Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Review ~ Aqua Follies by Liv Rancourt (Giveaway)

Release Date: June 15, 2017
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Aqua Follies Blurb

The 1950s. Postwar exuberance. Conformity. Rock and roll.


Russell tells himself he’ll marry Susie because it’s the right thing to do. His summer job coaching her water ballet team will give him plenty of opportunity to give her a ring. But on the team’s trip to the annual Aqua Follies, the joyful glide of a trumpet player’s solo hits Russell like a torpedo, blowing apart his carefully constructed plans.

From the orchestra pit, Skip watches Poseidon’s younger brother stalk along the pool deck. It never hurts to smile at a man. Once the last note has been played, Skip gives it a shot. The tenuous connection forged by a simple smile leads to events that dismantle both their lives. Has the damage been done, or can they pick up the pieces together?

4 Stars

The summer after graduating from Law School, Russell travels across the country with his aunt and her Aqua performers as an assistant coach. On a stop in Seattle, he meets Skip, a horn player that he's attracted to. But Russell has his plan already set. Deeply closeted, he's got a girlfriend, Susie, one of the Aqua performers, that he plans to ask to marry him. They'll settle down and live happily ever after. But the world just might have other plans for him.

This was a slow burn. Skip and Russell were so very likable and my heart broke for them. Even still today there is so much homophobia in the world, but I can't imagine fearing arrest just for who you fall in love with. Russell and Skip are complete opposites. Skip is open and accepting of his sexuality, whereas Russell is deeply closeted and thinks what he feels is wrong and perverse.

I absolutely loved these young men and I couldn't help but root for them to find a way to be together. I loved watching them fall in love. Their characters show so much growth throughout the story, especially Russell. This was a well-written story, set in the 1950's the author made the story feel genuine to the time period it's set in, with the characters speech, style, dress and their surroundings. The story is filled with music, friendship and love. I'd have liked more, but I closed the book satisfied with what I'd been given. Very recommendable!

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author

About Liv Rancourt
I write romance: m/f, m/m, and v/h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire … or sometimes demon … I lean more towards funny than angst. When I’m not writing I take care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether I’m at home or at work. My husband is a soul of patience, my dog’s cuteness is legendary, and we share the homestead with three ferrets. Who steal things. Because they’re brats.

Where to find Liv

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