This took a completely different path than I expected, but it’s a really heartwarming read. Undoubtedly, the hero steals the show here; there were a couple of moments early on where I thought he might break my heart, but I should’ve trusted the author. It’s an ANGSTY, heart-wrenching journey to happily ever after, crafted with skilled writing and an excess of emotion. I loved the connection between these two, and though they frustrated me A LOT, I was drawn into their love story from start to finish.
The story follows Violet and Miller from age 13 and beyond. When they meet, it’s obvious that Miller has already been through a lot in his life, and Violet is a ray of hope for him. They both fall hard and fast but struggle with their feelings, not wanting to come clean to the other and risk the friendship. Miller is a musician who pours his feelings into his lyrics, and Violet is his inspiration every step of the way, despite the many, many obstacles in their path.
When I read the blurb, I expected this to read a little older, so I was taken aback by the YA feel. It’s got a definite level of sweetness to it, but the angst and steam shift this more into new adult territory as the story goes on. There is a lot of heaviness, with serious topics and frustrating miscommunications. Every time things were looking up, some other problem quickly replaced the last one. There’s a little OW/OM drama that started to put me off the story, but it thankfully became a non-issue later on. Ultimately, I really loved the connection between Miller and Violet. With a little less drama and a little less angst, this romance would’ve been more fulfilling for me. These two REALLY have to fight for their HEA and I wanted more of the good times. They’re both genuinely likable characters but their actions didn’t always align with that. I would recommend this one for those who love angsty high school romances rather than those seeking out a rock star romance, because though the drama is deeper than what’s typically found in the genre, it’s definitely got that kind of feel. I received an ARC via Valentine PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this emotional romance.
The Girl in the Love Song, book one in the Lost Boys, an interconnected coming-of-age series of standalones, from USA Today bestselling author Emma Scott, is live!
Miller Stratton is a survivor. After a harrowing childhood of poverty, he will do anything it takes to find security for himself and his mom. He’s putting all his hopes and dreams in the fragile frame of his guitar and the beauty he creates with its strings and his soulful voice.
No one expects to meet the love of their life at age thirteen. But the spunky rich girl steals Miller’s heart and refuses to give it back.
Violet McNamara’s life hasn’t been as simple as it looks. Her picture-perfect family is not so perfect after all. Her best friend Miller is her one constant and she is determined not to ruin their friendship with romantic complications.
But the heart wants what it wants. As Miller’s star begins to rise to stratospheric heights, what will it take for Violet to realize that she’s the girl in all of his love songs?
The Girl in the Love Song features two original songs written by Emma herself.
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