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Hammers, Strings, and Beautiful Things

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Blair Bennett’s only twenty-four but already has an impressive resume. A sought-after songwriter, she’s written an arsenal of hit singles for other artists. Now she’s ready to conquer the music industry with her own band, and touring with the biggest pop star in the world, Reagan Moore, will get her exactly where she wants to go.
It’s a lot harder than Blair expects, espec
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Published October 1st 2019 by Bold Strokes Books
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Diane Wallace
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
'ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for a honest review'

**'Sometimes in certain popular fiction, the writer's aim must be to get readers to feel the emotions of their characters..Writers should write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest readers in the universe but still write to please yourselves...'

'HAMMERS,STRINGS and BEAUTIFUL THINGS' was the least of what I expected, along with a little more for interested readers. What it does is summarized each female's path
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
First and again, the synopsis does not have much to do with the content of the book. It is not a joyful and fun story, although there is some part that is like that, but it is basically a story of grief and self-destruction.

Blair is a not very nice character, at times she's really obnoxious and is pretty shallow and very selfish, you can see there that I haven't warmed to her at all. And Reagan is supposed to be a rock star but she does not behave as such, her personal environment is not like th
Jude in the Stars
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot more by the end than I did at the beginning. At first, I couldn’t get where the author was going. I loved Morgan Lee Miller’s debut novel, All the Worlds Between Us, and it felt like she wanted to try and create an older, more rock’n’roll version of the complex but sweet teens that are Quinn and Kennedy.

For a significant part of Hammers, Strings, and Beautiful Things, I had the feeling I was watching a train wreck waiting to happen. At twenty-four, Blair Bennett is about
I often felt, while reading this, that I was too old for the novel but in spite of that, I found I was completely engaged in Blair’s journey. Blair is an accomplished musician by the age of 24 and plays eight instruments. Her band is gaining popularity and fame with each album and tour so it’s no surprise they’re chosen as the opening band for Reagan Moore, and phenomenally successful young pop singer. Reagan and Blair find they have a great attraction for each other but neither wants to be in a ...more
Corporate Slave
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a frustrating book that I liked so much! How can I like it when I was so frustrated??!! My rating is actually a solid 4, but this book frustrated the hell out of me :) in a good way!
So let’s start off with Blaire! For some very odd reason I loved this character.. even though I believe the main frustrations I’ve had are because of her character, but yet I was rooting for her throughout the book! Oddly enough and I know i might be completely off here, but in my mind I had ruby rose i
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an unexpected surprise. Musicians, concerts, fame, and lots of time and money to get into trouble with a capital T. Not the case at all, well, to some extent. Blair Bennett, rising star with a ton of talent and baggage that is causing her to blame and make bad/horrible decisions. Reagan Moore, level headed understanding the price and consequences of fame. When the two interact there is a give and take that both women can and do benefit from. To some extent predictable, but as the story unfo ...more
Ameliah Faith
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Music
This book is so amazing! Blair is an exceptional musician who just lost her grandfather to cancer. Along with her partner Miles, they are set to open for the American leg of singer/songwriter Regan’s tour. Blair is a partier, loves her SoCo and weed (and sometimes more) while Regan is much more mellow, enjoying yoga and sage. As they say, opposites attract and WOW, do these two ever!

I fell love with Blair and Regan so gosh darn hard!!! I loved their cuddle time, their awkward at
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread
Ok, I will say it up front. I loved Morgan's other 2 books and I have had this one sitting on my shelf for a very long time. I really did not think I would like it so so I have been avoiding it lest it tarnish my opinion of the author. I was pleasantly surprised though. It has 2 well written MCs and one that some may not like much at times though, if this was real life we do not always like everything people do. This book has some grit and I found it hard to put down for the last half of the boo ...more
This book was a bit of a poor little rich girl tale, with too much drugs and alcohol for my taste.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susie by: Diane Wallace

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*I received a free digital ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Hard hitting

I was drawn to this book first by a GR friend’s review, then by the beautiful cover and finally the description. I expected much from it, yet it has to come with some warnings – the alcohol and drug abuse is written so well, that you can feel the pain coming from all sides.

