In The Lyrics by Nacole Stayton
Genres: New Adult
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.Buy the Book •
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?
Warning: This book is intended for readers 18+ due to explicit language and sexual encounters.
I keep going back, and forth with this book, because I did enjoy reading this new book by author who’s previous work I adored wholeheartedly. There were many things that I loved about this story line.
Most notably the relationship Hensley had with Dusty. Also Dusty in general. He was saucy, and I really loved reading his intuitive remarks. He was grounded the whole time. I wish he had more time in the story. I also would have liked to see a bit more development with him.
I adored Colby. Oh swoon! He was perfect, and yet kept getting walked all over repeatedly by everyone. It was so sad how he constantly gave his heart, but he was hurt constantly. Not to give the impression that he was weak, because that is definitely far from the character he is painted as.
I liked the transformation that Hensley had. She realized her mistakes, and although she didn’t try to repair them immediately, she was remorseful. When I felt she was one dimensional, Nacole Stayton proved me wrong. I liked the battle I had internally when it came to Hensley. I either loved her, or hated her. I wanted her to succeed, but I wanted her to earn it. I was disappointed.
Where I felt improvement could be made was the pacing, and overall plot. There was so many ways this story could have expanded, or gone. At times it felt like the characters were taking the easy way out. The plot left them in a messy spot, then BAM they’re all together, and happy again. It just didn’t sit well with me overall. It was too simple in places . The pacing would speed up, and I would feel like I missed important parts of the character’s lives. Sometimes we need the build, and the tough parts to truly understand where the Author’s heart was going with the story. At times I felt like I didn’t get that. Not that this was a bad book. It definitely was not. I read this in one sitting, and couldn’t put it down. I wanted to see how our main characters would resolve their issues. I need a HEA, and I got it. I recommend this heart warming story for any of my country lovers out there. Anyone who needs a story that is full of music, and self discovery , with a little bit of heartache wrapped into one.
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