on December 18, 2018
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
When her boss offers her free tickets to the CMA Fest, Ava Trent jumps at the chance for a weekend in Nashville with her best girlfriends. Great music and new opportunities to look for Mr Right? What more could a former country girl ask for? Well, maybe not to literally fall at the feet of the hottest guy she's ever seen.
And the superstar singer...
After becoming an overnight success, fame doesn’t rest easy on Chase Hudson’s shoulders. It's hard to tell who's interested in him and who's interested in the star. So when he and Ava collide, and she has no idea who he is, he's immediately intrigued. Something about Ava calls to him – even though he’s convinced she’s a city-type who couldn’t handle his Nashville life.
Are about to get their country on.
What starts as a light-hearted bet to test one another, becomes something much deeper as Ava and Chase can’t stay away from one another. But with so many differences between their lives, will they win the relationship they've been dreaming of? Or lose each other?
The Nashville Bet is an adult contemporary romance standalone and is the third book in the Girls Weekend Away by Shana Gray. When I picked this book up, I was really looking for a fun romantic romp, so I was super excited to find a book that features so many things that I love…girls trips, romance and country music. In fact, The Nashville Bet is a romance between our main character and a country music star. How fun is that? I know there re probably a bunch of books out there centering around the same trope, but I have not read too many of them. And unfortunately, this book was just ok for me. I didn’t hate it…but I certainly didn’t love it. I will say, you do not need to read the books in this series in order. They really do act as standalones, so if any of the summaries really grab your attention, read them in any order that you want. This was the first book I have read in this series, and I am not too keen on picking up another one.
In The Nashville Bet we meet Ava who is looking to get away with some of her girlfriends to Nashville to enjoy the CMA fest. Almost immediately upon arriving, she meets Chase Hudson, up and coming country music star. There are immediate fireworks and the rest of the book seems to be about Chase dropping everything to woo Ava. I like the concept, but the whole thing felt too rushed for my liking. Honestly, when I was done and I saw that this book clocks in at 306 pages, I was floored. Because that is enough time to really flesh out the characters and make me feel something for the romance, and I just…didn’t. I liked the characters ok and the romance was nice, but I never felt invested in any of it. I think because the whole book felt like I was rushing from one thing to another on a giant tourist trip to Nashville.
if you like whirlwind romances with a fast pace throughout, this might be a book that you enjoyed more than I did. It was an ok read for me, but unfortunately it didn’t knock my socks off. This one was just ok, but I do hope if this is your trope that you check it out. It might be just what you are looking for this summer.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 Tackle My TBR Reading Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020