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A Summer Soundtrack for Falling in Love

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What he wanted was a music career. What he needed was love.

When Kris Golding leaves his dusty Kansas hometown for a fresh start in New York, he thinks an apartment and a job are waiting for him. But when he finds neither, rather than admit defeat, he takes his chances busking—and meets Rayne Bakshi of international rock band The Chokecherries. Rayne needs a new guitarist,
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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 284 pages
Published October 29th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Honestly, I'm kind of mad at myself for this one. Ordinarily, I have (and abide by) a rule of no rockstars in my reads but the lure of an androgynous character tested my resolve. That coupled with visions of Adam Lambert dancing in my head and before I knew it I'd clicked the request button.



SOMEBODY GET ME SOME WATER BECAUSE...




Wait... well, that too but I meant...




I think the author did too because Rayne is IN CHARGE on stage and Kris plays lead guitar and becomes blonde with kind of that same
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Fabi
A novel with a music trope is always going to call my attention. This one features a popular rock band. But it's the members that really caught my attention.

I loved how openly affectionate the band members were with each other. Their casual acceptance of everyone's uniqueness was a breath of fresh air.

The romance is between the lead singer, Rayne, and their new lead guitarist, Kris.
Kris struck out on his own, leaving Kansas far behind. Unfortunately, his cousin let him down and he would have b
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Jess
This book was provided for free by the publisher and Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBT Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

Arden Powell’s short story, “The Botanist’s Apprentice,” is one of my favorite anthology works of the year so far. I eagerly awaited their first full-length release with Riptide. But while Powell’s charm as a writer flows off the page, the story itself is sadly lacking. There are just too many
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Nicki K.
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After leaving his Kansas hometown for New York City, Kris is shocked to find his plans for a job and apartment have fallen through. Refusing to return to his stifling hometown, he decides to stay at a hostel and try his hand at busking. Fortunately, he then meets a frontman in need of a new guitarist. Rayne Bakshi is the lead vocalist for the glam-rock band, The Chokecherries, and seems to think Kris will be
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Riina Y.T.
Unfortunately this book did not work for me for various reasons, some of which I'll highlight. It's mostly personal, I think? Except... The overall pace felt off and an unexpected angle / POV change in the second half of the book was not only weird to me but also changed the 'vibe' of the story.

I liked Kris well enough from page one and I wanted to keep reading after the first chapter - it was well written, fast paced and intriguing. Stranded in New York, homeless for the first time in his life
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Up All Night With Books
3.5 “rock” stars!
Review by Nancy
Late Night Reviewer
Up All Night w/ Books Blog


A Summer Soundtrack For Falling In Love by Arden Powell is a fast paced, sweet and interesting take on a rockstar romance. I am a total sucker for rockstar romances but this book wasn’t particularly what I was expecting and fell a little short.

Kris was broke and homeless in a new town when Rayne comes along and saves him. He gets an offer he can’t refuse— afterall how often do you get asked to travel the US with a famo
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Jovan
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

"A Summer Soundtrack" for Falling in Love is a cute, fun YA read that manages to pack a lot of potentially dramatic/angst-worthy foibles into a low-angst, low steam story about finding your tribe and falling in love.

Upon arriving in New York City, Kris suddenly finds himself homeless and without a job prospect after his cousin, who had promised him a home and a job opportunity, gets fired and kicked out of his apartment in the space of an afternoon. Although Kris came to NYC with the simple g
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Lacy
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If a One Direction fic and a Queer as Folk Brian Kinney/Justin Taylor fic had a baby, A Summer Soundtrack for Falling in Love would be the result. 👨🏽🎤💕👨🏼🎤

“So you’re—what? Bi?”
“Bi,” he said. “I’m bisexual.” It was the first time he’d said it aloud, and it felt scary and thrilling and relieving all at once, like going out in makeup for the first time.


“I’m a black trans girl living in America: I have to believe in the good in people. If I weren’t an optimist, I might as well be dead.”


What a br
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Crissy
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 STARS!!!
A Summer Soundtrack for Falling in Love was such a good story. I enjoyed the characters in this story a lot and I absolutely love Rockstar romance reads. The chemistry between Kris and Rayne was undeniable and I enjoyed them being together. I get why the label wanted Calloway and Rayne to be "together" and in a way I'm glad they were because it pushed Kris to face his feelings and truth. Although this story definitely had parts I enjoyed there were also some parts I disliked. I thoug
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Sarah
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a perfect fantasy rockstar romance. When an aspiring musician finds himself homeless in New York and busking for loose change, he doesn’t expect to be spotted and hired by a famous rock band. This is the story of Kris’ summer tour as lead guitarist for the Chokecherries. It’s also a story about self discovery and falling in love.

