In the Lyrics

In the Lyrics

by Nacole Stayton

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BN ID: 2940148267294
Publisher: Nacole Stayton Publishing, LLC.
Publication date: 02/06/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Nacole Stayton is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass State. She spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life, like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. She is passionate about her faith, family, and The Bachelor.

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In the Lyrics 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read lately and Colby has quickly become my new book boyfriend.  Not only is he a singer and a true country boy but his heart is one of a kind and every woman needs a Colby in their life. Colby has just left his broken home in Texas to move to Tennessee to start college.  He lost his brother and his father has become an alcoholic and he’s ready for a new start.  He also wants to follow his dream and become a famous country music singer.   All it takes, on his first night there, is to set his eyes on Hensley.  Hearing her beautiful voice, he is a goner. “I want you.  I’ve wanted you since day one.  Since I saw you on that damn corner, I’ve wanted you.  I go to bed aching for your touch and wake up dying for you to quench my thirst.  Do you ever wonder why I stare at you all the time?  I’m taking you in, drinking you up.” – Colby Every time he calls her Sunshine, my heart just melts even more for him and when he tells her why he calls her that, it is so beautiful. “Because my world was dark for a long, long time.  When I first laid eyes on you, things seemed brighter for once.  You didn’t know it, but I watched you as you prepared for your set, and you seemed so peaceful, like a ray of sunshine as it beams down on the world.” – Colby I mean, who wouldn’t fall apart at that?  But, as Colby finds himself offered the chance of a lifetime to make it big, he turns it down for love.  If only Hensley would have done the same but no, she chooses her career and poor Colby is heartbroken.  I must say he is one of those rare finds that really left me breathless in the way that he sacrificed himself for her.  Now that is true love!! With Hensley gone, Colby is trying to move on, but his heart and soul belongs to her.  I admire the love he has for her and how he doesn’t let her go.  When tragedy strikes and she comes home, he knows it’s his one chance to make things right and boy does he ever!! “I want to make music with you every day for the rest of my life.” - Colby Not only is this story beautiful and amazing, but everyone deserves this kind of love.  Their love is sweet, touching, and definitely rare and he is one book boyfriend that should stand out in any woman’s mind.  Even after all their time apart, I think it only made their love stronger and my only complaint is that I want many more books with him in them!!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing read! It was way more then boy meats girl and they fall in love. Nacole has you sucked into the book rigjt feom the begenning. You feel like the characters are real. She has soom good twists and turns in this story!! Hint hint...rommate situation. I was shocked at that, but well written. I could not have askes for a better ending!!
robbielea More than 1 year ago
In her latest novel, In the Lyrics, author Nacole Stayton has written a captivating story about two young people who share a similar dream; to break into the brutally competitive world of country music. Hensley Bradley is the daughter of a woman obsessed with a desire for Hensley to live the dream she gave up in order to be a mother….obsessed to the point that she has made Hensley fearful of becoming emotionally involved with any man who might come between her and her dream. Colby Grant is a man who can no longer stomach living at home….watching his family slowly disintegrate as the tragedies that have befallen them tear them apart instead of bringing them closer. He is a man who dreams of a career in music, but Colby Grant is not just any man…he’s a man who wants to be part of Hensley’s life at any cost. Hensley and Colby, along with their friend Dusty, meet, bond and develop as musicians. Their big break comes when they are “discovered” while performing at a club by representatives of a record company. The plot twists that develop after their discovery will have readers pulling their hair and shaking their heads! In the Lyrics’ story drew me in from the beginning. Throughout the book I continuously wanted more. I wanted more of the characters’ back story, more of their story after they were discovered and more of the story of salvation, healing and reconciliation as the book moved toward its conclusion. The narrative seemed hurried at times. More details would have changed it from being a good story to an amazing story. I’m not a big fan of series with cliffhangers, but I can definitely see In the Lyrics benefiting from the trilogy format with each of the three distinct periods of the story being developed into a book of its own. Fans of Nacole Stayton will definitely enjoy this book. It is a quick read with a compelling story. It is well-written, just as I would expect from this author, but I think many of her fans will finish the book, as I did….wanting more.
