This is such a fun book. I started smiling when I read the blurb for the first time and once I got into the book, it was almost nonstop laughter for mThis is such a fun book. I started smiling when I read the blurb for the first time and once I got into the book, it was almost nonstop laughter for me. This is romantic comedy at its best, with some very touching love scenes, a great underlying romance story, and a few deeper life truths added in - just to keep me focused and on my toes.
I have no idea how A.J. does it, but in this case, he took the “fairly serious” topic of getting fired and made the character's situation hilarious. Much of it is because of the way Ky himself deals with it, but there are many exterior circumstances which add to the humor of the situation. It made me remember how important it is that we remain able to laugh at ourselves. There is a saying in German that expresses this perfectly: Humor ist, wenn man trotzdem lacht. Roughly translated this means: humor is when you laugh anyway.
If you like romantic comedy, this is a must-read. Anyone who needs cheering up should read this story as well. For my part, I know I will re-read this a few more times, just because it is so utterly, perfectly funny and touching.
The courtship in this short story isn't the only thing that is "most unusual", since the author has developed an alternate reality/world with some intThe courtship in this short story isn't the only thing that is "most unusual", since the author has developed an alternate reality/world with some interesting differences to reality as we know it. Some are rather obvious - there is magic in this world, some more subtle - like the fact that same-sex couples and marriage are considered normal (which is nicely explained). The setting is the London of Queen Victoria and her surviving children (after Prince Albert's death).
Gerald is a very talented leather worker, if somewhat quirky. He refuses to work with mages, which leads to all kinds of interesting twists as the story develops. His reactions to suddenly being pursued by a mage are funny, but he is willing to learn and adapt and ends up less "blinded" by his prejudice than I first feared.
Leo is a mage of the very highest caliber and desperately needs Gerald to work with him on a project of "royal importance". Once they meet, he is also desperate for more than a temporary working relationship, hence, the courtship that follows. I loved Leo's tenacity and the creativity in what he comes up with to convince Gerald.
If you like stories that are funny with humor coming from unexpected angles, if you enjoy reading about two men working through their differences, and if a bit of magic is the spice of life for you, then you may like this short book. I enjoyed it as much the second time around as I did when I first read it!
NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review. ...more
“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” ― Sam Keen, To Love and Be Loved
This is basic“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” ― Sam Keen, To Love and Be Loved
This is basically a reunion story, with enough angst, drama, and sarcasm to keep me in suspense about the outcome. The main characters are both as flawed as they come, and if you’re looking for a traditional romance, this is not it. Instead, Scotty Cade presents a cast of characters who would be at home in any soap opera, and gives Lee and Harry a second chance at love. And boy, do they need it! Both have made - and are still making - some stupid mistakes. The humorous tone makes it funny, and while most of the story is told by Lee, Harry does have the occasional opportunity to add his perspective.
Lee is a player. He is single and happy about it, taking opportunities to hook up with attractive men whenever he can find them. But there is one who got away, and Lee doesn’t realize how deeply he is still in love with him until he runs into Harry again. Not that this stops Lee from having yet another tryst, but it does bring back memories of a time when he thought monogamy was a good idea. Meeting up with him now, in a mini-college reunion with his closest friends, brings back all kinds of memory. Lee is still too hurt to be honest with himself at first – but the truth will come out, painful step by painful step.
The writing style and Lee's snarky remarks really pulled me in. The secondary characters are also great, and even though there are many, they are individuals and memorable enough not to be confusing. Some of them are important catalysts for Lee and Harry to get back together again, and some have played key roles in the past. All of them are very supportive, and made this book come alive.
If you like realistic stories about flawed people, if you want a “reunion with obstacles”, and if you’re looking for a read that is funny to the point of being sarcastic, and a love story that is not a romance, yet very hot, then you might like this novella.
Shifters finding refuge in an alternate reality? Count me in! Wolves fighting for position in a pack is to be expected, but first Ash, then Mai, findiShifters finding refuge in an alternate reality? Count me in! Wolves fighting for position in a pack is to be expected, but first Ash, then Mai, finding a new home in an interesting parallel dimension is pretty creative. And even better, it’s not just wolves who get together in Glen Wood, it is a whole bunch of shifters of all kinds. More reminiscent of some of the Native American myths I am familiar with this story’s world is one of peaceful coexistence and respect for nature. This is definitely a fresh look at shifter lore, and I was happy to discover that mating and hot loving is still very much part of it all.
