Perfect Score

Susan Roebuck
Perfect Score
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Awe-Struck Publishing
Release Date
September 2010
LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Feckless, exasperating Alex Finch is a rich, handsome and talented singer/songwriter who longs for two things: a career as a professional rock singer, and to have his love for Sam Barrowdale reciprocated. But drifter Sam's two aims are simply to earn enough money to pay his sister's medical bills and to hide from the world his reading/writing and speech disability. At this time the word "dyslexia" is generally unknown so to most people he's just a "retard". From the severe knocks life's dealt him, Sam's developed a tough outer coating and he has no time for a spoilt, selfish guitar player.

Despite his defects, Alex's love for Sam never wavers and when Sam unexpectedly disappears, Alex begins a somewhat bungling quest to find him, only to discover that Sam has a fearful enemy: Alex's powerful and influential yet sociopathic uncle.

As Alex spirals downwards towards alcoholism, many questions need answering. Just why did Alex's evil uncle adopt him at age eleven yet deny him any affection? And what's the mystery behind Alex's father's death?

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Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Nov 11, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
392 people found the following review helpful
Perfect score is a sweet M/M romance that will appeal to all lovers of the genre and will change the way that you look a gay romance novels...

Alex Finch doesn't know what he's going to do. He wants to be a rock star but the rich uncle who's been taking care of him for the last 6 years wants him to go into the family business. He also wouldn't mind being loved by the man who's starred in his fantasies since the first day they met about 5 years before.

Sam Barrowdale only wants to survive. He's lived on the streets pretty much since he was about 7 years old, so he knows how to do just that. He has been teased unmercifully all his life because of his speech and reading impediments, so he doesn't trust easily. He needs to make enough money to support his sick sister and to keep her in the home where they are taking care of her. Other than that, he really doesn't get a chance to think about or want anything else. They two men meet again in 1968 and begin down a path that will have them reaching for each other and trying to be together for years to come. However, fate seems to working against them at every turn, and when they finally get a chance to be together, it may be too late.

This is non-erotic gay romance that is more like a saga. It is set in the late 1960's into the 70's. There is little to no sex in the book, but it really didn't need it. There is so much going on in the novel; there are family secrets, corporate wrong-doings, alcohol abuse, unplanned pregnancies, and the list goes on and on. It really does have something for everyone, but underneath it all, you have two young men who are willing to risk everything to be together.

The book was written in shifting first-person views, going back and forth between Alex and Sam, but unlike most books I've read that have done this, the author tells you who is speaking at the beginning of each chapter, so you are not left guessing who is speaking throughout the entire scene. I really liked the way this was done because it gave two viewpoints on the same situation, and it was interesting to see how each man interpreted some of the events that happened in the story. I must say that this story is very heavy, but it is so intriguing. I had a hard time putting it down because I just had to see what secret was going to come out next. The ending left a bit to be desired for me, but when I thought about the fact that it's set in the 60's and 70's, it made much more sense and was much more realistic than a traditional "happily ever after". The characters were well-developed and very realistic, sometimes painfully so. I laughed, cried, was horrified, outraged, and sometimes even wrung out, but more than anything, I was engrossed. The book did move slowly at the beginning, but the plot really moved quickly once you got to the middle of the book.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes serious romance. The plot is heavy at times, and the story takes through a wide range of emotions, but I felt like at the end of it all, it left me hopeful. Hopeful that, with love, anything really is possible.
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