Echoes of Us

Teegan Loy
Echoes of Us
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
November 2013
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Most people think falling in love is a wonderful thing. For Rylan Blake, love only complicates his life. After a disastrous trip home, Rylan and his best friend, Maggie, head back to Chicago to meet their new roommate, Jade Marin, and prepare for their final year of college.

Love is the last thing Rylan expects when he meets Jade. But as the two men get to know each other and discover their mutual love of music, friendship becomes more. They compose songs and, at Maggie's urging, post their work on YouTube-where the videos go viral and a music producer discovers them.

But hitting it big isn't always a good thing, especially when it comes with a price. When Rylan and Jade sign a deal with a big music company, they're ordered to hide their relationship from the public and take fake girlfriends. At first, it's a game, but as their fame grows, Rylan feels forced to choose: Does he stay and live a lie, or does he walk away from a life of fame-and from Jade?

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Dec 09, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
159 people found the following review helpful
Love. Fame. Fortune. Unfortunately, something's gotta give.

Rylan and his bestie, Maggie, got a new roommate, Jade. Jade was hot and had Rylan drooling but Rylan was keeping a strict hands off policy when it came to his new roommate. But it's Jade who couldn't seem to keep his hands to himself and the two quickly become more than just friends.

As their relationship progressed, they realized they had a common love for music. They decided to put up a video of them performing together on YouTube. One thing lead to another and all of a sudden they're famous. Which should be great, right? It was, until the record company said they didn't want their relationship out. Enter in fake girlfriends and fake dates and a whole lot of heartache.

Rylan and Jade were perfect for each other and they fell fast. They were really cute and loving and just wonderful. Which made having to watch them struggle with their fame and the stresses that come with all that the more heartbreaking. There were many struggles they were forced to deal with, namely having to be apart and be seen with other people. I couldn't imagine having to see someone I love out in public with their 'girlfriend' no matter how fake it may be. It was so hurtful for them and very harmful to their new relationship. We saw the buildup of them getting together and then the slow deterioration of what they had tried to create.

ECHOES OF US is a very emotional book. There were many highs and lows in what they had with each other and with their singing career. I wanted to cheer them on so they could achieve their dreams, but not at the expense of them being happy together. It was all very conflicting and I wasn't really sure how I wanted things to end up for them. But I did end up loving the way the author delivered the HEA. It was sweet and a great compromise to create the happiest HEA these boys could have hoped for.

Overall, ECHOES OF US is a really good read. I love finding great new-to-me authors and I'll definitely be on the lookout for more from Teegan Loy.
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