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The Love Song of Sawyer Bell

(Tour Dates #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  126 reviews
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 ...more
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Published September 25th 2017 by Riptide Publishing (first published September 23rd 2017)
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Lex Kent
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. I wasn’t blown away by this book but it was a fun weekend read. This book is a re-release for June under a new publisher. According to Gale not much has changed from the original story. While I have never read Gale before, I have heard of her name since she is pretty big in the M/M world. I think it’s nice to see authors like Alexis Hall, KJ Charles, and Gale, write lesfic so I finally have a chance to try their books.

I almost always enjoy books about musician or artists. I have no m
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5, ya-plus, sapphic-plus
“ Sometimes it takes a while to find your own music, but believe me, its so worth it when you do.”

What a adorbfest this book was. Likable leads with great chemistry and easy banter. Vix and Sawyer's conflicts actually made sense and felt real. Another thing that felt realistic and completely adorable were the intimate scenes which was a refreshing change because they are always taken so seriously. Here the MCs kept making jokes through it all. This book made me smile a lot. It was the most f
I got approved for this on NetGalley within 24 hours and I have honestly never felt so validated as a gay book nerd??? I binge read this over the course of two days, and it was basically the equivalent of a giant bowl of caramel popcorn with chocolate drizzles. It’s sweet and fun and ICYMI these girls made my heart feel all warm and soft!!


The Love Song of Sawyer Bell is a quick, sweet f/f romance about two musicians falling in love during a summer tour. Vix is the lead singer of her own band, an
4.5 Stars

​I admit I don't read much F/F romance. 99.999% of what I read is M/M. However, when I saw that Avon Gale was putting out an F/F romance, I just had to give it a try. And, just as I suspected I would, I loved it.

Have you ever wondered if the path you've chosen is the right one? Or worked so hard for something only to discover that the result is nothing like the dream? Yeah, ​I​ think we've all been there, at one point or another. The question​ then​ becomes -- what do you do? Do you kee
Lexxi Kitty
Received this ARC from Netgalley and Riptide Publishing for an honest review

I've wanted to read this book since I first saw it - June 13 2017 - listed as 'upcoming' (or whatever it is Riptide calls their books that'll appear sometime in the future). The book looked super interesting. Course, I think I saw the second book first, which was something of a letdown - more because I noticed it looked interesting, then noticed that the lead character in that one was a man; then noticed this one had two
This book is being rereleased under a new publisher, it will be available again for purchase 17th June 2019. I still highly recommend it so be sure to check it out when it's available again!

Review also on my blog


I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you're a fan of music and romance, The Love Song of Sawyer Bell doesn't disappoint in either category. Almost the entire book is the tour Vix and Sawyer are on together and it's implemented into
Disclaimer: I received this free in return for an honest review from Netgalley, my thanks go to them and Riptide Publishing for the chance to read this. The free book has not impacted on my ability to review this honestly and critically.

Read for the URR 2017 New Year's Reading Challenge prompt 'Rock Star Romance'

29/10 - Unexpectedly fantastic! I'm very wary of Netgalley books, having had some unfortunate experiences with clunky writing and dreadful editing in the past, so I started this with the
Nichole (DirrtyH)
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, ff
2 stars = it was okay

I didn't love this. I just didn't ever feel the chemistry between the characters. It was like all tell, no show. And the secondary characters were like a badly painted backdrop for a middle school play. They were there, but I know nothing about them except that one of them is ace. I read romance for passion, and connection and chemistry and desire, and I got none of that here.
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I seem to be in the minority on this one, but this did nothing for me. I’m not usually a fan of stories with young MCs, and though this couldn’t be categorised as young adult because Vix is 25 and Sawyer 21, the characters read more like they were both college age. It’d usually take me less than a day to read a book this size, but I put this down several times, so it took a few days to get through it.

The premise is that Vix is the lea
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I was out for a wee Pride brunch over the wknd and while toasting my lady with bubs, I looked over her shoulder and saw someone in the corner with what I am certain was "Manic Panic" purple hair dye, and felt like I was having a seizure.

