I have liked Amy’s stories, as with Clear Water. And I have loved her stories, as with Sidecar. And I have adored Amy’s stories, as with Keeping Promise Rock. But I have never disliked anything I’ve read by her. With String Boys, we have another winner. And any time a cover blurb says something like, “Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz,” I knew I am was in for some heart-soaring myself.
Amy is one of those women who “gets it” when it comes to gay men. I read her and think there must be something akin to reincarnation and she was a gay man in a dozen or so previous lives. She isn’t writing women with penises. She is writing men who love men. Men love differently than women. We’re unique and she “gets” us.
I fell in love with Seth from the get go. And Kelly! OMG! Totally. And as with Keeping Promise Rock, Amy makes us wait painfully and with much angst for the Happily Ever After. But I never doubt (although sometimes I have to stop and close my eyes and take a deep breath and remind myself, “It’s okay! It’s okay! We will get a happy ending) that she will give me an ending that will make my “soul soar.” And as with Keeping Promise Rock, there was some pain to get through and some periods where the lovers are kept apart—and, Aaarrgghhh!—but of course, this wouldn’t be Amy Lane if it wasn’t worth the wait of the lover’s finally getting what they long for. That’s no spoiler, this is Romance after all!
There were some parts where I had to put the book down and go watch some episodes of Friends or Fraiser to lighten me. But I had to do the same thing every time I watched an episode of Chernobyl this week! I am not a fast reader and thankfully an injury at work gave me time off to be able to just sit and read. I do like rom coms and light-hearted books, but they don’t feed me. This book fed me. And the characters came to feel like family and I know in a year or so, I’ll want to return to this family again.
Amy Lane is not only one of my favorite MM writers, but also one of my favorite authors period. With String Boys, she stays on my list. Thank you, Amy! Even though you killed me too!
Here is the COVER BLURB:
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.