Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen (Hush Note #1)

Lies & Lullabies


Lies & Lullabies
by Sarina Bowen

Contemporary Romance/Second Chance Romance/Romance

278 Pages

Book #1 Hush Note series

Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC (22nd September 2020)

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My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Actual rating 3.75

Five years ago in the summer, Kira and Jonas developed a friendship like no other, but the time the end of summer rolled around, they became something more. However, Jonas had to leave and head back to his life on the West Coast, leaving behind Kira, as well as his heart. Now, he’s brought his band back to Montana, to his favourite spot, in order to recoup before their next tour. He never forgot Kira, but he didn’t expect to see her again on their whirlwind stopover. This could be the chance he’s been waiting for. Kira didn’t know that Jonas was a rock star, and she’s got a bombshell to drop on him, though she’s terrified that it might destroy this second chance they’ve been given. They’ll need to be able to reach past their issues and forgive each other if they want their dreams to come true.

I’ll admit, I am a sucker for a sweet romance, and I have a bit of a thing for the second chance romance trope for sure. I kept looking at this book online, because the cover is so eye catching. I clicked on it so many times but didn’t add it to my cart, until I ended up going on a bit of a shopping spree on my favourite Australian Indie bookseller’s site and I added this one and book number two (which I actually didn’t realise was part of the same series at first, I did think it odd that they had the same style covers though).

Five years previous, Kira was just going through the motions in her home town, working in the family store when in walked Jonas, or John, as she knew him. Over the summer they developed a really solid friendship, one of which neither had really had before. Both wanted more but was too afraid to cross that precipice, until they did, the night before Jonas was due to leave to head back to his life on the West Coast. After that, they never saw each other again until Jonas rocks up with his band for some relaxation for a couple of days. I felt the story was super sweet. There’s a tiny bit of drama involved, but honestly not much, and I knew that it wouldn’t amount to anything so I didn’t get that sense of urgency that would have been nice.

I’m not a huge fan of babies and kids, so I generally don’t go for books that focus on that aspect of the relationship, however, I thought that this one worked quite well. Kira ended up pregnant from their encounter, but never told Jonas. I’ve seen some reviews that tear down her reasoning behind not telling him, and while I agree it’s a bit of a dick move, I can also see it from Kira’s side of things too. She wrote to Jonas after she realised who he was, he never responded, so of course she’s going to think that he doesn’t want anything to do with her anymore, this in turn made her feel like she couldn’t tell him about the baby, she was worried that he’d see her as a gold digger just out for his money and what he could do for her and the child that she assumed he wouldn’t want. Yes she should have given him the option of being in the kids life or not, but I can definitely understand the reasoning behind why she didn’t pursue contact with him after her initial contact was left on read. I enjoyed the process of Kira and Jonas both working through the omitted information that they never disclosed to each other, it gave the relationship an extra layer, one that gave a sense of realness to the situation, if you will.

I enjoyed the characters and the extra background trauma that Kira experienced, I feel like this really gave Jonas a chance to develop into the sweet, and caring character that he didn’t know he could be. I do feel like Kira was a bit two dimensional at times, but for the most part I enjoyed them both. I really loved Adam and Ethan’s characters and I’m sincerely hoping we get a book for those two, they really stole the show, and I am here for their budding relationship. Quinn I don’t know how to feel about, she was pretty standoffish and I guess there’s a story there (which I have sitting on my shelf) but she was pretty unlikeable in this one, so hopefully she can redeem herself. I am super intrigued by Nixon’s story and I am keen to read that one because I feel like there’s so much hidden there, and I want to learn it. I really feel like Bowen writes engaging characters that really make you want to get to know them.

The story itself was pretty cliche, I’ll be honest, but I am here for it. I knew how things were going to play out and that’s fine, sometimes you need a predictable story that’s light and fluffy with little conflict or drama, and that’s exactly what this was. There wasn’t a whole lot happening and that’s fine because this was a character driven story that was more focused on the relationship and the second chance aspect of it all. I feel like if you know what you’re signing up for going in, you’ll enjoy it well enough. This gave me exactly what it promised and I love that.

All in all, this was a sweet second chance romance, and I’m keen to see cameos of these guys in the follow up books. I’m once again saying that I hope we get a book for Adam and Ethan, because they’re the characters I really want to see again. If you want something that’s easy going, fluffy and light with a guaranteed HEA, give this one a go.

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