cheekychick13 More than 1 year ago
ARC Was Given To Blog For An Honest Review This was a very different story to me. It is not often that the male lead in the book is the good guy. I also loved that it was in both points of view. How two people see things that are the same but entirely different, how the wrong decision can cost you everything and how the right decision can also cause you to lose everything? That was a mouthful but the moral of the story is ultimately communication. Colby, he is such a love and all I wanted to do was wrap him up in a hug and never let go. He was so selfless in life and for those he loved. He is the give his shirt of his back type of person. I loved the way the author wrote him as a man with a passion and amazing morals. Colby was so young but yet very wise for such a young man. It takes truly an amazing person that will sacrifice his own happiness for others. The author described him as a very sexy cowboy, but his true beauty was within. Hensley, now her I could go off and on. The way I felt about her makes me cringe. Hens was the complete opposite of Colby, her tunnel vision left everyone in the dust. I was so angry with her. I know she had a dream, but I guess it just shocked me how she did not think about how things would affect anyone other than herself. I began to find her an ugly personality. I was so surprised at how she affected me. I admit for the first time that I did not believe a character should get a happy ending. Hensley made her bed and I really felt she needed to lie in it. Colby deserved more and a whole lot better. I really loved the book; I know this when an author can evoke such strong emotions from me while reading it.  As you can probably tell, characters often become bit to real to me. That ‘s what makes a great story for me. The concept was so original in an organic way. I am so use to the male lead being the screw up. The writing has a musical quality to it and what I mean by that is it read like a beautiful country song that was filled with heartbreak but ends with happiness. The title is very fitting for this story. Lyrics are words for a song, this story is a song in words that is read like music and author did an amazing job with it.
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Much_Loved_Books More than 1 year ago
The minute you begin reading In The Lyrics you are drawn into Colby's family life, and it's not a happy place to be. His only way of escaping this is to move out early and live with his new roommate, Dusty, while waiting for school to start. His arrival in this new town brings him to see two buskers trying to make money for rent, family, and to make ends meet. Unbeknown to Colby, these two buskers are Dusty and Hensley, and this trio quickly become acquainted. In The Lyrics is more than I expected. I went into reading this thinking the main focus would be on music, and while that is mostly true, there is also a lot of focus on friendship, family, love, loss, and trying to make your dream come true. The friendships felt real and strong, especially between Hensley and Dusty, he is her shoulder to cry on, and the one person she can rely on for anything and everything. When I first saw their relationship I did think something was going on between them, but they are just very good friends. I enjoyed seeing the friendship develop between Hensley and Colby, and like any friendship it has it's ups and downs....and some sexy times too. The sparks fly immediately between this duo but it takes them forever to really act on it, and I desperately wanted to lock them in a cupboard together to push them into acting on their feelings. As In The Lyrics progresses this trio work hard to achieve their dream, some are able to sacrifice it all for love, but others are quick to grab tight hold with both hands and the after effect of this is quickly seen. My heart broke at seeing things fall apart in front of my eyes, but part of the problem was lack of communication which would have made this whole situation less fragile. I'm not going to say much more about In The Lyrics as I don't want to accidentally let something slip that will give the plot away or what happens at the end. The story unravels at a perfect pace, never feeling rushed or pushed along, but not slow either. In The Lyrics was an enjoyable read that has just enough to keep you interested but not to much to overwhelm you or give you needless information. Nacole has done a great job of drawing you into the story and the lives of the characters and becoming involved with their outcomes. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars I love books that revolve around music, so naturally when I saw this one I instantly wanted to read it! I really enjoyed In the Lyrics. I felt Stayton did a good job with her pacing, and I really enjoyed the storyline. I liked Colby and Hensley, the main characters, for the most part, but I did feel they fell for each other rather quickly and let it consume them instead of nurture them. Colby and Hensley both want out of their hometowns for different reasons. After Colby lost his brother, his family has never been the same. His father has turned into an alcoholic and his mother lets him, as she refuses to leave him. Colby and his father are constantly going head to head until finally, Colby knows he has to go. He promised his brother he'd make a name for himself and heads off to Music City, USA (Nashville). Hensley has dreamed of performing and making music, but she needs to get out of Nashville. She also has some family issues- her father is sick and her mother gave up her own dreams in order to raise her. She's always told Hensley never to fall in love or let anything get in the