5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Bi-Sexual Book co-workers to lovers College/University coming of age Contemporary Exploration f/f Friends to lovers Gay Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Humor Mid level angst Morgan Music/Rock Star NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Riptide Publishing Scorching/high heat Standalone Virgin

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell (Tour Dates #1) by Avon Gale

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Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.

Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.

But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.


I was reluctant to read this, I’ll admit. I’ve moved away from M/F because I despise the way women are portrayed in most of those novels, as either subservient or slutty. However, I love Avon’s style and her humor and since I know she can handle the subject of bi-sexuality well, I wanted to see what she came up with. (Plus I’m a sucker for a rock band romance!)

First, let me tell you, Avon is hysterical, whether she’s writing about boys or girls! She does a great job of letting the reader be in both Sawyer’s as well as Vix’s head and really knowing where they’re coming from, without feeling like you’re popping around in space.

I loved the way that bi-sexuality – as an “issue” – is explored in this book. The unconscious (or on purpose) prejudices and how it influences a relationship. The merch girl with all the books about gender equality and non-binary nature of gender … I can totally picture her and I loved that tool used as a way to bring up some of these sensitive subjects.

I was worried about the sex. I admit it. I wish there were words that described women that hadn’t been villainized to the point that reading them takes you out of the story. Or that the medical terms were sexier. I’m sure it’s just a matter of taking these words back and making them as sexy as we want them to be…. I’ll bet the merch girl has a book on that subject, too… In any case, Avon chooses the “c” word and I’ll admit I didn’t like it. Sawyer wasn’t too sure about it either, but over time it came to mean something more to her and no longer felt like an insult. I think the sex scenes in this book were some of the hottest and funniest I’ve ever read! The girls are so real with each other but in ways that were still very, very hot. (I’m making rocket noises right now….)

As far as the rest of the book goes – well – it’s funny and sometimes sad and all about how you have to make decisions for the right reasons for you and nobody else. (I give Sawyer’s parents a giant hug because – WOW – that is impressive!)

I thoroughly enjoyed this and cannot wait for Jax’s story!

5 of 5 stars


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