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REVIEW: Elliot, Song of the Soulmate by Anyta Sunday

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?

~ ~ ~

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

  • M/M Romance
  • Retelling of “Persuasion”
  • lots of angst
  • Happily ever after

I have a lovely paperback collection of the books in this series. I was excited to see that this one was coming, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed by it.

I haven’t read Persuasion (I know! Weird, right? I have an English degree!) But this novel was so good! I spent half of my reading time with tears in my eyes, but I’m pleased to report some of them were happy tears.

When Wentworth and Elliot meet, they are instantly drawn to one another. Wentworth is convinced he’s met his soul mate although he doesn’t say as much out loud. The two young men become close quickly. They have fun together, they just … fit. Then a horrible event in Elliot’s life has him facing a terrible decision about the future of their relationship.

I feel as though this story is about relationships and more importantly, how we learn to rely on one another. It’s an exploration of the way that partners can support one another… and the decisions we make about allowing ourselves to be supported. We don’t always make the right decisions, and sometimes we can’t even know what decision we should have made until we are looking at it retrospectively.

I absolutely adored Wentworth. He is just the kind of character that I love. He’s sweet and quirky, knows his mind and he’s probably one of the most romantic characters I have ever read. He feels love intensely and is fully committed to the future that he can see unfolding in his mind. The problem for him is that our plans don’t always materialize the way we expect them to.

The path of these two towards love is thwarted by Elliot’s life changes. When faced with a crisis he must choose whether to involved Wentworth or send him off to continue to pursue his goals.

This book is another great addition to the “Love, Austen” series by Anyta Sunday. I happily recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the M/M romance genre. It’s a great queer retelling of a classic tale.

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) parent diagnosed with illness, death of parent, angst, break-up.

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I received an ARC of Eliot, Song of the Soulmate  by Anyta Sunday via Gay Romance ReviewsEli in exchange for an unbiased review.

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