Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret
Jennifer Echols
Format: hardback from library
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Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…


Dirty Little Secret has been on my to read list for a long time now. I finally found it at the library the last time I went and just had to get it even if I was already getting 3 books in addition to the countless others I had already checked out (I love the library). The story centers around Bailey an awesome fiddle player whose parents have banned from playing. However her Grandfather gets her a minor gig at a local mall. From there she gets re introduced to the music world that she used to love and lived in until a year before. Bailey’s life becomes compartmentalized between her family life and her music life. My initial reactions to the situation with here family was how could her parents choose the fame of one daughter over the other. Instead of negotiating for a way for Bailey to keep playing. I also thought that her sister was messed up for being okay with the situation and not talking to her sister, who was also her best friend. However, Bailey finds escape in the world of music where she can do the thing she truly loves. I loved watching her relationship with Sam develop as she spends more time with him. I also loved the other members of the band. While in the beginning  I found Charlotte to be a little possessive of Sam, even though they had broken up I still wanted her to succeed. I loved Ace, the Bassist, he was super down to earth but still provided the necessary reflection that the other characters needed. While sometimes the plot was a little predictable it was still enjoyable and unexpected at certain points. It was similar to other books to be comfortable. While still being different enough to keep me interested.
Overall, What I loved about the story was the unique idea of a fiddle player in Nashville. I also loved the believable and complex characters who had you on the edge of your seat hoping everything worked out in the end. I would recommend this to anyone who loves contemporary romances or music stories. This book will definitely have me seeking out more books to read by Jennifer Echols.

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