Monday, May 1, 2017

Release Day Review ~ Nightsong by A. M. Leibowitz ~ (Review)

Title: Nightsong
Author: A. M. Leibowitz
Date of Publication: May 1, 2017
Format of the Title Submitted: Electronic
eBook ISBN: 978-1-944591-24-3
print ISBN: 978-1-944591-25-0
Series: Yes, Notes from Boston #2
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Category: Gay Fiction, Bisexual, Gay Romance

Where to Buy: Amazon | Smashwords | Kobo Barnes & Noble

Novel Summary:

Nate Kingsley is a master at messing up. Out of jealousy, he outed his best friend in a public and embarrassing way. Now he’s doing his best to make up for his crimes, but it’s left him empty and frustrated, unfulfilled even by his career as an opera singer and creative director. He enters an unsatisfying relationship he keeps hidden from his closest friends. When that ends on a disappointing note, he seeks solace in his crush on one of the drag queens performing at his favorite club.

Izzy Kaplan is an EMT by day, a drag queen named TaTa Latke by night. He hasn’t been in a relationship since his divorce from his wife, despite the best efforts of his mothers and his work partner. He avoids their suggestions in favor of attending the opera alone to see the gorgeous baritone who’s caught his eye. He knows it’s just a fantasy, but it’s easier than starting over.

A charity performance to benefit a local youth shelter and clinic puts them in each other’s lives in an unexpected way. They begin to emerge from their relationship disasters, slowly building trust. But unknown to themselves or each other, they are facing separate health crises that might be enough to send them both running the opposite way. It will take drawing on the love and strength of their friends and families to bring them back together again.

3.5 Stars

I have loved other A.M. Leibowitz books I’ve read, so I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, Nightsong didn’t quite work out for me.

I liked Izzy and Nate, but I think the author devoted too much page-time to the secondary characters and too little to Izzy and Nate’s relationship development. While their respective health issues were hinted at throughout the book, I felt like the resolution was too rushed and there were times when I just wanted to shake some sense into them both.

I guess, ultimately, I just wanted more. I think the book had potential, but there was too much going on and that diminished my enjoyment. That’s not to say that the book wasn’t well-written, because it was. It was emotional and intense in some parts, but it was a bit lacking in the romance department. I liked the friendship between Nate and his friends, though, that they were all there for him and him for them when they needed each other. I’m sure others might enjoy the book, it just wasn’t for me.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Author Biography:

A.M. Leibowitz is a queer spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. They keep warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing about life, relationships, hope, and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, they blog coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, books, and their family.

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