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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord Book Review

 After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.   Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.   This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.   A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes. 

What first intrigued me about this book was the fact that it featured a strong female friendship. I was so excited to see a contemporary not based completely on romance! 

And, for the most part, I got my wish. Reagan and Delilah are the best of friends; ones who support each other through thick and thin, even when one or both of them may be wrong. They had this special connection that just seemed to fly off the pages.

When Matt Finch comes into the scene, I was afraid that a weird love triangle would come out of it, but I’m happy that it wasn’t the case at all! Matt was such a joy! Very swoony and charming and just all around great. The romance between him and Reagan was adorable.

Reagan on her own was a kind of self-destructive and a bit… naive so liking her took some work. Heck, I think I started to like her by the end of the book. But that’s okay, because seeing her evolve throughout the book was worth it.

There’s an absolutely wonderful summer atmosphere going on. It’s full of tour buses, concerts, heat, and country music. I loved everything about it. I know a lot of bloggers have been saying it, but it's true, it felt sort of like a Taylor Swift concert tour. 

I loved the way the book ended, it was funny, swoony, and happy all around. It really brough summer to life. 

This is definitely a book you'll want to have on your summer books list. It has a powerful friendship, swoony romance, and goofy moments all around. The music aspect is really well though out, and entertaining as well. 


  1. I just recently read The Start of Me and You, and I can't wait to get to Open Road Summer! Your review is awesome and because of it, I'm thinking I will really enjoy ORS. I love adorable swoony boys, and Lord seems to write those really well. I am also SO excited to read about a best friendship - those are the besssst.

    Again, awesome review! <3

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

    1. I'm going to be reading The Start of Me and You soon! I hope you enjoy Open Road Summer :)

  2. I meant to read this last summer and never got to it, maybe I finally can this summer. ;) Great review!

  3. I really enjoyed this one better than her latest. Glad you enjoyed it, too. ;)

    1. I haven't read the latest, but I have it on my bookshelf so I'll have to get to it soon. I'll let you know :)


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