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The Love Song of Sawyer Bell

(Tour Dates #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  80 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
ebook, 234 pages
Published September 25th 2017 by Riptide Publishing (first published September 23rd 2017)
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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
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
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 keep goi
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.
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 c
*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
Sep 03, 2017 marked it as general-abandoned-did-not-finish
This is NOT an M/M book, so I don't get why it's listed as such!!
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 the story very well. They're both very musical characters and their passion for it brought a lot of personality to them and contributed to their romance. Before the events of the
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 to
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 have thi
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
Laura (bbliophile)
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was very cute. Full review to come soon.
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 place
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
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
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
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded to 4. This book was better than I expected. It has the predictable angst ridden musician characters but they’re kind of lovable and the books pretty damn funny too. Surprisingly good read.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ugh, those *BITCHY* viola players, am I right?! ;)

I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of this gem, 'The Love Song of Sawyer Bell,' and it was sweet, sassy and quite smart. I've come to expect nothing less from Avon's books, but this was the first F/F romance I'd ever read. Crazy, right? I wouldn't say I was apprehensive per se, but I was only feeling cautiously optimistic about it. I needed to read a "gateway F/F" story to get me into the genre, but I hadn't found one that I was c
Emily Seelye
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

When Vix went looking for a replacement fiddle player for her band, she never expected Sawyer Bell. Before Sawyer showed up for the audition, she was ready to throw in the towel.

Sawyer is a classically trained violinist who studied at Juilliard, but wasn't sure if she wanted to stick with the program. She thought going on tour would be a good way to find out if she even still loves music.

As the only girls in the group, they end up spending a lot of time together. They also discover a
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f

What an enjoyable story about sexual discovery and taking chances. Following your dreams. I thought that Vix and Sawyer were adorable. The relationship development wasn't rushed and felt realistic. All in all, a great read. I hope to see more F/F romance from Ms. Gale.
DNF'ed at 40% mark
Galley provided by publisher

Rep: female bi mc, lesbian mc

I can safely say this is my favourite book by Avon Gale yet. It has the best writing (her writing in general has improved immensely from the first book of hers I read), and narrowly the best couple. Though that's a harder one to judge, because they all have such good dynamics and are consistently healthy relationships. Probably what edges it for me on that front is that I was smiling throughout their interactions because they were genuinel
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

Reading F/F stories are – although I really love them – still a novelty for me (mostly because there are so less I find appealing) so I was really happy, actually thrilled when I got the news that the super talented Avon Gale is writing a story about two women falling in love. And on top on that she set it in a music setting. My interest was picked and I was counting down the days until I was able to get an (early)
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Sadly, I'm disappointed again. I saw a couple of good comments about this book and in reading the blurb it seemed to have some of the things I love. Rock bands, musicians, song writers, a pair of heroines who didn't sound like angsty belly-button watchers. Maybe I had found that very rare things for me, a good f/f romance. I should have known it was too good to be true. Seriously, these books are not meant for me and I will learn to spot them at some point.

The first 3rd of the book was fine. Yes
Heather Martin
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Vic’s dream her entire life was to sing the songs she writes and she’s done it! She has a band that travels and plays at paying gigs. She stays free from commitments and takes full advantage of her bisexuality. It’s almost time for their band to leave on tour again and they’re struggling to find a replacement fiddle player. Until that is, a sweet, pretty, young, shy girl s
Milly Molly
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book had humour, chemistry, angst and happiness contained within a well plotted story.
I loved watching Sawyer blossom and find joy in her music again, the scenes where she is wallowing in the delight music brings her were touching. Seeing Sawyer take the time to discover her own self and who she really is and what brings her passion and happiness as she gradually unwound was lovely. She seems to previously have had a driven, lonely life where she was so focused on her end goals she didn't e
A sweet, funny coming-of-age story perfect for music fans. I especially enjoyed the frank, chatty love scenes, a great supporting cast with characters of different sexualities, and interpersonal drama beyond the coming-out frame.
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