Thursday, January 20, 2011

American Love Songs


Title: American Love Songs
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-696-5
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

After dropping out of college to pursue his music, Jake promised his mother that should his music still be going nowhere when he turned 21, he’d return to school. With time close to running out and the group one member short, they needed to get their act together soon. Fortunately, Parker showed up just in time.

I really loved American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane. Set in the world of rock music, a popular theme lately, this story is just a little different. First, neither of the main characters is the lead singer, which seems to be unusual unless the story is part of a series. Next, Jake is openly gay and makes no bones about it. I loved his “take me as I am or get out” attitude. Both these characters are terrifically written. They draw you into their story and leave you wanting to see what will happen next. These two start out as friends and it was fun to see Jake realize that what he felt for Parker was more than friendship.

Parker, on the other hand, is in the closet. After being disowned by his family when they found out he was gay, Parker soon found himself homeless. He may find himself with a new family once he joins the Wayward Sons, but he does not give up his secrets easily. When readers find out what Parker’s family and ex-boyfriend have done, it will be easy for them to understand why he keeps himself so private. Once these two move from friends to lovers, watch out as the chemistry between them is very strong.

Another thing that makes this story so fun to read is the way the story is written. It opens up with an excerpt from the Wayward Son’s blog. Jake’s and, at times, Parker’s blog entries are peppered throughout and helps tell of the bands rise to fame, and the men’s love story. American Love Songs also has many footnotes, something I have never seen in a romance story before, that add a humorous side note to parts of the story.

American Love Songs is a fast paced story and one that readers are sure to love. It is full of rich characters and amusing events that will hold your attention and, at the end, have you hoping for a sequel.

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