American Love Songs

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Title and Link: American Love Songs
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Buy Link: American Love Songs
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novel (251 pdf pages)
Rating:  5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Cole

Review Summary: A beautifully written rags-to-riches story of the four guys who make up the band The Wayward Sons which had me laughing, crying, and falling in love right along with the characters.

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.

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?

REVIEW

Jake Brenner is a conflicted man, who like most 21 year old gay guys, is too busy with music, parties, and men to stop and self-reflect enough to see that he is conflicted. He has no time for love, but he isn’t sure if it is because no one has really come along yet, or if he’s still getting over that 3 year supercrush on his best friend Chris. He’s over that now, of course, after realizing that Chris would always be straight and that that kind of emotional turmoil could seriously mess up the good thing he has going — the band he started with Chris and their other best friend Jimmy — The Wayward Sons. Jimmy’s girlfriend Kylie is their lead guitarist and after a particularly well-played gig and a night of druken revelry, Jake and Jimmy stumble home to find Kylie and Chris in the middle of some serious cheating (on Jimmy) and rule-breaking (Band Rule #2: No sleeping with another bandmate). Kylie was moving anyway, though, so they are now a lead guitarist short. They set out to audition as many people as possible, but the potentials keep getting worse. Then one day, as Jake is drinking a beer on the stoop, a man carrying a guitar walks up to him and Jake asks him to play something for him. The man’s name is Parker and Jake knows immediately that Parker’s talent is going to make them famous. The way he plays music is like a dream and unlike anything Jake has ever heard. On top of that, Parker can play any instrument that they place in his hands — he’s a prodigy.

Parker, however, is a man with a troubled past. For months, while their band is taking off, he refuses to devulge exactly why he never speaks to his family, why he hates New York City, how he was so classically trained, and why he never seems to show interest in any of the men or women who hang around after gigs to hit on the musicians. Jake and Parker become best friends and roommates and still Parker keeps his past a secret. Jake indulges him because he can see how Parker must have been traumatized in some way — he’s skittish, jumpy, and endearingly demure. But their big break is about to come, and as they work their way through the pifalls of the industry and navigate the trappings of superstardom, Jake begins to fall in love with Parker, a man who he knows with his whole mind and heart and a man who he doesn’t really know at all.

I knew immediately upon reading the blurb that I wanted to read this story. I absolutely love Cinderella types of stories, where a commoner falls for a famous or successful person. Whether they be royals or movie stars, sports stars or musicians, this type of story captivates me because it relies on two fantasies that almost everyone entertains: (1), fame, riches, or success (it is embarrassing how many times I fantasize about winning the lottery); or (2), that a man who could have anyone would choose me. Its a heady thing to fall into just one of these categories, but into two? This story plays off of both of those fantasies, but the difference with American Love Songs is that they take the journey to get there together. From what I can recall, many of these types of stories always start the narrative off sometime later in the story and show the evolution of their rise to fame in flashbacks. But here we get to know the characters long before they become famous. They are normal guys who have flaws and we get to travel the same road they do as each piece of success and fame settles into place. By the time they are superstars, I felt like I had made the same choices and sacrifices as they did — a fifth member of the band.

This wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the amazing writing in this novel. The quality of description and prose in American Love Songs is rare. The writing is very sensory. There were many times that I felt dialogue wasn’t necessary because Ashlyn Kane described the characters’ body language and the emotion betrayed on their faces so well. She utilized all of the human senses to show Jake’s feelings for Parker, but most especially in creating mystery around Parker’s demeanor (which is austere to say the least). The setting was so rich with detail and the emotion sparking between the different characters was so tangible that I ended up getting to know these characters much better than those in most of the books I read. Jake and Parker’s relationship is also celibate for most of the novel (with good reason), which combined with the emotionally charged prose, lit up the pages with sexual tension. It is the mark of a naturally talented writer when looks or mere casual touches can be so erotic.

