- File Size: 7924 KB
- Print Length: 472 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072JTJRJQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Adam's Song (8 Million Hearts Book 1) Kindle Edition
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After reading quite a few books recently with terrible dialog and purple prose (Can’t Fight It, I’m looking at you), it was SO NICE to read a book with sharp, witty, realistic dialog. Ben and Adam have great banter (as does everyone else) with the right amount of “I’m really not used to sharing my feelings but I guess I better start or this is all going to fall apart” dude reluctance.
I liked both MCs a lot and I enjoyed their growth, both as a couple and as individuals.
Adam’s Song is long, but everything is so well done that the investment of time/money is totally worth it.
My quibbles are as follows:
Though I LOVED the sharp, witty dialog between all the characters, it was almost too perfect. Not everyone is that “on it” with the clever comebacks all the time. That said, I have never liked a conversation about broccoli as much as I liked the one Ben and Adam have near the end of the book.
Ben was almost too perfect. His “flaw” wasn’t really even a flaw. He’s too supportive? That’s like saying “I work too hard” when they ask you to list a negative quality about yourself in a job interview. Ben realizes he’s bi with no internal angst at all. It’s as easy as picking up his dry cleaning. He also jumps into the deep end of the gaysex pool with a running leap. It would have been more realistic if he’d been a little more uncertain/hesitant about some of the biggies (whispers...rimming...whispers). The sexytimes are SUPER hot. It takes a while to get to them, but they are worth it and I never felt like I was missing anything in the first half of the book.
Also, Ben wouldn’t have made THAT much money on his first album and tour. First albums and tours are mostly about paying the record label back for the upfront money they spent making/releasing/promoting your album. But I liked most of the other music-related bits.
I enjoyed this book a great deal. The characters grow and the important background information is brought out logically throughout the story and not just dumped at the end. The side character are really nicely developed. I would really appreciate knowing more of the stories about Nick, the volunteer divinity student at Peachtree and Gary, the bar owner and ex-porn star. These two characters had some great interactions, but need their own stories.
NB: I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
One of those lazy Sunday afternoon stories for sure, nothing wrong with those.
What felt wrong with this one though, for me, was the way they speak. That might be either a generational issue or that English is not my first language BUT all those sentences with all those many, many 'like' thrown in there... probably the effect intended was to add to the youthfulness of it all but man, talk about annoying. Kept me from really getting into it.
Still a sweet story. Will definitely check the next one ^^