Title: In the Lyrics
Author: Nacole Stayton
Publication Date: February 7, 2014
Summary: Hensley Bradley is the definition of the girl-next-door. She’s kindhearted, beautiful, and talented. Bored with her mundane life, thoughts of fleeing her small town begin to consume her. With aspiring dreams to use her voice as a one-way ticket, she suddenly discovers that music might not be her only passion.
After a fallout back home, Colby Grant decides to leave his family’s farm, determined to show his father he’s more than just a wanna-be country singer. With his All-American good looks, it doesn’t take long for girls in his new town to focus their eyes on him. But things aren’t what they appear from the outside, and it isn’t long until Colby feels he doesn't fit into the perfect world that so quickly embraced him.
A chance encounter places Hensley in Colby’s path, but it isn’t her natural beauty that first captures his attention – it’s her voice.
When love and music mix, will the combination blossom into a beautiful melody or wither into a heart-wrenching tune?
About the Author: Nacole Stayton is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass State. She spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life, like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. She is passionate about her faith, family, and The Bachelor.
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“Do you know the first thing that I noticed about you?”
She shakes her head no.
“It was your confidence. I had just gotten to town and was going to grab a bite to eat and then call Dusty, but I saw this girl sitting on the street corner.”
“I felt like you were staring holes in my head,” she says softly.
“Truthfully, I was. Anyway, once you started to sing…it was like…ya know when your favorite song comes on the radio and you’re jammin’, listening to every word, your heads bobbin’, and you’re just feeling the music, but then your phone rings and you know it’s a call you can’t miss? There’s a split second where you debate on pressing forward to voicemail so you can finish the song, but you’ve been waiting for this call, so you turn down the radio knowing you’ll miss your favorite part just to answer it. It was like you were my favorite song, and I was forwarding my calls to voicemail. In that moment, I didn’t care who was standing around me. All I was worried about was tuning in to you, listening to your voice.”
“I love you.” Those three simple words are spoken, and much to my amazement it’s Hensley that says them first.Clutching her face hard in my hands, I kiss her. I kiss her for being so darn dumb and insecure, for acting like a jealous girl, and more importantly, for loving me through it all.
Source: eARC for Honest Review from Author
Genre: NA Contemporary
Here we have two people with big dreams of becoming the next best country sensation. All Hensley has ever known is to shoot for the stars. Her mom has pushed and pushed and pushed Hensley to want this dream for herself. For Colby music has been his savior for tough times and with a loss dear to his heart he wants to pursue this dream to feel he has down right.
The minute Colby sees and hears Hensley he is hooked but it's not all easy as Hensley has a huge chip on her shoulder because NOTHING should get in the way of her dreams but the heart is a sneaky bitch and changed everything.
After Hensley gets her head out of her ass and let's Colby in everything changes. When Colby gets the chance of a lifetime he chooses love over success only to have it thrown back in his face. But the heart wants what the heart wants and sometimes it wins in the end.
This book is a journey of Colby and Hensley trying to find their way in the music world as well as a place in their hearts and trying to make both work for them.
Hmmm, it had all the elements I wanted by reading the synopsis. But once I started to read it I was left feeling erratic and wasn't quite feeling Colby or Hensley I wanted to but I just couldn't . I think the erratic part was the author trying to capture love at first sight.
Oh boy I will be honest it took me awhile to get into it, then for awhile I was in the groove of it then BAM I started to completely hate Hensley so much it was hard for me to finish. Now when I hate a character I don't blame the author because it could just be me or it could be a stroke of genius if that was what the author was going for.
I wanted to like this so much more than I did but with the strong emotions it created and I love books that use music intermixed within so I will give it a 3. This book was not my personal favorite but I think it had huge potential and it will be a favorite for others for sure
3 Lyrical Thumbs up!
3 Lyrical Thumbs up!