Release Date: December 1, 2014
Source: Author via NetGalley
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?
You know that feeling when you receive a book you're really excited to read? And then you begin reading said book and everything is fine until it's not? Well, that's exactly what happened with this book. I'm friends with Molli Moran, the author, on Twitter and when I saw that it was on NetGalley to request, I did without hesitation! I'd been excited to read this book for a while but sadly (and I don't remember my exact place) One Song Away didn't do it for me.
If anything, I can say that I loved the plot! One Song Away sound like such a cute rom-com and I love a good rom-com. Just not when they're bad. With One Song Away, I didn't connect to the story or the characters. Sophie-Claire, for example, was way too stereotypical for me: not stick think but curvy, had tattoos and piercing, and wanted to leave her small town behind. She was the "definition" of a bad girl and sure, one could call her that. But for someone to be such a rebel and a bad girl, Sophie-Claire was far too insecure and unsure of herself and her surroundings. I rolled my eyes plenty of times with her narration because I just couldn't believe her.
As for the other characters in this book, I wasn't as impressed with them either. Jake was the typical boy next door with no personality to speak of. I was sorely disappointed because he sounded like such a cutie. But maybe that was the problem? The best friend was only there to make the main character feel better. Honestly, the others characters were cardboard cutouts.
Honestly, I ended up reading this book a little over half way through before I decided that I had had enough. I wasn't invested in the characters or the story or the writing so there wasn't any point in me reading on. I know some people will love this book and that's fine. This just didn't work for me.
I don’t think about this book. I don't want to recommend it to anyone. I might have even hated this book. I would not even think to recommend it to anyone.
Sadly this one didn't work for me either. I'm really sad but I won't lie to you guys.
Okay, guys, you might judge me for this but...I like the cover. I think it's cute (and yes, very common pose) BUT I think it represents the book well!