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Lies & Lullabies

(Hush Note #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,722 ratings  ·  665 reviews
Summer nights and star-crossed lovers! From USA Today bestselling 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 expect
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 278 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Tuxbury Publishing LLC
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Giorgia Reads
I wouldn't give this 2 stars were it not for my generous spirit lol

This book was a waste of time and I'll tell you why:

- It was boring AF!

- The characters were beyond bland and on occasion stereotypical and plain stupid.

- There was no plot to speak of. Nothing really happened, even the secret child trope was somehow underwhelming, and that's one of the angstiest tropes around.

- The side characters were annoying and one dimensional and I'm not curious to read their books. They sound like childre
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
3-3.5 stars


I love Sarina Bowen's writing and was so excited to read a rockstar romance from her. While I liked this one a lot, there were some things I didn't love. Most of it is my own fault because I like to go into books by my favorites blind and I didn't read the synopsis, but here we are. This is one of those troupes that just almost never work for me so this is very much a ‘me’ thing and not necessarily the book. This one was good for me, but not a favorite.

Kira and Jonas spend one in
Elle Kennedy

Now live from Sarina Bowen: Lies & Lullabies!

✔️ Star-crossed lovers, ✔️ Secrets and lies, ✔️ Angsty second chances, ✔️Hot rock star

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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
He’d been a charming diversion with enormous consequences.

I am a sucker for a second chance romance. I live for it. The angst. The emotion. All of the feels. Now it's been a hot minute since I've read a Sarina Bowen book and I was so excited to get my hands on this one. This trope is my book crack so I was so here for it.

Kira and Jonas spent one unforgettable summer together. They were both in a place where they were looking for a connection and were a little lost. They gave e
A Rockstar Prince Charming…

I am absolutely loving the way audiobooks have evolved.


It’s hard to explain but it feels like there is more of a personal touch/emotional connection when the narrators do more than just read the story to me. In Lies & Lullabies, Tim Paige and Erin Mallon are Jonas and Kiri. I felt the emotional connection between the characters, and I ‘saw’ them as they were meant to be seen, vulnerabilities and all.

My heart broke for Kiri as she dealt with the aft
Spoilers ahead

Omfg!!! 😂😂😂😂

Ok ok, adult review now

I'm sorry I can't



Ok so the H convinced his band mates to come wuuth him to Maine(I think it was Maine I can't remember). He's lost his writing mojo and just wants to recapture the peace and happiness he'd found there 5 years before. He once again runs into the girl he couldn't forget, not even so many years later

The h is in town to visit her father with her brother and daughter, she's stunned to see the only man she's ever loved and
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Kira and Jonas.

Five years ago - for one amazing summer - they were best friends and so much more.

He was the undercover rock star in town to find a little peace and to write some music.

She was the 20 year old college girl with dreams of opening her own restaurant.

His last night in town produced little Vivi.

A baby he never found out about.

And now he's back!





What can I say? I'm a Sarina Bowen Junkie. I just adore everything she writes.

And I loved
Sep 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
"You’re it for me, Kira. No matter where I go, I’ll always come back to you".

I don’t have much to say about this book because I barely paid any attention to it. The plot had a lot of potential, but the execution was just... bad. The story was all over the place, especially the beginning when Jonas (H) and Kira (h) were remembering the summer they spent together. The transitions between past/present were confusing and not smooth at all, which just annoyed me.

Besides that, it was impossible f
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
3.5 'My only Sweetness' Stars!
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

A sugary sweet start to the Hush Note series! I’ve been waiting for these books ever since I saw the authors announced it in social media. Yes, I said authors because this series is multi-authored and the writers participating are surely top notch. Sarina Bowen starts introducing the characters, their backgrounds, their friendship, their love for music and, in this case, the emotional love story between a r
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 "Sweetness" Stars!!!

I really loved this book!! Lies and Lullabies grabbed me good in the first two chapters and didn’t let go.

Kira Cassidy and John Smith built a great friendship one summer but at the very end of that summer Kira was left with a parting gift. Skip to 5 years later when by accident they are both back in the same small town the only thing is Kira appears to have a small family in tow.

I LOVED the journey these characters took, including Adam. This story was sweet, sad, sexy and

I just...
I mean...
This book...


There is NOTHING I liked about this book...
oh, I'm lying cover isn't too bad...

This book is second chance romance, with accidental pregnancy and secret baby trope ALL THOSE THINGS mean one thing- ANGST & charged with emotions book...
There is nothing of that here... except a lot of flatness...

so so disappointed!!!

I already own book two but considering that book is about the character that was horrible in this book I am questioning that decision...
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
A rock star romance from Sarina Bowen!!! And there’s a surprise baby. The audio was AMAZING - I loved that it included the hero’s song! The second chance romance was adorable. All the hero wants is another chance with the heroine and to be a good dad. It was sweet and heartwarming! I can’t wait to continue with the series.
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Sarina Bowen
SERIES: Hush Note #1
RELEASE DATE: September 22, 2020
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Second Chance, Secret Baby, Surprise Pregnancy


The Hush Note series is a collab by Sarina Bowen, Devney Perry and Rebecca Yarros, three authors who each in their own right are highly esteemed and write wonderful stories. Each book in this series is about a member of the rockband Hush Note and it
Carmen Rae
I have a confession. I hate rock star romances. I avoid them more often than not. So when I saw this book and jumped to read it I had no idea it was about a band. All I knew was it was a collaboration between two of my favourite authors and I had to have it. Then I read the blurb and got nervous.