Maicoh/Mai has fought hard for a position in his pack, and has given up a lot to get there. Ash may have run years ago, when their only choice would have been to fight for dominance, but Mai stuck it out. And for what? When he discovers they want him to produce babies for the pack he decides enough is enough. He knows Ash is his mate and that will never change. But when he actually finds him, as if by coincidence – or fate, Mai is stunned. Not for long though. Seeing Ash again brings back a lot of memories, and a mate is a mate, right?
Ashkii/Ash was never a fighter. The whole ides of having to hurt and maybe kill for a position in the pack disgusted him, and when Mai is told to choose between Ash and the pack, Ash knows it is time to go. He is more of an earth-bound shifter, close to nature and more than a little artistic. A hippie werewolf, which made me smile. But it suits him. When Mai turns up, the old longing returns, but Ash is hesitant to trust again. He knows he cannot survive another separation. Mai is it for him though, so what choice does he have?
If you like shifter stories set in the context of an entire mythology, if you enjoy reading about men who try to fight who they are, only to discover there is no escaping their destiny, and if you’re looking for a read that is funny, sweet, and very hot, then you will probably like this novella. ...more
Wow! This story is a total roller coaster ride, quite an achievement for such a relatively short book.
Lynton is some character! I started out really lWow! This story is a total roller coaster ride, quite an achievement for such a relatively short book.
Lynton is some character! I started out really liking him, even felt sorry for him, because he was so lonely. Then came the depths of ‘OMG, not another horrible main character’ when he turns into a bastard, to such a quick redemption that my head is still spinning. And all of it made sense from Lynton’s point of view, even if he was harsher than maybe he should have been. Thing is, he does see his own faults, but, like many of us, doesn’t immediately know how to fix them. Once he does, though, he goes back to being the likeable guy he was when we first met him. And the whole time I couldn’t really hate him because I could see where he was coming from, how lonely and desperate he was and how little he knew about getting what he wanted – a loving relationship.
Austin, of course, went through hell having to live through this. He was pretty desperate to begin with, has a low paying job with a terrible boss, and no life to speak of. He pours all his love into Rupert, his dog, so no wonder will he do anything to save him. Interestingly, as much as I wanted to feel for him, he also makes mistakes. The angst almost killed me!
Overall, I really liked this book because there are two clearly flawed characters battling it out. Different from a lot of books, though, they aren’t ‘black and white’, as in ‘one is perfectly good and loveable and the other is a bastard’. Both men have their faults, there are misunderstandings, and they truly butt heads before they get their act together. The fact that it’s almost too late by the time they do only adds to the tension. If you like unusual story twists, realistic characters with lots of faults, and some very hot action between the sheets, you will probably like this book as much as I did. ...more
Rereleased today, on 13 May 2015, this is the fourth book in my Workplace Encounters series; inspired by men meeting at work - but definitely stayingRereleased today, on 13 May 2015, this is the fourth book in my Workplace Encounters series; inspired by men meeting at work - but definitely staying away from the so-called office romance. This series looks at all types of workplace, even the occasional office may play a role, but the 'romance part' is guaranteed not to take place there.
This story is about straight-laced ship engineer Nathan Kappas, who (literally) runs into happy-go-lucky musical dancer, Harper Quade. The sparks fly, but can they escape Harper's mysterious stalker and find enough common ground to discover a future together?
Upcoming books in this series include the rerelease of The Truck Driver in June, and a NEW story, The Baker, in July.
This is a great feel-good book that left me smiling and reassured that sometimes stories that start with an awful shock can end well. Joey and Geoff aThis is a great feel-good book that left me smiling and reassured that sometimes stories that start with an awful shock can end well. Joey and Geoff are both white knights – each in their own way – and what I really liked was that they got to rescue each other. True teamwork requires the partners to work together, to use their individual strengths to make sure the relationship works; these two took a while to figure out the details, but they did so in a loving and sometimes even humorous way.
Joey is truly overwhelmed by the loss of his only family when his brother and pregnant sister-in-law die in a car accident. I could feel his grief and pain as he rushes to the hospital and was happy with him and for him when he found out the baby survived. But that was only the beginning. Trying to raise a baby on your own is tough, and Joey definitely struggled. He never even considered giving up though, and I loved that quiet determination.
