More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn ~ 336 pages ~ published 7/21/2020 by Wednesday Books
Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.
Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out-of-this-world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?
What I Thought:
*I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for this book! Thank you so much to the folks over at St. Martins Press and Wednesday Books for asking me to be part of it!*
*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Being a musician myself, reading books about music has always made me happy. Erin Hahn consistently delivers perfect little romances that revolve around the music world, and they give me all of the warm fuzzies that I desire from a YA contemporary romance!
I was a giant fan of her first book, You’d Be Mine, so I had pretty high hopes for More Than Maybe. I will tell you right now, it did not disappoint. I fell in love with both Luke and Vada right away. They were both lovable, slightly quirky music enthusiasts. I really enjoyed Luke’s character because I totally saw myself in him: the musician who is actually really introverted and doesn’t really want the spotlight. While I am far more excited to perform than Luke, it was great to see a musician who is not always bubbly and outgoing.
I really liked the world building in this novel. The hole-in-the-wall music venue, the Loud Lizard, took me back to my college days, and I could totally see Vada and Luke thriving there. I loved that their paths crossed because Luke and Cullen’s podcast records there. I thought this was an innovative way to get the two love interests to interact.
As far as side characters go, I did really like Cullen and Zack, but I wished that I got more of their story. The same sentiment goes for Meg – I wanted to be invested in each of these characters, because they all had fun personalities and were important to the main characters, but I found myself wishing they were developed a bit more. Even without that extra character development though, I really liked all of them and thought they would be a fun group to hang out with.
The love story was such a sweet slow burn. I loved that the connection was always there, even if Luke and Vada weren’t acknowledging it for a long time. Also, the love songs just made me swoon. I want someone to write a love song about me! (Husband, get on that! 😉 ) Without giving anything away, I loved the romance and so will you!!
This was a fun and sweet contemporary romance that any music lover will fall for right away. The characters were great and the setting was fun and interesting. You will love this, and you should read it now!
I gave More Than Maybe 4.5 STARS!
*Also, if you are interested in my review for Erin Hahn’s first book, You’d Be Mine, click here!*
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Love and happy reading,