Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jesse's Girl: Blog Tour & Giveaway

Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 304
Keywords: music, country, romance
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley

What's it about?

Maya is totally taken by surprise when, after telling her school she wants to be a musician, gets placed to shadow the famous Jesse Scott for career day. Turns out, his uncle is the school principal, and he thinks it would be a good idea for both Maya and Jesse to take this opportunity. Naturally, Jesse is frustrated he has to put up with a fangirl all day. Maya is super mad that Jesse assumes she's a fangirl when she really wants some guitar tips. But they both want to get away from the lame shadow day schedule the principal has set up for them. 

My rating

I was super into the unfolding of the romance. It was good pacing and I liked the back-and-forth nature of the characters. Jesse and Maya had an awesome dynamic, and I love that Maya didn't put up with Jesse's front he put up to "be the bad guy." And though I haven't read all of the Hundred Oaks series, it was fun to see some of the characters pop up and see that dynamic exist between other couples as well. Kenneally can also write a damn good kissing scene. I was super impressed with the chemistry created between the characters, and I was so going down with that ship.

This was just the light romance I needed for the hot summer in the city. It was fun, and I read it [almost] in one sitting. I liked the music aspect, but I wish less emphasis had been placed on the American Idol-esque show that Maya was desperate to compete on. I know she thinks because Jesse got his start there, that's the only way for her to move anywhere, but she was making a ton of connections otherwise, and I wanted her to see that she had other options other than impressing a few musicians on television.

There were a few things that knocked it out of the great camp, including some occasional stilted dialogue and exclamation points. At times, it seemed super cheesy, and it pulled me out of the book on several occasions. And I didn't like Jesse at the beginning (braces for backlash). I know, I know, he definitely grew on me over time, but the whole "bad boy rocker who's hard to get to" had been done, and it didn't feel too original or new. He definitely got better once I got about 20% into the book when we started to see his personality, but I did not like the exterior that was stereotypically portrayed.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is still my favorite of the series, though I know I'm going to be reading the ones I haven't gotten to soon. It's so unlike me to go out of order, but with these, it's pretty easy to do. But I am so interested in Sam and Jordan, so I know I'm going to get to them soon.

Thanks to Xpresso Tours, the tour hosts are promoting the giveaway of a $50 iTunes giftcard (which is pretty cool, and you could go buy yourself this ebook along with the rest of the Hundred Oaks series). AND it's international! So go ahead and enter folks!

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Let's talk!

Have you read any of the Hundred Oaks series? How do you feel about bad rocker boys?

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