Reviewed by Shelley
TITLE: American Love Song
AUTHOR: Ashlyn Kane
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
BLURB: 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.
I must have overlooked this book about fifty times when sifting through my TBR pile. Mentally discarding it with a flippant wave of the hand thinking: pfft … silly rock star book -why did I even buy this? I know it’s not my thing, not anymore. So don’t ask me why I decided to read it, I just did.
Now here’s the part where I say: I could have smacked myself repeatedly with a rubber hose for not reading it up ages ago. Gah … when will I learn to stop being so darn picky.
American Love Songs is just so lovable and easy: there’s no angst, no major dramas, no overworked plot. It’s just adorable, wholesome, feel-good comfort reading. This is the book you need to be reading to purge your mind of that nasty horror story you just finished.
There’s not much I can add to the summary because the story is a simple one. But Jake’s narration is a fun absorbing account of his life on the road, the bands growing success, their rise to fame, his significant intriguing relationship with Parker, his flings, his failure to see what’s right in front of him, and most importantly and finally – eventually – his love for Parker.
I adored Jake; he’s such a natural down-to-earth character, so uncomplicated, so painfully oblivious and so perfectly imperfect. Ms Kane balanced him quite nicely I think.
Jake and Parker are not portrayed as stereotypical rock stars and I liked that a lot. The author leaves that role for the other two band members to fill; bringing their own, ahem … charm and flair to the story, even somethe girls where okay. But just like Jake … I loved Parker. He was my focus and my favourite.
It’s not often I fall in love with a guy who blushes like a pretty Victorian virgin. But I couldn’t resist Parker’s vulnerabilities, secrecies, intelligence, unbelievable talent, awkwardness, and awesome tattoo (I’m shallow okay) All that he results in me doodling little pink hearts with our initials all over my arm, my desk, my company invoices – everything! Yes, I’ve become a teenager once more and it’s just awesome.
Just a heads up before I love and leave you. There’s a few cheesy eye roll moments, some editing hiccups, and a major squee moment involving Elton John. None of this was enough to relieve my achy grin though. Oh, and don’t worry if the story starts to feel like a YA cousin due to the off page sex. Trust me, it’s not and it’s really worth the wait, oh-me-oh-my is it ever!
Can I just whisper … shower scene – hot!
Have fun and … no, I won’t say it.
Ah hell. Yes I will.
… Rock & Roll!!
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