Good Girl Mia feels guilty for her brother’s death. It was her kidney that killed him after all…
Four years later, Mia Phillips is back home after college and trying to pretend that she’s got it all together. She’s set to take over the family car dealership, and is determined to never make her mama cry again, but she’s also running from guilt and a boy who never loved her.
Derek Waters has just signed with a record label and is determined to spend his summer touring with his band, and as far away from his alcoholic dad and the whole L.A. scene. Dealing with anyone of the female persuasion is the last thing on his mind.
But then the sexy musician walks into Mia’s dealership, and they both find themselves throwing their best laid plans aside. And Mia finds herself wondering how she’ll survive the guilt of touring with this tattooed rocker in her dead brother’s Camaro. What will become of Good Girl Mia when Derek is done with her?
This was a story of finding love in the midst of grief and guilt and taking chances to find a happy ever after.
Good Girl Mia lost her brother and she is suffering from severe guilt as his body rejected the kidney she donated. Mia is a responsible, play it safe type of girl. She meet Dangerous Derek while he is on tour with his band. They have an instant connection and Derek invites her to go on tour with him. Mia makes an out of character decision to live in the moment and go on an adventure.
I loved this couple! Derek and Mia complemented each other. They are both dealing with their own demons but Derek was able to see the guilt that Mia was festering. Not even her family and friends realized the burden she was carrying. He called her out and forced her to face her problems to make the steps towards healing. Derek had some really nice romantic moments that made me swoon. I just wished we got some of his POV.
“Haven’t you figured it out yet?”…I couldn’t respond, so I just shook my head. “I think you’ve been my only type my entire life.”
I loved all the Ed Sheeran references and quotes throughout this book. I also loved all the secondary characters especially Derek’s bandamates. They were really fun. I will say that if you are planning to read My Life As A Country Album, then make sure you read it first because there are definitely spoilers in this book. If not, this book can definitely be read as a standalone.
Heat Level: Mild
LJ Evans lives in California’s Central Valley with her husband, daughter, and the three terrors called cats. She’s been writing as a compulsion since she was a little girl. When she’s not spending her days huddled around a group of 1st graders in a local public school, she can be found binge reading just about anything or binge watching original shows like The Crown, Stranger Things, and Downton Abbey. She is the author of several completed screenplays that have gone to the quarter and semi-finals of contests such as The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, The International Screen Writing Awards, and the Writer’s Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition. My life as a country album is her debut novel.
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