- File Size: 1531 KB
- Print Length: 134 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: MLR Press (August 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074F3HN9X
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
As Big As The Sky Kindle Edition
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Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sam wants nothing to do with his irresponsible, sarcastic neighbor or does he?
Sam McAuley is having a rough start to the summer: Not only is he being sued, but the new guy running the animal rehabilitation center next door has no idea what he's doing and his runaway chickens constantly end up in Sam's pristine yard.
Everything is temporary for Bo Novak. For as long as he can remember, it's been one town to the next, one school to the next, one job to the next. Even his current job running his sister's animal rehab center while she's away on a four-month leave is temporary. And he does know what he's doing, thank you very much. Sure, things don't always run smoothly, but the stick-in-the-mud next door could be a little nicer about it.
One overheard conversation, an olive branch, and a baseball game might show these guys that being at odds isn't really what they want, and that what they want might just be each other.
This was a beautiful story and I loved it. Sam and Bo don’t start out on the right foot due to Sam’s assumptions based on Bo’s sister’s warning before he came but Bo’s heartbreaking moment on the back porch give him some clarity about his neighbor.
All Bo wants is a friend, he doesn’t think he will ever find someone who would really love him. My heart broke for him when he thought about being abandoned by his family and friends. Seeing him doubt that anything good would happen for him almost made me cry.
We get to see the story through both of the MC’s eyes. I was happy when Sam realized how he was acting toward Bo and quickly made a change getting to know the real man. He did everything he could to help Bo see himself better but I think that the support of his family towards Bo did even more for him to realize that he is wanted. I’m still not sure in the end if Bo’s sister had really changed her view of him but I think Bo realized she wasn’t as perfect as he always thought.
The cover art by Melody Pond is beautiful and perfect for this story.
Bo is asked by his sister to come to Big Skye an animal rehab center, and help her out while she has to go take a four-month class. So he moves in and takes care of the evil chickens and PomPom the pig. Bo is a great guy with an enormous heart. He would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need. Bo is a bit self-conscious and undecided in his future and doesn’t have the greatest support when he makes it to his sisters.
Sam is a graphic cartoonist and loves to garden. He is a bit rough around the edges and we don’t know why. We find out later why he is like that. No don’t get me wrong Sam is a great guy as well and he has a great family to support him in his life. He lives next door to Bo and has the struggle of Bo’s animals escaping. Like I said evil chickens.
Their story is told flawlessly and like stated before it is a slow burn and I love the development from knowing nothing to friends to lovers. They complement each other. I loved how Bo and his internal monologue and struggle. He seemed real Sam as I said is standoffish and when he overhears a conversation with him speaking to PomPom he sees things just a bit differently. Both Bo and Sam are so different. From their upbringing to the current state of their lives. The at the same time they are the same just sort of stumbling through life and the next chapter to find what really makes them happy.
I loved how Sam gives Bo the support and push he needs. Loved Sam’s family. Just a great bunch of people. Bo sister made me angry. The slow burn here with Bo was good. The was some sexy times and it wasn’t rushed between them. That was enjoyable as well.
As Big as the Sky has a lot of interesting elements. Sam and Bo are living next door to each other because Bo is house-sitting for his sister. He's also managing her animal rehabilitation center while she is away for two months. Sam is angry because one Bo's chickens keeps getting loose and messing up is garden which is going to be photographed for a magazine.
Bo is lonely and thought he might find a friend in Sam based on all of the good things his sister had to say about him. He's disappointed when the man he meets seems to dislike everything about Bo.
Sam has a lot on his mind. There's the magazine photo shoot and he's being sued for copyright infringement. When he over hears Bo talking to himself about how Sam has treated him and he feels like a first-class jerk.
After Sam apologizes and mends fences with Bo, the two of them realize how much they have in common and their relationship takes off. Sam is dismayed to find out how badly Bo's sister is using him just because Bo hasn't made up his mind what he wants to do with his life. That portion of the story made my heart ache.
Amy Aislin manages to pack a lot of different things into this story without it being too much. I was surprised at how much depth there is to the story considering that it's only 140 pages long. I became so engrossed in the while reading that I didn't put it down until I'd finished all of it.
I will definitely watch for more books by this author.
An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
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