Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review and Giveaway! Swarovski Earrings and Sonata by A.F. Henley


To celebrate his new release, Sonata, Henley is giving away an autographed printed copy of Sonata (free shipping worldwide) and a set of 18K white gold GP Swarovski crystal earrings to a lucky commenter! If you've already read the book, then you know what the purple rose symbolize and how it's important in the story. This makes the earrings a perfect match to the book. Good luck to all entrants.

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SonataTitle: Sonata by A.F. Henley
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published July 17th 2013 by Less Than Three Press LLC
Pages: 164; Word Count: 44,000

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb:
At thirty-six Ian feels done with the world. When a night at a bar goes as poorly as expected, he wants only to return home to be miserable in peace. Instead, he encounters Jordan. Hot, young and interested, Jordan is everything Ian's ever wanted and nothing he believes himself capable of actually obtaining.

Jordan has enough going on in his life trying to scrape together a living for himself and his autistic son. When he meets Ian, all he wants is a brief, erotic moment and nothing else.

But fate throws them together again and again, and Ian finds himself determined to do whatever it takes to give their story a happy ending – no matter what secrets Jordan's past has waiting for him.

Purchase Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com

Review:

4.5 Stars rounded up to 5 Stars

Sonata is a book that combines the power of music and an understanding of Autism and then mixes it into a M/M romance story.

The first part of the story can be summarized by the blurb. Ian meets Jordan by chance at a bar. While, Jordan is purely looking for some quick bathroom sex, Ian tries to find love and build a relationship. They attribute their chance meetings to universal intervention, that they are met to be a pair. Ian uses these chances to convince Jordan of giving their relationship a chance and they develop their relationship with Jordan's autistic son, Cole, in their midst.

Universal intervention is mentioned several times in the book, however, I don't feel like it's a central theme of the book. A few times while reading the book, it jarred me from the story. I think that the younger generations has the sentiment that they can do anything and if they are determined enough, then they will succeed. It's only when we are older, accepted our morality, questioned the difference we've made in the world, that we think things might be fated to happen. Ian doesn't seem to give off the impression of a "wise man." Or maybe that's just me.

The plot picks up in the second part of the book. Ian questions Jordan and Cole's father-son relationship since Jordan seems too young to be Cole's father. Their romantic relationship is put on the line when Ian's friend, Aubrey, digs into Jordan's past and calls the police.

I really enjoy reading this story. The pacing of the story is good, although the first part of the story is a little slow and there's a big time jump at the end. One of its major strengths are the characters. Not only are they realistic and flawed, we also see them grow as a person and change. By the end of the book, Ian grew a backbone and stood up for who he is. Cole's character grew by leaps and bounds. Through Ian's help and encouragement, he found his little niche in the little that takes the form of a piano. He could join society and form connections with people despite his autism.

I really liked how the author incorporated Cole's character, wrote about autism and used music references in the story. It brought out a lot of emotion and another level to a relationship that a lot of other stories don't have. The HEA ending was well deserved after the turmoil the characters went through. This book will leave you a good impression of hope and perseverance. 

9 comments:

  1. This looks like a great read. It has been added to my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway1

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  2. Thank you so much for the review and the platform to help spread the word about Sonata's giveaway. :D

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  3. Ooh, I've been wanting to read Sonata ever since I first heard about it! Thank you so much!

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. Sonata is already on my must-have-grabby-hands shelf! Thanks so much for a chance at the giveaway. :)

    qbeeqt @ yahoo . com

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  5. This sounds like a wonderful story, and can't wait to read it.

    Seiran: dbfield22(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Amateur DJ/Spin instructor here w/ an Autistic daughter: can't wait to read this!
    rlh70412@yahoo.com

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  7. Thanks so much for a chance to win!
    Love, "Lizzie's Mommy"

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  8. Finally got this as an ebook! So excited to get started... but eek!! Thank you so much for the contest/giveaway~~ <3
    Please count me in. xD

    Judi P
    arella3173_loveless@yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Sounds great! Please count me in. Thanks.

    gisu29(at)gmail(dot)com

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