Give Yourself Away
One guy intent on caution. One an adrenaline junkie. Love could be one risk too many.
March is determined to lose the numbness that accompanies a history of loss and blame. Desperate to feel somethinganythingthe adrenaline junkie base jumps off cliffs, soars on hang gliders, and embarks on dangerous sea-borne rescue missions. But any release he feels is fleeting, and when...more
March might usually look and sound like a confident guy, but his hands shook as he tried to open a box of lube. He ended up ripping the box apart.
Eras a lesson for whats to come, when things dont open up on the first attempt, dont resort to brute force, Caleb said.
Volume seven, rimming is, Caleb blurted. Jedi definitely you are. Master of everything. He stared down at March who stared up at him with a ridiculously pleased expression. Smug is not ...more
Please look at the tags: This book contains difficult flashbacks of child abduction and sexual violence.
I enjoy Elsborg's work. I loved both of her Fall or Break books, even though they're heavy on the angst.
But I was not prepared for this one.
Let me firmly say: That is NOT the author's fault. She DOES include a warning.
The writing here is spot-on. And there IS a HEA (yes, I peeked at the epilogue).
I read the first few chapters, skimmed through the middle, and decided that I couldn't ...more
This book will not be for everyone. Just take a gander at the ratings thus far. To be completely honest, I had my doubts going in, but (a) I really have come to love Elsborg's writing over the last year and (b) the part of perseverance and never giving up on love appealed. I will also say that my job undoubtedly has inured me to childhood sexual abuse, so take this next bit with the proverbial grain of salt-I did not think there were any explicit mentions of the abuse but it is ...more
I just love Barbara Elsborg!
Yep, simple as that.
I enjoyed her books way back in 2012, when I started reading m/f romance, and when I moved on to m/m romance in 2013 (gosh, has it really been that long?) and found out Elsborg also writes m/m erotic-romance, I was so happy to realize I love here writing in that genre too!
There are few things that I love in her books-
1. Is that I love the UK and her stories are not only very British, but some of them are in a specific place called ...more
I've read the warning and I knew what I was getting myself into, but I can't say it got to love it. Actually it seemed to drag and I wanted to give up many times. If I wouldn't be so determined to finish each and every book I start, I think I would have put it aside and never return to it.
The first half of the book was so full of unnecessary scenes and details. I just wanted Caleb and March to realize who the other is.
At first all the painful flashbacks didn't make sense. Until they ...more
Audio book: N/A
Book cover: 4 Stars
Dont read this if you are easily upset or offended read the warnings!
This is my second Barbara Elsborg and Ive decided it will not be my last. I like her writing style and I like the dark aspect in her books. Dont misinterpret! Im not some crazy person who condones child kidnapping and molestation/rape!
Im just a FICTION READER who can appreciate realistic hard topics and the HEA that come from them. This story is not for ...more
This time I'm so glad I followed my feelings. The beautiful cover made me curious. The story is exceptional. Dark yet hopeful. In any case recommended.
The problem of child abduction and abuse is serious. But nothing that does not happen.
The story reminds me of Natascha Kampusch ...
The author has demonstrated great skills to handle this delicate subject with appropriate tact ...more
I have no personal frame of reference in terms of being a young child, kidnapped, and abused. Since I was an ...more
I absolutely adored this book! Now, I was completely and utterly confused at first, and was sure I must have missed something right at the beginning that was ...more
But had I known that reveal at about 70%, I am sure my reading would have been quite different. Not worse, just different. I can't believe I didn't guess. I suspect I was still focused on the kidnapping, not the future.
Anyway, it took a while to ...more
Damn this book was heartbreakingly beautiful .
The story made me feel happy/sad because of the emotional rollercoaster ride it took me on .
I needed a lot of tissues reading this.
While a lot of books have flashbacks which I dont like that much
The flashbacks in this book just kept me going I wanted to know when he would get out and get his HEA .
Before reading this book beware of:
Warning: This book contains difficult flashbacks of child abduction and sexual violence, but also the incredible ...more
A long time ago I came across Every Move He Makes and it's still one of my all time favorite reads. As is Bloodline. Barbara's writing style is quite addictive and she's got a bunch of awesome guys in her repertoire, there is no doubt about that! Zac and Logan, Micah and Inigo, Ezra and Roman? Yeah, exactly.
March Durant is one of them awesome guys!
I truly, truly loved March. Caleb on the other hand?
Reviewer's note: I almost didn't read this book because of the warning at the front of it: "This book contains difficult flashbacks of child abduction and sexual violence...." However, I read it because this is an author who has never let me down. I won't lie and tell you it wasn't hard getting through it, but I'm also not sorry that I read it.
GUTTED...emotionally exhausted, and my brain won't stop looping back through this story, however ...more
This book was unlike anything Ive ever read before. More often than not with stories as dark as these the victims involved are hopeless, incredibly damaged and the pain usually outweighs any of the hope. With this story that wasnt the case. There is no denying that this is a very dark and very painful story but Ive never read characters so incredibly hopeful after enduring such unimaginable pain. The perseverance really struck a chord with me and made this story ...more
Annoyed the shit out of me.
For as heavy as the angst is in this book, and come on I freaking love angst, this just didn't have the right angst.
Let me explain that.
With any book, I crave angst, I crave breathing in the words that are going to destroy my world and then lift me up in the end.
Books like Split or like Rock where a separation btwn the 2 MCs (and this is no matter the consequences because every book is different) is felt right to the marrow of your bones.
This is an intense read all the way through. It slips from the past to today in ever increasing frequency and I got the twist fairly quickly, but the reveal worked well, and was beautifully handled. Actually the whole story is surprisingly beautiful - given the subject matter and the long term impact of it on the protagonists.
This is undoubtedly a romance, but as with many of Ms Elsborg's books, the reader is treated to ...more
Okay well this book I just do not know how to explain exactly how I felt about this book... So I will try without giving away too many spoilers. The first part of this book was just ugh I cried so much for these boys. Then there was the second part of this book which I have to be honest and say was ...more
Verdict is guilty. Sentence is he looked into Calebs eyes, a lifetime of you.
This is one really, really heavy, dark and painful to read book with a reward of a happy ending and a lot of suspense. It shows that there is hope even after you lost it or barely hanged on to it, even when everything threats to swallow you whole and that sometimes the world is small (i should know, i have plenty stories to tell how people i know knew each other).
Be aware of the warnings for this ...more
Caleb and March are two gay men, Caleb is out, March, not. They are in their mid-to-late-20s and have each survived some horrors. As a result, March wants to live each day to the fullest, while Caleb is cautious.
They meet when Caleb falls through a crevasse into an ocean cave and March defies his superior to dive into the tumultuous waves and rescue him. ...more
This is a very emotional book on both guys. Dealing with the abduction and all the aftermath was hard to read. I loved how each guy never gave up on love and being loved!
The bits in between were the ones that really annoyed me. How can people be so clueless? I had to suspend my disbelief a few too many times.
Also, I am not an expert and I hope and believe that overcoming an ordeal like Tye's is possible, but I really ...more
After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and ...more