Jake is the narrator in this story (with occasional input by Parker) through a semi-epistolary format and autobiography of their relationship and the band’s subsequent rise to fame. Each segment of the novel (and some in between) start with a blog entry by Jake on the band’s website, which are often interspersed with press clippings or interview transcripts. Each time, the blog entries segue into a memoir style with footnotes which quote the things Parker and Jake are saying as they read over the story. This sounds confusing, but it really isn’t. Ultimately, the footnotes worked really well, injecting the story with humor as Jake and Parker often use them to tell the things that were happening behind the scenes at the time.  This serves to give us more of Jake’s personality and unique voice and this is large part of our understanding of him — how open he is speaking to the public.  Not only does he wear his heart on his sleeve, but he is rarely embarrassed or ashamed of anything about himself or his friends (which ultimately gets him into trouble, as Parker is the exact opposite).   The camaraderie that Jake and Parker share (as buds first for over a year) is the foundation of their relationship. The became friends immediately, but they didn’t grow to love each other and act on that love until they were both ready to accept it from the other. Therefore, their love was even more rewarding for me to read, because it seemed that they had exhausted all possible avenues to make sure that it was solid, dependable, and lasting.  They never lose that best friend banter:

“In what world can [work] not wait an hour and a half?” Parker asked, grabbing another small towel to rub the moisture out of his hair.

“The one where we’re playing New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and the Grammys.”

Jake waited for a moment for the news to sink in. Parker’s cloudy eyes went wide, and then his mouth dropped open in surprise. Then Jake added, “And I’m going to need your help picking out my meet-Ryan-Seacrest outfit.”

Parker stared at him for another moment, then snapped the towel at him. “Like you’d ever leave me for Ryan Seacrest.”

If there were anything to criticize about American Love Songs, it is that I wish we got more time with Jimmy, the drummer of The Wayward Sons.  He usually serves to inject a snarky comment here and there and it is only later that we realize how intelligent he is.  Yet, though he is always there in the background (which is true to his personality), I didn’t feel like we get to know him as well as Chris, the lead singer and Jake’s former crush/best friend, who tended to steal as much attention as he could — like this:

Sierra shot him a perky smile. “Oh, I like you. What say we hit up the deli a few streets over? They deliver, and they make a mean Reuben.”

“Sold,” Chris told her, turning the charm up to eleven with a smooth smile.35


35 [Jake]: Somewhere in hell, a devil got his horns.

I recommend this book to everyone, because sometimes, no matter the plot or sub-genre, a story is accessible to anyone just on the merits of its writing. I loved it and I hope you will too. Highly Recommended.

71 thoughts on “American Love Songs

  1. Feliz

    Oh yeah. I looked at this, but having read “A Red-tainted silence” i thought no other “how our band became superstars” – story could live up to this. seems I was seriously wrong. Now I know I need to read this, too!

    1. Cole Post author

      Hi Feliz! A Red-Tainted Silence is possibly my all-time favorite m/m book. They have the same have the same premise, but this one doesn’t deal with the same heavy issues that ARTS does. There’s only a little angst and there’s a lot of humor.

      I didn’t want to reveal too much about the issues that Parker goes through because the mystery of who he is is an important part of the reading experience with this book, but it is very different from ARTS in that respect too.

      I hope you love it like I did! Happy New Year!

      1. Buda

        Cole, is there crying in this one? Please tell me no, because now I really want to read it. Excellent review!

        1. Cole

          Hey Buda,

          There is not really any crying here. There are some sad times but its not really angsty. If that’s what you mean… There was more humor than crying.

          Cole

          1. Buda

            Oh good. I’m a big fan of the angst, so it wouldn’t bother me if there was some. But…

            Well, since I’m uber-popular tonight anyway, I may as well come out of the closet as one who absolutely hated ARTS. I wanted to drown the boys in the Red Sea of tears they cried at the drop of a hat. Just as there’s no crying in baseball, there should be no crying in rock music, IMHO. :)

            So if tears don’t threaten every time the wind blows in this one, I’ll definitely add it to my list. Thanks again for the great review, Cole.

            1. Wave

              Buda
              At last – a book where we agree. lol. Unbelievable. You LOVE angst and I don’t, yet you didn’t love ARTS. As you know angst is not my thing and ARTS was certainly not a favourite read. First of all they could have cut 50% of the book out and IMO it would have been a much better read. And all that crying – it drove me insane. :) But I know I’m definitely in the minority here. If I had reviewed the book there would have been a revolt and I would have been burned or hung or whatever in effigy, which is why I asked Jen to review it and she absolutely loved it. See what I mean about different tastes on this site? However American Love Songs looks like a book I can enjoy and I’ll think of MEAT while I’m reading it. lol.