This book was ok. It did not woo me by any means and I really struggled with parts of it, one of which was Vix, the above mentioned purple haired MC. She's bisexual, and boy does she ever let you know it. I'd say half the book talks about it, and this tired me ou
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sawyer runs away from her life as a violinist at Julliard to join a rock band fronted by her high school crush, Vix, who doesn’t even remember her. They’re not a big time band, yet, so touring means a hard scrabble life of truck stop showers, greasy spoon eats, and sleeping in the van.

Two things took my attention in this book. One is the trial and error that the mc’s experienced when they had sex which I found endearing because that’s exactly what happens with a new couple or a young one. You’r
Jude in the Stars
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was first released by Riptide in 2017. I didn’t read it at the time but according to Carina Press, no significant changes have been made to the text.

Sawyer’s dream has always been to study the violin at Juilliard, but after three years there, she’s finally ready to admit it’s not all she thought it would be. She’s under so much stress that she’s worried she doesn’t like playing anymore. So she wants to try something new. When she auditions to go on tour with Americana band Victoria Vin
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sawyer Bell deserves all the love songs.

Vix is the lead singer in an alt-rock/americana band. They are out a fiddle player and need to find a replacement. Sawyer is a Julliard level violinist who auditions for the spot. They embark on a tour which takes them through many cities, across thousands of miles, and many venues.

The banter between Vix and Sawyer is what I loved the most about this book. These two main characters seemed to really like each other and have fun together. Whether it was lat
4.25 stars

Years before I stumbled into MM romance, I actually adored a number of F/F couple and friendship from TV shows & movies: Xena/Gabrielle, Rachel/Luce (Imagine Me & You is one of my favorite feel-good movies of all time) ... I adore Jess and Jules in Bend It Like Beckham (they're friends but I can imagine they are so much more *laugh*).

BUT I don't read a lot of F/F romance because I am uncomfortable reading sex scenes description involving two women. I don't like the words like cunt,
Sep 03, 2017 marked it as general-horrible-disaster-fail-dnf
This is NOT an M/M book, so I don't get why it's listed as such!! ...more
Yna the Mood Reader
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Sometimes it takes a while to find your own music, but believe me, it’s so worth it when you do.
📚 Series:  Standalone.
📚 Genre: LGBT (F/F) Contemporary Romance.
📚 POV:  Third person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Explicit sexual content. Sexism. Bi-phobia. Bi-erasure. Bisexual stereotyping.
⚠ Read if: you are a fan of musical reads and looking for more f/f books.


I don't often get the chance to read F/F romances and it is so exciting to explore new reads and authors to love
Avon Gale
Apr 29, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
This is my #ownvoices f/f romance about a bisexual indie rocker and a classically-trained violinist who becomes a fiddle player for a rock band. This book was originally published by another publisher, and is being re-published by Carina Press in June 2019. As a queer woman, this is one of my favorite books I've written and it means a lot to me, so I hope you will enjoy Sawyer and Vix's story!

(No significant changes were made to the Carina version from the previously-published version.)
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na, db, yff, contemporary, qf, q, arc, romance
3.5 stars

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell is a new adult f/f contemporary romance following Vix, a singer, and Sawyer, a violinist, as they start to play together in a band and fall in love.

As usual with me and adult romances, there were parts of this book I found really boring, but unlike most romances I've read, The Love Song of Sawyer Bell started out boring and became interesting around a quarter of the way through, which I find I like much better than the opposite combination.

What made this boo
Chris, the Dalek King
Their one meeting in high school may have not lasted more than a half hour, but Sawyer Bell has never forgotten the nice, if a bit gruff, cool-girl under the trees. Hell, Sawyer never even knew her name, but she knew that she’d never forget that small bit of kindness offered to her after a rather horrible day. And she never does. But it isn’t until Sawyer walks into an audition for a temporary replacement for a band’s fiddle player, that she learns that Victoria “Vix” Vincent is about to make an ...more
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.

