Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Summer Song

Title: Summer Song
Author: Louise Blaydon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-453-4
Genre: {M/M} Historical
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

When Kit O’Reilly returns home after a summer spent away with family, he doesn’t expect anything to have changed. He’s looking forward to seeing his best friend, Billy Bronner, again. Billy and Kit had grown up together and were more like brothers than friends so when Billy doesn’t react to his return quite as expected, Kit starts to investigate.

Billy thought his life was pretty perfect; the all American dream guy who could make any girl weak at the knees with his winning smile and buff body stuffed into ridiculously tight jeans. He is the captain of the high school football team and can easily impress any stuffy teacher with his winning smile and cool demeanor. He was feeling a little down about having to spend the summer without Kit but all that changed when he met Leonard Nachman.

Billy seems to hit it off with Leonard immediately and before he knows it, he’s spending every spare minute in the intriguing new guy’s company. Swimming at the beach, talking on the phone or just hanging out in each other’s room, Billy has never experienced such a connection with another human being. With deepening feelings that Billy decides are too strong to ignore, he soon starts to dread the end of summer. He also knows deep down that no one would ever understand how things have changed, not even Kit. Kit thinks he’s being left behind and Billy doesn’t know how to fix things. He always seemed so in control of things but Billy better think carefully before he makes his next move or he could lose everything important to him.

Summer Song is written with a great deal of energy, encapsulating the spirit of youth and adventure. The use of language adds to the energy and also creates a rich, 1950’s setting. The perspective changes a lot between the three main characters at a good pace but it was nice to see supporting characters get a voice near the end of the book, to keep the style fresh. I really got a sense of connecting to the characters, especially Leonard, but this did take a little getting used to as being inside these young men’s heads was quite exhausting! There was the odd occasion when I couldn’t keep track of whose perspective the writing had switched to but this didn’t happen often. The plot really captivated me. The complexities of the characters’ relationships were a joy to read and this was the true strength of the book. I wasn’t really expecting the little twist at the very end but I think readers will be happy with the way things were wrapped up.

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