way of her dreams. When Colby and Hensley first lay eyes on one another, there is this instant connection between the two. Colby is captivated by the beautiful girl with the beautiful voice and Hensley is also taken aback by Colby. However, she quickly reminds herself that she isn't that girl and that nothing will sway her from getting out of town. I had some trouble liking Hensley at first because of how cold she is to Colby. He gets under her skin and sees past the walls she's constructed. His intensity scares her and vows to not let thoughts of him interrupt her life. She does eventually loosen up and act better towards him, as he is going to be her best friend Dusty's new roommate and she essentially lives there as well. I really enjoyed Dusty's character. He is not only a great friend to Hensley, but ends up being a great one to Colby as well. Dusty is the one person that both confide in and I love that he encourages their relationship from the beginning. We do have some side characters that I did not particularly care for in this novel: Brittani and Logan. Both went to high school with Hensley and Dusty. Brittani hates Hensley for something that happened with their parents a long time ago and has always taunted her and made her feel like crap. When she first sees Colby, she zones in on him and proceeds to throw herself at him at every turn. She is manipulative and just all around trashy. Logan, on the other hand, while being the QB and popular, is friends with Hensley (or at least during the summer when they're working together on his farm). He has feelings for her that she does not reciprocate and doesn't like taking no for an answer. I do admit I was a bit irritated with Hensley for acting as childish as she did after seeing Brittani once again throw herself at Colby and kiss him. Hensley of course gets the wrong idea and instantly decides to get drunk and then let Logan kiss her. Colby of course, is pissed as things are really starting to escalate between the two of them. I do like how patient Colby was with Hensley. She is a virgin and he does not rush her or force into more, even when she wants it. Instead, he waits for her to ask for it before engaging in sexual activity. The two have been intimate long before they first had sex, but still it's a big deal for the two, as Colby knows this is it for him. He wants no one else but Hensley and sex will change everything between them. Hensley was also good for Colby- she is there for him as he goes back home to Texas to confront his father again and introduces her to his brother and instead of running away from his less than desirable home situation, she remains steadfast and polite. I knew as I was reading that it was all too easy. Hensley and Colby get together and fall in love with no major issues. I was reading just waiting for the bottom to fall out. And oh, it did. Music is a big part of both of their lives and where Colby would give it all up to be with her, she is easily influenced by what she has dreamed of forever. This creates a big problem for them- as Hensley starts to lose sight of who she really is and what she had. Both Colby and Hensley could be very stubborn when it came to telling the other how they really feel and own up to the fact that they have both made mistakes. The music industry is a tricky one- labels often don't provide new artists the freedom to do what they want and I think its a pretty big wake up call for our main characters in the novel. However, if you don't fight hard enough for your dreams and what you want- you definitely won't succeed. Colby and Hensley had to learn some hard lessons in this book and had to decide what direction they wanted their lives to go and if they would even be together in the end. Aside from a few issues, I really did enjoy this one.
NyteMirage More than 1 year ago
Nacole Stayton wrote an amazing story. I couldn’t put this book down! I love how she can weaves words together and pulls so many different emotions out of me. There were times I wasn’t sure what was going to happen and I’m sure I made some frustrated noises during my lunch breaks and got some weird looks from co-workers! Hensley thought she had everything planned out in her life. She was going to finish college, get noticed by a big label and do her best to make it big as a singer. She wants to do what her mother didn’t get to do because she came along. That is until Colby comes to town and turns her her world upside down! Colby just wanted to get away from home and the past that’s haunting him. He’s started college in Nashville and he wants to make it big in music as well. Hensley and Colby have the same dream. He didn’t expect to find love when he moved to Nashville. Hensley doesn’t want to make the same mistake that her mother made. She wants to get out of town and make it big. She doesn’t plan on letting any man get in her way. It hasn’t happened yet and she doesn’t plan on it ever being an option, but when Colby steps onto the street corner that she’s singing on with her best friend she can’t take her eyes off of him. And it seems fate has smashed their two worlds together because Colby is now roommates with her best friend. She tries hard to fight it at first, but she finally gets to the point where she is tired of feeling numb. She wants to be able to breath, to feel, and to know what it’s like to be held by Colby. So she throws caution to the wind. When big things start happening she wonders if their relationship can stand the test of time and distance. This is one emotional roller coaster you don’t want to miss! I’d like to buy a season pass to this amusement park! Colby is definitely my new book boyfriend! And he can write a song about me anytime!
