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

Posted October 12, 2020 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Lies & Lullabies (Hush Note #1) by Sarina BowenLies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen
Series: Hush Note #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 22, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 278 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Your local indie bookstore
My rating:

Once upon a time, he gave me a summer of friendship, followed by one perfect night. We shared a lot during our short time together. But he skipped a few crucial details.

I didn’t know he was a rock star.

I didn’t know his real name.

Neither of us knew I’d get pregnant.

And I sure never expected to see him again.

Five years later, his tour bus pulls up in Nest Lake, Maine. My little world is about to be shattered by loud music and the pounding of my own foolish heart.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Confession: I’m not a big fan of rockstar romances. I think part of it comes from reading waaaaay too many of them when I first dipped my toe in romance a few years back. I enjoyed the ones I read — even with their high doses of angst and manwhores. Well, that was 2014 Kim. I’m a different reader now. 2020 Kim (or let’s be honest and say 2016 and on Kim) doesn’t care for angst and pretty much avoids alphas and manwhores entirely. It’s just not my thing. Neither is secret baby, generally speaking. All that said, I will still dabble in these tropes when written by an author whose books I love. Such was the case with Lies & Lullabies. I love Sarina’s books and this one was no different. 

Lies & Lullabies is the story of rockstar Jonas and “regular person” Kira. It’s all about secrets and second chances with these two. A few years prior, they had a summer fling while Jonas was visiting Kira’s hometown for a much-needed reprieve. Naturally, he didn’t disclose his real identity at the time. He left town and Kira learned she was pregnant. Though she did learn his identity later, she never did tell him about their daughter, Vivi. Imagine his surprise when he comes back to town. Things were rocky to be sure, but I enjoyed how everything played out between them. It felt realistic. I’m a big fan of earned second chances, so I loved it. 

I enjoyed Lies & Lullabies so much I ended up pre-ordering the next two novels in this series of standalones. I got so easily invested in all of the characters that I just have to know what happens to Jonas’  bandmates, too. I’m looking forward to reading them as soon as I can make the time to do it! 

Favorite Quotes:

“You’re it for me, Kira. No matter where I go, I’ll always come back to you.” 

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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