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Publisher's Summary

Summer nights and star-crossed lovers! From USA Today best-selling 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.

©2020 Sarina Bowen (P)2020 Sarina Bowen

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Love this story I always enjoy these narrators love how the music is incorporated into the story can’t wait for the next one

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What a fantastic book, so well written! The performance was next level!! Highly recommend this heart string tugging book.

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ok

if you like tame rock star stories then this is for you. not much rock but a good 2nd chance romance. I've read Ms Bowen before but this isn't one of her better ones. just a pleasant listen for me.
although I did like the way the sweetness was introduced...it was different

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Lies and Lullabies

This book is emotional, and sweet and funny! all the things a good romance book should be. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Claudia Fosca Stahl
  • 22-09-2020

Sweetness, I’m in love!

Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen is the first book in the Hush Note series. One Band. Three love stories. Three authors. Rifts & Refrains and Muses & Melodies, by Devney Perry and Rebecca Yarros, are the second and third books in the series.

I loved this audiobook. It’s something else. Tim Paige and Erin Mallon rocked it from the first minute. The story is amazing, and they took it to another level of awesomeness. And the song! Dear lord, the song! Tim Paige sings! And it’s so good! The truth is that Tim And Erin delivered outstanding performances to bring Jonas and Kira to life. This is one of those stories that you could listen on a loop. It is perfection.

Lies & Lullabies is everything you’d expect from Sarina Bowen. A colorful small town in New England, a wonderful storyline, and an amazing cast of characters that will make you swoon, laugh and curse (at least a bit).

Lies & Lullabies is a second chance romance about a small-town-girl and an undercover rock star that spent a special summer together and then went their separate ways. He was left with the sweetest memories, while she was left with their child. Five years later, a fluke encounter brings them together again, but things are way more complicated than either of them ever realized.

I loved Lies & Lullabies. I loved everything about it. Sarina Bowen is a skilled storyteller, there’s no doubt about that. She has a way with words that leaves you in awe of her talent every single time. The story flows, the characters are well-rounded and lovable, and the settings come alive to give this book her magic touch. It’s a delightful story about regrets and second chances, true love, the importance of family, and forgiveness.

Jonas and Kira both have regrets. When they first met five years ago, they were going through a hard time in their lives, and the connection they found in each other helped them heal. But sometimes feelings can get scary and overwhelming, and people don’t necessarily make the right choices. Right and wrong are never black and white, and the beauty of this story, if you take the time to understand where both Jonas and Kira were coming from, is that it’s never too late to be brave enough to put the past behind you and look forward to what the future might hold.

I loved Jonas and Kira together. Their chemistry is off the charts. You can feel the intensity between them, the emotional energy that goes beyond attraction and lust they forged five years ago, when they first became friends and then more. I really loved the slow burn of their reunion, how they dealt with the secrets and lies and old wounds, in order to move forward and forgive themselves and each other. Lies & Lullabies is definitely an emotional roller coaster. And definitely the best kind.

Vivi, Jonas and Kira’s four-year-old, is a delight. You can’t help but fall in love with her, just as Jonas did. It will take less than five minutes. She’s such a fun kid! So smart and witty. I also loved her relationship with her uncle Adam, and whenever she and Jonas were together. And Adam simply steals the show. He’s such a great guy. He’s the best brother ever, and he even got some action with Ethan, Jonas’s friend and tour manager. Let’s just say that everyone will end up begging for these two to get their own story. I can guarantee it. We also get glimpses of Quinn and Nixon that will make everyone yearn for the next books in the series.

I would give Lies & Lullabies enough stars to fill up the sky, but I guess Five will have to do. I can’t recommend it enough, it’s truly a wonderful story that will make your heart smile and fill you with joy.

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  • Admirer of great books; critic of bad books.
  • 09-10-2020

WORST LISTEN, READ OF 2020

I was so disappointed in this book on so many levels. Poor writing for a rape victim having sex for the first time after the rape. And on top of the rape, the language used for body parts was not indicative of nurturing or creating a safe environment. This book was either written over a weekend or poorly thought out. Flat characters, poor choice of terms for body parts, lots of objectification...How did this get stars???

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  • Debie Tufts
  • 27-09-2020

Awesome!!

Sarina Bowen that was beautiful!! Erin was perfect as usual, swear I have not heard anything other than perfect from here. OHHH Tim! you stole my heart with your voice and and you can singi! what the heck! you have a beautiful voice! thank you for the special treat!

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  • L. Ruble
  • 09-11-2020

Great Story

Sweet love story. I didn’t understand why previous reviews talked about “The Rape” it was barley mentioned. Maybe 2 lines about a past incident.
Well worth the credit. Starting the second book in series.

