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Something Like a Love Song

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  48 reviews
One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. But can their one constant—their love—survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?
Paperback, 308 pages
Published November 19th 2015 by Interlude Press
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Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
Review originally posted atFrom Top to Bottom Reviews

Before I started this book I hadn’t heard anything about Ms. Burton or Something Like a Love Song before. I stumbled upon it on amazon and the cover drew me in. So I started reading and I expected to enjoy it. What I wasn’t prepared for was to fall so completely in love with both main characters and their individual and shared journeys. Whatever you might expect from this book going in let me tell you: it is so much more!

I devoured this book a
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm so proud of Becca. Something Like a Love Song is a beautifully-written book. It stands on its own very nicely. It's in chronological order, except for a few flashbacks from before the attack. The original character Becca kept was one I love. I enjoyed how well-rounded some of the added original characters were, too, like Dylan's mother. Becca knows her subject when it comes to the medical issues. The earlier version has made many people cry, but in a good way. The book will probably make Uly ...more
Tully Vincent
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars
The main characters, Dylan and Landon, were nuanced and well-drawn, and each of the secondary characters added to the story in their own unique way. The multiple points of view was a bit strange, but in this case I think it really did add to the story to allow us to see not only how the incident and its aftermath affected many people other than just the main characters. Those small insights into what was going on with them also gave us a chance to see the main characters through outsid
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
wow, what a bummer... so not what I was in the mood for - I just couldn't get past the 20-something angst of it all.

Alright - I went back to it this morning intending to skim it (since so many people loved this book). I did get into it but the whole story was just too contrived to be anything but just 'good'. I upped my rating to 3 stars because it was nicely written but there just needed to be more... more depth to the story, characters, pacing, just more of everything I guess - for me to have
Jude Sierra
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is love as a verb. I don't even know if that will make sense to anyone, but that's what it is.

It's an emotionally difficult book to read, but I applaud Burton for tackling such a difficult story and just executing it brilliantly. There was nothing prettied up for this book about Landon's injury or recovery; it was slow and difficult and there were successes and setbacks.

I really appreciated that Burton paid such good attention to Dylan's emotional journey, beyond caring for and lovi
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blogger Girls

I wasn’t expecting the love song to be about recovery and moving on…I was thinking maybe it would be about the romance between Dylan and Landon, and it was in a way, but it was different. That’s not a very good descriptor, I know, but this is not a typical romance novel, it was simply love and commitment in the most trying of situations, in the most purest of forms, while attempting to come out whole and intact on the other side.

Landon and Dylan were the victims of a vicious at
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
So you start of in a hospital in this book after something which was horrible happens to Landon, Dylan's fiancé.
I thought this book was sad after what happened but also beautiful in the way it showed how if you truly love someone and they are hurt how much you are willing to do to help them get better.
I felt all the emotions of Dylan waiting to see if Landon would make it and the guilt even though what happened was not his fault. I also felt his love for Landon so I want to say how awesome it
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher via Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review*

This book is like no other I have ever read. Dylan and Landon are a young gay couple, who are viciously attacked in a dark alley. Landon is left with a severe brain injury and trauma. The story is told from multiple points of views. Told mostly from Dylan's POV, but we also here sporadically from Dylan and Landon's moms, Landon's sister, and brother, and also Landon's caregiver, Janessa.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is both heart-breaking and heart-warming and hopeful.

Landon and Dylan met in the university library, fell in love, and 7 years later, are deeply in love and about to get married.
This all comes to a horrible stop, when one evening they became the victims of "hate crime" that changes everything for the two young men.

It's a fictional story but it is written in a way that makes you feel like you are reading someones real life story, and like in real life, not every day is eventful, the hea
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh this was extremely good . Loved it!
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Just Love Romance.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

I love this novel. It made me want to cry, and I think my heart shattered at least half a dozen times before I was done, but I really, really loved it. It's heartbreakingly gorgeous... one of those slow-paced, emotional novels that starts with a tragedy and painstakingly works its way toward a happily ever after.

After being beaten to near-death, Landon is in a coma, his skull in pieces, and his fiance Dylan is barely copi
Bobbie Crane
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine the most important person in your life is attacked and left for dead right in front of you. When that happens to Landon and Dylan, it's just the beginning of a gripping story about love and recovery.

This book draws you in with the first word and doesn't let go until the last. My heart was in my throat and my thoughts were instantly with Dylan as he waited in the hospital to hear whether his fiancé, Landon, would survive a brutal head injury. Dylan's shock, grief, and guilt were raw and
Courtney Lux
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read stories about individuals with traumatic brain injuries before, as I’m sure many others have. I’ve watched the Grey’s Anatomy episodes and made-for-TV movies where someone gets a TBI, and then within a few weeks, much to the viewer’s delight, makes a full recovery so they and their loved one can ride off into the sunset of the same cookie cutter perfect life they had before. Becca Burton’s Something Like a Love Song is not that story.

The story follows a young couple, Dylan and Landon
Joyfully Jay
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

This book hurts. That is really the only way to describe it and author Becca Burton weaves a moving tale of love, tragedy, loss, and hope. The story opens with Landon in the hospital and it is immediate and intense.

