Title: Blueberry Pancakes
Author: Anton Lee Richards
Writing songs for a would-be pop star is
painful. When young, gay songwriter Duncan falls in love, he writes a love
song. When he gets dumped, he writes a break-up song. Luckily for his
songwriting career, his love life is a roller-coaster.
When his long-term boyfriend breaks up with him, Duncan finds solace in music. And pancakes, of course. With the help of his sassy diva singer and best friend Marlene, her ex-boyfriend guitarist, and a local music producer, they form a musical dream team to produce songs to pitch to agents, and for Marlene’s promising singing career.
A new guy here, a new guy there, they are delicious distractions, but this drama fuels new and better songs. And that ex? He just won’t seem to go away. But it all pays off when they have their first number one hit with a teenybopper all-girl band.
Not everything in their favorite hangout-a breakfast restaurant called Pancake Heaven-is rainbows and maple syrup. The all-girl band drops them as songwriters, and they squabble with one another over their musical future. Will they find the success they can be proud of?
Blueberry Pancakes is a contemporary gay drama about falling in and out of love, the price of success, and walking through the world with confidence.
I loved the premise of this book, and the author pulls it off beautifully. Throughout the book we follow Duncan’s journey as he struggles to find love. As a gay man in the music industry, things aren’t all blueberry pancakes, especially after his band hits their first real success.
It was very easy to connect to Duncan and his world though at times, his life was a rollercoaster ride. I love that the story doesn’t just focus on romance but also includes the importance of friendship and the drive of success. This is probably the “realist” fiction that I’ve ever picked up. Fantastic story.