28 September 2011

M/M REVIEW: Counterpoint: Dylan's Story by Ruth Sims

counterpoint: dylan's story
Ruth Sims
ISBN#:  978-1-61581-533-3
Publisher Name:  Dreamspinner Press
Date Released:  July 2010
Genre:  Historical Romance/M-M Romance
Book Format:  eBook


BACK COVER BLURB:
COUNTERPOINT: DYLAN'S STORY is the story of Dylan Rutledge's life, from the age of eighteen until his early thirties, and of the two men whose lives were intertwined with his at different times and in different ways.
At eighteen Dylan Rutledge has one obsession: music. He believes his destiny is to be the greatest composer of the rapidly approaching twentieth century. Only Laurence Northcliff, a young history master at The Venerable Bede School for Young Gentlemen, believes in Dylan's talent and encourages his dream, not realizing Dylan is in love with him.

But Dylan's passion and belief in his future come at a high price. They will alienate him from his family and lead him on a rocky path fraught with disappointment, rejection, and devastating loss that kills his dream. A forbidden love could bring the dream back to life and rescue Dylan from despair and bitterness, but does he have the courage to reach out and take it? Will he deny the music that rules his soul?


COVER SNARK:
The cover is pretty, I liked it. It's so well done.

FIRST LINES:
Most criminal acts could be carried out in silence. Playing a thirty-six rank, three-manual pipe organ on a quiet Sunday afternoon wasn't one of them.


LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:
I finished COUNTERPOINT: DYLAN'S STORY over a week ago and I've been having a hard time writing a review for it. All I can think to say is OMG I loved COUNTERPOINT: DYLAN'S STORY, it was totally not what I expected, it was sooo much better than that. I wish that I could end my review there, but I think you'd be disappointed, so if the rest of this review is crazy for coco puff, don't blame me. You've been warned.

COUNTERPOINT: DYLAN'S STORY is more than the typical m/m romance. It's not teeming with sexy, sexual encounters so the encounters Dylan does have are all the more powerful and emotional because of that (and they're mostly glossed over, PG stuff). COUNTERPOINT: DYLAN'S STORY is not your typical romance, it's the story of Dylan's life and the trials and tribulations he encounters along the way, especially being a gay man during that time frame. Although I'm not an expert on the gay relationships or the historical time period, both seem very realistic. The plot of COUNTERPOINT: DYLAN'S STORY was very intricate, yet it was never boring. As a person who gets bored very easy when they read, this is saying something. Ms. Sims captured my attention early on and kept it. Her characters were three-dimensional and full of life. I instantly connected with them and wanted to know more. Everything from the characters, the plot, the writing meshed together perfectly.

Seriously, I know this review is totally lame. I am a person who can usually talk and talk and talk and go on rants about a book, but I seriously cannot think of anything to say about COUNTERPOINT: DYLAN'S STORY except that this book was fabulous and I loved it.

WHERE PURCHASED:
Received for review from Publisher


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