I loved Kris. Fresh from small town Kansas, Kris finds himself mesmerised by the the g
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Lisa
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh I liked this so much! This rock mm romance was so angsty, so full of feeling. So much of the book was centered around Kris's longing and confusion,, deciding the best way to handle it all. I mean, it's a big deal. And the chemistry he has with Rayne is like, whew. Off the charts. Of course Rayne seems to be one of those enigmatic stars who people can't help but gravitate toward.

While these two are circling each other, we also get to know the rest of the band members and Kris's sister, and ev
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Jody
At it’s core this is a simple story of a young man from the Midwest who finds sudden fame and unexpected love when he becomes the new guitarist for glam rock band, The Chokecherries. It’s a journey of fulfilling dreams and finding oneself that pulled me along in a wake of bright lights, addictive adulation, and non-stop sensuality. Along the way were a few frustrating distractions involving a peacock-worshipping cult, a judgmental brother, and a fake relationship that unleashes real feelings. It ...more
Sherry
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I liked Powell’s book, but I think it’s not going to be for everyone.

I’m not a huge fan of rock star romances, but the description of this one drew me in. The story opens with guitarist Kris arriving in New York City only to find out that his living arrangements and job have fallen through. After a night spent on a park bench, he starts busking, catching the attention of Rayne, the lead singer of an internationally famous rock band. Said band just happens to need a guitarist, and thus b
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Kristel
ARC from NetGalley

It was cute and infuriating!! All the miscommunication bothers me a lot! And here there was so much of it!! Kris kept postponing his coming out as bisexual because he didn’t want the dynamics of the band to change, but then by not coming out his potential relationship with Rayne, who he was falling hard for, was at risk.

I couldn’t have been hard for him to tell Rayne what he felt because he was surrounded by really supportive people. He was afraid, and he shouldn’t come out if
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The Doctor
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! A thoroughly enjoyable read. Romance, angst, adventure, comedy all combined into one neat, well-written package. The characters were so engaging, and the overall positivity of their presentation was heart-warming. This is a real feel-good book.

I don't understand why some reviewers were put off by the peacock-worshipping cult. I thought that strand of the plot worked as a kind of reflection of the Kris/Rayne plot: people adore and love beauty--in many forms.

I've read Powe
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Jess Gabriel
This was almost a slam dunk for me. The writing style hooked me immediately, and the chemistry was blazing. I LOVE a good slow burn and this one definitely delivered there, though we don’t get to see them go all the way, which was a bummer.

I adored the supporting cast. Everyone was really well written and I’d like to know all of them further.

Unfortunately, the side plot took it off the rails for me. I don’t think it was necessary to the story, and it was just so out there that it pulled me out o
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SiriusLee
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this read. It had what I was looking for in a romance: escapist plot but with believable, well developed characters, strong dialogue, and enough peripheral goings-on to ground the plot. There is a subtle unworldy element (but by no means a major element) to this book that appealed to me, and I appreciate how the author didn't force an explanation, leaving me to wonder about it long after finishing the book. I also very much appreciated the positivity displayed throughout. I'm looking f ...more
Grant Mcdaniel
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powell's first novel is outstanding. I was especially impressed with the wit and laid-back flow of her writing style. With that, the novel takes a left turn at the midway point (regarding a peacock-worshiping cult) that might have seemed outlandish in the hands of a less skilled writer, but Powell made the plot twist work very nicely. Very nicely. Indeed, if Powell decides to expand this universe, I'd love to see the peacock spread its fan again.

I'm looking forward to more from this writer.
M. Arbon
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a glitter-dusted marshmallow, and I enjoyed it immensely. Everyone who counts is a cinnamon roll (and also queer, and also decent). The first half is wish-fulfilment fantasy, and then it takes a wild turn relating to a peacock and a drug-addled cult, which is fine, because the angst is low-key and it's mostly a lot of fun. Exactly what I needed to read right now.
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Sarah – ☆☆☆☆
This is a perfect fantasy rock star romance. When an aspiring musician finds himself homeless in New York and busking for loose change, he doesn’t expect to be spotted and hired by a famous rock band. This is the story of Kris’ summer tour as lead guitarist for the Chokecherries. It’s also a story about self-discovery and falling in love.

I loved Kris. Fresh from small town Kansas, Kris finds himself mesmerised by the genderbending world of glam
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3.5 Stars

A Summer Soundtrack for Falling in Love is a cute, fun YA read that manages to pack a lot of potentially dramatic/angst-worthy foibles into a low-angst, low steam story about finding your tribe and falling in love.

Upon arriving in New York City, Kris suddenly finds himself homeless and without a job prospect after his cousin, who had promised him a home and a job opportunity, gets fired and kicked out of his apartment in the space of an afternoon. Although Kris came to NYC with the simp
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