much to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Me being a huge fan of country music I knew I would enjoy this book. Add in the fact that I love contemporary YA I was immediately sold on this book. After Annie's country super star parents die she's at a loss until Clay Coolidge shows up at her door. He needs her and her bandmates to be his opener for his summer tour or his label is going to drop him. Annie gets swayed into it and as they start their tour together fans start speculating if there's more going on between them than just playing shows together. They both start to wonder if the fans and their friends are right but if there's one thing Annie doesn't want is a high-profile relationship like her parents had and Clay has his own demons he needs to figure out. I heard great things about this book and the author before I read it and I feel like this book definitely lives up to its hype. The author had such a great writing style and I loved the plot behind the story. I loved both characters Annie and Clay individually and I loved the fact that they both had to deal with their own personal issues before they could come together. I also loved all of the emotions in this book and how it wasn't just a sappy happily ever after story. There was plenty of drama and hurt thrown in to make it a more grounded and relatable book. Me personally I'm not a huge fan of romance books but this was so much more than just a regular love story. I loved Erin Hahn and her debut novel and I can't wait to read more by her.
This was a lovely book and I am so happy I had the opportunity to get an ARC. This book is completely different than what I was expecting, but in a really great way. It took me a while to really get into it, but once I started feeling the great chemistry between Clay and Annie I couldn’t put it down! There’s so much more to this book than a YA novel about two young lovers. It’s complex and has so many layers. Not just about young love, but about depression, drinking, drugs and suicide. All of it was handled beautifully and I loved that nothing was over the top. It was hard to read at times because the characters are so real. You feel the way one does with a first love - infatuation and jealousy, but also the heartache and the meanness from a drunk and the left over aftermath from suicide and those it affects the most. All of these emotions are tied up meshed together, but Erin Hahn does a wonderful job showcasing them. I really, really loved Annie. She was such a good person and a great contrast to Clay and his sometimes selfish character. There’s so much growing up that these two have to do and I love the progression of it through the book. It doesn’t happen overnight and there’s no quick fix, just like in real life. Thank you Erin Hahn for writing such a lovely book. **ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own"
This was definitely an exciting YFiction story to read especially if you are a fan of southern romance with a little country twist. Our young readers have been asking about this book and I'm sure they will not be disappointed. You'd Be Mine tells the story of Clay and Anne both superstars in the Country Music genre and they come across one another when Clay's career is at stake if Anne and her band do not go on his tour. Anne has agreed to join his tour and they work so well together that their fans are wishing that they become a power couple. They start to fall for one another with Anne having some reservations due to an experience from her past. Clay does whatever it takes to win Anne's heart and be one forever. This I hope turns into a movie! This book was so entertaining and interesting to the point that you could not stop reading. You can't help but to fall in love with Clay and Anne and everything that they stand for. This will be a very refreshing treat for readers of the young teen and we can't wait to see how they will react to it. This will definitely have its place on our YFiction shelf and that is why we are giving this book 5 stars!
You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn A new to me author. As much as I enjoyed the storyline of the book. I only thought it was a okay book for me. Maybe it was just my mood.
You’d Be Mine is Erin Hahn debut release. It is a contemporary romance full of tons of angst and drama. I really can’t believe that this is this authors debut book, the writing and storyline is that of a seasoned author. Not often does a book just grab me with the storyline and the characters right away. I grew up on country music so when I pick this book up, I knew I was going to love it. Clay and Annie are thrown together and for the most part forced to tour together. Both of them are grieving and sadden by family that have passed away and really have never dealt with the loss. This all plays out during this summer that they are touring. All of the secondary characters are such an amazing addition to this story. Do yourself a favor and give this debut novel!!
2.5 stars I thought for sure when I read the synopsis this was going to be a great read for me. I normally love stories revolving around the entertainment field, in this case the country music industry, I like romances and well-developed characters with interesting backstories. And while this book had those elements, I found myself bored for so much of the story. There was only one brief moment towards the end I felt any type of emotional connection to the characters. Given so many of the early reviews for this book have been positive, I think this is much more of a case of a book just not being right for me rather than it being a bad book. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
While browsing NetGalley "You'd Be Mine" came up. It sounded interesting and I'm a sucker for a good rockstar romance. This is a little different simply because it features a bunch of country music references which did throw me for a loop simply because I don't listen to country. This book was surprisingly good. The main characters are realistic & will definitely make you root for them to get their lives together. They both are damaged and I like that they struggled with issues. It was nice to see how Erin Hahn wrote them. I definitely enjoyed the storyline. My only issue with this book was how easily things were fixed. It seems like it was wrapped up a little too quickly. I wish that we would have seen more of the "getting our lives together" stuff and less of the "everything is perfect" stuff. I do appreciate that Erin was able to create solid characters and I will definitely look into reading more of her books. All in all, it's a good book that had solid characters.
I was hesitant to read YOU'D BE MINE by Erin Hahn despite the hype around it and its beautiful cover. Country music is not my thing any more than rise-to-stardom stories are, but I gave it a chance because everyone spoke so highly of it. I was not disappointed. The story was engaging, well-written (in fact, it was written beautifully), and fun. I loved the dual POVs from main characters, Annie and Clay. They both had their own grief and hang-ups to get over and the side characters were equally complex. The romance is a bit of a slow burn (not at all bad, though) and worth the wait in the end, though, I had wished the serious topics of drug overdose and alcoholism were taken a bit more seriously and resolved in the appropriate manners.
" He's got heartache and grief and loneliness, and if I can't survive him, he sure as hell can't survive him." Clay is the typical badboy superstar, a boy of humble origin and raised by his father, brings a great pain in the chest that leads him to always get involved in trouble and confusion. The problem is that his record company is tired of putting out his fire and drowning his fights and now demands that he bring famous daughter'of Cora and Robbie, Annie Mathers, to his tour. Annie Mathers was raised by her grandmother after her parents passed away and despite loving a lot music and having a beautiful voice, she does not want to a life on stage. But Clay convinces her and this approach will bring many memories to Annie's mind about her parents' background. Annie with her golden voice and her sweetness conquers in each city of the tour a legion of fans and her presence and her posture on stage begin to mess a little more, as if this is possible, the famous superstar's mind. Clay makes a point of treating the girl with indifference and distance even realizing that he is enchanted by her every song sung because his demons are stronger than him and the reader is left to hope that both Annie and Clay do not succumb with them. I really enjoyed Annie, her band and Fitz, since Clay did not appeal to me very much and his rudeness annoyed me most of the book, but I found it interesting how the writer led the story. The cover does not attract to the book and does not pass the right message of it either, which for me is more a strong drama than for a story as lightly as this model seems.
I loved the synopsis of this one and had heard from a few friends that it was great. Sadly, it was not the cute and fluffy contemp I was expecting. I liked Annie and Clay well enough. They’re both stronger and more resilient than they think. There were qualifiers constantly used for the secondary characters and with a pretty small group, it felt unnecessary and clunky and no one really stood out. Plot wise, I was bored. The shows were repetitive and I skipped over all of the song lyrics. I did like the mention of older country stars and their songs. There’s a lot of amazing music in the world and I feel like some of it could be forgotten. Overall, Annie and Clay had a lot of potential, but I didn’t see the spark I was looking for. I couldn’t connect to them and that had me not caring about their story. FYI: talk of suicide, drug overdose, alcoholism, and religion **Huge thanks to Wednesday Books for providing the arc free of charge**