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BREATHE (London Love) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B08XZ5T4DH
- Publication date : May 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1453 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 368 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #251,249 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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It’s a truly beautiful book about family and brokenness and the real struggle to fix it. What I like most about this story is that nothing has a quick fix .. that good intentions don’t make an instant Happy Ever After but it helps ! The characters are flawed and sweet and loving and it’s just marvelous !!
This book was everything! My mind is having difficulties with finding the right words to do it justice, and I probably won't find them, but I'll give it a try anyway. And if I don't manage to get it right, I guess in the end all I really want to say is: READ THIS BOOK!
I loved how REAL this was. Both mc's, Ryan and Luke, were humanly imperfect. They struggled and made mistakes. There were times they were insecure. There was a past they both needed to deal with in order to find a new future for themselves. Say goodbye to the person they once were and embrace the new person they were becoming.
Ryan has fled New York, leaving a lot of unfinished business, problems and a cheating ex behind, finding refuge in his mother's home in London. Ryan has to let go of his alter ego, Joeyhole, an awarded pornstar, in order to become Ryan again, but he's been Joey for so long, he doesn't even remember who Ryan really is. The author has done a wonderful job researching the porn industry; all things about Joey - the things he had to do, the productions, the taking care of his body - felt very realistic.
For Ryan to find out what he really wants from life and take control of it himself, to say goodbye to Joey and make amends with everyone and everything that has happened to him in New York, is a long, difficult and depressing process.
Luke attends college to become a personal trainer and eventually gets a well paid job out of it. He is in desperate need of some friends. His life has changed dramatically and the responsibility for his siblings weighs heavy on him. Having a friend is the one thing he craves to have just for himself. When he meets Ryan, he is intrigued by the stand of guy, who seems to do everything he can to avoid him and the rest of their classmates. It takes some time and life changing insights for them to become friends. And from there on it almost felt like a privilege to witness how they grew together, how their friendship grew, how they both seemed to have found the one person to accept them exactly as they are. They needed each other in order to feel grounded, the calming effect they had on one another was just plain beautiful.
I fell in love with Luke and Ryan, but also with the secondary cast of characters. Luke's family is awesome, with Olive stealing the show. I usually don't like stories where children are involved, but if there ever was an exception to that rule, it has to be this book. I loved Olive!!!
And Ryan's mom...she's golden! She's the best and most supportive person there is to be found, even if she kicked him out of the house to find a place for his own, because that was exactly what Ryan needed to do in order to get his life back on track. And some of their conversations, really!
The development of Ryan's and Luke's relationship was exactly right. The pacing, the things they struggled with, things they had to find out together. Luke hasn't known for very long he's gay. He's a virgin and hasn't had very much experience all together. So being with a former, award winning pornstar can be quite intimidating, so to speak.
Despite the fact that this book has some heavy topics, it also has a lot of humor. There's a lot to laugh about too, and it's that perfect mix that made me fall in love with this story.
It's a beautifully written hurt/comfort story with characters you won't forget.
This was my first book by Sophia Soames, but I can't wait for the rest of this series. Loved, loved it and I highly recommend!!
Top reviews from other countries
I loved Luke from the get-go, recognising many of his nervous/shy traits in one of my own kids, such as finding the bravery to express your opinion and then very subtly backtracking when the other person doesn't engage as expected; I wanted to 'mum-hug' him so many times to let him know he was worthy. Those nuances must be so difficult to articulate and just one of the reasons Ms Soames is a master of her craft.
Ryan took a bit longer to work his way into my good books, initially coming across as a tad frosty and a bit cruel, but he had his own back-story that quickly nudged my leaky eyes into action. It was lovely to see Luke's people enfold Ryan into their surprisingly functional family, helping to thaw his heart. It's also worth mentioning Ryan's mum, who gets a 'top mum' badge for keeping it real!
Sophia's boys never have it easy, all the baggage of their sometimes overwhelmingly gritty everyday lives is out there in the open for us to engage with and relate to and it's often quite painful to envisage. However, there's a pretty big flip side, along with only a handful of other authors I've read, Ms Soames writes 'love' in a way that enhances the ability to BREATHE.
I found Ryan and Luke beautiful, I loved them both and completely enjoyed reading about them, their lives and families.
Breathe made me laugh, made me cry and I know I will read it again and find something new to love about it.
You will not be disappointed reading this story. I am so grateful that it was available on KU. Additionally, I’m delighted to hear that there are two more books forthcoming in this series! I hope they, too, will be on KU.