Thanks to the author for providing me with copies of both books in this post for review purposes! I was so happy when she reached out to me on Twitter – these connections as a reviewer mean the world to me, but in no way influence my opinions of the books I read.
You guys. Last week I kind of broke my Instagram with all of my raving over a contemporary romance title – for REAL. I went a little nuts! However, I couldn’t hold back my love for it. And it was FREE on Kindle at the time so I could tell EVERYONE to get it immediately without breaking anyone’s budget. AND, it is written by a self-published author which always makes me squeal – I adore finding new talent without a huge publicity budget. SO many hidden gems out there!
The sequel My Life As a Pop Albumcomes out on January 30th, 2018!!! I had a chance to read it over the weekend and it did NOT disappoint (click here for my review!) The first book is sort of YA/New Adult and I am buying it for my high school library because it is just teen romance perfection. However, book 2 is most DEFINITELY not fit for school libraries ~ it moves solidly into adult romance and it is swoon-worthy!
I’m going to be 100% honest with you – I love contemporary romances. ADORE them. They send me to a happy place where everyone loves everyone else and everyone ends up happy and everyone is romantic and no kids puke in the middle of the night and no husbands and wives snap at each other because someone (not me!!!) left the fridge open and no dogs drag dead things through the yard and even if there isn’t enough money they are STILL happy and no one’s aging parent needs to be rushed to the hospital and the water pump never breaks and……..
Okay, you know what I mean, right? I don’t read romance to LEARN. I read romance to ESCAPE, my friends. I’m totally here for the sappy and the swoon and the unrealistic. You know I also read to learn, right??? Remember my post about that???
So, if you are up for straight-up, down-home Tennessee all-the-feels stories…..dig in!
Here are the descriptions for both books, followed by the video teaser for My Life As a Pop Album:
2017 IAN Young Adult Outstanding Book of the Year
Tomboy Cam Swayne is determined that football hero Jake Phillips keep his eyes firmly on her. After all, she’s been his since before she was born.
Cam has grown up literally next to Jake. They live next door and share a tree house. They’ve played together on the street and at the lake since she could walk. Plus, they’ve saved each other in some pretty miraculous ways that even their parents find hard to believe. So, it’s only natural that when hormones kick in, Cam feels like Jake belongs only to her. And heaven help anyone that stands in Cam’s way.
What does get in the way? Just their three-year age difference while she’s in middle school, and he’s in high school. And his long line of “gaggling geese” that follow him like he’s a boyband superstar. And the illness Jake hides from everyone until his devotion to Cam makes it an impossibility.
Will Cam and Jake ever get their country love song happy ending?
Inspired by Taylor Swift songs, this is a story of aching love and loss and learning to live through life in all its pain and glory.
Good Girl Mia feels guilty for her brother’s death. It was her kidney that killed him after all…
Four years later, Mia is back home after college and trying to pretend that she’s got it all together. She’s set to take over the family car dealership, and is determined to never make her mama cry again, but she’s also running from guilt and a boy who never really loved her.
Derek Waters has just signed with a record label and is determined to spend his summer touring with his band far away from his alcoholic dad and the whole L.A. scene. Dealing with anyone of the female persuasion is the last thing on his mind.
But then the sexy musician walks into Mia’s dealership, and they both find themselves throwing their best laid plans aside. Which leaves Mia wondering how she’ll survive the guilt of touring with this tattooed rocker in her dead brother’s Camaro. And what will become of Good Girl Mia when Derek Waters is done with her?
From award winning author, LJ Evans, comes the second novel in the my life as an album series. This book is about surviving sibling loss, overcoming guilt, and finding a path to love and redemption.
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