Title: Girl With Guitar
Author: Caisey Quinn
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy stepmother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true. Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.
Girl with Guitar proved to be an awesome book to kick off my summer! It included some of my favorite things to have in a book like a strong and relatable main character, a heavy country music influence, a broken boy who you just want to hug and punch at the same time, and a romance between the main character and the same broken boy who practically jumped off the page. This book reminded me of a cross between the movies Country Strong and Walk The Line in the best ways possible!
Kylie was a great main character! She was a girl from a small town who just lost the most important person in her life, her father. Determined to make him proud she packs up and moves to Tennessee. It doesn’t take long before her musical talent lands her the role as an opening act for none other than Trace Corbin, a super hot but completely jerky and moody country star. Even though I will likely never become a country music star, I could still relate to Kylie. I appreciated her determination to be the best she could be despite all of the problems she went through. She was so sweet but she also had this super feisty side when the right buttons were pushed and I loved that about her. She’d be the first person to try to fix things or try to make someone happy but she’d also be the first person to put someone in their place. Kylie’s past and the things that she endured over the course of the book broke my heart but this girl is a fighter so it was a pleasure to see her push her way through it all regardless of how hard it was.
Most of the problems that Kylie faces stem from one person, Trace Corbin. Trace is a country music super star who needs this tour to be successful in order to keep signed. Trace, because of his own reasons, is basically a self-destructor. Even though he is crazy-talented and has all these fans, he can’t help but try to destroy the career he built for himself. Events that have happened to him in the past make it hard for Trace to believe in himself. That’s where our girl Kylie comes in. Kylie tells Trace how it is…time and time again. Naturally Trace is this stubborn, moody country star so having this small-town girl put him in his place causes tension to rise between the two. But between the bickering, the let-downs, and the small yet shockingly sweet gestures from Trace towards Kylie, feelings of anger soon turn into something quite different. I absolutely loved how the romance between these two evolved. It took a lot for Trace to give in to his feelings for Kylie, he tried to push her away in every way possible but once he finally gave in, I just wanted every scene in the book to be of the two of them together!
Throughout the course of the book we get to meet a lot of secondary character that added some depth to this book. Trace’s sisters make a few appearances and I absolutely loved them! When Trace was around his sisters it was almost like he was another person. Up until that point we only saw the moody Trace but with his sisters there, we got to see a sweeter, softer side to him. We also get to “meet” Kylie’s best friend. It was nice to see someone so protective of Kylie. Even if Kylie is such a strong person, everyone needs someone fighting for them and Lulu is that person for her.
There was a lot about Girl With Guitar that I absolutely loved! Kylie and Trace came from two totally different places in their lives but their tough pasts gave these two something to connect over, well asides from their love of country music! They were both stubborn, moody at times, and oh so complicated making a romance between the two of them seem nearly impossible. But once that romance was given time to blossom and evolve, it was certainly something special. I think the characters in this book, the country music influence, and the romance makes Girl With Guitar a perfect summer read!
My Book Playlist:
I don’t do this for every book but I thought it would be fun to put some songs together that reminded me of certain parts of Girl With Guitar, different characters, or the book as a whole. If you’ve read it, take a listen and tell me what you think!
When they reached the sunroom, Trace was a perfect gentleman—much to her frustration. He handed her a towel, then did not so much as glance in her direction as he stripped down to his boxer briefs and wrapped a towel around his waist. She, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough. The sight of his bare skin had her synapses firing like AK-47 rounds.
He was thick and muscular and had just a hint of a farmer’s tan. Back muscles rippling with each movement reminded Kylie of the horses her grandparents had. Something clicked in her head as she realized what it was that had her practically panting after him. He was loaded, like probably obscenely wealthy, but he did all the work around the farm himself. Still took care of his sisters. Himself. Had callouses on his hands like her daddy did, because he wasn’t afraid of hard work. Okay, and yeah, he was hot as hell and could sing a girl’s panties right off of her.
She peeled her wet clothes off slowly—hoping he’d turn and look, but he just picked up what she’d dropped and darted out of the room. She kept her drenched bra and panties on and wrapped the towel around herself. She was feeling majorly insecure due to the “not at all interested” vibe Trace was radiating in her direction.
Kylie headed towards the master bedroom with the intention of using that bathroom to shower, but changed direction at the last minute. Since Trace was gone, she’d go ahead and add her bra and panties to the laundry. Borrowing Rae’s clothes was one thing, but the thought of wearing someone else’s underwear freaked her out.
She padded barefoot back towards the sound of a whirring washing machine. Trace was still nowhere to been seen when she finally found the laundry room. She dropped her towel and tossed her bra in the machine. She had just begun to slide her underwear down when the sharp intake of breath alerted her to the broad frame that darkened the doorway.
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About the Author:
Caisey Quinn is a wearer of cowgirl boots, writer and avid reader of New Adult romance, lover of wine, and is addicted to chai tea lattes. She’s the brand spanking new author of soon to be released books including Girl with Guitar and Keep Me Still. (Which may or may not include spanking).
Caisey lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is currently hard at work on Girl on Tour, the next book in the Kylie Ryans series. Girl with Guitar is her first novel.
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