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Title: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell
Author: Avon Gale
Date Published: June 25, 2019
Number of Pages: 256 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Carina Press
🌼Series: Yes. First book in the Tour Dates Series.
🌼Genre: LGBT (F/F) Contemporary Romance.
🌼POV: Third person.
⚠️Content Warnings: Explicit sexual content. Sexism. Bi-phobia. Bi-erasure. Bisexual stereotyping.
⚠️Read if: you are a fan of musical reads and looking for more f/f books.
Book Blurb from Goodreads
Don’t miss this heartwarming and funny reunion romance from Avon Gale.
Indie rocker Victoria “Vix” Vincent knows a good thing when she hears it. The moment Sawyer Bell picks up her fiddle, magic happens. Beautiful and wildly talented, Sawyer is the perfect match for Vix’s band—and, just maybe, for Vix. The dynamic in any group is a delicate thing, but with Sawyer and Vix thrown together on tour, it’s not long before the line between bandmates and lovers gets a bit blurry.
The indie rock life is not what Sawyer ever saw for herself. She worked hard to get where she is—in her second year of Julliard, with a bright future in classical music. But instead of spending her summer working and rehearsing, she’s on tour with her secret high school crush. And even though it was only supposed to be temporary, Sawyer feels like she’s finally found a place she belongs.
This summer with Vix has been like a dream. But every tour must come to an end, and when Julliard comes calling, Sawyer will need to make a choice: continue on the path she’s chosen, or take a leap of faith and follow her heart.
About the Author
Avon Gale lives in a liberal Midwestern college town, where she spends her days getting heavily invested in everything from craft projects to video games. She likes road trips by car, rock concerts, thunderstorms, IPAs, Kentucky bourbon and tattoos. As a queer author, Avon is committed to providing happy endings for all and loves to tell stories that focus on found families, strong and open communication, and friendship. She loves writing about quirky people who might not be perfect, but always find a place where they belong. In her former life, Avon wrote fanfiction at her desk while ostensibly doing work in non-profit fundraising for public radio and women’s liberal arts education, and worked on her books in between haircuts and highlights as a stylist. Now she’s a full-time writer, delighted to be able to tell stories for a living.
I don’t often get the chance to read F/F romances and it is so exciting to explore new reads and authors to love. This is my first book by Avon Gale and I have to say I enjoyed it.
The Love Song of Sawyer Bell is a contemporary romance that involves a Julliard-educated violin player, Sawyer, and Vix, the lead singer of a band. I always loved music-related stories, so I was quite sure that this book would be a hit.
This story was about self discovery, finding out what you want, and having the courage to go for it.
This story was about learning about sexuality, too. Though I don’t identify as bisexual myself, and therefore is not an authority figure for representation, I think that this book made a great of correcting misconceptions. In fact, Vix even calls out people who say problematic things about her sexuality.
This book was a good mix of everything and I definitely enjoyed their traveling for the tour, getting to know each other, the banter, and the humor.
Overall, I can say that this read is a really good one.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 3.90/5 ☁
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