Dirty Little Secret
By Jennifer Echols
Publication date: July 16, 2013
MTV Books, 288 pages
From the author of the “real page-turner” (Seventeen) Such a Rush comes an unforgettable new drama that follows friends-turned-lovers as they navigate the passions, heartbreaks, and intrigue of country music fame.
Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.
Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…
— Goodreads.com description
Jennifer Echols books are so highly enjoyable to me. Dirty Little Secret was entertaining, as her books always are, but I have to admit it didn’t fall among my Favoritest Echols Books Ever. (Endless Summer, Such a Rush, Going Too Far. You should read them. Seriously, I love Going Too Far so much I just got distracted and just googled “johnafter.” Okay. Anna. Focus.)
Anyway, the big concern for me with Dirty Little Secret was that I didn’t like how Bailey and Sam treated one another. And not that I think I have to love every character’s decisions to like a book, but it just prevented me from getting swept up on the story.
That being said: The musical element was amazing. If you love books with a musical twist, you’re going to love this. It was fun to get a “behind-the-scenes” look at an up-and-coming band. I loved that Bailey played the fiddle — I’m a sucker for fiddle music. And I loved that it was set in Nashville, where two of my BFFs live. It made me ache to visit them again!
Music fans, check it out. Echols fans, you’ll like this one but probably won’t rank it first among her works. Non-Echols fans, I’d definitely recommend starting with one of the other books I mentioned and working your way here.