Posts tagged Music
I’ve read several novels now that deal with the conflict between homosexuality and religion, but Anthem is one of my favorites. Although Christianity is an integral part of both heroes’ lives, this is brought across in an understated way that never veers into preachy or moralistic territory, and without resorting to prose littered with quotes from scripture. Faith might be the overriding theme, but the story touches on a whole host of issues—the importance of being truthful with yourself as well as others, and the complexities of love and friendship.
Author Name: Annabeth Albert
Book Name: Love Me Tenor
This book can be read as a standalone
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Trevor Daniels is feeling aimless. A recent college grad, he’s not sure what to do with his useless degree, and his family all but abandoned him after he revealed the truth about himself. But a friend’s suggestion that he take his chances on a reality show aimed at finding the next big boy band strikes a chord with him—until the show’s producers convince him to act like he’s in a relationship with a guy who’s not at all his type. It isn’t exactly love at first sight for Jalen Smith either—but lust just might push them in an unexpected direction. If only their secrets weren’t even more twisted than their sheets, threatening to cost them the win—and each other…
PRODIGAL: OFFICIAL BLOG OF THE WAYWARD SONS
Date: Friday, February 18, 2011
This was one of those occasions when I picked up a book purely on impulse, knowing nothing about the author or her work, and it paid off big time. American Love Songs is far more than a romance. It’s a story about a talented group of musicians, all with larger-than-life personalities, and follows their journey from locally popular rock band to international superstars. It’s packed with sexual tension, some of the best dialogue I’ve come across in a while, and a humor that had me laughing out loud from start to finish.
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.
“NOAH came by last night after you left, you know, Kai. He sort of snuck in wearing a black hoodie, with the hood up, naturally, loitered around in the back by the men’s room, leaned up against the wall like he was too cool to drink coffee, and watched the crowd for a while, and then he skulked out, without even ordering a lousy cup of anything.”
It’s said that time is the great healer, but love can be every bit as powerful when it comes to mending the soul. This is certainly the case for one of the heroes in this poignant coming of age tale by Mia Kerick. Written with real tenderness, and featuring a protagonist whose voice grabbed my attention from the opening sentences, this is one of those novels that made me feel all warm and tingly inside. It left me with the belief that, no matter how damaged or embittered a person may be, there is always hope, the chance that things will get better.
As a musician at the popular college café Coed Joe’s, high school senior Kai Manter is never lacking for male attention. Out, proud, free-spirited, and sexually aware, Kai sets his sights on his darkly Gothic and undeniably bad-tempered co-worker, Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university. Sporting long hair and alluring hippie style, Kai expects his interest will be reciprocated, with satisfying sex as the end goal. That’s what usually happens. But Jamie’s lessons in life have been harsher. Having been sexually abused by his older stepbrother for several years, Jamie has grown an impenetrable outer shell meant to keep the world at a safe distance.