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Angels of Mercy - Volume One: Elliot: His Summer of Love (Volume 1) Paperback – March 23, 2015
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Angels of Mercy - Volume 1: Elliot is an exceptional display of walking in Elliot's shoes - a diary of sorts. Being a teenager is hard enough, being gay in a small town and in love with the star quarterback can be dangerous. Sensual and sarcastic conversations and inward monologues bring life, laughter, disappointments, danger, and a carnal love to Elliot and Marco. But, will it last? - Saguaro Moon Reviews [4 out of 5 Moons] Kindle edition reviewed
About the Author
SA Collins hails from the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives with his (legal) husband, their daughter and wonder of all wonders, a whirlwind of a granddaughter. A classically trained singer/actor (under a different name), Mr. Collins knows a good yarn when he sees it. Mr. Collins specializes in character study work. It is more important for him as an author that the reader comes away with a greater understanding of the characters, and the reasons they make the decisions they do, rather than the situations they are in. It is this deep dive into their manners, their experiences and how they process the world around them that make up the body of Mr. Collins' work.
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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 the character of Elliot and also making me LOATHE his character as well. There was a point at roughly 60-65% that I almost decided to take a “did not complete” because of some things Elliot did, or didn’t do as the case might be.
Elliot Donahey, is a high school senior, working at the family owned Dairy Queen, which he affectionately refers to as “the Q”. Business hasn’t been very good, and they are struggling to stay in business with little or no customers. Then one day while Elliot is there by himself, the school quarterback hunk, Marco Sforza, comes in and confesses his undying love to Elliot. Turns out he has been stalking Elliot for two years getting up his courage to approach him. Yeah…I didn’t get the realism there either.
From there the two guys enter into a relationship…with lots of sex…but hidden from the world. There is some insta-love (in my opinion the stalking time doesn’t count) and all of sudden they are in love, promising to marry each other and live happily ever after. Well…if they can avoid the school bullies. One issue I had with them was sometimes they acted like they were in their mid-twenties and other times they acted like they were twelve. Never did it feel like two eighteen year old high school seniors. There was a lot of angst, and a lot of second guessing himself on Elliot’s part which, while good in the beginning, began to wear on me until as I mentioned above, I almost quit reading.
I wanted so much to love this book, but I’ve got to be honest. It was one of the longest reads I’ve had in years. It took me what felt like forever to plod through it. I liked the story, but it could have been far, far better with several thousand less words. At times the story seemed to repeat itself, and there was so much detail and minutiae between actions that I sometimes forgot where I was and would have to flip back a few pages.
There is also a twist in the story with a mysterious guy, named “Angelo”, who shows up once in a while that I figured out before the end of the book, when something happened that totally infuriated me.
I have book two in the series, but I’m not sure I’ll read it right away, mainly because of the “Angelo” twist which I’m still stewing about….who does that??? Book two is 700+ pages, which is too much for my schedule right now anyway. And if I’m being honest, I wasn’t like “oh I’ve got to read the next book” when I finished this one. The author’s writing is above average and the story was good, but even the dramatic cliffhanger isn’t really enough to make me grab book two right now.
One afternoon, Elliott is taken by surprise when the door to the restaurant dings and in walks Marco, the guy he has crushed on for years. When Marco admits that he is there to see him and that he wants Elliot to go out with him, he knows it has to be a joke. Why else would the star quarterback try this.
Marco is determined to convince Elliott that this is real. When Elliot decides to give Marco a chance, their love story unfolds.
They are sweet, loving and devoted to one another. However, being gay and sports don't mix real well. Therefore, they decide that they need to hide their relationship till football season is over. This isn't a simple task. Can two people from two different worlds come together without any fall out? Is their love strong enough to survive?
I really enjoyed Angels of Mercy: Volume One. I like that it was a longer novel. It wasn't rushed nor did it feel like it was dragging on. I loved seeing these two boys' relationship grow. Elliot accepted he is gay a long time ago, but it wasn't until Marco that he was able to open his eyes to see how truly beautiful he is. I loved how Elliot is Marco's world. Marco would walk through fire to keep what they have. This does end in a cliffhanger like we are warned in the synopsis. Good news is book 2 is already out, so like me you can continue on without pause.
If you like a mm love story that centers around football and has real life obstacles to conquer then Angels of Mercy by SA Collins is a must read.
A complimentary copy was given in exchange for honest review
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