I guess, even with knowing that, I hadn’t expected it to be so hard hitting. Blair might seem to come off a
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-published, arc
I am not sure how I really feel about this one, mainly because it read more like a YA book to me. I tend to skip them mainly because I can't connect with the characters. Reagan Moore is a big pop star that has signed on Blair Bennett and her band to be the opening act for her American tour. They both are in their mid 20's and I would say still have some growing to do in terms of relationships. Blair is dealing with the death of her grandfather and likes to drink and party with her band mate/best ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
An honest review thanks to NetGalley. This was an amazing read, I connected from the beginning and as the angst path of Blair started I loved it even more. The story progression and the obstacles that were faced felt real and the emotions that came across were in massive supply. When I started writing this review I realized this is the author who wrote all the worlds between us, a book I read awhile ago that showcased raw and angst filled emotions that bled from the book and into my own emotions ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I liked this book, but it does deal with some heavy topics: loss of loved ones, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

Blair Bennett is about to get her big break as the opening act to mega-star singer Reagan Moore. But in the wake of her beloved grandfather's death, she's also spiraling in depression and drug/alcohol abuse. These two paths -high/low, light/dark - inter-weave through Blair's first weeks on the road, but something will eventually have to give, and Blair could very well lose ev
isa Simonet
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a great read and a well written book. The synopsis does not have much to do with the content of the book. It's not a joyful and fun story. It's about grief and self-destruction. I preferred by this author All the Worlds Between Us, which is a great book. I can't wait for the next Morgan Lee Miller books, because they are all good. ...more
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Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
We are in a quandary about this book. On one hand the writing is phenomenal inasmuch it draws you into a world and environment so much that you can actually feel it all and the chemistry between the romantic leads is insane. On the other hand, we disliked the main protagonist intensely.

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Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

When the book starts, Blair Bennett makes a less than stellar first impression.  Still reeling from the death of her grandfather, she breaks up with the girlfriend who has supported her through his illness and death with the dreaded "It's me, not you ...I'm not in the right place" rationale that she's just too messed up to be in a relationship.  Like I said, not a great first impression - Blair comes off as a rather selfish heel.  So I started this book with the idea that I wasn't really goi
Colleen Corgel
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, f-f-romance
Okay, so this was a tough read for me, because the lead character in the book, Blair Bennett, is about as unlikable as a character can get, and it takes a long time for her to realize that she is being horrible to the people in her life. The story starts with her still grieving hard over the death of her grandfather (who died of cancer) and breaking up with the girlfriend who helped see her through all her grandfather's illness. She's also an addict who is keeping her hardest addiction away from ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blair is a songwriter and performer who plays multiple instruments and was raised by her grandfather who was a music legend. Since he died Blair has had a very difficult and challenging time to get over the loss of her grandfather.She and her music partner Miles are about to embark on an opportunity of a lifetime being the lead in musical act for Reagan who is an A class celebrity and performer. As time on the tour goes on it becomes obvious that Blair and Reagan are attracted to one another and ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hammers, Strings, and Beautiful Things is another hit from Morgan Miller. This author has come out of the gate swinging and producing some really great work. Sometimes it takes new authors a couple books before they find their groove, but not this author. I loved Morgan’s first book (All the Worlds Between Us) and this was a winner as well. I also am excited for her third book and sequel to the first (All the Paths to You) to come out soon. But anyways let me talk about this book….

When I read th
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blair has written songs for big artists and she's finally caught herself and her band a big break, opening for Reagan Moore on her tour. Reagan is one of the biggest pop stars in the business. But she'd recently lost her grandfather, and broken up with her girlfriend, so while things seem to be going pretty well, she feels like she's breaking down inside. Reagan feels like something good in her life, first as friends and then as the two women grow closer, much more. But when her past catches up ...more
Aleana Harris
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

I love stories where it revolve around music and how the process work on making songs and everything.

