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Elliot: His Summer of Love

(Angels of Mercy #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  9 reviews
On the cusp of his senior year at Mercy High, Elliot Donahey, an out but terminally shy gay young man who keeps to the shadows – never wanting to be seen or noticed – suddenly finds himself in the arms of the highest profile jock on campus, local star quarterback, Marco Sforza. Their lives, and those closest to them will never be the same.

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Paperback, 540 pages
Published March 23rd 2015 by Akwekon Media
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviews are not something I normally do. And I am too old to be a fanboy. But having read “Angels of Mercy – Volume One: Elliot” [as well as his previous works, “Shrill of Sparrows” and “Henry O’Malley, Omega”], I find myself not only writing a review but also eagerly anticipating Mr. Collins’ next volume(s).

Collins has woven a rich tapestry of memorable, authentic characters. “Angels” is a unique, delightful and insightful presentation of Elliot’s struggles, both interpersonally and
Daniel Mitton
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the author for an honest review. Rated 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.)

I asked to review this book after having read some of the reviews for it on both Amazon and Goodreads. I’m a fan of long books, and thought this might just fit the bill for me. It did, and it didn’t. Let me explain.

I really enjoyed the story of Elliot and Marco in some respects. In other respects I didn’t like it at all. The author did a fantastic job at making me like
Patrisha Hamilton
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book during it's creation ...Fantastically done ! I have never been so thrilled to write a review for an upcoming author than right this minute. I get bored with a lot of the books on the market today but this is not one of them. Well written, appropriate for our current era, true literature and character study...definitely a must read on every shelf !!
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won't bore you with a precis of the book. That is what the blurb is for, and every author sweats blood trying to get it right. So read that instead.

What I will say is that you won't forget Elliot in a hurry. He's the snarky gay high school kid, fiercely intelligent and articulate, who falls for the school jock, delectable Marco Sforza, but anyone expecting a full-on cute gay romance might as well give up here. This is a minutely detailed character study of a young man who isn't afraid to own
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Elliot a shy guy at Mercy high is out for all intents purposes but he prefers being in the background that is until he meets Marco, the star quarterback and nothing will ever be the same for either boys again.

When Marco makes a play for Elliot and to see his reaction was so funny that this hot quarterback is actually coming onto him was some of the greatest scenes to read. Marco is so persistent
Vance Bastian
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Angels of Mercy: Elliot took me inside the head of an intelligent high school senior who uses his vocabulary, and mouth, to smokescreen the hell out of anyone who feels threatening. And, when you're the school's visible candidate for the scrawny gay boy ribbon, everyone feels like a threat.

Elliot's reaction when the school's heart-throb quarterback comes on to him is a beautiful smear of desire, denial, and a search for the hidden camera. Marco is persistent in all things, and he keeps working
Jimmy thacker
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I am not a writer I don't review a lot of books. I have a hard time putting into words what I'm feeling, but I just have to on this one. I started reading this on Friday night around 9pm. I couldn't wait to read it all the way thru once I read that first chapter. I read all day Sunday and finished that night. I have to say its the first book that has ever drawn me so hard and held me there. I got to know the characters so well and really felt what Elliot was feeling. I immediately ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional! Very long, but oh so worth it! Even though the MC's are teenagers you could feel the love. And folks, the love is real. Very highly recommended, I already have the next book and the companion book. Can't wait to get into both!
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This was a really good story. The characters were engaging.. the had angst and slow burn and at times it felt a bit long winded but overall i really ennoyed the charatcers and their relationship and love. the writing was very well done also.. im glad i got to review it
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Other books in the series

Angels of Mercy (6 books)
  • Diary of a Quarterback Parts 1 and 2: The Prequel Boxed Set
  • Diary of a Quarterback - Part I: King of Imperfections
  • Diary of a Quarterback - Part II: Prince of Mistakes
  • Marco: The Fall of Sforzas (Angels of Mercy #2)
  • Phoenix In The Fire (Angels of Mercy Companion Series Book 1)