Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell (Tour Dates, #1) by Avon Gale

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell (Tour Dates #1)
Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.

Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.

But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.

Jewel's rating:

​I admit I don't read much F/F romance. 99.999% of what I read is M/M. However, when I saw that Avon Gale was putting out an F/F romance, I just had to give it a try. And, just as I suspected I would, I loved it.

Have you ever wondered if the path you've chosen is the right one? Or worked so hard for something only to discover that the result is nothing like the dream? Yeah, ​I​ think we've all been there, at one point or another. The question​ then​ becomes -- what do you do? Do you keep going, in hopes that the dream eventually makes you happy? Or do you choose another path, even though you have no idea what lies ahead that way?

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell is about choices. About taking control of your life and taking a turn you never before considered. It's about ​rediscovering the love you thought was lost forever.​ It's about being willing to take risks.​ Sawyer was at a crossroads and decided to ​take a chance -- in herself and her future.​

Victoria "Vix" Vincent knows what she wants out of life. She wants to sing her own songs and she's doing it. Her band may not have made it big, yet, but she loves touring and playing guitar and singing and if that means sleeping in the back of their tour van for months at a time, well, she's ok with that. Vix is driven and confident and unafraid. I truly admire that. Or maybe she is a little afraid, but aren't we all?

Sawyer Bell is a classically trained violinist that has decided to break out her self-imposed hell. She always wanted to go to Juilliard and she made it. But the dream was nothing like the reality of it. ​And after three years at ​Juilliard, Sawyer barely even likes playing, anymore. She's completely disenchanted with all of it. So instead of touring Europe with a symphony over the summer, ​like everyone expects her to, ​Sawyer decided to audition for an indie band, instead. ​Sometimes you've just got to live a little.

​​The Love Song of Sawyer Bell was romantic​​, and ​sexy, and I loved the chemistry between Vix and Sawyer. I often enjoy rock star romances, and even though Vix's band aren't​ ​yet rock stars, they're talented and well on their way. The band is very queer friendly, with Vix being bisexual, Connor being ace and their recently departed fiddle player being gay, ​and replaced by Sawyer who is just discovering her own sexuality.​

Self-discovery and coming out stories are among my favorite and I loved how Sawyer's was handled. I also loved just how unabashedly bisexual Vix was and her 'take no prisoners' approach when it came to stereotypes.

And the ending, while an HFN, finishes on a hopeful note (see what I did there?) while our ladies take their future by the horns.

I also just noticed that book 2 features Jax (YAY!) and am truly looking forward to reading it. I really liked Jax for the page time he got in this book.


ARC of ​​The Love Song of Sawyer Bell was generously provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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