          2. Buda

            Wave, I completely agree with the 50% of ARTS thing, especially since I had the “baddie” picked out from way early on. At least it was a learning experience, right? ;)

            I’m going to definitely put ALS on the list to buy soon. Hopefully it can make me interested in music-related books again.

            Remember Resistance by LM Turner? We definitely agreed there, too. Woot! lol

    1. Cole Post author

      Happy New Year to you too Raine! Let me know how you like it, okay? I think you can tell that I loved it :)

  2. Dianne T.

    Happy 2011 Cole! Love your review. This one has landed high on my TBR list (which I am re-organizing this morning..LOL) as I am such a music freak. The writing style sounds as interesting as the storyline and characters. :-)

    1. Cole Post author

      Yay Dianne! You sound just like me — are you always organizing your TBR pile? I love music too, especially musicians! That went pretty far in my enjoyment of this novel, of course, but I really thought the book was extraordinary. I hope you think so too!

      The writing style is cool because it gives Jake and Parker a way to speak directly to the reader. Happy New Year!

      1. Dianne T.

        Yes, my TBR list is constantly in flux…. I have it arranged by sub-genre with little blurbs about each title so I can remember somewhat what each is about, and pick one depending on my mood :-) What I think I’m going to read “next” usually changes!

        1. Cole

          Ahhh, a woman after my own heart. If it wasn’t for you, you know, having a different kind of “bits” than those that turn me on, we’d be a match made in Waveland :)

  3. Ashlyn Kane

    Hi Cole! I just wanted to drop by and say how completely flattered I am by this review. I am so, so glad that it worked for you and that you really “got” Parker. I am definitely bookmarking this review to come back to on my not-so-good days!

    1. Cole Post author

      Thank you Ashlyn! I have to say that Parker is one of my favorite characters that I’ve read in m/m. And you wrote him very well. I loved seeing him come out of his shell in totally unexpected ways when no one was expecting it :)

      I’ll be looking forward to your next book. Thank you!

  4. Lilli

    Hi Cole, wow, really great review, again. I have this in my TBR. I just can’t ignore rock stars and interesting blurbs. ;) But I have to confess I was wary because I’ve had too many reads lately that didn’t meet my expectations. Now, your review makes the story sound very very intriguing and I’m looking forward again to finding the time to read it. Thank you! :) And a Happy New Year!

    1. Cole

      I have to confess I was wary because I’ve had too many reads lately that didn’t meet my expectations.

      I hope they weren’t books you were recommended by me. I understand, though, that not everyone will like the same books as I do, and not everyone will view the same book in the same way. As objective as I try to be, no reviewer can be unbiased — it is against human nature.

      So — I hope that people love this book, but if they don’t, I hope they don’t hold it against me that I recommended they spend their money on it!

      Alright, sorry for that, but I worry about that, even though I know that its part of the job and there is nothing that I can really do about it anyway.

      So, if you do read it, I hope that you love it like I did! Happy New Year to you as well :)

      1. Lilli

        Ooops! Cole, I’m sorry I gave you a bit of a case of nerves with my comment. I didn’t mean to.

        My comment regarding my expectations was meant in a general way and didn’t have anything to do with any of your reviews. Sorry for not being clear. :)

        I can understand your worries about recommending a book based on your personal enjoyment of it. A review always is subjective to a certain degree, no matter how hard a reviewer tries to be objective. So I think most people wouldn’t hold it against a reviewer if the rec didn’t work out for them.

        Anyway, I like reading your reviews, no matter what, and you made me reconsider thanks to your insightful review and that’s a good thing, imo. If the story doesn’t work out for me in the end, it’s not your fault. :)

  5. Wave

    Hey Cole
    Sorry to be late for the review party but I was sleeping. lol

    This sounds like a great story and I’m putting it on my list to read very soon. I love most stories about rock stars (Heaven Sent) but ARTS had too much angst for me and went on and on beyond where I thought the author could have ended it, but that’s just me :) since I know that most readers love it. This one I think I will definitely love. Thank you for this wonderful review.

    1. Cole

      You’re right. ARTS was the most angsty book that I have ever read. But the reason I liked it is because I thought there was cause for all that angst, after what the characters went through. Plus, it was SO in depth that it was pretty raw and gritty in parts.

