An Ali Release Day Review: String Boys by Amy Lane

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.

Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.

Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.

Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever… before it slices their hearts in two.

There is nothing I love more than an angsty story and this one is full force, grade A angst. This author is the queen of making a reader cry. I almost never cry when I read a book and if I do it’s maybe my eyes getting a bit misty. But full on sobbing while trying to breathe, that’s only happened a few times and each of those have been one of this author’s books. This one got added to my ugly cry list list.
The blurb does a good job of giving the reader an overview of the story. There is a ton more that happens but I don’t want to spoil anything. There is the story of the two mc’s throughout their lives but there is also the story of their families and friends. There is a lot going on here but it is beautiful and emotional and sometimes a bit heart breaking.
As usual with this author the writing is top notch. She knows how to tell a story and to draw the reader in to the character’s lives. I loved both of these guys and was invested in their story from almost the first page.
This is one of the best this author has written in my opinion (which is saying a lot). I highly recommend this if you’re looking for an original plot that will bring out every emotion in  you.

Cover art: Reese Dante:  This cover was done by Reese Dante and I like it a lot. It’s very clean and modern looking while capturing the vibe of the story.

Buy Links– Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details;
ebook, 341 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 139781644053393
Edition Language English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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