Having poor eyesight does have its advantages. OK, so it’s a royal pain in the ass a lot of the time, since it means I can’t drive, or go into a bookshop and pick up any novel I like from the shelves. Still, what being visually impaired does do is allow me to simply lie back and listen while a narrator brings the author’s story to life in my mind, without feeling horribly lazy for not reading the print copy for myself.

As if that weren’t compensation enough, I recently discovered that Dreamspinner Press has around 150 of their titles available to download as audio books from Audible. Honestly, it was like my birthday had come early, and I immediately set about filling my iPod.

The first novel I listened to was American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane and it turned out to be a real treat. Here’s what I had to say about the book on Goodreads:

American Love SongsAmerican Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane<br/> My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 isn’t interested in love. At twenty, he’s way too young to consider settling down, while his confidence and open friendliness mean he is never short of male attention. Playing bass for The Wayward Sons, a band he formed with best mates Chris and Jimmy, doesn’t hurt his sexual prospects either. Jake is content to have a string of one-night stands, free from the commitment of a long-term relationship. However, everything changes when Parker McAvoy signs on as the band’s lead guitarist.

Shy and awkward, Parker isn’t exactly the stereotypical rock star. Yet, his musical genius is undeniable, and the air of mystery that surrounds him and his past only heightens his appeal for the fans. Jake can’t ignore his growing attraction to Parker, and the more time he spends with him, both in the band and out, the more his feelings burgeon into something deeper. The trouble is, Parker is all too aware of Jake’s reputation, and Jake knows he has his work cut out if he’s going to convince Parker to give him a chance.

What I particularly enjoyed about this book was the way Ashlyn Kane explores the physical side of Jake and Parker’s relationship. I don’t simply mean that the sex scenes are hot, although they undoubtedly are. Sizzling hot. No, what’s so special is the fact that the heroes become incredibly close emotionally long before sex enters into the equation. By the time they do sleep together, they have really got to know and care about each other, which, for me, made the sex all the more powerful.

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I’m now about to start reading Ghost Songs by Andrew Demcak, a YA LGBT novel about a fourteen-year-old musical prodigy who seems to be able to summon ghosts. Should be interesting…

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