I should have known better. If anyone could make me love something it's Sarina Bowen. Luckily for me she isn't running a cult or I'd be there with my head shaved ready to go. As it stands I am so glad I
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sarina Bowen Fan, Romance
3.5 Finding The Real You Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
Writing about tricky subjects can be challenging. There is so much that can go into how to approach them, how your audience receives the storyline, and whether the readers will embrace the path you took for the characters.

Also, a huge factor is the subjective nature of reading itself. What may work for one group, may not for the other due to their own past experiences, etc.

Sarina Bowen has never shied away from anything she has attempted.
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I love Sarina Bowen's writing and I always fall in love with her characters very easily so I was excited to start this book. Lies & Lullabies is the first in the Hush Note series, a multi-author project that will continue with books by Devney Perry and Rebecca Yarros. It did a great job of getting me invested in the characters and I'm looking forward to reading more from this band. I also really hope we'll be seeing more of Kira's brother in the future.

Jonas and Ki
I don't care what any one says i will go to my grave defending the secret baby trope.

“There isn’t anyone else I want, sweetness. You disarm me, the way nobody else can. I don’t know any way to prove it to you. But it’s true.”

Following a summer of becoming close friends and one night become a little more than friends Jonas and Kira go their separate ways, Kira unaware that Jonas is actually a world famous rock star and Jonas unaware that, that one night with Kira left her pregnant with his ch
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
3.5 stars

Audiobook Review

By all accounts, this ought to have been a home run. I have a huge soft spot in my heart for single parent romances, and it is very rare for me to not love a Sarina Bowen book. I’m bummed because while Lies and Lullabies is nice, the book lacks the luster I expected.

The story has an air of innocence about it, which is unexpected in a rock star romance and kind of wonderful. However, it veers towards cheesiness at times. Perhaps I just needed to take an anti-curmudgeon pi
Sep 04, 2020 marked it as nope-nope-nope
Another "she is a mom" so she couldnt possibly have sex or date while the rock star gets to have all his fun 🙄 ...more
Izzie d
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Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this book! I didn't really know a lot about this book before I decided to read besides the fact that Sarina Bowen wrote it. Really, that was all I needed to know but I am glad that I went into the book blindly. I will say that this book reminded me of Bountiful in a lot of ways but I did have a great time with the story and these characters. I found this book to be the perfect escape from the world for just a bit.

Claudia Fosca Stahl
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.

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 romanc
Jessica Alcazar
Meet Jonas and the Hush Notes
Summer nights and star-crossed lovers!
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I read all three of the Hush Note books back to back to back and in my case, it was the saving grace of this series. What I mean is, Lies & Lullabies was a bit underwhelming for me had I not already had the ARCs for the next books already on my kindle, I might not have read them. I’m a series snob guys. I know this. I can’t just willy-nilly pick up a book here and there out of a series an
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy, audiobook
This is a wish-fulfillment fantasy with rock-star flavors with two distinct timeframes. I really liked how Bowen showed us the past in memory sequences right up front and that normally drives me nuts. I liked it because it was relevant and well-contextualized so that it didn't kill the pace or feel like a bait-and-switch.

Anyway, while I liked the main couple, it was the side characters that really shined for me. Kira's brother, Adam, and the band manager whose name I can't pull down because my m
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Based solely on the tropes in the blurb this should have been like my favorite book of the month but it didn't meet my expectations 🤷🏻‍♀️.

In the span of a summer and hidden in the anonymity of a small town Kira and Jonas unexpectedly became friends, but the night before returning to reality, Kira asked him for a favor that he couldn't refuse and that left some living-breath consequences. Five years later they're destined to return to that place to meet once more.

First of all, this wasn't as angs
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

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‘If Maine had lost its magic, it wasn’t the Pine Tree State’s fault. It was my fault. I’d been too stupid to see what was right in front of me.’

Lies and Lullabies by Sarina Bowen is the first instalment in the Hush Notes series which is a rock star romance, each written by a different Author, about a different band member of -you guessed it- the über popular band, Hush Notes. Lies and Lullabies is Jonas’ story, the lead singer, who found himself in the small town of Ne
Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Now I understand why there are many mix reviews over Lies & Lullabies. I think Miss Bowen done her writing to focus on the small town romance feeling. The concept is cute, sweet and so New Adult attraction. However there are a lot of it missing or in a loop holes.

I did not like Kira. That is my lasting impression over the story. She is just... drama queen with so much focus on herself. Her push and pull toward Jonah is just annoying and frustrating. This book is also about second chance romance
Kathleen Lynn
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Well written but I didn't feel the love between them. If she was not in town the weekend he and his band were then he wouldn't have done jackshit about finding her. That's not love, that's not a soulmate, that's nothing. Disappointed! ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it


Low angst and sweet, Lies and Lullabies by Sarina Bowen is a great start to this standalone series with Devney Perry and Rebecca Yarros.

Kira and Jonas are quite possibly the cutest couple. Their initial meeting is sweet and their ending poignant. I felt the care they had for each other. Fast forward and the connection is a bit more primal. I enjoy old Jonas as a hero, and I liked Kira as well. They had good chemistry, and I felt their connection was bel
Irene Sim
This is such a sweet, no angst story. I read it in one day...

I loved all the characters and can't wait for the next 2 books.
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Sarina Bowen is the twenty-time USA Today bestselling author of three dozen books, including: the True North series, and Brooklyn Hockey. She's the co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. She's the author of The Ivy Years series, and more!
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“There isn’t anyone else I want, sweetness. You disarm me, the way nobody else can. I don’t know any way to prove it to you. But it’s true.” His thumb brushed my lip with such tenderness that I almost couldn’t bear it. “Be with me, Kira. In my heart, I really just want you.” 0 likes
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