Geoff is in his forties, divorced, and has more regrets and demons in his past than is healthy. Yet when he sees Joey being bullied, he doesn’t hesitate to come to his rescue. The idea of helping Joey take care of the baby scares him, but he can’t resist a second chance at raising a child. He also cannot resist Joey’s charms, even though he tries. His fear of a commitment longer than “let’s see how it goes for the next two weeks” made me smile, but it clearly helped him talk himself into a new and slightly scary situation.
This story is told in a series of little vignette’s from the men’s lives, which I really liked. It gave me a lot of insight into the men’s developing relationship, and these ‘highlights’ were not just entertaining, but able to cover a lot of time in a fairly short book. I felt very connected to these characters and, of course, the baby was just adorable. If you are looking for a cute story to cheer you up, if you need a happy ending but want it in a modern fairy tale, and if you like reading about two loving men learning to care for each other as well as a baby, you will like this book as much as I did. ...more
In the very nice second half of Yves and Tony’s story, Yves has to face the reality of their situation. Asking Tony to stay for Christmas to get him oIn the very nice second half of Yves and Tony’s story, Yves has to face the reality of their situation. Asking Tony to stay for Christmas to get him off the streets was one thing. But now that they have begun to build some trust between them, and a real relationship seems to be within their grasp, Yves realizes he wants more. As with the first book in their story, the previous volume in this series, Tony and Yves are very gentle with each other. Now that a basic trust is built, they add some kinky play to their bedroom activities, and it’s a huge success.
Yves has made up his mind about wanting Tony around long-term. He has offered him a job, so he can feel secure and earn his own money, and now he needs to make sure Tony knows he is loved and welcome in Yves’s bed as well. Yves is ready to explore some more, and the ideas he tries with Tony are very hot. Almost better than that is the care he shows in teaching Tony that he, as the sub, has the power in the scenes they do together.
Tony cannot believe someone as wonderful as Yves really wants him around, but with each experience, and with every day they work and live together, Tony’s self-confidence grows. And then Robbie, his former pimp, shows up and does the worst thing possible: he threatens Yves. That is the one thing Tony cannot deal with.
If you like sweet romances with a little kinky play, if you enjoy the “former rent boy makes good” scenario, and if you’re looking for a read that is as sweet as it is hot, then you will probably like this short story.
Some men have a harder time than others when defining their life and how they want to live it. In this story, Carter and Matthew may come from differeSome men have a harder time than others when defining their life and how they want to live it. In this story, Carter and Matthew may come from different backgrounds, but they share the issue of how to deal with Matthew’s HIV-positive status. And while Carter tells the story, he is so rational and laid-back that it felt to me as though the focus was much more on Matthew than him. Maybe it was due to the fact that Carter’s reactions are so rational, even though his emotions are clearly involved from the moment he meets Matthew. Maybe it was the way Matthew quietly dealt with his lot in life and how grateful he was for every scrap of attention and affection from Carter. Either way, I think this novella is an interesting character study.
Carter is a phlebotomist, in charge of taking blood samples for lab tests. He is rational, dedicated to his work, and usually withdrawn and professional. When he meets Matthew, he suddenly faces an attraction he is not quite sure what to do with, and anyway, he cannot act on it until Matthew stops being a patient. Nevertheless, Carter begins to get to know Matthew during his daily visits and they start dating once Matthew is discharged. Carter’s acceptance of Matthew’s HIV-positive status comes easily. I guess that’s because he knows the facts like few others, and it is rare to see this reaction – in reality as well as in fiction. But there is no emotional turmoil for Carter, just determination to see where things go.
Matthew is the hesitant one in this relationship. Not that I can blame him! He not only has been dealt an awful hand thanks to a despicable ex who infected him, but he has had to deal with a lot of rejection from men who hear about his status – and run for the hills. And Matthew is so open and honest about it that he hasn’t had much more than a first date in a long time. He is shocked and delighted in equal measure when he confesses he is positive, and all that happens is for Carter to accept him anyway. Matthew is still careful about trusting his luck, always ready for rejection at every turn.
If you like stories about opposites attracting, if an almost fairy tale like relationship full of acceptance, helpful (and not so helpful) family members is your thing, and if you’re looking for an angstfree read with a message of hope, then you will probably like this novella.
