Something Like a Love Song by Becca Burton ~ Book Review by Christine

somethinglikealovesongcoverTitle: Something Like a Love Song

Author: Becca Burton

Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: C.B. Messer, Buckeyegrrl Designs

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/19/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. Can their one constant–their love–survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?

My View:

A horrible hate crime leaves a gay couple fighting for their future together in this tender, emotional drama by Becca Burton.

Landon and Dylan are engaged to be married and embarking on the next leg of their life’s journey together when the unthinkable happens, leaving Landon with severe brain trauma and Dylan floundering in a world that has been upended. As would be expected, their story packs a powerful punch, from Dylan’s bedside vigil to Landon’s battle to regain some semblance of the man he once was. The reader is drawn into their crisis on the first page, and sympathy for them is immediate. Points of view shift often as the perspectives of various family members are shared. Although a bit confusing at first, it works fairly well here to help instill a firm connection to Landon and Dylan, who for the majority of the book are in crisis and recovery mode. Secondary characters are strong allies and advocates, and it is refreshing to see such familial love and acceptance juxtaposed against the outside hatred Landon and Dylan have endured.

The main characters are slowly revealed as Landon makes his tedious, painful way to recovery and Dylan battles his own demons. Their history is told in occasional flashbacks to their lives prior to the trauma, shedding light on their relationship and its foundations. Dylan is both strong and vulnerable, and the descriptions and details of his fear for Landon and his memories of the attack are gripping and heartbreaking. Landon’s character slowly surfaces through his gradual healing, and the reader is excruciatingly aware that the term “recovery” is relative. The realities of the trauma and the psychological and physical impact they have on both of the characters are written with devastating clarity.

Balanced on the other side of crisis, however, is hope. There is something to work for, something to hang on to in the midst of the despair, and the characters cling to this with a desperation and tenacity that is inspiring. Something Like a Love Song is a true love story, a story of determination to triumph in the face of adversity. It is the beautiful, touching tale of two men who belong together, no matter the circumstances, and their will, both individual and united, to forge a future. With an engaging cast of characters and compelling story lines, this is a captivating, uplifting book to settle in and enjoy.

Links

Something Like a Love Song on Goodreads
Interlude Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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