This book is all about Landon’s injury and attempts at recovery. We are offered a few flashbacks along the way that detail how the men met and we are able to see them interact prior to the attack. They have a strong and loving relationship and Dylan s
Michelle Osgood
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I first picked up Something Like a Love Song​, it was with some trepidation because the subject matter seemed so dark. Having read my fair share of Tragic Queer Stories, I wasn’t in the market for another--but I’d heard such good things about this book that I thought I’d at least give it a shot. And I’m so glad I did.

While there is absolutely tragedy in Something Like a Love Song, the tragedy isn’t the focus of the story. This is not a story about victims, it is a story about survivors. It
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
i cannot believe this is ms. burton's first book; it is so well written and such a great story. all of the characters are well developed and perfect for the story.

there is major tragedy at the beginning of the book. and it makes you really mad - i simply don't understand hate crimes at all. i thought this book would break me; and while it did reduce me to tears several times it was also an amazing story of love, strength, perseverance and survival. dylan and landon have the love of a lifetime.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first read the story that inspired this novel, I knew instantly that this was a story that NEEDED to be read. I told anyone who would listen that they shouldn't be fooled by the fact that it was a self published, by a relatively unknown authour, because reading it would change their life. And while I personally like the original story more than this novel, I still firmly believe that everyone should read it and that Burton is a writer to watch out for.This novel will make you realize just ...more
Amy Stilgenbauer
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You'll notice that this book took me a long time to read. This is not in any way because it was not good. It is solely because it was -so- good. Becca Burton's experience with the subject matter shines through making for the most realistic romances I have ever read. The characters are real people and their struggles ring true. Sometimes I would have to take a break from reading because the emotions were just so intensely felt, I couldn't bring myself to keep feeling them. I loved this story thou ...more
Suzey Ingold
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a crier, I went into this book very much expecting to cry. Spoiler alert: messy, snotty tears. The characters are so beautifully developed that very quickly into the book, you develop a strong sonnection them that carries you through the course of story as the two young men adjust to life as it is in the wake of the incident. Great writing and a wonderfully touching story.
Sad but hopeful and beautiful.
The story of two young people who just started their life together and have to face life in his hardest and ugliest way.

Great debut! I look forward to other books :)
Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
Amazing story. Emotional. Well written. Engaging. Powerful. I loved it till the end. The great cast of characters made the book unforgettable. I'm surely going to re read it very soon. ...more
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy reading about people already in a loving relationship meeting challenges together. I loved these guys. I will be reading more by this author when she writes another book.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars. Review coming soon.
Elaine White
Book – Something Like A Love Song
Author – Becca Burton
Star rating - ★★★★★
Plot – brilliant, original, heart-wrenching
Characters – relatable and varied

Movie Potential - ★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy to read
Cover - perfect
Suitable Title – still deliberating, but I guess in a Country Song kind of way, yes.
Would I read it again – Definitely. With lots and lots of tissues.

Warnings? - HFN, hate crime, emotional heartache, flashbacks

(Oh, also – no sex scenes. It's mentioned in passing. I like it this
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Alysia Constantine
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s apt that this novel about healing and support starts in the waiting room of a hospital. Dylan Nayar anxiously waits to be taken to see his love, Landon, who was put into a coma by a savage beating they both endured for being gay. It’s apt, because so much of this narrative is about sticking with it, enduring trauma with the hope that it will get better. It’s the story of gay life writ large: it gets better… if you work hard enough and hang in there and tolerate a lot of crap along the way. ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite it's horrific beginning and reasons, this is not a traumatic book, it has its highs and lows but it is about dealing with what life throws at you and readjusting your expectation of your norm.
At the start Landon is the silent MC, hovering at deaths door after a violent beating - we only get to know him through Dylans reminising of their relationship as well as both Landon and Dylan's memories. And not all of these are perfect cookie cutter memories.
I liked the description of both the voi
Hanna Nowinski
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book this morning and all I want to do is start it over again right away.

The characters are so loveable, their struggles so carefully and realistically portrayed. A truly moving story. I don't want to let it go.

What Landon and Dylan have to live through is such a real nightmare and yet this story never loses it's hopeful tone. All of their small victories, their love for each other, the support of the people close to them - it's so very well written. I love how they reclaim
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, romance, disability, ptsd
Heartbreaking but beautiful and ultimately uplifting. I finished the book in tears.

Landon and Dylan have been together for a few years and they are very much in love. When the story begins, we learn they have just been the victim of a gay bashing and Landon is fighting for his life. From that moment, we follow the story of how they learnt to get their life back and get past what happened to them. It's difficult, it's heartbreaking, it's scary, but what jumps most than anything else from the page
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Becca Burton has written a love story that shows in minute detail the courage and endurance victims and their loved ones face in the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury. The physical and emotional pain is a road strewn with expected and difficult challenges.
This engrossing story brings to light the ever changing daily fight to find a way to heal and to find your way back. Maybe not as you were, but to a place still filled with love and devotion.
This is an amazing first novel from a v
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Becca Burton penned her first Nancy Drew fan fiction at the age of nine and has been an avid writer ever since. Currently working as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, Becca is a recent Oregon transplant from the Midwest. Becca has a weakness for coffee, the smell of old books, rainy days and her cat, Luna.

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