Monday, September 25, 2017

Release Day Blitz: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale (Review + Giveaway)

Title and cover: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell

Series: Tour Dates (#1)

Publisher: Riptide

Release Date: September 25, 2017

Length (Print & Ebook): 234 pages

Subgenre: Contemporary romance, f/f, musicians

Buy link: Riptide

Book Blurb: 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. 

Quotes from Avon Gale about the book: Writing Sawyer and Vix’s love story was such a joy – I loved writing two passionate, determined women coming together as friends and eventually lovers, set amongst my favorite musical genre and on the open road. It’s a road trip romance, a friends-to-lovers romance and a story about loving who you are, what you do, and the people who speak to your heart.


This wasn’t one of those shows Vix would remember fondly for the rest of her life or anything. Except, as she caught sight of Sawyer in the greenroom fresh from the stage . . . maybe that wasn’t true. Sawyer was standing in the center of the room, clutching her violin in one hand and smiling at nothing and no one. Smiling like everything was right with the world, like she’d won a million dollars, like . . . fuck, like she’d played in front of fifty thousand people instead of a little more than a hundred.
She met Vix’s eyes and grinned, then touched her violin to her chest like she couldn’t speak. There might have been tears in her eyes. Whatever drove Sawyer to want to play music, whatever that hidden source was that lay quiet and deep within her soul, she’d clearly tapped into it on the stage. Vix smiled back, because she understood that sometimes, even for a songwriter, words weren’t enough.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Vic’s dream her entire life was to sing the songs she writes and she’s done it! She has a band that travels and plays at paying gigs. She stays free from commitments and takes full advantage of her bisexuality. It’s almost time for their band to leave on tour again and they’re struggling to find a replacement fiddle player. Until that is, a sweet, pretty, young, shy girl shows up for the audition.

Once Sawyer starts to play for the group, she transforms and is confident and is all about the music. Sawyer is a Julliard student and is internally struggling. She’s going to use this tour as a break from her life and use it as a chance to make decisions about what comes next.

I’m not a fan of books about musicians typically (I know, I’m weird!) but I couldn’t pass up the chance to read Avon Gale’s first FF book!! And it was everything I could have wanted and I don’t regret that decision for a second! I loved Sawyer and Vix. Vix because she lived her life for herself and apologized to no one. She doesn’t owe anyone anything. Sawyer was her complete opposite. She found herself unhappy in her life and was living to please others. The time Sawyer and Vix spent together helped both of them look beyond their selves.

I loved the relationship between Sawyer and Vix. They started as strangers but seemed drawn to each other. Then they became friends and then lovers. It was a natural progression that felt real. And they were fun.

I’ve read quite a few FF books and this one is definitely different regarding the sex. Many of those books use phrases like “her hand moved down there” or “waves of pleasure washed over my body as she touched me”. It’s typically very non-descriptive of what’s going on and just about general pleasure. It’s all gentle and sweet. But let me tell you, that is NOT this book. This book is the relationship between two women, in and out of bed. The writing of the sex between Vix and Sawyer was raw, passionate and smoking hot!

I wasn’t a fan of the conflict, but I try to keep in mind that Sawyer is 21 and in her first relationship, so communication issues are likely to happen. Otherwise, I thought this was a really enjoyable, easy to read, fun story that I definitely recommend!

Rating: 4.5 stars!

Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary Agency.

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