TITLE: The Sound Of Us (Radio Hearts #1)
AUTHOR: Ashley Poston
PUBLICATION: Published December 19th 2013 by Bloomsbury Spark
GENRE: NA > Music | Contemporary
PAGES: 199pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: review copy via publisher
RATING: 4 ★★★★
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America’s favorite pop band, Roman Holiday, is done, dead, and so totally last year. For eighteen-year-old rockoholic Junie Baltimore, this is music to her ears. But when she discovers their sexy ex-lead singer hiding out on the boardwalk, her summer vacation becomes the cover story of the year.

She’s willing to keep him a secret, but when a sleazy paparazzo offers her the cash she needs to save the bar her father left behind, could she sell out for the chance to save her future? Who is she kidding? That’s a no-brainer…but she never planned on falling head over heels for the lead singer.





“..falling in love is like hearing your favorite song for the first time. It’s something so unsuspecting, something so quiet, that you don’t realize it’s happening until it’s over, an all you is hear it again….”

We all have a band that EVERYBODY loves… except for you.

That is Rowan Holiday for Junie. His song irks her. Annoys her. So imagine them meeting… in a very awkward way. Let’s just say that there are underwear involve!!

Ooooh guys!! I love this story so much. It is precious!! First of all, it’s New Adult, a genre I am currently avoiding. But surprise surprise, this made me glad I gave it a chance. Second, it involves music!!!!! Does my exclamation point made my point? But not only music, it also involves hot swoony rock st- pop star. Third point, the heroine is me. Well not really, I don’t have pink hair and I’m still working on my Radio heart status.. so what i’m trying to say is that I really identify with her.

And we all know that an awesome heroine you like plus a good and fun storyline makes a good read, yeah?

I don’t even know what more to say other than it has a little bit of everything of what I’ve been looking for in a New Adult story. Yes, there’s sexy parts and it has a funny and a riot of characters, but this book has a lot of heart too. Poston’s characters are fleshed out. You relate to them and they’re hard to let go. This book brings you joy and ache but it leaves you inspired and with realizations to think about. My one lost star there is just because of the romance. I just felt so deprived! I just want more Roman and Junebug moments together. Like, together together.

I didn’t even had a hard time reading it, I finished it in one sitting and smiled and swooned and got teary eyed a little bit but when it came to the end, I had the biggest grin I could muster. Overall,The Sound Of Us is an engaging and poignant read. You read it. You’ll love it. And you’ll come back for more. Praise for Ashley Poston!





Curious if Roman would like to KISS, KILL OR MARRY Adam Levine???! Read on below!


Hi Paula! Thank you so much for having me on your blog! The Sound of Us is pretty much the ultimate ode of meeting-the-musician-you-loathe (Yeah, you read that right!), Junie Baltimore would probably kill every post-1995 pop rock band in existence. But the band she hates the most is Roman Holiday, and she hates their singer, Roman Montgomery, the most. Almost as much as she hates hot sauce. Almost. So I thought we’d play Kiss, Marry, Kill with Junie and Roman with the Billboard’s Top Artists.

You’re welcome, Ashley! I am intrigued!!


Taylor Swift.
Junie: Kill.
Roman: Really? Kill? Isn’t that a little extreme?
Junie: What, you’d kiss her?
Roman: Um…
Junie: Oh, don’t tell me.
Roman: You know her song? The one with the—
Junie: Next question.


Sam Smith.
Junie: Kiss, he’s cute.
Roman: Yeah, kiss.
Junie: Really?
Roman: Well, I can’t have you kissing him alone.


Iggy Azalea.
Junie: Is that a plant?
Roman: No, you know the song? *stars humming “Fancy”*
Junie: Kill. Kill it with fire.


Meghan Trainor.
Roman: Kiss.
Junie: All about that bass, huh?
Roman: Next question.


Adam Levine.
Junie: Marry.
Roman: But he’s already married.
Junie: So? This is fictional, right? I’d also marry James Dean if I could.
Roman: *groans*


Katy Perry.
Roman: She’s cute.
Junie: Yeah in that oh-look-I-borrowed-Madonna’s-pointy-bra sort of way.
Roman: You’re just jealous.
Junie: Maybe.


Roman Montgomery.
Roman: I can’t kiss or marry myself, can I?
Junie: Well this is a game. Objectively, would you kiss, kill, or marry yourself?
Roman: I’m the best thing since deep-fried bacon, so I’d kiss AND marry myself.
Junie: Deep fried… That’s gross.
Roman: No, that’s genius. How about you?
Junie: What?
Roman: Would you kiss, marry, or kill Roman Montgomery?
Junie: I guess we’ll have to find out, won’t we?





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Having graduated from the University of South Carolina, Ashley Poston interned at Random House Publishers under Kodansha USA, where she edited the Sailor Moon manga and that was really, really, really cool. She wrote a play that won some award, and can quote every Motion City Soundtrack lyric by heart. She currently lives in South Carolina with her cat (aka her soul mate) and a plethora of books. When she’s not writing, she’s going to the movies (her second favorite past time) or taking extravagant road trips (her third favorite past time).





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