Published by Createspace Independent Pub on December 1, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance
Source: eARC from Author
She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…
Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn't taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.
Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn't have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush (and former best friend) is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees...on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: re-introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.
Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn't bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. Sweet moments where she forgets they aren't really dating. And she didn't count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.
Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep...and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or finally write her own song?
One Song Away is a standalone new adult romance novel that is perfect for people looking for a really sweet friends to lovers/second chance at love type of read. I loved it for all of those reasons. I had a few minor issues with the book, but the overall feel of the story made me happy- which is kind of the whole point. I loved Jake most of all. This guy is a teddy bear if I ever did see one. It was so clear to me from the start that he had real serious feelings for Sophie-Claire. (who I only saw as Claire because that’s what Jake called her.)
The book is told entirely from Sophie- Claire’s point of view. I found myself wishing for some Jake POV thrown in, but it was easy enough to figure out what he was thinking and feeling, so it never really detracted from the story. I mostly wanted some of his point of view because I liked him more than I liked Claire. I had a hot and cold relationship with Claire. On one hand, she really did grow on me as a character. There are so many things that I did like about her. I loved how loyal she was to her friends. In fact, the friendship between Claire and Sloane was my second favorite part of the story, after Jake himself. I loved how she was not afraid to be her own person and to own the person that she was. That was really inspiring. But that kind of fed into the thing that I didn’t like about her. She claimed to absolutely love herself all the time, but she second guessed herself and had a flair for the dramatic a lot. At times, it seemed like you couldn’t win with her. Jake was damned if he did, and damned if he didn’t.
Jake and Claire start out having a fake relationship to get her momma off her back. And Claire finds herself wanting the real thing with Jake (ummm…hello! who could blame her??!) So she is sad when she doesn’t have the real thing, but then when it looks like Jake might really like her, she gets super upset?? I had no idea why, but she totally freaked out. When girls do things like that it bugs me, so Claire and I had an annoyed moment. But she won me back over by the end of the book. I can completely see why people love Sophie-Claire so much. (and they do love her! Just take a look at goodreads.)
One Song Away is really nicely written. It was a lighter read with almost no angst. And Jake is a show stealer. I just want to hug him and make him hang out with me all the time so he can be super sweet to me. He is so considerate. If you are a fan of the sweet new adult romances with swoon-worthy male leads and great secondary characters, One Song away is the book for you.
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