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Thursday, March 3, 2011

American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane

American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (252 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

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?

“My heart went boom when you crossed the room.”

That line sums up the spark between Parker and Jake and I was so glad I got to go along for the ride. Ashlyn Kane, you have a reader for life.

When I saw the blurb for American Love Songs, I was smitten. I love M/M stories, I love music, and I was one of those fans who really wanted to see what would happen if my favorite lead singer just so happened to be horizontal with a bandmate or two. This book is all that and more. It’s written in a fast-paced, contemporary style. It was as though I was in Jake’s head. At times, he’s completely goofy and other times, it’s a sweet place to be, seeing things from his perspective.

Jake thinks he knows everything and isn’t ready to settle down. He’s a guy’s guy. Wild oats and all. I loved it. He’s the wild horse who can’t be broken. Unless it happens to be Parker in charge. Did I mention Jake is a riot? The way he sees things is uniquely Jake and I laughed so many times while reading. He’s got the best (or worst depending on how you look at it) timing and I couldn’t help but fall in love with him.

Parker...where do I begin? He’s not one whit what Jake expects and he gives Jake a run for his money. It was really sweet and sad at times to see the progression through the years. Yeah, this isn’t one of those books where the heroes fall into bed right away, but the waiting was the best part. I rooted and rooted for these two to not only get together, but to make it as well, and the plot twists are totally worth it.

If you want a book that will make you laugh, cry, tug at your heart, and leave you with a smile, then this is the book for you. I’m not one for rating stories "best books", but this one certainly is. I thought about it after I went to sleep and more than once for the last week. I liked it that much.

Read American Love Songs. You won’t regret it. I didn’t.

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