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  • Kelly - KCBookLover
  • 15-10-2020

A great second chance romance, with talented narration and that rockstar grit.

“Real love wasn’t set to a four-four drum beat in a recording studio. Real love was accomplished this way—by caring for the people who needed you.”

A small town summer love story with a rockstar twist, this audiobook was a such a fun listen. It had the perfect amount of angst, along with a whole lot of sweetness with the beautiful songs and added laughter from their daughter Vivi. I loved the whole cast of characters especially Kira’s brother Adam, he sacrificed so much to make sure everyone around him was taken care of. The way Sarina transports me to a location while listening is always magical, I felt like I was on the front porch of the general store in Maine, soaking up the last of the summer with Kira and Jonas. I rooted for their love and hoped that they could come to terms with the secrets they kept from each other and the beautiful daughter they created. Overall this was a great second chance romance, with talented narration and that rockstar grit.

“This is a song about meeting the right person at the wrong time. It’s a song about regrets. And I hope the girl in the song knows that I mean every word. Because I’m really hoping the story isn’t over yet.”

I am reading these books out of order, I started with Quinn and then Jonas and can’t wait to read Nixon next! Such a fun rockstar series, I am addicted to Hush Note!

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  • Reading Rainbow Brite
  • 03-10-2020

Tim Paige made me swoon

Rock star romance is often known for its high levels of angst and drama. I found that wasn't the case with Lies & Lullabies, book one in the Hush Note series. For a second-chance, secret baby romance, I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of unnecessary drama. Kira and Jonas have enough trauma in their pasts, its nice that they aren't wittingly causing more trouble for each other.

I enjoyed this story, but the ending seemed a bit sudden to me. I wasn't tracking how much time was left in the book and was surprised when the epilogue started. That said, it's the same high-quality story fans have come to expect from author Sarina Bowen.

My enjoyment of Lies & Lullabies was definitely enhanced be the narration. This is the first audiobook I've listened to where the narrator (Tim Paige) sang to me. I thought I might take a page out of a historical romance and swoon. I'm eager to see how audiobooks continue to evolve.

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  • BookwormOnTheBay
  • 02-10-2020

I wasn’t a fan of the audible version

I liked the story ok, there were definitely moments that were hilarious. I just did not like the voice actors. Well, it was more of when they changed their voices to be male or female. I finally, in a very early chapter, quit listening and just read. That may be why I was disappointed. I like to listen as much as possible so I can do other things.

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  • Angela Prince
  • 09-05-2022

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  • Theresa Gray
  • 26-04-2022

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This is one of the best books I’ve listened to since having Audible . It is well worth the credit, so buy it and enjoy.

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  • KW
  • 18-01-2022

A second chance love story with a tragic past.

This is a sweeter second chance love story with a sprinkling of heat. I’m a sucker for rockstars and Jonas is a big one. Although Kira had no idea when she met him 5 years ago. She also didn’t figure she’d get pregnant after one night together following a summer full of memories of their growing friendship.

Kira was struggling to overcome a trauma in her past when she first met Jonas and they had a lot of fun just hanging out. He was on a break from touring but didn’t tell her who he really was. He was loving his anonymity but when they parted she had no way to get in touch with him.

Fast forward 5 years and he’s back in town for some much needed respite from touring again. He sees her and then finds out he has a daughter. Wowzers that’s a lot!

I loved how we got all the backstory through remembering and the jumping between times didn’t bother me at all (which it usually does). I think that I just wanted to know everything about these two as I was drawn into this story from the beginning. I’m a sucker for second chances and am always cheering the MCs on to get to their happy. This was a tough journey for both Kira and Jonas and we feel their heartache, we go through reliving their trauma and turmoil but we also get to experience the joy that they find in each other. Sarina always develops complex but loveable characters and these two were no exception.

Erin did a great job of showing us how Kira went from carefree to guarded. She manages multiple voices well and her performance drew me in just like the story. Tim gives us the tortured Jonas. Helping us to delve into his head and his heart.

Sarina is such a versatile author, writing everything from contemporary to sports, MM to romcom. She writes so many different stories and she does them all well in my opinion. So if you’re looking for a well written story that will pull you in, characters you will fall in love with and all the feels of the second chance HEA this is your book.

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  • 07-09-2021

Loved. The story

The author and narration and characters were Amazing loved the story i would highly recommend this book

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  • Voracious Book Addict
  • 26-09-2020

Second Chance Romance and Utter Sweetness

I had the absolute pleasure of listening to the audiobook of Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen narrated by Erin Mallon and Tim Paige with a special appearance by Jeffrey Kafer.

