Open Road Summer – Emery Lord
With the weather as hot as it is in the UK at the moment, I wanted a jolly good road trip book and by God, this ticked every box.
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 is a road trip story with a difference, firstly, the road trip is more of a nation wide tour of America that Lilah (or Dee to her friends) is contractually obliged to go on seeing as she is one of music’s rising stars. She is joined by her bff Reagan and then a little later, another of her friends who becomes her opening act, Matt. All three of them are fighting their own demons and together they help each other grow. I love this kind of book! They’re fun and they’re fluffy and with this being Emery Lord, you have her incredible narration alongside what is effectively the dream road trip. It was a PLEASURE to read!
I first came into contact with Emery Lord a year or so ago when I read her book When We Collided and honestly, I was blown away by how it made me feel all the things, which is why I proceeded to collect all the other books of hers I could find and then didn’t get around to reading them until I spotted this up for grabs on NetGalley. Whereas her When We Collided hit me right in the solar plexus, this just made me feel all warm and fuzzy – its fun, its light, its romantic. It was everything I needed.
While there are some aspects of this book that are a little tropey, overall it is a thoroughly enjoyable and quick read and I promise to make it my mission to read ALL the Emery Lord before the year is out! (I have like five months, that’s totally doable, right?)