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I read frothy, happy ending books and am allergic to real angst or realistically portrayed pain and sadness.
I picked this book on a whim because I was feeling nostalgic for the old style 'plane wreck plot device' that typifies any average Harlequin and for the most part, that's exactly what I got- complete with the need of the main characters to get naked to stave off hypothermia despite the fact they're in the tropics. It was enjoyable but not super memorable.
Then Ms. Madison shoved me off a virtual cliff into a deep, well written portrayal of pain and angst. I cried and I'm still kind of mad about that.
I was also impressed enough to write this review and buy another of her books.
Then there is that little story within the present story, a dream evoked because of David's job and predicament. Man! I really cried myself out reading the chapter named interlude by the writer. This haunting and beautiful little story of forbidden love during WWII between a scientist and an American pilot in the RAF is just heart wrenching and poignant. A true gem of a story and really up this book for me. The story of Mac and Sutt will stick with me for a long time, as much as the WWII setting where these brave boys fight for freedom in the skies, their young precious lives doused before their time. Truly memorable and the writer's details add so much authencity to it that this little gem of a story or dream easily outweigh the main story.
Still I do enjoy the main story as both Rick and David are very likable and I just want them to be together as they dance around each other, more like David dancing around the stoic Rick and waving his arms infront of the hunk. Their first sex scene is nice. Maybe the ending is a bit too convenient but on the other hand I do like the direction these two are heading. Great stuff Sarah Madison!
I love these characters. I love David's insecurity and how he surprises himself by his ability to step up when most necessary, and then how he steps up again to finally get what he wants. I love Rick's quiet anguish and vulnerability, and how he hides it under practiced indifference. Most of all I love the adventure story and the injuries and the suspense, and David's pictures and Rick's painful stoicism, and the backdrop of WWII that underlies everything.
The Interlude is a long dream sequence that shows painstaking research and beautiful writing. It's also a gorgeous and heart wrenching story all on its own, one I couldn't help wishing had actually been made into a separate novella. While David's dream does inform the rest of the novel (and subtly and cleverly so), the dream itself is nonetheless so very different to the overall plot and tone that it ended up feeling like Sarah had missed an opportunity for yet another excellent story.
On the other hand *two* excellent stories in one novel doesn't seem like much to complain about, especially when the main plot arc had everything I could want in M/M H/C (Hurt/Comfort). If "The Boys of Summer" is indicative of where Sarah's talent is going, I'm looking forward to being a fan of hers for a very long time.
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