Elliot, Song of the Soulmate by Anyta Sunday

Anyta Sunday's Love Austen series has yet to let Sarah down and the latest installment, Elliot, Song of the Soulmate, furthers this record. This is a sweet, second chance love story that tells the story of how two men met and fell in love not once but twice.

From the Author:

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".

Sarah C.'s Review:

Elliot, Song of the Soulmate tells the love story of Elliot and Wentworth. They meet as teenagers and on the first night, Wentworth declares that he wants to be Elliot's husband. They fall in love and start to plan their future until Elliot's world is turned upside down. He breaks his own heart and lets Wentworth go off to chase his dreams. Fifteen years later, they are reunited when Wentworth comes to work at the Love Austen studios where Elliot is currently working. At first, the reunion is not so welcome but they slowly begin to learn who each man has grown into and if they can make it work.

As always, Anyta writes these amazingly real characters that you can't help but relate to. I found myself cheering for both Elliot and Wentworth at different parts in the narrative, falling in love as they fell in love, and hurting when they hurt. The found family aspect of the Love Austen studios appealed to me greatly as well, setting a backdrop of familiar characters from the other stories. And a lot of characters from the previous books appear in this one, weaving in and out masterfully, taking up enough space to make someone whose read the series happy but not so much that someone who just picks up this book as a standalone will find themselves lost.

And the chemistry between the two main characters is palpable from the jump. The relationship felt believable. The friendships that supported the story felt believable. For me, being able to connect with the characters in a book is one of the most important things, followed by plot and quality of the writing. Anyta Sunday once again excels in all three areas.

This is an easy read with a low level of angst and a romance that leaves you smiling. 

Miki J.'s Review:

I’m loving these Austen themed stories.  This story starts off with two 17 year old lads and the relationship that starts – it’s quirky, beautiful, sweet & romantic.  Then the heartbreak….fast forward 15 years……the angst, indifference (but is it……) and then the maybe…..I totally adored Elliot, Song of the Soulmate !!  It made me laugh, cry and swoon - all the feels.