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Love Songs And Other Lies by Jessica Pennington.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

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Right from the start of this book I was hooked, the story drew me straight in. I have a very soft spot for boybands! And sort of cliche romance books are my favourite! 

The book is written in two POVs, Vee and Cam, it’s also written over two timelines (then and now) and switches around often, this however really added to the story and wasn’t at all confusing like it might sound. 

The story focuses on Vee and Cam, their relationship was a quick start, Cam overhears Vee behind a curtain in a nursing home where both their grandmas live, he heard her talking about her band and singing songs to Nonni, he is immediately drawn to her, so in a slightly stalkerish style he joins her band, where he realises that she’s not actually in, she manages them, the band consists off her best friend Logan and other friend Anders, Vee and Cam immediately connect and start a romance, Vee however doesn’t want to label them as officially dating even though she knows it’s much more than just friends with benefits. 

I love instalove! Watching these two get together made me grin, they were so cute. How Cam helped Vee get out of her comfort zone, creating an alter ego for her was so sweet!

The ‘Now’ chapters moved to around two years later where Vee was tricked by Logan into joining his band on a reality contest tour. Vee is surprised to find that Cam is back in the band, we realise that they are defiantly no longer together and Vee holds so much resentment towards Cam.

Cam was hiding something big, we learn the secret early on in the story, but Vee and the others don’t know this secret until later chapters.

When an ex of Cam’s appears one night and Vee gets wind that Cam hasn’t been honest with her things go downhill, Vee goes through a struggle, he can’t cope with any of it anymore and Cam takes off, just like that and she doesn’t see him again until the tour, where she’s trapped on a tour bus, with a bunk beside his. 

I loved the chemistry between the two, even when Vee hated Cam, there was always something there, Cam did the wrong thing by leaving but you could really understand why, what he went through was so awful. I loved his character, Jessica wrote everyone so well, even the side characters added so much to the story. 

The music side was great, the songs really added to the plot, Cam helping Vee get out of her comfort zone and wanting her to sing with him was so lovely. And a boyband is always going to be a win for me! Boybands are my favourite!

Vee got so involved with the tour and still had Cam’s best interested at heart.

The ending made me sob, so many happy tears, it was so lovely. I highly recommend this book, it was totally my favourite kind, I can’t wait to get a paper copy and read it all over again! 

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