The first thing that came to my mind after reading this book was – Aww, a sweet fun read. The story was simple, the book talked about the trials and tribulations of a gay songwriter Duncan in his dating life and his career.
An IT professional by day and a songwriter all the time, especially after a break-up, Duncan was ably supported by his best friend and lead singer Countess Marlene, Robin on guitar, and Silas with the drum beat on his computer. Together they made up – The Factory, a group of sorts, working for the passion of their music, and of course, the elusive success.
The author Anton Lee Richards has done an earnest job in endearing his characters to me. They were real, they had fun, they dated, they broke-up, they even got fired. I liked the way he had shown both the good and bad, the vagaries of life’s reality.
Few things I liked was the honest portrayal of dating life with potential relationship, hook-ups, and sometimes scary abusive dates, Duncan and Marlene’s friendship who were with each other through thick and thin (I wanted such a friendship too), life of a wannabe songwriter who wanted to become a success by writing his kind of songs, and…
PANCAKES – every occasion was celebrated with varieties of pancakes but the breakups only with the BLUEBERRY PANCAKES!!
Then came my niggles; certain parts were slow, dialogues could have been crisper. I wanted to be pulled in further into their lives.
Overall, for me, the last few chapters made it all worth it. I loved the emotions in the scenes, I liked knowing how their lives turned out to be. It made me go – Aww!!
I downloaded the digital version of the book from Kindle Unlimited, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Anton Lee Richards is a queer writer from Chicago. In a previous life, he worked in IT. In a previous life before that, he was a songwriter. He lives in Chicago with his partner and his Instagram-star bunny.
Writing songs for a would-be pop star is painful. When young, gay songwriter Duncan falls in love, he writes a love song. When he gets dumped, he writes a break-up song. Luckily for his songwriting career, his love life is a roller-coaster.
When his long-term boyfriend breaks up with him, Duncan finds solace in music. And pancakes, of course. With the help of his sassy diva singer and best friend Marlene, her ex-boyfriend guitarist, and a local music producer, they form a musical dream team to produce songs to pitch to agents, and for Marlene’s promising singing career.
A new guy here, a new guy there, they are delicious distractions, but this drama fuels new and better songs. And that ex? He just won’t seem to go away. But it all pays off when they have their first number one hit with a teenybopper all-girl band.
Not everything in their favorite hangout-a breakfast restaurant called Pancake Heaven-is rainbows and maple syrup. The all-girl band drops them as songwriters, and they squabble with one another over their musical future. Will they find the success they can be proud of?
Publication Date: 26th January 2019