Also by this author: Brooklynaire, The Understatement of the Year
Series: Hush Note #1
on September 22, 2020
Genres: Rock Star Romance, Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Second Chance, Secret Baby, Surprise Pregnancy
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Narrator: Erin Mallon, Tim Paige
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
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.
The Hush Note series is a collab by Sarina Bowen, Devney Perry and Rebecca Yarros, three authors who each in their own right are highly esteemed and write wonderful stories. Each book in this series is about a member of the rockband Hush Note and it starts off with Sarina’s LIES AND LULLABIES.
Jonas and Kira meet in the little town of Nest Lake, Maine when Jonas needs to retreat from his public life to get control of his life again. Anonymously. While there is a strong attraction between the two Jonas doesn’t want to take their friendship that comes so natural any further. When he learns about Kira’s difficult past all he wants to do is help. I loved his way of how he approached her so much, it was so full of care and adoration for the beautiful, broken woman.
He definitely didn’t expect that helping her would include one night of bliss. Five years later he learns about the consequences their night had: a little girl with the woman who’d captured his heart and who got away.
“Five years was a long time ago, Jonas.”
Slowly, he shook his head. “When I look at you, it feels like five minutes.”
From the start it’s obvious that Jonas is a caretaker. He is impossibly sweet with pretty much everyone in his close vicinity. He is a good person despite his fame and my heart broke a little for him when I learned that Kira was the first to love him for himself. He was a little broken, too, though for different reasons than Kira.
Amid the glitter and booze, the problem had become clear: once you’d looked into the passionate eyes of someone who loved you just for you, nothing else would do.
Kira is an amazing mother and her child always comes first. I was devastated for her when I learned how she was mistreated after she found out she was pregnant, but she is a fighter – she left town and lived with her brother who helped her being a mom, going to school and holding down a job. I wish the author would have explored Kira’s past a little more, when she was mugged, how she healed, how she became a pariah, how her dad ended up being so awful to her and Adam. I wanted to see her dad redeem himself. I thought it was glossed over and lacked a little depth. I also didn’t understand her reasons for keeping her child a secret.
I adored Adam, Kira’s brother (who is hilarious and the best brother a person could wish for) and Ethan, Hush Note’s tour manager. I would LOVE to get their stories and Sarina Bowen would be perfect to tell them. I’m equally excited to learn the background of the other two band members, Nixon and Quinn. Quinn wasn’t very loveable in LIES AND LULLABIES but I think she was just being a good a friend looking out for Jonas.
This story has several tropes running parallel – the secret baby, surprise pregnancy, smalltown romance, rockstar romance. It isn’t a unique plot and it definitely could have been told with a little more detail but it’s still a beautiful story that I enjoyed a lot. Sarina Bowen proves once more why I love her books.
I would never be able to play it cool when she was around. She was the one. And suddenly I felt desperate to let her know that.