Author ~ Becca Burton
Publisher ~ Interlude Press
Published ~ 19th November 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. Can their one constant—their love—survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?
Rarely does a story of this length inspire me to read it all in one day. This one did.I’ll admit I’m a sucker for a good hospital story, but this one was something special. It pulled at my heartstrings in every way that I love. The more I read, the more I wanted to know, and the more I found myself vested in the characters.
Dylan and Landon are the victims of a vicious attack. While Dylan’s injuries allow him to depart hospital fairly soon, Landon’s injuries leave him fighting for his life, and if he survives, in need of extensive rehab.
Throughout the novel, the story regularly delves into the memories and emotions experienced by victims, friends, and family. The reminiscences connect us to Dylan and Landon pre-attack. Good times, funny and sweet times are recalled, and the small things that make a relationship special are identified.
In the face of traumatic circumstances, a myriad of emotions are on display; mainly love, but also, guilt, anger, introspection, hurt, life re-evaluation, and acceptance of circumstance. However, acceptance doesn’t mean beaten, purely a change of direction. I know I’ve already mentioned love, but yeah, the love will leave your heart bursting.
The journey travelled in this novel shows the stresses, support, complications, highs and lows of surviving head injury. Dylan and Landon are totally loveable. In fact, there wasn’t a character in the novel that I didn’t like. Not everyone wore a halo. There was a good blend of personalities with varying temperaments that helped give the book excellent depth, as well as a substantial knowledge of the subject matter.
The story doesn’t close all the doors on the events. Instead, it cleverly poses questions after the epilogue that make you think. While some readers may prefer the story deal with particular issues – had the author done so, I believe it would have diverted from the main thread of Dylan and Landon. It takes balls not to give into that distraction.
I could continue, gushing about this novel, but I think you get that it’s a good one. The overwhelming word I would use to describe Something Like A Love Song is – INSPIRATIONAL.