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Book Review: One Song Away by Molli Moran

She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…

Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn’t taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn’t have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush (and former best friend) is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees…on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: re-introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn’t bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. Sweet moments where she forgets they aren’t really dating. And she didn’t count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep…and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or finally write her own song?

My Review

One Song Away was such a refreshing change of pace for me. This book follows the story of Sophie-Claire, a struggling song writer. When life throws too many things her way, she ends up doing something she never thought she would: move back home. She soon realizes that even though her life isn’t going as planned, this time around, she’s got to try to make it on her own. The last thing she was looking for was a relationship. Sophie-Claire runs into Jake and her whole world is turned upside down. Jake and Sophie-Claire have always been friends, but Sophie-Claire has had deeper feelings. She has been in love with Jake her entire life. When an opportunity presents itself, Sophie-Claire will find herself in a fake relationship with Jake. But, the more time they spend together, the more it starts to feel real. Sophie-Claire will soon find that she doesn’t know what’s real or fake anymore. Will Sophie-Claire finally get what’s she’s always wanted with Jake or will this be another missed opportunity?

One Song Away is one of those books that reminds me why I love the NA genre. This book was so fun and light-hearted. I really enjoyed the whole idea of old friends pretend to be in a relationship, but suddenly realize they are no longer pretending. I loved the writing style. I found myself laughing so many times. Sophie-Claire was so awkward at times, but easy to relate to. And Jake he was so sweet, and  totally swoon worthy. I loved the way they interacted with one another and was cheering them on the whole time, hoping they would turn this fake relationship into something real.

One Song Away was a quick, but enjoyable read. I got lost in the story-line and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. This book had the perfect amount of angst and romance. And I truly enjoyed the friends to lovers story-line. This is my first book by this author and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

*I recieved an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Graphic Credit: Via Author’s FB page

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