      This book is not like that, though I will admit that I thought several times reading it how alike the beginning circumstances are. This takes a different direction from ARTS, though. Its really funny in parts and

      **SPOILER PEOPLE!!**

      though it seems like Parker may have had some horrible trauma, you really don’t have to worry Wave, it doesn’t end up being like that. There’s nothing heavy like abuse in the book. I hope you like it!

      I’ve had a good review week, haven’t I? Three 5 star reviews…

      1. Wave

        Cole

        I’ve had a good review week, haven’t I? Three 5 star reviews…

        That’s an excellent week. Obviously you can pick ‘em. But it’s a whole lot tougher to write 3 negative reviews in one week…. which is not something I would wish on anyone. :(

        You’re doing a great job Cole.

  6. Hope

    Hi Cole, I’ve had this book in my wishlist box for about a week, but after reading your review, I think I need to mosey on over and purchase it now. I’ve used your reviews a few times now to influence my buying, and so far you are batting 100%!!!

    1. Cole

      I’ve used your reviews a few times now to influence my buying, and so far you are batting 100%!!!

      Thank you Hope! That means a lot to me. I try my best to write the review so that those people who read it will know if the book is for them or not. I’m glad that so far you have agreed with me :)

  7. Ethan Day

    “A beautifully written rags-to-riches story of the four guys who make up the band”

    - Whew…I read this and HAD to read the review. For a moment I feared someone had written an unauthorized E True Hollywood style biography of MEAT! : )

    I’ll add this one to my list, Cole. Great review!

    1. Cole

      That could be your next project Ethan! You should write the biography of MEAT ‘mockumentary’ style. It could be like Spinal Tap, but we can have Spice Girls names. I want to be the A — Andouille Meat!

    1. Cole

      Hey luci!

      I’m so happy that you liked it! I loved Jake, even though he was clueless sometimes. But there’s something about Parker. I fell in love with him just like those crazy fans.

  8. Angelica

    I also read ARTS a while back and while I definitely loved it, I could never re-read it again because of all the angst. However I just loved the music scene in that book. I was lucky enough to win SJ Frost’s Conquest series during the huge author giveaway on here and those books were fantastic!! This book sounds like it’s more on par with Conquest (nothing like ARTS) so I will definitely be picking this one up!!

    1. Cole Post author

      Angelica,

      I haven’t read the Conquest series, though I really want to, but it sounds like American Love Songs is much more like it than ARTS. Let me know what you think of this one, I hope you like it!

  9. SusieQ

    Ohhh Cole…*sigh*…. Did I REALLY need another book to add to my “to buy” list??
    But your review makes it irresistable, so add it I did! Another wonderful review!! I always know exactly if I want to invest in a book after one of your reviews!

    1. Cole

      I always know exactly if I want to invest in a book after one of your reviews!

      That’s high praise indeed! Thank you Susie, that made me very happy. I hope I keep that level of integrity in my reviews…

      I hope you enjoy this one! As soon as I get my next few weeks worth of reviews done (I have quite a few lined up), I’m planning on reading this one again :)

  10. Pea

    I bought this yesterday, finished it before bedtime and plopped it immediately into my “Favorites” folder. I read (and liked) True North last month, but I really loved this one. I hope Ms. Kane has more in the pipeline for 2011!

    I really only started reading m/m fiction late last year, so I rely heavily on reviews to find books and authors I like – thanks for a great review!

    1. Cole

      Pea, you have no idea how happy that makes me! I love reviewing, just for the sake of it it helps me organize my thoughts about the book to put it all down in a (hopefully) coherent response. But it really means a lot to me when someone picks up a book because of what I said and loves it. You’ve made my day, thank you!

      I was looking at True North, and I’m intrigued. It doesn’t really sound that great to me, but lots of blurbs for excellent books don’t. But I loved her writing here and you’ve said you liked it so I might give it a try…thank you!

  11. Dianne T.

    Well, I just pulled another “half-nighter” staying up to finish ALS. This was such a thoroughly enjoyable story, written in a wonderful style. The author had me captivated from the opening pages, and the blog entries and footnotes had me doing a lot of laughing out loud -very clever. This one is in my favorites folder too.