Read the full review on my blog!
Thank you very much to Riptide Publishing for providing a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell is an absolutely gorgeous novel that I couldn’t put down. This delightful book kept a smile on my face from start to finish and I could gush endlessly about it.

Almost immediately, I started shipping Vix and Sawyer. From their very first interaction, these girls have undeniable chemistry and Gale writes the development of their relationship – from friends t
As a longtime fan of Avon Gale, I’m glad I gave her female/female romance, The Love Song of Sawyer Bell a try. No surprise here, my faith in Ms. Gale’s skills as an author is well deserved. This novel is filled with strong, interesting characters, clever and witty banter, and a story which held my attention throughout. A combo of sweet and sexy romance and incredibly fun band scenes, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Taking a break from the demands of Julliard, violinist Sawyer Bell answers a call t
Mel González
"I just get so mad when people think bisexuals can't be faithful, or that we have this narrow definition of gender based entirely on genitals, or that we can't be with one person without yearning for another."

*ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review*

I'm such a sucker for books with healthy romances and communication and this book gave me that and more. If you're looking for a book that's about music, art, friendship and love, this is the one for you. We
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell is the first in a new musician series, Tour Dates. While I don’t read too many f/f books, Miss Gale is one of those authors for me that I’ll try anything she writes. Yet again, her writing had a smooth, causal tone I found engaging. The dialogue was lively and enhanced the characters, including a good amount of banter. And of course, there’s a nice dose of humor that had me smiling and giggling throughout the book.

The basic premise of The Love Song of Sawye
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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Definitely a strong 3.5 stars from me, so I'm giving it a 4! The Love Song of Sawyer Bell was a really great, sex-positive f/f romance novel that is easy to get through and really enjoyable.

Going into this I was super excited about both the f/f romance but also following the lives of musicians. Now while I was definitely satisfied with the romance part, there wasn't as much musician life included as I had hoped. The novel is really short and because this really only takes pla
I've wanted to read this book for some time now because I love Avon Gale's writing and how effortlessly diverse her books are. So, I guess I did go into this one with lot of expectations and the rating is also quite high on Goodreads.. and that's why I was quite sad to be disappointed.

This book is basically about Sawyer finding the courage to follow her dreams, discovering her sexuality and being honest with herself. There is an instanct connection between her and Vix which quickly develops into
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is an inner journey of a young student of classical music that, overwhelmed by the competitiveness of the university in which he studies, joins a music band to do a summer tour. Sawyer, this girl, at the same time has doubts about her sexuality. By joining the band, she discovers what she is really lacking in her life and the experiences she lives during this trip help her face her future. I really liked the naturalness with which these two girls live and enjoy sex. And the growth of t ...more
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3.5 stars

This is one of the most fun, well-written exploration and growth-of-character books.

Read the full review @
Bookgasms Book Blog
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
I am a huge fan of M/M romance, and have wanted to dip a toe into F/F for a while, but it took this compelling, sweet, sexy, smart book to make me realize what I've been missing!

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell is a journey of discovery for Sawyer. She's a musician who's lost the love of music. And that love is reawakened by Victoria "Vix" Vincent and her band. Chosen as replacement fiddler for the band tour, Sawyer quickly discovers all that touring life is about—performing, driving, sleeping littl
Keelan Ellis
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
As the leader of an alt-country rock band that bears her name, Victoria Vincent exudes an aura of cool, albeit good-natured, toughness. She knows all too well how hard it is to make it in the music business, for anyone, let alone as a woman in such a male-dominated genre. Vix, as she’s known to friends, is fiercely protective of her band, and dedicated to maintaining the quality of the music they make. When their fiddle player takes a leave--possibly a permanent one--to devote himself to his hus ...more
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Avon Gale lives in a liberal Midwestern college town, where she spends her days getting heavily invested in everything from craft projects to video games. She likes road trips by car, rock concerts, thunderstorms, IPAs, Kentucky bourbon and tattoos. As a queer author, Avon is committed to providing happy endings for all and loves to tell stories that focus on found families, strong and open commun ...more

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