Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Adam’s Song
SERIES: 8 Million Hearts, #1
AUTHOR: Spencer Spears
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 315 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 5th, 2017
They say it’s a bad idea to fall for your best friend. But when have I ever let that stop me?
Adam: It’s not like I wanted to fall in love with Ben. When we first met in college, I thought he’d be like every other hot jock who’d made my life hell in high school. It’s not my fault he turned out to be sweet, funny, and insanely talented. We moved to New York after college to break into the music business and of course Ben got signed by a major label—they’d be stupid not to want him. But even though he’s a famous popstar now, he still wants to be friends with a nobody like me. Honestly, if he didn’t want me falling for him, he should have been less goddamn perfect.
Well, except for the part where he’s straight. Did I forget to mention that?
In my defense, responsible decision-making has never been my strong suit. Case in point—collapsing on stage, guitar in hand, after discovering my then-boyfriend, now-ex was cheating on me, and downing a bottle of bourbon in response. But I’m cleaning up my act—no more hiding in the closet and no more bad life choices. But that also means no more waiting around for the day Ben magically decides he likes di…sgustingly sappy guys with secret crushes on him (aka, me).
So why did Ben have to pick now to make me question everything I thought I knew about us?
“I’ve never wanted anything as much as I want you right now. When I see you, something inside me lights up.”
Ben: It’s not like I planned this. I was on tour when Adam collapsed back in New York and he wouldn’t even let me come home early to visit him. But that’s Adam for you—brilliant, breathtaking, and pathologically afraid of vulnerability. All I wanted was to be there for him—and him coming out didn’t change that in the slightest. Yeah, I couldn’t help seeing him a little differently. And no, I couldn’t quite explain why I was suddenly noticing the curve of his back, the freckles on his cheeks, or wondering what his lips tasted like. But whatever weird awakening I was having, Adam needed support, not more confusion.
And then I kissed him. Whoops.
And I know it’s fast. I know it’s unexpected. I know my label would be livid if they found out I was dating a guy. But I also know—deeply and inexplicably—that this could be something real. I just have to convince Adam of the same thing. Beautiful, broken Adam who looks at the world through 14 layers of irony. Adam, who’d rather get an appendectomy than admit that he needs someone. Adam, who still doesn’t know all of my secrets.
So do I convince him to risk everything—on me?
Adam’s Song is Book 1 in the 8 Million Hearts series. While each book can be read on its own, they’ve even more fun to read together. Adam’s Song is a 110,000 word m/m romance full of snark, sweetness, and a healthy serving of steam. Friends-to-lovers and hurt/comfort themes. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed HEA.
Oh goodness…I don’t even know where to start. I love friends to lover’s stories, I love musicians, BI/GFY/OFY stories, first time, and young love…the list can go on and on. There are so many reasons why Adam’s Song should have been perfect for me but this book fell way short. Almost from the beginning I knew I was going to have a problem with the story due to how the characters talked to each other. Only a few chapters in and I felt I might throw my iPad if someone said “like” one more time. I’ve read this authors books before so I know she must have done this type of dialogue on purpose. Maybe thinking it would be relatable and more of how young people talk to one another. And I’m sure that’s true in a lot of ways but it unfortunately turned me way off and I struggled even finishing the story.
Adam and Ben have been best friends for years. Adam has always harbored intense feelings for Ben but coming out has always scared him for various reason. When Ben hits the big time and becomes a hugely successful recording artist the two go their separate ways but always remain in contact.
After a breakup and some really bad decisions, Adam is at a place where he feels he can start telling people that he’s gay. Ben’s very supportive of Adam, and with the two of them being in such close proximity to each other emotions start growing and an intense attraction develops and deep seeded feelings emerge.
Adam and Ben are so sweet together. Adam was a little neurotic and at times hard to take but Ben was grounding, stable, supportive and they fit. It was sweet. I enjoyed the supporting characters, as well. It was obvious while both men have struggled they had people in their lives that loved them, which made them stronger as a couple.
Overall, this was ok. A sweet, young love story that I’m sure tons of readers will adore. There were just things that didn’t work for me and I’m also not a fan of the cover art either. Sadly, it was a big turn off for me as well.