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Out of Hiding by Mia Kerick
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it was amazing

Out of Hiding is a sweet romance that brings together several lonely people to the backdrop of big, bustling New York City. I'm not just talking of the disparate love birds who would otherwise never have met but for a tour of New York's dance schools and colleges: there were plenty of characters who were bravely soldiering on at the beginning of the story despite tragic events and losses in their lives. This is a touching tale of finding and accepting oneself, and how the concept of 'family' has become much more varied and inclusive in our complicated world.

Philippe Bergeron thought he was pretty good at hiding away from the world. After his mom's passing, he pretty much left it by taking up work with fishing boats and fishing off the New England coast for a couple of years. Lost among the stars and the sea, he worked on his armor and isolation. The first intrusion into his reclusive life came from a shoulder injury that took him away from the fishing boats and the sea. The next to draw him out was his seventeen year-old niece Sophie, whom he loved dearly. Sophie needed a chaperone while she toured the various dance programs of New York City and settled on a complementary college; Philippe's elder brother Henri commandeered him for the job. As Philippe acclimated to getting lost in the impersonal bustle of New York instead of the wide-open sea, he met the man who would bring him back to the world he ran away from: professional dancer and choreographer Dario Pereira. Gorgeous, lithe Dario seemed too confident and polished to look Philippe's scruffily-bearded way, but not only was the attraction mutual, Dario's confident, bossy ways seemed just the kind of support Philippe needed. This was all too much however for a young recluse trying to avoid the world, and time would tell if Philippe would answer the calls of family and potential beloved to come out of hiding and reconnect with people who love and care for him.

Mia Kerick handles two incongruous concepts - fragmented families and a dominant/submissive MM relationship - and weaves them into an unlikely romance of love and healing. A divorced single mom, a young boy missing his daddy, a talented young ingénue coming of age, a fiercely competitive professional dancer, and a depressive gay recluse sounds more like the cast of a new season of Lost or some TV drama than a heartstrings-pulling MM romance, but Ms. Kerick pulls it off with plenty of hugs for characters and readers alike. The dominant/submissive couple is made up of a hurting, directionless young gay man paired with a fierce, confident partner who happens to have been a foster child, lonely for a family of his own. Ms. Kerick made the dom/sub romance less provocative and more a romance by balancing it with the subplot of searching for a good college and dance program for the character Sophie. Because it had equal focus as the budding romance between Dario and Philippe, Sophie's search became the launching point to showcase heartwarming interaction between a lot of the people in the story. This made the dom/sub aspect just one of the many relationships that brought healing and wholeness to the many characters, and the possible stigma of a sub/dom style was both lessened and clarified as a loving relationship. I think of myself open-minded enough about such partnership styles to begin with, but as a reader I appreciate the care Ms. Kerick put in emphasizing love as the important point of the relationship rather than giving the partnership style any shock value.

Out of Hiding is an uplifting tale that played around with interesting relationship possibilities. Labels however can be a double-edged sword, and I applaud Ms Kerick's choice to use such things as tools to fuel an interesting, touching story. Recommended.
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