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#Blur (Gearshark) Paperback – December 23, 2016
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This book broke me, particularly the past sections. I was trying so hard to contain my bawling in bed because my hubby was sleeping, but even though I wasn’t making any noise, I was shaking so hard he woke up anyways. And didn’t even comfort me, the bastard. So yeah, be prepared for a bit of an emotional rollercoaster in parts.
I’ve been fascinated by both Arrow and Hopper from previous books. And their book was both really fulfilling and left me wanting a bit more at the same time. We’ll see how I feel after #FinishLine, but this book was a strange dichotomy. It’s why I’ll end up rounding down, even though I had mega feels while reading it.
I loved both characters. I felt like we really got to delve into what their shattered souls were like, and I loved seeing them develop strength both on their own, and derive it from each other. I really loved them together. There were so many lines that just got to my heart, I loved how they recognized the brokenness in each other, but weren’t put off by it…rather they were drawn to each other almost because of it.
I freaking stood up and cheered with Arrow’s confrontation with his father at the end. That was ridiculously satisfying.
There were so many scenes that just pulled me in and grabbed hold of me. I loved the way they loved each other, how they both resisted, were unsure, were afraid, but the connection was powerful enough to keep drawing them back. I even enjoyed that they had stumbling blocks, but that they overcame them. And I really felt their chemistry, I especially enjoyed their first explorations of each other.
I will admit that there were things that didn’t quite work for me. I thought the stuff Arrow dealt with from his father at the beginning was a bit over the top. I was disappointed that we didn’t really get any resolution on the aftermath of Arrow’s past (I really thought we’d find out more details on what happened when Lorhaven found him, and what happened to the guys). And similarly I was disappointed that we got NO resolution from Hopper’s past. What happened to those two guys? What happened to Arrow’s mother? She just kind of fell off the radar, that seemed odd. And while I loved the connection between Arrow and Hopper, it felt a bit rushed at the beginning… And quite frankly, I thought the development of their physical relationship moved too fast to be believable with Arrow…I wouldn’t have minded something more there. It seemed like a missed opportunity. I know people heal in different ways, but…
So yeah. Those are some mega missed opportunities, but I guess that goes to show how much I loved the parts that I loved. They overshadowed those things that on a different book would have brought my rating down much farther. Super curious to see what we get from the final book…
Arrow, he was a innocent character right from the beginning with regards to the world around him. I was heartbreaking to see the struggles that he went through because the whole time I just wanted to rape him in my arms and sooth him. Throughout the book it was a uphill climb where the person I believe he was really battling with was himself.
Hopper, I have to say I loved him from the start. It was hard to watch was unfolding in front of him in the beginning because there are clues that show you what is going to happen. He was a very closed off person from everyone, which was his way of not just falling down and giving up. What I saw in him was a truly caring person capable of having love and his journey throughout the book was amazing to watch, although there were several struggle that he had to fight with = himself.
What these two characters were was shattered men. Nobody understood what they were truly going through until the meet each other, as though they were kindred soul. Both jagged in ways that although they didn't fit nobody else would complete them but each other.
Overall this would be one of the first books I would recommend reading, they are such wonderful characters that you can't help but the fall in love with them and wish them the happiest ever after.
When I first started reading #Blur I was in a really sad place, it was the anniversary of the death of a friend and nothing was getting my mind off of that. I think I picked my kindle up fifteen times before saying I am going to start #Blur. I had been wanting Arrow’s book since we first met him and I am so glad I didn’t hold off on starting it because it not only immediately took my attention from what was going on in my life and directed it all on what I was reading but it was one that I will be reading again and again and one I won’t be soon forgetting.
I want to wrap my arms around both Arrow and Hopper and heal those broken pieces in their souls. We knew or had an idea at the very least what happened to Arrow, I had tears in my eyes more than once especially when we read what happens in the beginning of the book. My heart broke for him; I felt so many emotions for not only what had happened to him but how he felt about himself at times before and after.
Hopper’s past has its own pain and heartbreak. I never would have dreamed that is what happened to make him so closed off. Hopper needed to be healed just as much as Arrow did even if it was for a different reason. The way he handles Arrow shows how good of a guy he truly is and even when he may seem to be about to let you down, you can’t help but love him still.
Hopper and Arrow heal each other; they take those broken pieces inside them both and slowly put them back together again. They show that love is love and it makes no difference if the person you love is a man or a woman that it shouldn’t matter because love is all that matters.
#Blur is so much more than an m/m romance; it is so much more than a race car driver. #Blur is a book about healing, acceptance, love and friendships. #Blur is an emotionally driven book that will have you crying, laughing, smiling and feeling the love between the characters involved. I don’t know if Ms. Hebert plans on writing more for the Gearshark series but I hope she does, I don’t want to let these characters go just yet.
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