This story starts in present day, but then you get to see 5 years prior when Kira and Jonas first meet and the development, progression and eventual end of their summer in Maine. When they reconnect they both have secrets they must reveal, but the one thing that never changed was how they feel for each other.

I feel a little like I only got a taste of these two and I want more of their story, more of how they work on their long distance relationship, and more of their interaction with Vivi. Adam, Kira's brother was also a favorite of mine in this story and I really hope to get more of his story the future books by Denvey Perry and Rebecca Yarros.

Erin Mallon is a queen, let's be honest, her narration is always spot on and this is no different. I am not as familiar with Tim Paige, but this character was perfect for him and his voice really lended itself to a 20 something rock star who was vulnerable and affectionate. What really impressed me was Tim going above and beyond to write a melody and perform "Sweetness", the song written by Sarina Bowen. I am still humming this song in my head, it was an incredible addition to the book.

Overall I highly recommend this book, another Sarina Bowen story that I will love forever.
I received an ALC of this book and voluntarily give my review.

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  • Book addict
  • 02-10-2020

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This story was decent, but the relationship didn’t grab me half as much as many of Sarina Bowen’s other books. I was happy for them in the end, but I didn’t feel as invested as I would have liked.

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  • Debra McDonald
  • 25-09-2020

Beautiful romance

I LOVE this audio book so much and it's definitely in my top 5 of this year. Tim is amazing as Jonas, a rock star who comes to realise he's been in love with the one who got away. Erin is exactly how I imagine imagined Kira, who has a secret daughter to Jonas. They meet again nearly 5years later and Jonas is shocked but wants to be together with his girls. Such a beautiful story that was amazingly narrated and omg Tim has an amazing singing voice. Absolutely perfect listening

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  • Diane S.
  • 24-09-2020

Love this rock star romance

I really enjoyed this sweet and emotional second chance romance. It is a mix of the best romance tropes with a rock star hero, a pregnancy that he never knew about, and a single mom who is struggling but doing the best for her little girl.
Jonas Smith returns to Nest Lake, Maine where he had spent a most memorable time. He regrets not keeping in contact with the girl he left behind there.
Kira has a secret that she has kept from John/Jonas but when he suddenly arrives in Maine she’s is forced to contain the issue.
I listened to this story on audiobook and I loved the narration by Erin Mallon and Tim Paige. They really brought the story to life.
-4.5 Stars!-

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 24-09-2020

All the feels in this second chance romance

What a fab start to this Hush Note series. FYI, Hush Note is the name of a band, and book 1 follows songwriter, guitarist and singer Jonas Smith who at the age of 25 goes to Nest Lake, Maine for the summer, he needs a bit of a reprieve from his rockstar life. He then unexpectedly falls in love with 20 year old Kira Cassidy, sadly after their one and only night of passion he leaves Maine without, it seems, a backward glance. One important detail, he didn’t give Kira his real name. Although, when you’re front and centre in a famous rock band, your identity can’t be hidden forever. When he comes back with his band 5 years later he doesn’t expect to see Kira again, but he gets a lot more than he bargained for when he bumps into her outside her father’s shop. I adored the story, second chance, baby daddy, rockstar romance. I received an advanced listener copy of this audio, and I’ve got to say it blew me away. Erin Mallon (who I love), narrates with all the emotion and detail needed for both Kira and her 4 year old daughter Vivi). Then there’s Tim Paige (completely new to me), who narrates Jonas to perfection, even going so far as singing - his voice as both singer and narrator is sexy and raspy, and together as a team, they were perfect. All the feels in this sweet, romantic, second chance romance.

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  • paddlefoot1397
  • 23-09-2020

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Ms Bowen, you had me at rock star. Throw in a surprise (to him) bubber and the small town vibe and I am all in, baby!

I loved that Jonas wasn't coming off being a manwhore and all of a sudden stopping that for one woman. Was he in the past? Yeah, sure.

And Kira and Vivi.. oh my heart 💕

And diving into the book as an audio gave it that something more for me. Could it be Jonas actually singing to me? Yeah, that could be it. Tim Paige and Erin Mallon (my favourite female narrator for years now) bring Jonas and Kira to life. Sometimes with the written word, subtleties of conversations can be missed, but with it speaking to me I felt all those nuances.

Kira's brother is the kind of family we all need. Loving and protective, he is the perfect man for.... well you need to read to find out. But I can't wait to get his story.

It did take a little while for me to get started with this one, but once I got past a couple of things at the beginning, I was hooked Hooked, I tell you!

I am looking forward to the other books in the Hush Notes series.

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