Review of “Dirty Little Secret” by: Jennifer Echols

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From the author of the “real page-turner” (Seventeen) Such a Rush comes an unforgettable new drama that follows friends-turned-lovers as they navigate the passions, heartbreaks, and intrigue of country music fame.
Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…



Thank you Edelweiss for the e-arc! :)
Let me start by saying that I love Country music, and I really loved that this book focuses a lot on it.

I've heard soo much about Jennifer Echols, and I had rather high expectations because of that. She didn't disappoint!

Everything & everyone felt really real.

Sam though.. let's just say he could be quite the jerk. He did have some swoon-worthy moments though! Also, I loved his honesty.

It was really great to watch Bailey grow throughout the story. Her parents were pretty horrible to her, and she really was just shoved under the rug. She was flawed, she was bitter, she was.. like I would have been. And I really appreciated that.

Sam & Bailey together: I had a really love/hate relationship with these moments. Sometimes I felt so attached.., but other times I wanted to shoot someone (Sam in particular).

Basically, this book gave me lots of feels. Seriously. I'd recommend it to fans of her writing (obviously?!), fans of Country music, and anyone looking for a complex, wonderfully-written contemporary romance.

I definitely plan to read her other books now! :)


About the Author

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

This review is part of a blog tour, see the full schedule here.

This review is also my way of participating in Jennifer Echols week!

Jennifer Echols Week

Giveaway can be found here! Good luck! :)


4 thoughts on “Review of “Dirty Little Secret” by: Jennifer Echols

  1. I felt the same way about this book! While I do love me some Jennifer Echols, this is not my favorite of her. I enjoyed it yes, BUT if you want some hardcore swooning you need (and mean like go read it NOW) to read Going Too Far and Forget You. Best two books evah! Thanks for participating in Jennifer Echols Week 🙂


  2. Love your review! I’m eagerly awaiting this one, as I’ve done will all of Echols’ books, lol. I’m sure I’m gonna love it!


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