    The characters really came alive for me – not just Jake and Parker – Chris, Mickey, Becca, Allana, Jimmy – all of the secondary characters – became so integral to the story. I really love that the author was able to weave such a great story amidst the backdrop of a rise to stardom in the music world, without having the music world take over as a main character, and without the rise to stardom causing a huge rift for the characters. I found it refreshing that while Jake obviously “got around” that he wasn’t an “in your face” about it, love ‘em and leave ‘em asshole, (That was left to Chris, LOL) but rather just a young (albeit often clueless) guy experiencing his life. Parker could have been portrayed as feeling bitter, left out and sullen or even getting lost in fame, drugs etc. to deal with his past – and present. The author instead painted two guys who were great friends but needed some time (and some wonderfully supportive sisters and non-judgemental bandmates) to truly find each other.

    OK, so I wanted to slap Jake more than once for being clueless – about the song that Parker wrote, and particularly for his juvenile blogs about Parker needing to get laid – but, they were funny in the sense that they were so telling and Jake was oblivious ;-) It would have been so easy in this kind of story to have a BM at some point and I’m really happy the author handled the angst without “going there” :-)

    This was a strong story about the evolution of the characters as individuals, and the evolution of the relationship between Jake and Parker. I also loved how Jake proceeded with Parker and their relationship once their mutual feelings for each other were finally acknowledged – very moving, sweet and hot too!
    Very highly recommended. I’ll be checking out Ashlyn’s other works.

  12. Cole

    I really love that the author was able to weave such a great story amidst the backdrop of a rise to stardom in the music world, without having the music world take over as a main character, and without the rise to stardom causing a huge rift for the characters. I found it refreshing that while Jake obviously “got around” that he wasn’t an “in your face” about it, love ‘em and leave ‘em asshole, (That was left to Chris, LOL) but rather just a young (albeit often clueless) guy experiencing his life. Parker could have been portrayed as feeling bitter, left out and sullen or even getting lost in fame, drugs etc. to deal with his past – and present. The author instead painted two guys who were great friends but needed some time (and some wonderfully supportive sisters and non-judgemental bandmates) to truly find each other.

    That’s really what I loved about this book too, that both of them didn’t become typical rock stars, high all the time and completely self-entitled. They really stayed pretty much the same character they were before their fame, with the exception of the changes caused in them by their bandmates and families.

    BTW, I wanted to slap Jake too, but he was still so endearing, and he really didn’t mean any harm, he was just so clueless :)

    I’m so happy you liked it! I’m already planning on re-reading it, lol.

  13. Marilyn

    Ok, in the interest of interactiveness.;-) I really enjoyed this book alot. I enjoyed the slow sweet build, the interaction with the secondary characters. Even Chris, the douche, wasn’t all that douchey to me (with the possible exception of the drunken sex with Jimmy’s girl). I thought everyone was well written. One thing that drove me batshit crazy, was the footnotes. I read this on my Nook, and because of the formatting, 99.9% of the footnotes were on a different page. I found myself constantly flipping back and forth. I would think, I’ll look ahead and see what the footnote says, then I’d get absorbed in the story and forget and have to look anyway. LOL It’s hell getting old.
    Anyway, thanks for the review Cole. It’s what made me buy the book and found it very enjoyable.

    1. Cole Post author

      One thing that drove me batshit crazy, was the footnotes. I read this on my Nook, and because of the formatting, 99.9% of the footnotes were on a different page. I found myself constantly flipping back and forth.

      Oh God Marilyn, I know exactly what you mean. I read the first few pages and I just knew that I couldn’t, so I read it as a pdf. Things like that have happened to me a few times, which is why I usually download all my books in pdf and then if I want to read them on a device (I usually use epub), then I use a little free ebook converter that I downloaded onto my laptop. I can’t believe you made it through this book that way! I was going crazy after just a few pages, lol :)

      Anyway, I’m really glad that you liked this book. I find myself thinking back on it every now and then. I think that means that I need to do a re-read :)

  14. Hannah

    Cole,
    Im delurking. Ive come back to this review more than once(3X) to read over. I still havent bought this one yet. I have created a list of TBR, and ALS has been added. I think Im hesitating on buying because not too long ago, I finished up a whole series of “Heaven Sent”.
    Great Review.

