{Review/Giveaway} ONE SONG AWAY by Molli Moran

O P E N I N G   L I N E:
    I'M WAITING IN LINE AT THE dry cleaner's when the bell above the door announces a new entry, and I swear I feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand. I ignore the shudder crawling over me and focus on my phone. One of the songwriters I follow online just shared the news that a song he wrote is going platinum. I'm thrilled he's finding success, but it's one more reminder of how far I am from the goals I set when I moved here.
     I wanted to be a well-known songwriter by the time I was twenty-two, not still embodying the definition of "starving artist" and sharing an apartment with the Wicked Witch of Music City.

(pg. 5, US e-ARC edition)

If my recent A Week of Shooting Stars event didn't give it away, this year, when I read contemporary fiction, my first genre to choose from features characters who are singers or actors...or, in this case, songwriters. When I heard about upcoming new release ONE SONG AWAY, I immediately wanted to read it.

Sophie-Claire is struggling to make her dreams come true. She's living the life in Nashville, but her songs aren't selling. She's broken up with her boyfriend and her roommate had kicked her out. With nothing left, she's forced to leave Nashville and head home to reevaluate her life.  What she doesn't anticipated is reuniting with childhood friend Jake. He's always been her secret crush, and when she's forced to invent an imaginary boyfriend to get her mom off her back, he's the first person she turns to. But what happens when living her wish through a lie gets to be too much and she wants something more? Can she throw away all her dreams if her new dreams take her away from what she's always wanted?

What I like about Sophie-Claire is that she isn't afraid to make mistakes. Life has given her more lemons than it has lemonade, but she doesn't regret any of the things that have shaped her. She's constantly adapting and learning. She's confused about her future and what path to take, but that makes her relatable. I also liked the fact that the romantic relationship in the novel stemmed from childhood friendship. I have a soft spot for those types of novels.  ONE SONG AWAY is lighthearted and didn't have a lot of the dark, depressing subject matter I read more of in contemporary, which can be nice and relaxing when you just want to read and not think too hard! It also didn't overdose on drama, which I always appreciate in contemporary fiction. If you're looking for a straightforward contemporary romance with a focus on family and growing up amid life-altering decisions, ONE SONG AWAY might be just what you're looking for.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: R ( sexual situstions )
Language: R ( sexual langusge; crude language )
Violence: -- 
Other:  --

C O V E R   D E S I G N:

I really like the coloring! It reminds me of fall! I also like that the couple on the cover is on a swing...and it works for the story, too!

O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Molli Moran
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Publisher: Molli Moran
Received: For Review

She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…

Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn’t taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn’t have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees—on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time and that their fake relationship will keep them both away from wagging tongues. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn’t bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. And she didn’t count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep…and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or write her own?

About the Author

Molli is a Southern writer who doesn’t consider her day complete if she hasn’t written. She loves coffee and talking fast, things she attributes to being raised by Gilmore Girls. She’s a romantic at heart, and brings that to her books. When not reading or blogging, she can be found obsessing over Doctor Who, cuddling her various pets, or spending time with friends, family, or her girlfriend.


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  1. Great review, Bonnie! This sounds like just the kind of light, sweet read I enjoy this time of year especially! :) I def need to give this one a try!


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