Review – Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen

Posted September 22, 2020 by Carole in 2020 Audiobook Challenge, 2020 New Release Challenge, Audiobook, Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen
Narrated by Erin Mallon and Tim Paige
Series: Hush Note #1
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Date Read: September 10, 2020
Length: 7 hours and 57 minutes
Source: Author/Publicist

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.

My Review

I really enjoyed this book!  I didn’t really know a lot about this book before I decided to read besides the fact that Sarina Bowen wrote it.  Really, that was all I needed to know but I am glad that I went into the book blindly.  I will say that this book reminded me of Bountiful in a lot of ways but I did have a great time with the story and these characters.  I found this book to be the perfect escape from the world for just a bit.

Jonas and Kira spent one summer years ago getting to know each other and that culminated in one night together.  Then Jonas went back to his life as the lead singer of Hush Note and Kira went on to learn that she was pregnant with his child.  Kira worked to balance the demands of her responsibilities leaning on her brother for help.  Everything changes when they cross paths once again.
I liked Jonas and Kira a lot.  They were both really good people that seemed to be able to focus on what was really important.  They both seemed to be just what the other one needed.  I liked getting the chance to see them learn to trust each other and make their relationship work.  They had fantastic chemistry together and all of their emotions just felt really authentic.  
Erin Mallon and Tim Paige did a wonderful job with the narration of this book.  I thought that both of the narrators were able to bring their characters to life and brought a lot of emotion into the story.  I really liked the fact that the audio production took things to the next level and brought some music into the story.  This was an audiobook that I had no problem listening to for hours at a time.
I would recommend this book to fans of romance.  The secret baby trope isn’t my favorite but I think that Sarina Bowen pulled it off.  If you like a good romance filled with great characters, including a rock star, you will not want to miss this one.  I plan to read the rest of the series just as soon as I can!

I received a digital review copy of this audiobook from the author/publicist.

The Series – Hush Note
Book #1 – Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen – Now Available!
Book #2 – Rifts & Refrains by Devney Perry – Available September 29!
Book #3 – Muses & Melodies by Rebecca Yarros – Available October 6!
About the Author

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller’s list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

Author Link:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

5 responses to “Review – Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen

  1. Great review, Carole! I *just* finished writing my review (my stop on the blog tour in Friday). I thought Kira and Jonas were so likable and it was easy to pull for them. I'm glad the audio version was such a hit. Erin Mallon has long been one of my favorites.