    1. Cole Post author

      Hi Hannah! Thanks for de-lurking! I know exactly what you mean — rockstar overload huh? I just started reading the Conquest Series, which is also about music so I can see you wanting to wait a while. I hope that when you do read this one, though, that you love it as much as I did. At the very least, from what I can see, this is going to be a standalone, so you won’t have a whole other series to read :)

      Thanks for your comments! If you remember, come back and let me know what you thought of ALS when you read it :)

  15. LadyM

    Well, Cole, when you are right – you are right! Thank you!

    It was a great book and I really enjoyed it – I had a smile on my face throughout the story. Jake was a joy to read, he definitely became one of my favorite characters. I even enjoyed the douche bag. XD I would have wanted a little more insight in Parker and I agree with you about Jimmy. It’s too much to hope he’s secretly gay too, right? Well, we could learn more about him (and whoever is in his future – we even didn’t get to see the girl who cut his hair) if we get a sequel about Jake & Parker (wink, wink, nudge nudge). ~_^

  16. Kirsten

    I just finished this book and had to come by and check out the review and comments. I’m kind of surprised that no one has mentioned this yet, but I recognize this story as being a RPS fanfic pairing. Now I’m kind of curious who the author is in fandom. ;)

        1. Ashlyn Kane

          It’s not a secret. I’ve never actually posted anything I turned in for publication. Like Kirsten said below, I can name a lot of authors who have done the same. I’d even read a few of the stories before they came out as actual published works. In fact, I know an author who did that, and that was sort of what sold me on the idea of getting published in the first place.

          Though I have to admit, I’ve done a lot less fic writing since I’ve been published. My fic LJ is http://uraneia.livejournal.com.

    1. Cole

      Okay, I’m just going to do it. Right now. I’m coming out of the closet — I have never read fanfic!

      I’m sorry!! I’m sorry!!

      JK. Anyway, that means I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about :)

      1. Kirsten

        Fanfic is not all that different from these m/m romance books, although the quality varies a lot more widely and it tends to be more explicit and more niche.

        RPS is “real people slash”, meaning based on the actors instead of the characters they play.

        1. Cole

          Thanks Kirsten! That makes sense. I was getting confused, thinking maybe it was based on some people that I might have heard of in real life. And then I thought that would make it difficult to publish… So thanks for helping me out!

        1. Kirsten

          Hehe. Well, I will say that you and Cole have probably read more fanfic than you realize, because I know of at least five published authors who came from fandom and published some of their fanfic. And that’s just from the one fandom that I keep up with and recognize.

  17. jaime

    Just finished American Love Songs and your review was spot on Cole!

    I loved this book.

    I think Jake has become my new favourite character, I fell in love with him right from the start of the book.

    1. Cole Post author

      Hey Jaime! Thank you :) I loved this book so much and I loved Jake as well. I think the end wrapped up their story pretty well, but if Ashlyn Kane wrote a sequel, I’d be back in a minute to spend some more time with the characters!

    1. Cole

      Aww, thank you Ryan. I love this book as well and wish the review would have happened. Things have been kinda crazy for me lately and short stuff is really all I’ve been able to do.

      I never would have guessed it at the time, but this book is by far the book that people keep coming back to and commenting on (in my reviews anyway), so everyone must really love it! xo

      1. Ryan Loveless

        It’s never too late to give a book some love and attention! *nods* (That goes for this one and mine. LOL) Lasha made it clear that she hated PL on Goodreads and Amazon, but I think you might have enjoyed it. I was actually really excited when I saw you’d been given it, and confused about that b/c Lasha had marked on GR as hers to review, until I saw her comment on Goodreads that she’d begged you to take it!

        1. Cole

          Aww, well I’m sorry that I still haven’t gotten to do it! I’m going to make sure that I still do it at some point, I just don’t know when I’ll be able to. But I’ll let you know so you won’t have to wonder anymore :)

    1. Cole

      Hi Hannah!

      Well I took a bit of time off reviewing for family stuff, but then I had some medical problems on top of it, so it has kept me away way longer than I ever intended! I’m trying to get caught up with everything, though… Hopefully it won’t take me until next year!

  18. hannah

    Cole,

    I hope things are going well for you and I’ll look forward to your next review.
    and yeah, next year is around the corner.
    Take Care

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