Blair is still going through grief when her grandfather dies who was more like father to her and she hasn't made his life easy growing up. In order to keep her out of trouble growing up her grandfather introduce her to music where she learns a lot of instruments.

Blair is in a band where she goi
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reagan Moore is a pop musician who has signed on rocker Blair Bennett and her band to be her support act. Reagan (think Taylor Swift) has a squeaky clean image and works hard to maintain that image. Blair is a super talented musician, has just lost her father figure, her grandfather to cancer. His death has rocked Blair's world and she devastated.  Enter Blair's insecurities and throw in your cliched sex, drugs and rock and roll along with the chemistry between Reagan and Blair and you have a ro ...more
Jan 03, 2020 added it
OMG, this book was amazing, y read all the worlds between us and I need to say that this book exceded everything I believed about this autor. I really like how the autor could explore the drug issue, that was my favorite part of the book… so about de characters: I like Blair, she was so brave and passionate about music I feel like you can connect with her and the way she see the World was like a song of Lana Del Rey, sometimes happy and sometimes sad and sometimes between that. Reagen: I did not ...more
Kara Alexis
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and love the author's writing style. Truthfully, I am happy that the author did not make the main character the picture perfect protagonist that we always read about, but in reality is so unrealistic. Blair with her many imperfections can be annoying at times, but takes us through a very raw and authentic version of the grieving process. I find this and so many other qualities are what makes me love Blair's character development throughout the novel. Hammers, Strings a ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books-read
This is a Netgalley ARC review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

This book started a little slow. But once it got moving it was tortured and beautiful. Blair has family issues. Reagan doesn’t know how to balance the spotlight. They help each other. The music references were spot on to the emotions Morgan Lee Miller was trying to convey. I feel like the problems that Blair and Reagan have as celebrities are accurate portrays of real life people. This book dives into issues that could trig
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC in exchange for honest review. I loved this book, still thinking about it days later. I really related to Blair and her management of grief, I feel like if I were her age when I went through the death of a family member, that I could’ve taken the same path. In the midst of this grief and touring the county, Blair develops a relationship with pop star Reagan. I found the development of their romance and the drama that ensued to be realistic and refreshing. I love music so I thoroughly enjoyed ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Blair was annoying and honestly I wanted to slap her.

I don't have a specific opinion on this one. I dont like it that much but I dont hate it. at first I thought that the flow was quite interesting then I was dissipated for a minute,, i didn't give my review right away just to see what parts I'd remember. and only Reagan was there for me to remember. she's too sweet and loving i liked her character so much.

I recommend it though . its well written book.

I got free copy in exchange of an honest
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is an enjoyable, quick-paced romance that doesn't hesitate to deal with some darkness. I love this genre, but often feel that there's a whole lot that can be solved if the two leads just TALKED to each other. While that definitely comes up, for the most part I appreciate that Blair's internal struggles exist independently of the central romance. Also, great chemistry from Blair and Reagan. Plus - who doesn't love a music-based story with a lot of story development happening through song. Wo ...more
If you enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six I think you'll really enjoy this! I absolutely loved this book because, I mean, what sapphic hasn't dreamt of being in a band and falling in love with a famous singer?? This book has healthy family dynamics, strong mlm/wlw friendship, cute grand gestures and all the ups and downs of being in the spotlight, all with Morgan Lee Millers amazing prose. I can't wait to read what else she brings out in the future (and hopefully I can write a coherent review for i ...more
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Morgan Lee Miller started writing at the age of 5 in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, where she learned to entertain herself by writing her first few novels all by hand (Don't worry, she doesn't do this anymore). She majored in journalism and creative writing from Grand Valley State University.

Her writing background has led her to work in advocacy and fundraising for LGBTQ+ and animal welfare nonpr

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