Review: Lies and Lullabies (Sarina Bowen)

Lies and Lullabies
Series: Hush Notes, #1
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


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.

Lies and Lullabies was a sweet second chance romance. The whole rock star and secret baby tropes melded perfectly. I loved Kira and Jonas’ characters. It was easy to understand why Kira kept Vivi a secret and for why Jonas would want to come back to her five years later. Their chemistry was on point, and it didn’t feel weird for them to reconnect quickly. I’m normally not a fan of flashbacks, but they were few, woven well into the story, and didn’t distract from the present but added to it.

Like in all of Bowen’s books, the side characters helped make the story. Kira and Jonas’ daughter Vivi was adorable. There were so many sweet moments due to her. Kira’s brother Adam also had a big part. I loved his character. I’m wondering if we’re getting a book for him because his part in the story felt like it wasn’t resolved. I hope so! And then there was the rest of Jonas’ band. I liked the introductions to Nixon and Quinn. I’m so interested to see where Rebecca Yarros and Devney Perry take those characters.

There were a few things that felt a little too unresolved to me. One was teh whole Luke storyline. The second was Adam’s story, as I pointed out earlier. The third was that I wanted a little more time with Kira and Jonas at the end. There was a perfect epilogue, but the story felt like it ended a little abruptly. I can’t exactly explain why it felt that way. I guess I needed a little more clarification on how everything worked out for them with Jonas’ tour, etc.

Overall, this was a great second chance romance. It was filled with sweet moments and rock star fun. I’m so excited to read the rest of the series!

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Lies & Lullabies is book one in the Hush Note series. This can be read as a complete standalone. Book two, Rifts & Refrains is by Devney Perry, and book three, Muses & Melodies is by Rebecca Yarros.

29 thoughts on “Review: Lies and Lullabies (Sarina Bowen)”

  1. This might be a duplicate comment as I posted one already but don’t see it. Wonderful review. I love books with children in them, especially when they bring a couple back together.

    1. Thank you! You might like this one then. Actually, there is a book I would recommend for you. Have you ever read Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor? It has kids and it’s really good.

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait to read it! (I think I posted this before my blog stop? I don’t even know when mine was supposed to be. Oops!)

  2. I’m so glad I’m not the only one pining for an Adam book!!

    I totally didn’t think of it, but I 100% agree with the few unresolved issues. Luke in particular! Why have him there at all? I think I was just so absorbed in the other things, that I forgot about him. 😛

    1. I almost did, too. I just then thought about how I expected Luke to show up in the city. Hopefully we will get an Adam book from her. It kind of felt like we might?

  3. I’m not really a huge fan of the secret baby and rockstar tropes but I do like the sound of this one! I really do need to give Sarina Bowen’s books a read — she’s everywhere and I’m intrigued! Great review 🙂

    1. I thought the way she did it was good, for the most part. I would highly recommend her books. Thanks!

    1. You might like this one then… The rockstar part ends up being sweet. I wouldn’t say it was my most favorite Bowen book, but it was a nice, fun read. I loved the characters and I can’t wait for the rest of the band members’ books.

        1. I just downloaded Quinn’s book. I have the ARC for Nixon, so I’m going to start binging on them today. I’m really hoping Bowen branches out and gives Adam his own book.

  4. Great review, Deanna! I really loved Adam too, kind of curious if he’s going to be in the next books as a side character, I haven’t read them yet. I’m not a fan of the secret child trope so I wasn’t a fan of how Kira handled things. Really excited to read Quinn and Nixon’s books! 🙂

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