ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale


34824809Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 25, 2017
Received From: A Novel Take PR

Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.

Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.

But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.


GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: bisexual, lesbian


TROPES: first love, friends to lovers, out for you
TAGS: contemporary, adult, romance, queer romance, queer authors, coming of age, feminism
WARNINGS: drug usage, slurs, gendered slurs, ableism, cissexism / transmisia, bimisia, mention of cheating, mental illness (anxiety), anorgasmisia (anorgasmia), public play, slutshaming


Previously, I’d only read one of Avon Gale’s books, and I loved it, so I was really excited to get the chance to read something else she’d written. I was not disappointed! In fact, this is probably my favorite adult F/F novel right now.

I was smitten with Vix Vincent from the very first page, and my love only grew as the story went on. She’s snarky and smart and funny and creative. She’s perpetually stuck in a rebellious phase, which may seem like something she should’ve grown out of with her teenage years, but it just fits her personality and doesn’t seem petulant or childish at all. Vix is such a dynamic character, from her personality to her openness about her sexuality and sexual partners to her fears over the future.

Sawyer Bell is similarly dynamic–she’s afraid of the future but grows confident enough in herself and her abilities to grab the future that she wants; she’s sweet and soft, but she’s also bold and sarcastic and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. It was so wonderful to watch Sawyer grow from the anxious person she was at the beginning to someone with a whole lot of faith in herself.

There were a few small things that I didn’t like–such as the use of the term “lesbian sex” a few times, though thankfully it doesn’t happen outside of more than one scene, and that much of the language is cis centric and binary, despite Vix saying a few times that gender and bisexuality aren’t binary–but there were so many pluses that I’m still inclined to give the story a high rating. I especially loved the fact that Sawyer and Vix were able to talk comfortably about past sexual partners without (much) jealousy, and I loved how open Vix was about her sexuality and how many people she’s been with.

Overall, this was a wonderful novel, and I am definitely looking forward to the sequel.





Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal Midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert, and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

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