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American Love Songs | [Ashlyn Kane]

American Love Songs

Jake 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. He can only deny his attraction to sweet, dorky Parker for so long before the urge to do something about it becomes impossible to ignore.
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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. He can only deny his attraction to sweet, dorky Parker for so long before the urge to do something about it becomes impossible to ignore. The trouble is, Parker knows all about Jake's philandering ways - and oh, yeah, he's not gay. Or so Jake thinks until a string of related events provides encouraging new insight.

Can he convince Parker to overlook his colorful past and give him a chance? Or will this love song fade out before it even begins?

©2010 Ashlyn Kane (P)2012 Ashlyn Kane

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    L. Hew Toronto, Canada 06-17-12
    L. Hew Toronto, Canada 06-17-12 Listener Since 2008
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would certainly recommend this book to a friend but must admit that this would be a title I would rec only if I've run out of more interesting titles. It's definitely worth the recommendation and is by far better than most other books out there in this genre. Still, it's not the kind of book you'll find yourself listening to over and over. So, it's not going to be one of those titles that immediately spring to mind when a friend asks for a recommendation.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the romance between the two male leads. I liked the development of the romance between the two men, as well as the friendship within the band between the bandmates. I was however a little irritated because one of the men already had an established best friend and suddenly the two lead men were being referred to as 'best friends' just to perhaps give the upcoming relationship a firmer foothold. I don't mind the two men being best friends. I just got a little miffed because I saw no point in establishing a bff just to 'replace' him, since the bandmates are all pretty tight with each other throughout the story anyway.

    The least interesting aspect I found was the climb from obscurity to fame. I am admittedly divided on this opinion because on one hand it was very interesting to live the 'journey'. However, on the other hand this is a romance novel. Brace yourself, I warn, because 3/4 of this book has no romance whatsoever. It's all about the climb. For the 1/4 that is all about the romance however, this was admittedly well written and well-read. So while I was seriously bored during some parts, if those parts were edited out, the story would have fallen flat because so much of it was about the rags-to-riches. To take even the tiniest bit of that away would have destroyed the story. The UST however was nicely handled, and the fact that the main characters were best friends helped to distract from the lack of romance. Also, the second half of the book does its best to make up for the prudeness of the first half. So, much of this is forgiven.


    What about Sean Crisden???s performance did you like?

    I loved Sean Crisden's performance. As usual, it's not his best performance, but neither is it close to being his worst. He does a very good job with establishing each character and bringing his own unique brand of youthful enthusiasm to the read. He kept my interest in the story even at its most boring points.

    I realize though that my like for Crisden as a narrator helps me to appreciate this and some other novels he's narrated, more than if I'd read them myself in print form. I imagine that if you dislike Crisden as a narrator then this may not be the book for you to buy. In my opinion he carries the book further than I would have appreciated it on its own. In the same way, I imagine that in this particular book, disliking him as a reader can just as much take away from the experience, especially because so much of this book is about the band, the bandmates' friendship, and their journey from obscurity to fame, more than about the two men who eventually - admittedly convincingly and very gorgeously, and slowly - fall in love with each other.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 03-14-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 03-14-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Great after the story gets going...."

    This was a great romance and quite funny after like chapter 6! Serious... I got so confused at the beginning but then I soon realize Jake is reading from his blog, about his band. I like how the beginning history of the band is told, and quickly jumps to present day. When Parker comes on the scene, I felt an instant connection with him, but I knew something fishy was going on with him. When the truth comes out about Parker, they never say what the letter say... so I am wonder if this was wrote like this or just edited out. It doesn't take away from the story though. After like chapter 7 the story really gets going...but since there are only 10 chapters, this is a problem I think. The chapters are really really long though...so that is a plus.

    Narration was great. Sean Crisden was awesome. I think if Crisden didn't narrate this, the story wouldn't have been so good. The narrator can really make or brake a book and Crisden made this book~!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    H Parker, CO, United States 09-20-12
    H Parker, CO, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny, Lovable Memorable Characters, Well Written"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Love Songs to be better than the print version?

    I only have the audio edition of this. However, let me take a minute to say that I have some printed books that I've later bought the audio so that I can hear Sean Crisden narrate the story. I love Sean Crisden's performance and delivery.


    What other book might you compare American Love Songs to and why?

    I don't know that I can compare it, as I don't have too many similar books. This was a down to earth, believable, yet interesting love story. It was such an enjoyable listen! And this story was so well written. You really got an insight into the very well developed characters and got to share in their lifes. Lots of laugh out loud moments, some HOT moments, and a overall 'feel good' during and when finished.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?

    The romantic leads, both Jake and Parker. Interesting and funny apart, and together they're that much more adorable. There intimate scenes were pretty hot too! ;)


    Who was the most memorable character of American Love Songs and why?

    Parker was most memorable because he drew you with his shy, intelligent, funny personality. And he's such a good guy. The kind that you cheer on and hope good things happen to him.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't begin to understand the low ratings that I saw. Unfortunately, they delayed my purchase of this book. I'm SO glad that I went ahead and bought it anyway. This is now among my favorite, and I've listened to it a couple of times already.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jin McKinney, TX, United States 02-02-13
    jin McKinney, TX, United States 02-02-13
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    "Adorable"
    What made the experience of listening to American Love Songs the most enjoyable?

    The narrated did a wonderful job.


    What other book might you compare American Love Songs to and why?

    Caught Running by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The photo shoot scene wooowzers


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    -na-


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PI Santa Cruz, CA 09-30-12
    PI Santa Cruz, CA 09-30-12

    pi

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    "Loved the story - disliked the narrator"

    I really enjoyed this story. It was an enjoyable friends to lovers romance and fun to listen in short increments during my daily commute. I would purchase books by Ashlyn Kane again. My issue was with the narration.

    The narrator changed his voice as he read for various characters and I found this very distracting. It was particularly distracting because he voiced the characters as though they were caricatures of themselves. All of the female characters sounded like they might if you were making fun of how teenage girls speak to each other. It was annoying and not all young women up-talk. I liked the book enough to download the ebook and deleted the audio book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 12-30-13
    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun and witty"

    This was a fun and witty listen. The narrator did a great job but the story didn't really blow me away. It was just OK. It was more of a what happens to a band of friends when they make it big. No real drama, sort of boring on the romance level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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