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After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
I do love contemporary reads all year round, but when it hits summer I tend to be in much more of a contemporary mood. Open Road Summer is a fantastic read with heart. It’s not just about the romance, it touches on other issues too, with characters that are easy to love despite not being the most likeable at all times.
Open Road Summer is about Reagan and her best friend Dee, who is a country music star. It documents their tour bus journey across the US for Dee’s tour. Reagan and Dee are both nursing broken hearts but very different reasons.
Open Road Summer should hit the right note for many contemporary fiction fans. That’s not to say it’s not without flaws. It does have some clichés which is why I couldn’t bring myself to give it 5 stars. Is that harsh? Probably, but it’s so hard to rate books! Despite the clichés, Open Road Summer is full of beautiful writing, good characters, a sizzling romance and at the heart of it friendship.
I didn’t automatically like Reagan, because she comes across as a character that’s quite cold. Don’t give up on her though, because despite her rough edges she’s a character who has experienced a lot and is in the process of changing some of her ways to become a better person. It doesn’t seem false though, it feels very true to the character. Reagan is intelligent and driven and is fiercely protective of her friend. She grows a lot throughout the story and accepts her past wrongdoings maturely. Dee is another great character. She’s incredibly sweet but there’s much more to her than meets the eye. I loved how positive Dee was, always looking forward to the future. Reagan and Dee’s friendship was believable. I loved how protective they were of one another. Matt is the love interest and it’s easy to see why. He’s a talented musician that can come across as a bit arrogant, but the arrogance is trying to hide his past and the pain he is experiencing.
I’m so impressed with Emery Lord’s writing. It’s so easy to read and just flows beautifully from the pages. She has created some very three dimensional characters. Reagan and Dee have so much going for them. Matt isn’t just there as a love interest, he has his own story to tell.
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