EMAReads More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This book was truly beautiful. Nacole’s writing was fluid and full of emotion.  Her characters were real- with all of their flaws and passion jumping off the page.  I wanted to be Hensley’s friend- to help her see her worth and celebrate her successes…as well as smack her upside the head when she was an idiot! Colby was incredible.  So patient and so hot!  He wants Hensley – all of her and is relentless in his care and protection of her.  But both of them fail to speak to each other when things become tough.  And a lot of time is wasted being in pain.  He also may have needed a bit of a knock to his head. The pain and heartache that both characters go through is palpable.  Together they are amazing- but getting back to that place- oh the struggle! Love this book and can’t wait for more for more Nacole Stayton.
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
*Actual rating: 1.5 stars! *I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to like this book, I really did. It has amazing reviews on Goodreads already, not to mention a 4.47 average star rating. So, it looks like I'm in the minority here when I say that I did not like this book. The plot was incredibly boring, and at times, seemed pretty unbelievable and way too high school for these characters' ages. I hated Hensley, one of the main characters, and I found the romance rushed. And there was just no real depth to the story-line.  I hated Hensley. She was one of the worst characters I've read. She's a selfish little brat who thinks the world revolves around her, and her only. Sometimes, she can set her desires, wants, and needs aside for her friend, Dusty, and Colby. But most of the time, she's a horrible character. I actually liked her in the beginning of the story, but that quickly turned into hatred once her ugly,  judgy, everything-is-always-about-me personality shone through.  Thank God Colby makes up for her, except he's a pushover when it comes to her. He does everything for her, gives up his dream for her. You know what she does? Leaves him behind. Colby has been through a lot, but he's not a douchebag. He's a great guy, and I think he deserved more than he got from Hensley. He's got a bad home life, been through a painful tragedy, and just wants to become a country singer to make his brother proud of him. I liked his voice, his POV. He's a very genuine character that is easily relatable. He's funny, kind, and has that good-boy southern charm that is just irresistible.  But his relationship with Hensley was very boring. It seemed to move way too fast, and they were never honest with each other. They never worked out their problems; they let them either die away or fester until one of them had enough and walked away. They never really communicated. BUT. THEY. WERE. MADE. FOR. EACH. OTHER. It was love at first sight! Seriously, gag me. There was nothing different about their relationship, and it wasn't swoon-worthy. It was pretty ridiculous. The plot was incredibly boring. And honestly, this story-line was a lot like one that I'd see in a young adult novel. NOT an NA one. It was way too high school for my tastes, especially considering the age of the two main characters. The additions of Brittani and Logan were absolutely ridiculous and didn't add anything to the story-line except unnecessary drama. Especially with Logan. That attempted rape scene was completely ridiculous and just randomly thrown in there. It didn't serve any purpose, nor did the drama with Brittani (except, of course, to create jealousy). Because, obviously, you need jealousy in a relationship. But what I really hated about this book, was how everything wrapped up too nicely, too perfectly. Life is not that perfect. Nacole Stayton has a tendency to set up her books with some (tragic and painful) subplots that should give her characters major development. However, her execution is poor. None of it was actually brought up as conflict, and neither did it add to the development of the characters. It all seemed too unreal in this story, too unnatural. You want your characters to actually have growth? Don't take away the conflict. Don't make everything too easy for them. Make them suffer. Then let them heal.  The only thing I liked about this book was the fact that it was a quick read, so it didn't take me long to finish.