Review/Excerpt/Giveaway ~ The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston

The Sound of Us (Radio Hearts #1)Title: The Sound of Us
Author: Ashley Poston
Series: Radio Hearts #1
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Romance
Published: December 19th 2013

America's favorite pop band, Roman Holiday, is done, dead, and so totally last year. For eighteen-year-old rockoholic Junie Baltimore, this is music to her ears. But when she discovers their sexy ex-lead singer hiding out on the boardwalk, her summer vacation becomes the cover story of the year.

She's willing to keep him a secret, but when a sleazy paparazzo offers her the cash she needs to save the bar her father left behind, could she sell out for the chance to save her future? Who is she kidding? That's a no-brainer...but she never planned on falling head over heels for the lead singer.
You have no idea how much I enjoyed this book!! The Sound of Us was such a fun, quirky read that I couldn’t help but giggle most of the way through it. Don’t get me wrong, there is a touch of seriousness in the storyline, but when the main characters are together, they are trying to forget about their pasts and have fun in the moment. And I can’t help but enjoy a story when a normal girl meets someone famous and they hit it off… Just like a cinderella story!

Junie is a fabulous character and I liked her immediately, with her wit and straight forward thinking! She has grown up a lot in the last 7 months and is still trying to adjust to her life. She manages her family’s bar and it is her safe haven. She has a secret relationship with a guy from school and is about to head on a family vacation that she doesn’t want to go on. Her life takes an interesting change of direction when she runs into and orange-haired guy with bright red suspenders with a smart-assed attitude!! Roman has had his share of heart-ache and has been hiding out for the past year. The tragedy that affected him a year ago has bought him back to his home town. He has put his famous life on hold and has trouble letting people in.

On the trip Junie really opens up! Roman encourages her to step out of her comfort zone and she does a few things that she wouldn’t normally do. Roman is able to relax as well, as she treats him like a normal person, not a world famous singer. The more time they spend together, the stronger their connection becomes and they learn how much they have in common. I really enjoyed watching them interact and bicker with one another. They have great taste in music and that was another reason I liked them so much. They enjoy the type of music that I grew up with and still enjoy today… Bon Jovi and LOTS more!!

Ashley Poston has a writing style that I really enjoyed. The book is told from Junie’s POV and I just loved seeing the inner workings of her mind! The secondary characters were great too, Junie’s best friend Maggie was a hoot and Boaz with his kilt was always to the point! All the characters had me cracking up at one time or another! Junie and Roman had their own issues and slowly learned to build trust again. The Sound of Us was an entertaining read that I didn’t want to end. I loved this book and I can’t wait for more from this author!!

I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Swallowing my heart back down into my throat, I take a tentative step into his darkly lit bedroom. Posters of Harleys and European cities are plastered on his walls. Somewhere downstairs, Roman Holiday’s “Crush On You” echoes through the entire house in a sick sort of sadistic irony. My ankles wobble, but I keep my cool, trying to slip out of my Converses on the way to his bed.
 “I even have mood lighting,” he adds, thumbing back to the flickering electric candles on his headboard.
 “They’re...nice…” I get one shoe off halfway to the bed, and dig my toe into the back of my other shoe right when I hit a silky pair of underwear on the ground. I catch myself on the edge of the bed. With my Converses successfully off. Score.
 He gives me a wide-eyed look. “Baby, you okay?”
 I flip back my hair, trying to play it off. “Oh yeah,” I say, trying to sound aloof and sexy, because I didn’t fall and bust my ass on his silky underwear. I lean back on the bed. “I’m perfe—”
 But my hand meets complete air.
 With a cry, I pinwheel my arms forward, grappling for anything I can to keep myself from falling back. What I manage to grab a hold of his tie.
 “Wait!” he yelps a second before his words are strangled out of him, and we fall into a heap at the foot of his bed together.

Displaying Photo_Me copy.jpgGraduating from the University of South Carolina, she interned at Random House Publishers with Kodansha USA, where she (helped) edit the Sailor Moon manga and that was really, really, really cool. She wrote a play that won some award, and can quote every Motion City Soundtrack lyric by heart.

She currently lives in South Carolina with her cat (aka her soulmate) and a plethora of books. When she’s not writing, she’s going to the movies (her second favorite past time) or taking extravagant road trips (her third favorite past time). Oh, and she’s naturally redheaded, and she’s already stolen your soul so don’t ask.

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