Title: Girl With Guitar
Author: Caisey Quinn
Series: Kylie Ryans #1
Release Date: May 20, 2013
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.
Girl With Guitar is a story about growing up, chasing your dreams, and finding out that things aren’t always how you imagined they’d be. As always, CQ begins a beautiful story with a cast of incredible characters and introduces us to a life most of us can only dream about. Kylie Ryans is ready to be a huge country music star, but getting there won’t be easy. This story depicts the many sides of fame and the choices that have to be made along the way to hold onto who you are and still touch your dreams.
“Never be afraid to follow your dreams. And your heart.”
Kylie is one of my favorite female characters. She isn’t perfect. She knows loss and heartache but she still dreams big. She isn’t the least bit entitled. She is hardworking and knows the road to fame may require her to struggle, hit the pavement day-after-day, and clean up after other musicians. Kylie is feisty and funny and doesn’t take crap from anyone, not even Trace Corbin. Trace Corbin has everything Kylie wants and he is throwing it all away for his preferred state of drunken oblivion. I’ll admit I hated Trace at first. He was such a rude and infuriating mess. However, by the end of the book I saw him as the broken and desolate man he really was and all I wanted was to find a way to fix him.
“I’m on the tour from hell and everyone else has been smart enough to get off.”
Obviously, two such opposite personalities are going to create a lot of friction. The friction they generated was incendiary and herein lays the strength of this story. Watching the relationship between Kylie and Trace develop and change as they battled their demons, insecurities and the inimitable pull they feel towards one another was breathtaking. CQ has mastered Kylie and Trace’s dynamic and portrays it flawlessly in every interaction, conversation and gesture they share.
“Thanks for the ride boys – it was life changing as promised.”
Needless to say, Girl With Guitar was an extremely moving journey. These two opposites struggle to find a balance in their lives so they can co-exist peacefully on tour. The connection between Kylie and Trace was born, nurtured, severed, tested, stretched, and altered over the course of this book and it made for many poignant moments. I enjoyed every high, every laugh and every hopeful moment right along with every disappointment, every heart wrenching moment of honesty, and every tear shed. CQ has me caught; hook, line, and sinker straight into my heart with this one. As soon as you reach the end you’ll be jumping to read the next book and follow more of Kylie’s flight for recognition.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Kylie Ryans series:
Girl on Tour (Kylie Ryans #2)
Girl in Love (Kylie Ryans #3)
Kylie Ryans Box Set