Tuesday, June 18, 2013

REVIEW: Girl With Guitar (Kylie Ryans #1) by Caisey Quinn

Title/Series: Girl With Guitar | Kylie Ryans #1
Author: Caisey Quinn
Publisher: Caisey Quinn
Published: May 22nd 2013
Format: eBook | Pages: 210
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased Amazon
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!!

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New Adult. MA 17+ Content.After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy step-mother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true. 

Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.

This was an exceptionally fun book for me, and not just because it was such a great read. It all started when Jessica over at Lovin' Los Libros sent out a Tweet that started a domino effect of 1 click buying. There was this book she thought was going to be good, Girl With Guitar, and that was pretty much all it took. There were about 7 of us excited having just bought it. Then someone got the brilliant idea to do a read-along and it was another chain reaction and the next thing I know there  we were, diving into this book. Jessica, Danielle, Wendy, Trish, Chelsea and CeCe.  Thanks  girls for the fun and the convos during this read and I'm hoping there will be more fun like that in the future!

But now on to the book...

Music is a big part of my every day existence, so finding books surrounded by it is always a nice treat. Most of the time they're all about tattooed, bad boy rockers. Which isn't a bad thing of course but I grew up on country and so when I saw that the FMC of Girl With Guitar was an Oklahoma girl with dreams of Nashville in her heart that was all I needed. It was highly addicting and the only problem I had with this book...was putting it down.

Kylie is just a small town, country girl who's left with nothing after the tragedy of her father's death. And wanting to make him proud she takes what little belongings and money she has and jumps on a Greyhound to Nashville. Just a girl with her guitar and dreams of making it in the country music scene. An, it-only-happens-in-books-and-movies, encounter with Trace winds up having her finishing out his tour as his opening act. She's one of my favorite types of females to read. She's kind of got that wholesome sweetness to her but she doesn't take crap from anyone. She is really funny and full of snark. It makes for some great banter. I instantly liked her. She was very real.
She grinned at the audience and then leaned closer to the mic once more. "Oh, and I go right back to serving after this, so if you don't clap when I'm finished, I can't be held responsible for what might happen to your drink between the bar and your table."
Then there was Trace. He's not meant to be very likeable in the beginning. He's the platnum album selling star, full of arrogance and numerous issues including drinking. He's pretty jaded by the whole music scene and life in general. Closing himself off to the world and only showing an image of what's expected of him. Completely self-destructive! He was cold and rude and I really wasn't impressed. Until little by little, Kylie starts to crumble the wall he's built around himself. Then we start to see beyond the bad boy country star and see what's really there. And that's when little by little, he started to steal my heart.
"Kylie, if I ever again see you in a place like The Player's Club, or alone in a bedroom with a musician who wants nothing more than to fuck you, then I can't be held responsible for what I might do."
The chemistry between these two was explosive. Right from the start. Though in the beginning it wasn't exactly in a good way. His self-destructive behavior, drinking and not showing up to gigs, was threatening to crush her dreams. Kylie, not being one to sit back and allow herself to be treated that way and would get right up in his face and call him on all his stuff.
"You probably have about fifteen more minutes until some guy with deeper dimples and tighter jeans, if that's possible, comes along and steals your thunder. Because really, you're not all that damned special. But congratulations. I hope it makes you feel like a big man to leave me and Pauly high and dry while you go out and have a good time."
As time goes on an undercurrent of attraction starts to sizzle between them. Oh. My. God. I mean there's a lot of push and shove that really builds up the sexual tension between them. It takes it's time, but when it happens it's very hot and steamy. But hooking up only causes even more problems and heartache and gives them a whole new set of obstacles to tackle. It becomes a big case of will they or won't they be able to get past the lies, the past and the pressures of the world they live in.

Girl With Guitar was able to very easily pull me through a whole range of emotions. After reading the prologue alone I had a feeling I was in for an emotional ride and boy was I. There was laughter and anger and tears, from me haha. I felt so many things, though most of all I fell in love, with all of it. I can't wait to see what's to come in book 2!


  1. Great review Sheri. :D Trace didn't really do it for me sadly, though there were moments where I liked him. I just had too many other issues with his behavior that I couldn't overlook. I loved Kylie though. She was so much fun to read about. I need Girl on Tour NOW!

  2. Great Review! I let Trace break down my walls too! :-) I loved the way Kylie put him in his place and I loved how much he respected her even though he didn't show it.

  3. Yay! *happy dance!* Thanks for the kind words! I'm so excited when I see readers that "get" it, even though some things aren't spelled out! ;) *hugs!*

  4. Jessica, Thank you so much for getting the read along going!! Can't even thank you enough for that! ;) I'm sorry Trace wasn't your cup of tea (he's definitely a bit hard to take). There's a lot of my husband in him and I know he's not for everyone either. (Thank goodness since I've decided to keep him!) ;)

    Er, as much as I hate to say this, I'm not sure you'll enjoy Girl on Tour if you don't like Trace...half the book is from his POV...*cringes.* I can promise you he is a MUCH better man in Girl in Love, so maybe hold out for that one??

    Big hugs,
    Caisey Q.

  5. Wow! *wipes tears* Thank you for the lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your helping to spread the word about my little book! *Big smothery hugs!*

  6. Haha, love this Caisey! And I am really excited to see that Girl on Tour is in his POV too! I so wanted to get in his head this past book! (Hopefully he won't screw too much up and hurt Kylie!) Even though Trace wasn't my favorite now, I can definitely see his character evolving into being that better man. And I think watching that evolution is going to make it all worthwhile in the end. And I have a feeling I will like him a little bit more as time goes on. I don't think you would have written him as you did, if he didn't? Regardless, you've got a fan of your books right here. The books that draw out a huge emotional reaction (good or bad) from me are the ones I love the most.

  7. Great review Sheri. I loved Kylie and the way she took no bull from Trace. And I loved their snarky, fourth conversations :-)

  8. Eep! Now I'm even more excited for Girl on Tour. Dual POVs *Dances*

  9. Yeah I understand, though I did end up liking him in the end. For me, it's like I got why he acted the way he did so it was easier to forgive any assiness (LOL nice word Sheri!) that came out of him. I'm SO ready for GoT!!!

  10. I agree with everything you said! :) I can't wait to see what happens next for the two of them :D

  11. Awww thank you!! :) And I'm more than glad to help spread the word about your NOT so little book. One of my fave reads this year! *Big hugs back!* :D

  12. Thanks Trish yeah me too. I love reading female mains that are full of snark. So much fun!!

  13. Fourth conversations! I meant flirty conversations :-). Someday auto correct will get me into serious trouble!

  14. Wow my brain is on vacation because until you pointed that out for some reason my brain read flirty. Maybe it's wired to your phone lol