Sean Anderson has spent his life waiting to get the hell out of West Virginia. His plans got derailed when his dad shipped him off to “pray the gay away,” but he’s over it, ready to prove that he’s a grown-ass man who can take care of himself. Of course, he’d ha ...more
Sean + Cooper.
23 year old Sean has finally made it out of West Virginia. His new gay college life can finally begin - right here in Burlington, Vermont.
His uncle organzied a place for him to stay at an army buddy's of his.
Cooper. He's finally home after almost giving all to the military.
Time to start the rest of his life.
And now he has to babysit a college kid?
LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN! ☺
Sean is such a sweet and innocent guy. But he's also so curious and interested in al ...more
I've got real mixed feelings for this book. Most of them are positive but there was the odd niggle which stopped me from falling completely into the narrative.
Both Sean and Cooper are well crafted characters, I thought the PTSD elements of the story were very well done.
However, at times I was irritated by Sean and his youth, which is probably more a me thing than a fault with the book!
As the tale progresses, it becomes ever clearer that more is hidden under the surface than first meets th ...more
This was an incredibly emotional story that covers a range of important topics including PTSD and conversion therapy. Both are serious topics that I was curious about the author's approach. This story did not disappoint because I became emotionally invested in each main character's developing and healing from their experiences.
I was particularly moved at how each MC was able to turn to each other and move forward toge ...more
I couldn't help but be singing "Take Me Home Country Roads" the whole time I was reading this installment.
Sean was just the most adorable thing, with all his gay life questions. He made me laugh out loud more than once,
Cooper is beautiful and lovely and not quite broken, but definitely a little bent.
And when they meet, you can feel the sparks fly, and as much as they are so different, they are so perfect for each other. They made me smile hard.
Though these books ...more
Heartsong is a beautiful story of self discovery, self acceptance and love.
I was sucked in from the start and at the end I was completely in love with this story and these characters.
Sean Johnson is a young man, he feels overwhelmed by the judging glances and comments of his fellow towners, so he decides to move from his little town in West Virginia to Burlington, Vermont. Here he meets his uncle former comrades, Cooper Hill, who will host him while he attends college. They instantly feel an at
Sean, 23, dark hair, blue eyes is to be with
Cooper while he gets his bachelor's Degree. Sean will help remodel Cooper's new home. The look in Sean's face, says he's been through a lot already in life.
Well...Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did Jay Hogan’s and Kate Hawthorne’s, the last 2 books I read in this series. Maybe my expectations were too high after those, but I don’t think it’s just that.
This story, about army vet Cooper and Sean, one of Coopers former army friends’ cousin, is well written and I can see a lot of readers liking or loving it. It’s an age-gap, hurt-comfort romance and throughout the book the author reveals there is a lo ...more
Cooper gets himself a new roommate in twenty three year old Sean, who's moving to Burlington for university. From the first moment they meet after Sean rescues a dog from a hit and run, there is a spark and serious undercurrent of attraction between them. It's quick to build up and as the two become closer as friends, Sean finds himself comfortable enough with Cooper to ask questions of the life he is yet to live as ...more
I'm so glad I did! AE Wasp brought me two wonderful MCs. Both broken but not irredeemably so. Cooper is a 35yo vet, an amputee and PTSD survivor. He wasn't a killer - he worked construction in the military so that in and of itself was a pleasant ...more
I am sitting square in the middle of like/dislike for this story. The problem with it for me is an absolute me thing because the writing is solid, and the story is not half bad. But see, if I can’t invest in what’s happening or rather if I want to scream because a character is just so hmmmmmm, even if the writing is solid, I’m not going to enjoy myself reading and what do I always say about a reader’s feelings … they are of the upmost importance but a writer has zero control over ...more
Sean's Uncle served with Cooper and when Sean needs a place to stay, Cooper agrees to help his buddy's nephew out.
Sean's got a traumatic past that he keeps repressed and hidden until the nightmares bring them to life at night.
Sean enjoys writing, poems mostly, but it seems to be a backburner story element, similar to Cooper's musical talents. Neit ...more
This was good. A bit more serious than some of the other installments in this series. Some serious topics. I liked these two together and they were really supportive of each other. There is a guest appearance of characters from this author's Veterans series so it was nice to see that. If you haven't read that series though you'll be fine. It wont effect your understanding of this plotline. ...more
This is the thirteenth book in a series of stories written by a collection of talented authors and set in Sarina Bowen’s True North world. I am really enjoying the connections, and yet the variety of styles offered by the different writers. This time we two men who chance has brought together, but who complete each other in a very healing and affirmative way - but the journeys both have taken to get there are complicated ...more
Oh god why???? I was loving this book! Cooper was fun snarky without being a turnoff. Sean was adorably virginal. It was going along ok!!
