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SIXTEEN SONGS ABOUT REGRET by J. S. CookSixteen Songs About Regret by J. S. Cook
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Most would envy the glamorous life of world famous pop star Abelard, otherwise known as Simon Duckworth.  None however would envy the childhood that made him, living with his parents’ screaming matches, the emotional tug of war over him after their divorce, and finally the night his father’s friend raped him.

The world will see a brilliant pianist and singer while inside Simon is a broken, shattered soul barely surviving.  Fate hands him a small gift the night he meets Stephen Abednego.  Together they make for an incredible songwriting duo, but more importantly Stephen becomes the only person Simon feels truly safe with. 

Into their lives comes manager/promoter Jacky Stride.  He also loves Simon, too much perhaps, quietly jealous of Simon’s attachment to Stephen.   Their discordant love triangle works for the most part though too often tempers flare to the boiling point.  The world sees unparalleled success and beautiful music.  No one sees their fragmented love or watches Simon implode whenever he pushes Stephen away.  One day there will be too many pieces to put back together again.

Angst ridden drama consumes the characters in Sixteen Songs about Regret.  The dark side of life is broken down here with drugs, alcohol, suicide attempts, and the rape of a child.  Sixteen Songs about Regret deals with emotionally fraught, damaged souls and digs deep into the human psyche.  Detailed, descriptive scenes might be too strong for some readers, so be warned.  Also, Simon and Stephen’s love is not flowers and sonnets, it’s a difficult and harsh love.  Sixteen Songs about Regret challenges and shapes a unique love story.

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