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I assumed the position and prepared to torture my midsection according to Ethan’s ambitious specifications. I crossed my arms on my chest, engaged my stomach muscles, and began to crunch.

Above me, Ethan shook his giant head. “See, that’s what I don’t get.”

“What?” I huffed.

“You talk about this place like it’s the best thing that ever happened to you. And I gotta think that girl you saw yesterday had something to do with it…”

Shit. Obviously Quinn hadn’t kept her big mouth shut. I gritted my teeth and kept on, determined to make it through the set.

“…And yet, you haven’t come back here in five years. Instead, I gotta listen to you moan about what a lonely fuck you are. I’m startin’ to think you like it that way.”

I had three more curls to do, and it just about killed me. One… Two… I wondered if anyone’s stomach ever broke right in half? Three… done. I draped my arms over my knees, breathing hard. “Why are you trying to piss me off?”

“I’m not.” Ethan lay back, readying himself for another set. “I’m just telling you what I see.”

I brought my weight down on Ethan’s feet with a little more force than was strictly necessary. “Well, thanks for that. I’m not a masochist, Ethan. But sometimes a summer is just a summer. That’s all you get.”

“What, did the girl turn into a pumpkin at midnight?” Ethan asked this question while banging out a serious of whip-fast curls. 

I felt tired just watching him. “Something like that.”

“Sounds like bullshit,” Ethan said.

“Sounds like you don’t know a thing about it.”

“So tell me. You loved this girl, and she turned you down?” Hell—the big man could do a set of sit-ups and still have enough breath left to break my balls.

“Not exactly,” I said before I could think better of it.

“So what happened?” Ethan put one of his giant hands on my shoes, and we switched positions again.

I began my second set of abdominal agonies, thankful for once that it wasn’t possible to speak. To convince my body to finish the set, I promised myself a skinny-dip in the lake after this. Swimming, and then coffee. That was something worth living for.

“Nicely done,” Ethan said when I finished. “That will keep them screaming your name when you rip your shirt off during the set.” 

I flopped onto the grass. “At least I have that.”

“So what happened with the girl?” The dude would not let it rest.

I studied the impossibly blue sky. “She was meant to be somebody else’s girl, that’s all.”


Our Review

‘If Maine had lost its magic, it wasn’t the Pine Tree State’s fault. It was my fault. I’d been too stupid to see what was right in front of me.’

Lies and Lullabies by Sarina Bowen is the first instalment in the Hush Notes series which is a rock star romance, each written by a different Author, about a different band member of -you guessed it- the über popular band, Hush Notes.  Lies and Lullabies is Jonas’ story, the lead singer, who found himself in the small town of Nest Lake in Maine for some much needed -time out- to write songs and get away from the rock and roll lifestyle. At age 25 he already feels burnt out and needs peace and quiet, what he wasn’t looking for was love, though at the time he didn’t realise that that was exactly what he found.

“Be with me, Kira. In my heart, I really just want you.”

Going by the name of John, Jonas meets and falls for the sweet and timid Kira, who has experienced a horrific event which has had a great impact on how she lives her life. At the young age of twenty, she has already experienced great heartbreak and terror, so in some respects, she lives in the shadow of herself, which is where Jonas finds her. The friendship connection between Kira and Jonas was wonderful and a decision to take it to another level, for one night only, leaves quite the impression on two consequently breaking hearts.

“You’ve only been gone a few days, but it feels like months. Maybe you don’t want to hear this, but I miss you terribly. I hope we’re still friends? Did I wreck that?”

Kira had so much to contend with, it broke our hearts, it seems she’s either constantly abandoned or betrayed for her vulnerability. The way in which she found her strength came from her wonderful brother and the gorgeous little Vivi. We’re definitely not fans of ‘hiding the baby from the parent’ trope, it irks us, however, Sarina Bowen wrote it well and showed that it was not borne out of spite or hatred.

“Kira, my heart is breaking.”

Five years pass and Jonas and the rest of Hush Notes return to the idyllic Nest Lake where his fondest memories were made. But this time it’s not only Kira who awaits him after five years of radio silence! Missed opportunities and loneliness leave scars that are hard to heal, however, Sarina Bowen wrote this beautifully without unnecessary dramatics.

‘I’d been waiting five years. I could wait five more if I had to.’

We really enjoyed Lies and Lullabies and read it in one sitting. Small town meets rock star romance, it’s like catnip for us! We fell in love with Jonas and Kira from the get-go as well as Kira’s brother, Adam, who’s story we are begging Sarina Bowen to write! The relationship between Kira and Adam was just beautiful and pulled at our heartstrings. Rifts and Refrains, which is book two and Quinn’s story is next and is written by Devney Perry, we can’t wait because she’ll be a hard nut to crack!

‘Real love wasn’t set to a four-four drum beat in a recording studio. Real love was accomplished this way – by caring for the people who needed you. I would try not to forget that.’


Summer nights and star-crossed lovers! From USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

Once upon a time, he gave me a summer of friendship, followed by one perfect night. We shared a lot during our short time together. But he skipped a few crucial details.

I didn’t know he was a rock star.

I didn’t know his real name.

Neither of us knew I’d get pregnant.

And I sure never expected to see him again.

Five years later, his tour bus pulls up in Nest Lake, Maine. My little world is about to be shattered by loud music and the pounding of my own foolish heart.

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