Sometimes life doesn’t go as we planned, and this story is about a man who needs to learn how to deal with a new reality. Garrett has a very hard timeSometimes life doesn’t go as we planned, and this story is about a man who needs to learn how to deal with a new reality. Garrett has a very hard time with it, and even though his injury may not seem all that serious if compared with losing a limb or paralysis, pain and loss is often in the eye of the beholder. For him, not being able to use his arm any longer comes close to being the end of the world. It means he has lost the job he always wanted to have - an arborist needs to be able to climb trees - and Garrett no longer can. This novella takes him from utter despair and self-pity all the way to a new understanding of his role in life, and I loved watching him grow and change. L.J. LaBarthe did an amazing job getting into the head of a man who suddenly doubts his own value, only to discover that as long as he is alive, there is hope.
Garrett is not a very nice person in the beginning of this story. He doesn’t even like himself! He figures he has every reason to feel sorry for himself – after all, his life is now ruined. He never asked for the accident that ended up damaging his rotator cuff, but he now has to deal with the consequences. I wanted to shake him a couple of times, just so he’d realize how much he still had to live for.
When he goes on a trip to Havelock Island in India for some pretty special therapy, his eyes open in more than one way. He meets Jai, a nurse, and he gets to swim with elephants. Jai impresses him with his easygoing, gentle nature and the elephants – well, I am a fan of them myself, and I think spending time with them can probably cure pretty much any metal agony someone is feeling. Garrett makes a few discoveries on that trip, and when he returns home to Australia, he is mentally an spiritually refreshed and much better equipped to deal with his new realty. Yes, it will not be easy, but at least he is no longer despondent. He is ready and willing to give life another try.
If you like thoughtful stories about men who go through a life-changing experience, if you enjoy reading about emotional and spiritual journeys, and if you’re looking for a read with deep emotions and some sweet romance to top it all off, then you will probably like this novella as much as I did.
This is an amazing story about two men who each face an uphill struggle not just to survive, but to do it well. Their challenges are very different, aThis is an amazing story about two men who each face an uphill struggle not just to survive, but to do it well. Their challenges are very different, and neither of them suspects they’ll be able to help each other. But once they begin to interact (on a purely voyeuristic basis at first), then meet and build one of the most unusual relationships I have read about in a while, they discover there is a lot more between them than the “deal” they have made to explore having sex together. Both characters are not just well researched, but written with compassion and a deep understanding of what drives them. This may look like a purely physical relationship, and that is what Beau thinks he needs, but it ends up being a growth experience for both of them. It is also a great case of intimacy sneaking up on two unsuspecting guys and turning out to be not at all what they expected.
Beau is all about the physical side of life. Not surprising really, since he used to be an Olympic swimmer, and even though a car accident paralyzed him from the waist down, his solution is, by necessity, centered around the physical as well. He has to learn how to deal with a different set of abilities, but the one thing he knows is that he will remain a swimmer. Beau has also never had the time (or inclination) for a relationship, so he isn’t looking for one when he hooks up with Niksa. Beau requests help with his involuntary erections and how to learn to orgasm without genital stimulation. I thought it was pretty obvious he’d need intimacy to get there, but he never even considers this. For him, as ever, it is still all about his body. It was fascinating to see him learn and grow!
Niksa is the complete opposite of Beau. He is a scientist who lives in his head, has no friends, and not even a real desire to live. He’s had a tough life, but his challenge is mental and spiritual. Niksa writes poetry, and it’s all very dark and depressing, yet very emotional. He has never had sex, so Beau’s “offer” to teach him works well, but Niksa knows he will get attached and be in trouble before they start. He craves intimacy, yet he knows it is the one thing Beau is not willing to give. And Niksa being very self-centered, he misses all the signs that things may be changing, and is totally shocked when he finds out what has been happening to Beau.
If you like stories about complicated men who face tremendous challenges, if you want to find out what it may be like to live as a physically or emotionally challenged person, and if you’re looking for a read that is deeply emotional, character-driven, and very hot, then you will probably enjoy this extraordinary novella.
A nice variation on the "younger guy has a crush" and "older guy isn’t out" theme, this short, light romance is entertaining and fun to read. The mainA nice variation on the "younger guy has a crush" and "older guy isn’t out" theme, this short, light romance is entertaining and fun to read. The main characters are a rough-on-the-outside motorcycle mechanic and a gothic-artsy painter. Their whirlwind romance successfully combines passion, some angst, a creative apology, and some very supportive best friends.