Then the dreaded left turn at Albuquerque 🔁
The beginning was a bit of a cluster. Sean saves a puppy who was the victim of a hit & run.
Sean meets Cooper & its instant attraction. Then Cooper does all the mental gymnastics to talk himself out of hitting on Sean.
Then there were Coopers insecurities about his amputation. He was uncertain over mos ...more
I received a free copy through Heart Eyes Press in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
4 stars — I think this book went a little differently than I was expecting from the blurb. I expected a much stronger music/poetry component, and it wasn’t really there…it was more background, felt tacked on. But at the same time what I did get was fantastic.
Cooper surprised the heck out of me. I was expecting someone more taciturn, but he wasn’t really gr ...more
A.E. Wasp is a new-to-me author, and Heartsong is my introduction to their writing. This is the thirteenth book in the Vino & Veritas series, and there was no bad luck on my end when it came to reading this. Sean Johnson (23) moves from West Virginia to Vermont in order to attend college. His Uncle Troy, whose story can be read in Wasp's Veterans Affairs series starter, Incoming, makes plans for Sean to stay with an old Army buddy of his, Cooper Hill ...more
Heartsong is only the second book I’ve read by AE Wasp and I really need to correct that. I have many of her books in my digital library but there just aren’t enough hours in the day to read as many books as I’d like to. However, after having read Heartsong, I definitely need to move her books up higher on my TBR list.
Heartsong was such a heartbreaking story to read in places but also very uplifting as Sean comes to terms with what happened to him and people gather around him to suppo ...more
I have mixed feelings about this story. Overall, the story is wonderful and full of heart. But the present tense writing style left me struggling to fully connect throughout most of the book.
Sean and Cooper have an instant attraction to each other, and their romance is sort of insta love since it happens so quickly. Their age difference is a great aspect to this story.
The m ...more
It felt a little rushed through, especially the past trauma—both physical and mental—both Sean and Cooper experienced. And like many of the V&V books, it’s instalove. And pets. And immediate cohabitation.
Cooper was a hard character to believe. He had no real friends in town, wore shorts a lot even though he said he never wore shorts, had no job and no plans to get one. He read Sean’s journal and didn’t bring it up till the last pages ...more
Sean is from West Virginia, and while he is out, he is far from comfortable in his skin and with his sexual identity. Sean has survived trauma and is learning how to deal with it. I found Sean's story to be original and heart-wrenching, creative and raw. I imagine there are many who have similar experiences to him, but this is the first time I have seen it represented in romance.
Cooper is a military veteran and an amputee, ...more
I'm a huge A.E. Wasp and this book was just another reason why!
I loved Sean to bits! He was just so adorable from the start, fun and sweet and quirky, but he also had this depth to him, which made sense all things considered. We get bits and pieces of what he went through, but when we learn the full story, it's so heartbreaking and makes perfect sense with how he acted sometimes. I really liked Cooper, too. He had his own ghosts to battle and a lot of it couldn't have been easy to d ...more
What Sean and other kids like him have have had to overcome due to the ignorance of others is terrifying. Such a sweet, trusting soul that others abused. Unable to believe someone can truly love him as he is.
This story will break your heart and you’ll find yourself screaming to the heavens asking why, only to have it pick up the pieces and put you back together again.
I really enjoyed this. These were great characters. Sean sounded exactly as he was supposed to; a very young man but not immature, just inexperienced in life. Cooper was just old enough to have become quite wise. Loved Stumpy and I liked having Troy & Dmitri appear from Veteran’s Affairs series.
And who wouldn't fall for a man like Cooper. A little rough on the outside but so freaking sweet on the inside.
This was not an easy read. But I don't mean that as a bad thing. There are a some really hard issues dealt with in this book. Sean's trauma and past experiences had me needing to take a breath a couple of times. T ...more
A dreamer and an idealist, Amy writes about people finding connection in a world that can seem lonely and magic in a world than can seem all too mundane. She invites readers into her characters’ lives and worlds when they are their ...more