American Love Songs

Ashlyn Kane
American Love Songs

Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
December 2010
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Jake Brenner has too many wild oats to sow to fall in love—or so he claims. Besides, he's much too busy with his band, the Wayward Sons, to go looking for romance. His reticence has nothing to do with his embarrassing crush on Chris, the band's lead singer and Jake's erstwhile best friend. But that was before enigmatic wanderer Parker McAvoy signed on as the band's new lead guitarist.

He can only deny his attraction to sweet, dorky Parker for so long before the urge to do something about it becomes impossible to ignore. The trouble is, Parker knows all about Jake's philandering ways—and oh, yeah, he's not gay. Or so Jake thinks until a string of related events provides encouraging new insight. Can he convince Parker to overlook his colorful past and give him a chance? Or will this love song fade out before it even begins?

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jul 21, 2011
169 people found the following review helpful
Why I loved this - Well, isn't it obvious? I'm a rock n' roll girl who likes boys doing each other!

But seriously, when you combine an amazing author with a good story and funny characters you usually get a good book. Add some great music into the mix,surprising innocence and a journey of a lifetime, and you're introduced with a masterpiece.

I loved both Jake and Parker even though the romance part only comes into the picture in the last third of the book. Up until then you have the story of 'how it all started'. It might have been boring, but the author's style actually makes you sit down and pay attention. The guys are fun to read about, their journey mostly a classic story. There is no angst or misunderstandings of any kind. I appreciated that. Not having to bite my nails and curse the characters.

It all begins when the guitar player (a girl) in Jake's band, leaves. The members are on the look out for someone to replace her and by chance Parker - Juilliard genius - auditions. From there their band hits the road to success, because Parker adds that classical note to their songs and makes them 'jump out' from the mass of other artists.

Parker goes from being a complete stranger to Jake's best friend and roommate,but while Jake is gay Parker is in the closet and not even Jake knows it. All the time during their success story, both Jake and Parker write updates on the band's blog, something I first thought would be extremely annoying, but really wasn't. And Jake publicly follows Parker's nonexistent love life, speculating if Parker is gay or not and if Jake could get into his pants. It's all a joke of course, until Jake realizes that his feelings aren't all that friendly anymore. That's when the sparks start to fly.

Overall I had fun reading it. It's an interesting story without much anticipation where you will have more than a few laughs. I warmly recommend it.
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