Open Road Summer
By: Emery Lord
Available April 2014
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
I really enjoyed this book and a big part of that is because Reagan is an imperfect character. The more the book goes on we see that she isn’t just moody and protective, she has good reason to be that way. She has made a practice of bad choices and putting herself at risk. Watching her work on getting her life straight while being there for her friend was great. Her dedication to her best friend was fantastic.
Matt Finch is the cute guy who comes into the picture as Lilah’s opening act. The press thinks he’s involved with Lilah but something about him draws Reagan. She doesn’t want anything to do with it though. He’s a charming ex boy band guy so she thinks she has his number. Until she starts to learn some new things about him. She starts to see that his life isn’t as easy as she thought it was. And she starts to fall for the guy Matt, not the star.
Reagan’s best friend is a big country music star and is considered a big sweetheart. She’s loved and looked up to. Except the world doesn’t see the part where her heart has been broken thanks to her big love setting her free to go live her dreams. All Reagan can do is be there for her. They still love each other but want different things, so man bashing isn’t even an option. Instead it’s just getting by day by day and being there for each other. Reagan’s friendship with her is seen in the now and with memories that show that their bond is stronger than what many are able to find. Seeing their love for each other and the lengths they’d go to is so great. The friendship is not just some side piece to the romance. The friendship is what matters more than the romance.
I loved that this book was about more than just falling for the guy. It’s about friendships making it through everything, being there for each other, and learning to love yourself way more than it is about any guy. Though watching the way she learns to care for him and trust him was so great as well and still made it about learning to be herself than going for the cute guy.
I really liked this book and look forward to reading more by Emery Lord. If you enjoy the idea of seeing a damaged character learn how to love herself again then you’ll enjoy this book. Everything else was great but secondary to Reagan finding herself.