Mack knows what he wants in life. Getting out of his parents’ house and financial independence are part of the plan. A successful motorcycle repair shop has been established, but his personal life isn’t anywhere close to where he has a loving relationship. He still isn’t sure he wants that, at least not right now, and since he prefers men and coming out is NOT in the plan, he spends the odd weekend at a club picking up men, and thinks that is all he needs. He didn’t count on running into Crypt…
Crypt is an artist who has had a crush on Mack since high school. He will do anything to get close to him, but when he does and realizes Mack isn’t out and not planning to change that, his world comes crashing down. Even though he knows he has only himself to blame for falling for the man, being confronted with the stark truth doesn’t hurt any less.
If you like quick reads about men with very different backgrounds, if an affair between an out-and-proud and a closeted man sounds interesting, and if you enjoy stories with passionate action between the sheets, you will probably like this story....more
‘Day and Knight’ is Dirk Greyson’s first novel, and it affected me in more than one way. It’s a modern-day mystery with nefarious terrorists planning‘Day and Knight’ is Dirk Greyson’s first novel, and it affected me in more than one way. It’s a modern-day mystery with nefarious terrorists planning a very high-tech attack, and comes with the requisite twists and turns as technical analyst Day and former Marine Knight try to figure out what is going on. But it is also the story of a developing relationship that goes way beyond the professional. This is no fluffy romance, but rather a hard-hitting struggle between two strong, stubborn men, neither of whom is used to let go of the tight control they exert over their lives. Neither Day (who at least knows he is gay), nor Knight (who has tried to delude himself that he is “mostly straight” for years) are ready to come out, but as they get to know each other better during their mission, that becomes the least of their concerns. This is an intense book with a gripping storyline and intense emotions, not to mention a level of heat between Day and Knight that I can only describe as incendiary.
Day is an analyst. He is intelligent, speaks several languages, and is dying to get an assignment in the field. It’s the reason he left the NSA and is now working for Scorpion, but his profile does not really support an assignment away from the computer and outside the office. When the right opportunity comes up, he faces his new work partner’s arrogance, feelings of superiority, and disdain. Day has a very understated way of dealing with it, and I loved how Dirk Greyson brought out Day's hidden capabilities as well as his inimitable ability to save the day.
Knight is a former Marine with a very dark past. He is gruff to the point of being grumpy, he refuses to speak about anything even remotely personal, and he is deeply in the closet. Not that he can stay there when he and Day are sent on a gay cruise as a cover to get them where they need to be, but he is more than reluctant to admit to himself, never mind anyone else, that he is very attracted to Day. It takes a lot of alcohol for the first step, and Day’s poking for Knight to come to terms with what he really wants. The fact that Day keeps having to save his ass doesn’t help. His suggestion to “not talk about stuff” made me grin, but Day doesn’t take no for an answer. His internal struggle is very believable and keeps Day on his toes.
If you like stories about strong, stubborn men who are each other’s opposite in any way, if you believe confrontation and a struggle to figure out how they could possibly relate to each other makes for interesting reading, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful mystery around international terrorists and two men who are made for each other, then you will probably like this novel. I certainly hope there are more stories like this on Dirk Greyson’s to-write list.
In some ways this newest story in the ‘Being(s) in Love’ series fits right in with the first three books, yet the dynamic between the two main charactIn some ways this newest story in the ‘Being(s) in Love’ series fits right in with the first three books, yet the dynamic between the two main characters has obstacles – and charm – all its own as well. One of the biggest differences is that Tim and Nathaniel are both werewolves, and there is hardly any magic involved. I got to meet both of them in the previous book, and was really looking forward to their story after a fascinating encounter that made me think there was more to these two than meets the eye. With two wolves you’d think they’d be able to figure out they’re mates on page one, but nothing could be further from the truth. Both the reasons for their problem and the ultimate solution are fascinating, and the story is as entertaining (and partially frustrating) as that of the other couples in this series.
Tim is a very rare werewolf. Not only is he on the small side physically, his uncle has kept him away from other wolves, and has made sure Tim has no idea about werewolf etiquette, interactions, or instincts. He has also suppressed Tim in every way possible, to the point that Tim runs to escape the terror of being told what to do and what to think. When Tim arrives in Wolf’s Paw, which is full of very wolf-y wolves and one hunk of an alpha sheriff, Tim has no idea what hit him. He feels drawn to Nathaniel, but fights it with every ounce of energy and willpower inside him because he does not want to be oppressed and abused again. What little he knows about alpha wolves does not inspire confidence. Following Tim as he learns about wolves, instincts, and general behavior was very entertaining!
