Digital Reads Reviews

This post contains affiliate links for products and services I recommend. If you make a purchase through those links, I may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.

The first thing that came to my mind after reading this book was – Aww, a sweet fun read. The story was simple, the book talked about the trials and tribulations of a gay songwriter Duncan in his dating life and his career.

An IT professional by day and a songwriter all the time, especially after a break-up, Duncan was ably supported by his best friend and lead singer Countess Marlene, Robin on guitar, and Silas with the drum beat on his computer. Together they made up – The Factory, a group of sorts, working for the passion of their music, and of course, the elusive success.

The author Anton Lee Richards has done an earnest job in endearing his characters to me. They were real, they had fun, they dated, they broke-up, they even got fired. I liked the way he had shown both the good and bad, the vagaries of life’s reality.

Few things I liked was the honest portrayal of dating life with potential relationship, hook-ups, and sometimes scary abusive dates, Duncan and Marlene’s friendship who were with each other through thick and thin (I wanted such a friendship too), life of a wannabe songwriter who wanted to become a success by writing his kind of songs, and…

PANCAKES – every occasion was celebrated with varieties of pancakes but the breakups only with the BLUEBERRY PANCAKES!!

Then came my niggles; certain parts were slow, dialogues could have been crisper. I wanted to be pulled in further into their lives.

Overall, for me, the last few chapters made it all worth it. I loved the emotions in the scenes, I liked knowing how their lives turned out to be. It made me go – Aww!!

I downloaded the digital version of the book from Kindle Unlimited, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

All my reviews can be found here

Have you read this book? Do you plan to read this?

Anton Lee Richards is a queer writer from Chicago. In a previous life, he worked in IT. In a previous life before that, he was a songwriter. He lives in Chicago with his partner and his Instagram-star bunny.






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 Marleneโ€™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 wonโ€™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?

Publication Date: 26th January 2019


22 Responses

  1. When dialogue isn’t crisp, that’s when I start scanning over passages to get back to the good stuff. Your review gave me a hankering for some pancakes! It sounds like a fun read!

      1. …and sometimes random books that somehow manage to speed to the top of the pile without us noticing… And then just ‘ooops, that’s not the book I wanted to pick up next but oooh, it’s great, gonna finish it now’๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  2. Fab review,Shalini. I like what you said about the characters being so realistic,its awesome that the author portrayed different aspects of their lives.The pancakes are a nice touch ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Great review Shalini. I love the pancake gimmick, it makes it more real to everyone, because who doesn’t love pancakes. This one sounds cute.

Have you read this? Do you have it in your TBR? Let's chat

New Giveaway coming soon

Stay tuned. ย 

Want a site to buy new booksย In perfect condition in India?


Genuine herbal products, oils and soaps, get it fromย 


I have tried their products since the past 7 years, and I completely recommend them.

Pre-made book covers and trailers

This is an affiliate link


Click here

Destiny is super sweet and professional and with just a mail you would get the cover you want.ย 

Digital Reads Media/ Reviews blog is featured onย 


New Books Alert

Click on the cover

wild and country
November 22, 2022
legend and country
January 18, 2023

Authors, if you would like to have your books mentioned in my newsletter and post, kindly contact me here.

If, after subscribing to my newsletter, you would like to put your books for review, then the link is here

Send me the details of your book so that I could have them on the sidebar and in my newsletter

Subscribe to my Newsletter


  • Get my interesting posts directly into your inbox
  • New releases and books on sale along with giveaways
  • Book Tours and Review options
  • Monthly random giveaways
  • February – March giveaway – Amazon GC US$5 for 1 winners


If you want your books/sales promoted, subscribe to my NL

Before you go, subscribe to the newsletter

February – March Giveaway – 1ย Amazon GC US$5

%d bloggers like this: