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~Release Day Review~String Boys by Amy Lane~

 

44035120Title: String Boys
Author: Amy Lane
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 341 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.
Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.
Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.
Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever…before it slices their hearts in two.


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“I wanted to make your life beautiful,” he said simply.”

I haven’t read many books by Amy Lane but this is, without any doubt, my favorite. I loved pretty much everything about this book. I mean a story spanning over years is totally my thing and add in the angst, feelings-so many damn feelings, happy and sad, the ever-present family connections that were so powerful in this story. I cried so many times reading this and it might sound weird but I LOVE it when a book moves me to tears.

Kelly and Matty are brothers and have been friends with Seth from a young age. Named the String Boys after being chosen to learn the violin. But it’s Seth that excels, although he doesn’t really see his own talent-he just loves to play. Kelly has loved Seth forever but it’s Seth watching Kelly sleeping one day that has him recognizing his love for Kelly.

And it’s a powerful love. It has to be. They go through so much but I never doubted their love or that they’d make it. Even when things seemed to crumble in front of them their love never wavered. This is one of the most believable love stories I’ve read in a long time.

Amy Lane tells their story and their struggles and their lives so beautifully. A massively important part of this story in the family. Seth’s family of two( him and his father ) and Kelly’s family-the Cruz family. I could picture all their lives from the faded, worn furniture in their apartments to the laughter and tears as they grew up.

”His boy. His beautiful, faraway boy.”

One of my favorite books this year(so far)…I highly recommend this book! 

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