Nathaniel may know more about mates and what’s going on, but he has his own issues and he is clearly unwilling to force Tim into anything as permanent as a mate bond. He is very willing to explore the physical side of their relationship, as is Tim, and that results in some extremely hot encounters. With all the other factors interfering in Tim and Nathaniel’s building relationship from curious tourists to Wolf Paw’s mating rituals and other werewolf behavioral rules, it takes them quite a while to figure out not only what is true for them, but also what to do about Tim’s overbearing uncle and the thugs who work for him.
As sweet as it is heart-wrenching, this story shows what happens when two stubborn men try to fight ignorance as well as their own inability to recognize the truth, never mind communicate. The “werewolf soap opera” that Tim is addicted to adds to the entertainment value, and it is as ridiculously misleading about real werewolf issues as about human ones. If you’re looking for an entertaining read with plenty of action on all fronts, if you enjoy a tension-filled romance with interesting rules and some fascinating supernatural aspects, and if you’re looking for a read that is as amusing as it is hot, then you will probably enjoy this novel. I am definitely hoping there will be more books set in this world!
Couples in trouble, worn down through too much stress and everyday worries, are not all that unusual. What they do about it ranges from trying to rescCouples in trouble, worn down through too much stress and everyday worries, are not all that unusual. What they do about it ranges from trying to rescue the relationship in different ways to giving up and getting divorced. Of course much depends on how serious the problems are. Donovan and Nate are definitely in trouble, but there is no animosity. After five years together, and both having stressful jobs, they are more distant than they would like, and their sex life could use some sprucing up. Leave it to Donovan to come up with “the solution” for them—a weekend at a remote B&B. But not just any B&B. This one offers BDSM lessons.
Donovan definitely likes to be in control, and the few times he and Nate have experimented with rougher sex, Nate has liked being held down. So Donovan figures what the heck, and makes a reservation for them to learn more during a long weekend. It’s a good thing Nate loves and trusts him. Not many men would deal so well with having sprung “let’s learn more about D/s” on them.
Nate regrets not being as close to Donovan as he used to be, and he hates making decisions outside of his job. His students keep him on his toes when he is their teacher, but when it comes to the bedroom, Nate wants to let go. He definitely gets his wish, and as soon as they start experimenting, he decides he wants more.
If you like stories about men who are very much in love but want to add a little kink to their lives, if a “BDSM for Beginners” story sounds interesting, and if you’re looking for a very sexy read with some kinky fun and lots of loving, then you will probably like this novella. I’m looking forward to my next visit to the Cooper Mountain B&B!
This sequel to ‘Into the Light’, a very good but traumatizing book for me to read, was an unexpected surprise. I picked it up with great curiosity andThis sequel to ‘Into the Light’, a very good but traumatizing book for me to read, was an unexpected surprise. I picked it up with great curiosity and interest – and not a little relief. Eden and Sean’s story may have found an ending – of sorts – at the end of the first book, but their story was by no means finished. I didn’t realize how much that bothered me until I read this book.
Eden is still very traumatized, subject to mood swings and depression. Eighteen years of therapy hadn’t helped him get over the trauma of being gang raped, and his only hope is finally being with the man he both loves and hates (for standing by without helping him). Eden’s issues of accepting the love and dealing with the hatred are depicted realistically, and there is no quick solution. The one thing that helps him get over his guilt and feelings of inferiority was a surprise to me, but it made total sense. For someone with no self-respect, the only thing that helps is learning to stand up for himself, and Eden does that in the most spectacularly satisfying way.
Sean desperately tries to do right by his lover, tries to do everything he can do to help, and feels like a total failure. The guilt is eating him alive, but the real issues is that he alone cannot solve the problem. As much as he wants to come to Eden’s rescue – years too late – a lot of the actual recovery has to be effected by Eden himself. I admired Sean for sticking around anyway; that, if nothing else, proves that he truly loves Eden.
One of the most hard-earned happy endings ever, it is very powerful when Sean and Eden finally do ‘move into the light’ at the end of this book. I have to say I admire Scarlet Blackwell for pulling this off, for showing how hard the healing process is – not just telling us about it. She has put two very real, very flawed people into an impossible situation – and yet, in the end, love still triumphs. If you’re interested in an undisguised look at some of the uglier aspects of human nature, if you want to read about real people and if you’ve read the first book and wondered how these two would cope with life now that they are together, read this book. It will answer many questions and provide you with a sense of closure that was lacking at the end of the first volume. I am very glad Scarlet Blackwell took the time to write the second half of Sean and Eden’s story, and I hope you will feel the same way....more