Blog Tour ~ Elliot Song of the Soulmate by Anyta Sunday (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)


Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
Elliot, Song Of The Soulmate
By Anyta Sunday

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Love, Austen (Book 5)

When you have the love of your life, you hold on tight.
You don’t let go.

Debate champ extraordinaire Elliot Anneston is a master in persuasion. He wins at everything. Until he meets sexy Scottish transfer Wentworth McAllister. Suddenly he doesn’t know what’s up and what’s up. The world is a whirlwind of feeling, and when it comes to the debate of his life, to lose is inevitable. How can he not, when his argument is a lie?
I can’t love you. I don’t.

When you lose the love of your life, you don’t get a second chance.
Or do you?

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“Elliot, Song Of The Soulmate” is a contemporary gay retelling of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”.

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“Annnnd, excuse us.” Elliot cuffed Wentworth around the arm and pulled. And pulled. “Yeah, you’re going to have to move, big boy.”

“Big boy?” Wentworth looked intrigued.

“Stop it.”

“Man, the big boy bit was all you.”

“You make me funny in the head.” Elliot pulled more insistently and Wentworth folded into it, allowing himself to be dragged out into the foyer. The heat under the soft material of his sweater made Elliot’s hand feel weirdly light. He let go hurriedly. “We can’t be friends now.”

“Why not?”

“I’d never be able to bring you home and look my mum in the face again.”

“You can always hang out on The Frederick. My houseboat.”

Elliot halted. “Your what now?”

“Dad and Jane and I live on a boat. I have no problems bringing you home and looking him in the face.”

“I don’t swim. I’m not hopping on a boat.”

Wentworth was once again leaning against a wall, one foot crossed over the other, arms folded, lazy smile tipping his lips. “If we cannae hang oot at your place, and you wullnae set foot on mine . . .”

“Exactly! Whatever weird fancy you had here, it’s a lost cause.”

Wentworth narrowed his eyes in concentration. “Elliot?”

He pushed off the wall; it halved the distance between them to a foot. One silly little foot, and it was both the shortest and the longest distance of Elliot’s life. Their eyes met. Such a brilliant, midnight blue . . .

“I’m a very stubborn guy. Think of me like an oak, roots deep in the ground. Immoveable. When I make my mind up about something, I see it through. And my mind was made up last night. I want—”

“To get to know me,” Elliot finished for him, hands on hips, frowning.

“Yes, but more than that.”

“You want to be my friend.”

“More than that.”

“My best friend?”

Wentworth shook his head.

Elliot froze and whispered, “My boyfriend?”

Wentworth paused, and again shook his head. Elliot wrung out a relieved breath. Electricity shot around his body at the mere thought of being Wentworth’s boyfriend. Unbearable.

Yes, unbearable. But . . . Also thrilling?

Wentworth met Elliot’s eye. “I want to be your husband.”

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~ * ~ Kathys Review ~ * ~

5 Stars

This book was one of the best second chance romances I have read in a while. The novel was full of teenage angst that morphed into adult anger and hurt. Their story was so utterly sweet and equally heartbreaking. I found myself aching for the men and wishing that their paths did not have to separate. This can be a stand-alone, but do yourself a favor, and indulge in the entire Love, Austen series.

I loved these men equally, in their youth and in the present day. Wentworth and Elliot’s first encounter was beyond adorable, and the two instantly bonded. A tragic event causes them to separate, and Elliot never regretted his choice done out of love.

Their reunion fifteen years later shows a very cold and disinterested Wentworth. Elliott has never stopped pining for him, and I wanted nothing more than the two to rekindle their joyful and intense connection.

Ms. Sunday is a master of slow-burn romances, and this was one of utter perfection. She never rushes her MCS along, which makes the story feel so realistic, and the development of the characters so deep.

The story had a solid emotional core that made me read it in one sitting. I found myself crying at times about life’s unfairness. I strongly recommend this gentle and swoon-worthy book. I know I will reread this, and I can’t wait for more of Ms. Sunday’s take on Jane Austen’s books.

An added bonus for this series is the beautiful drawings that capture the emotions of her novels. Happy reading.

* * * Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement * * *

~ * ~ Maris Review ~ * ~

4.25 Stars!

This was such a lovely second-chances story based on Persuasion by Jane Austen, which happens to be one of my favorites, so I simply had to sign up for it.

I really liked that we got to see the past and see how Elliot and Wentworth met and fell in love when they were 17 and what broke them off, before moving to the present where they met again. I don’t like flashbacks, so having the story break into two parts, past and present, was perfect for me.

Elliot was a sweetheart and my heart went out to him for the difficult choice he had to make at one point. And Wentworth, well, I could understand why he acted the way he acted with Elliot when they saw again, and yet, angry and hurt as he was, he was unable to stop himself from showing Elliot with small gestures that he still cared for him. They were really sweet together.

The story was a sweet slow-burn, with some angst and great characters, including Honey, the puppy, who was all kinds of adorbs! Recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***


~ * ~ Annies Review ~ * ~

4 Stars

The Love, Austen series continues to surprise me. Each book is unique enough to hold a special place in my romantic heart because it touches on a different relationship or romance trope. Despite each couple’s unique story, they all share that smooth and easy rhythm that makes them such a pleasure to read.

I wasn’t quite sure how Elliot, Song of the Soulmate would work at first as the heroes start together as high school sweethearts. I shouldn’t have been worried, though, because the importance of their start, eventual separation, and their rekindling would all be realized soon enough. Elliot and Wentworth’s second chance romance was a sweet read, with plenty of beautiful touches and memorable moments that melted my heart.

I quite enjoyed the journey in Elliot, Song of the Soulmate. Although some of the separation and characters’ reluctance to address their hurts and concerns felt drawn out at moments, the story never felt overly dramatic or angst-ridden. I loved how Elliot and Wentworth’s connection is apparent even when they weren’t sure if a happily-ever-after was still in the cards for them. Elliot, Song of the Soulmate is perfect for fans of second chance romances or fated romances, particularly if you love a good slow burn.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

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About the Author:
I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of emotion, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.

My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.

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