Blog Tour Review | Perfect Score

Perfect Score

About the Book:Feckless, exasperating Alex Finch is a rich, handsome and talented singer/songwriter who longs for two things: a career as a professional rock singer, and to have his love for Sam Barrowdale reciprocated. But drifter Sam’s two aims are simply to earn enough money to pay his sister’s medical bills and to hide from the world his reading/writing and speech disability. At this time the word “dyslexia” is generally unknown so to most people he’s just a “retard”. From the severe knocks life’s dealt him, Sam’s developed a tough outer coating and he has no time for a spoilt, selfish guitar player.

Despite his defects, Alex’s love for Sam never wavers and when Sam unexpectedly disappears, Alex begins a somewhat bungling quest to find him, only to discover that Sam has a fearful enemy: Alex’s powerful and influential yet sociopathic uncle.

As Alex spirals downwards towards alcoholism, many questions need answering. Just why did Alex’s evil uncle adopt him at age eleven yet deny him any affection? And what’s the mystery behind Alex’s father’s death?

Both seem to face unbeatable odds. Are they doomed to follow separate paths forever?

Author: Susan Roebuck
M/M Romantic Suspense
Mundania Press LLC | May 3, 2017

Reading Perfect Score I really had no idea what I was picking up.  My deciding to read this was really as spontaneous as you can get.  I do know why I did, though.  I was intrigued by a M/M romance story that took place in the 60’s.  It’s not something I’ve read before.

Perfect Score had a good solid foundation in the two main characters.  It was their interactions that kept me reading the most.  I loved how they both acted and spoke, it felt authentic.  I also believed their attraction, especially from Alex, and particularly when they were together.  I only wish we had gotten more of that in the story.

Another area that I thought was strongly developed was the affection between Sam and Amy.  I love how hard he worked to take care of her, and I loved how much Sam meant to Amy.  I especially loved how Amy and Alex’s love of Sam brought the two of them them together.

Finally, I thought that the author stayed true to the era, even if I’d maybe hoped for a more current resolution to the story.  I was glad that the author didn’t bend the times, or the evolution of Alex and Sam’s relationship to give the readers that super sunshine filled sparkling ending.  Life is usually messier than most romance novels would have you believe.

Unfortunately there were a few things that I struggled with while reading.  First, the prose of the book was jarring for me.  I tend to steer clear of books with unusual vernacular and slang.  I don’t like feeling as though I need to decipher each sentence.  Basically, I wanted the characters to be written like they were from the 60’s, but the description shouldn’t be heavy with outdated terminology.

I also wasn’t really into the romantic suspense part of the plot.  I didn’t think it was very suspenseful.  It was more of a story about two men who’d been dealt shitty hands, and how they put their lives back together in spite of the obstacles that tried to tear them apart.  I would have preferred the emphasis be on there relationship.  Maybe if it we would have had more one on one time with Sam and Alex.

All in all, it was an interesting entertaining read, and I’m happy that I was asked to join the Blog Tour for Perfect Score.

Thank you to the author for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Susan RoebuckMy first love is, of course, my husband, my second writing, and my third painting. And now I have time to be able to indulge in all three.

My debut novel, “Perfect Score” was published by Awe-Struck Publishing on Sept 21, 2010 and the paperback was launched on May 11 2011. In May 2017 Mundania Press re-released the ebook.

Perfect Score was an EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) finalist in the 2012 EPIC e-Book Awards in the Mainstream Category.

“Perfect Score” is set in mid West USA in the 1960s and is a story about family relationships, corruption, growing up, integrity, responsibility, and being a man of worth in a society of the worthless.

“Hewhay Hall” is my second novel, published by Etopia Press on April 20, 2012. It has won the EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) 2013 e-Book Award in the Horror Category (an EPPIE).

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