Series: Kylie Ryans #1
Published by Self-Published on May 22, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Giveaway Win
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After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy step-mother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true. Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.
I was very fortunate to win this ebook in a giveaway. I just adored this book! It’s about one lonely country girl committed to a promise that she made to her ailing father …to make sure that her music always came first.
After her father passes, Kylie takes the chance and decides it was time to reach for the stars. She heads to Nashville only with her guitar and not much else to her name. As her funds start running low she becomes desperate and a waitressing job practically drops in her lap. After weeks of working tables she decides its high time to pick up her guitar again and she sign-up for amateur night at that same bar that she works at. Her one great performance lands her in a tour with irresistible country singer Trace Corbin.
Trace is troubled… not showing up for sound checks and sometimes not performing at all during the rest of their tour. Kylie can not stand it. He’s about to become a major obstacle in her obtaining her dream. The spitfire that she is, she lays it on him and even Trace’s manager is impressed. Trace realizes that this tour isn’t just about him anymore. As they spent more time together they both find that there is so much more than just a physical attraction. But can both trust each other enough to make things work?
“…if I could relive the past twenty-four hours over again every day for the rest of my life… I’d gladly give it up altogether.”
Talk about strong female heroines… Kylie was just plain admirable. Self-reliant, strong-willed, very talented , outgoing and so down to earth. I loved how she never backed down on Trace. How couldn’t you love this character? And while Trace annoyed me in the beginning he kind of grew on me… especially at the end.
There were multiple scenes that made an impression on me. Her first performance for one, her first time, her self-induced big “O” also the way she swindled the guys in their own game. I thought this book was well-rounded, it had a good balance of romance and passion and of course the humor – that poker game was just down right funny! I also loved ALL of the supporting characters and of course the music. The lyrics in the songs to me were also impressive. Wonder if the author as a background in music. Really excited to read more work from this author.
If you want a heart warming, good feel book… don’t look any further. This one is for you!
There was only one way out of this. Okay, maybe two. Duck and hide and risk losing her job, or face the man whose song she’d just butchered in front of several hundred people. And risk losing her job.
Well, she’d never been one to back down, and she’d never ducked and hid from anyone in her life. Certainly not some cocky-ass country music singer who everyone knew was pretty much drinking his career down the drain.
“Can I get you a drink, Mr. Corbin?” Kylie asked in the sweetest tone she could muster, stepping towards the stage.
“No, ma’am. Got one,” he told her, winking at the audience and lifting a beer bottle in her direction. Thick dark hair peeked out from under a trucker’s hat, and muscular suntanned forearms flexed at the end of his rolled up shirtsleeves. His bright white smile was framed by boyish dimples, and damn those jeans were doing things to her.
Then what can I do for you?” she asked, rolling her eyes at the crowd as if she was annoyed with the megastar for interrupting her work. Good Lord. If they only knew that her heart was beating triple time against her ribs.
“Well, since you stole my song, the least you could do would be come up here and sing with me,” he slurred. For heaven’s sakes, the man was half drunk. And geez, could his jeans get any tighter? Focus, Kylie.
“Excuse me, sir. You mean to tell me you sing a song about bein’ a single girl that can’t be tied down?” The audience cracked up all around her.
“She’s cute, Clive. Where’d you find this one?” Trace bellowed across the bar. Kylie didn’t look to see what Clive did, but she could see a few cell phone screens lighting up the room. This was definitely going to be on YouTube. Trace Corbin was going to make sure she never got recognized in the industry, unless it was by people laughing at her.
“Well, pick a song already. I got tables to wait on,” Kylie said, hopping back onto the stage.
He eyed her carefully as he lifted his guitar. “You gonna change the words all up? Make me look like a fool?”
“Oh no, darlin.’ Pretty sure you can handle that all on your own,” Kylie answered with a flirty grin.
She prayed she looked like she was keeping her cool, but the last time she’d seen this man he was on CMT and she was watching from her bedroom in Okla-fricking-homa. And holy hell if he wasn’t even hotter in person. He smelled like aftershave and bourbon. Kylie decided then and there that she’d never be able to get a whiff of either without recalling this moment.
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