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? (Goodreads)
If you’re a fan of young adult romance and country music then this is definitely a book you need to get your hands on. When I saw that this a story inspired by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash I knew I had to read it. I grew up on country music so it was really neat to read a story based in the country music world.
You’d Be Mine is told in dual perspectives of main characters, Annie and Clay. Clay is the stereotypical bad boy of country music, and in order to keep himself on the label he needs Annie to agree to join him on tour. I liked that the author didn’t try and hide the fact that there was a connection to Johnny and June. Instead she used it to make the connection between the main characters stronger. There were a lot of difficult subjects tackled throughout the story. I’m one of those readers who enjoys going into books blind so I’m not going to say which subjects, but I will say that I think a little more depth was needed. This book is targeted at Young Adults and I think that maybe the author downplayed some things because of that. I had a hard time with the main characters at times because there just wasn’t enough depth and background for me to fully care about what they were going through.
I thought the writing was really well done and I enjoyed the pace of the story. I do think that the story line got a little lost at times. I did really like how the author ended this story. She didn’t fall into the cliché story line that so many other authors do when dealing with this type of subject matter. The story isn’t about Annie “saving” Clay or vice versa, it’s about how they each deal with their issues in order to come together and I appreciated the way the author handled that.
While I did have some issues with this story, overall, it was an enjoyable read and it was really fun to enter into the country music world. I will definitely be looking out for future books by this author!