- File Size: 851 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (February 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007CS6IYK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This one is emotionally dense, and it doesn't pull any punches. Starts off in crisis, then backtracks right away to a year earlier, and lead you slowly down the trail all the way back to the crisis and beyond. I had to go check, couldn't believe it was just a year. Over that time, Chase makes some decisions that make him feel amazingly good and other decisions, based on long engrained fear and guilt, that make him feel horrible. The ups and downs twist him up, his love and pain fence him in, and he is lost...
and that is where we came in.
I recommend it if you can take it! It's very professionally written and edited, smooth dialogue.
Ratings on things of interest to me in an mm romance book
Smexy scale 1-5: 4
There are a lot of brief explicit sex scenes in this book, and a few more personal lengthy scenes.
Likable MCs scale 1-5: 3
The book is from Chase's POV the whole time, and so we know he is a good guy. His mind and heart are stuck in a critical family trauma from years ago, he can't make clear decisions regarding love and relationships, and as the reader it's hard not to flinch again and again. I didn't doubt the love of the other MC and the connection between the two. I like them, but I wanted to give them both a hug and a fluffy bunny, as opposed to primarily focusing on them as hot or romantic.
Humor scale 1-5 :1
This isn't a funny book. Trust Amy to have some lighthearted moments in there (tickle fights and grumpy cats and Loki the Lunatic Sex God)...but they are unable to float above the overall tension.
Angst scale 1-5: 5
We have a winner, this book lives up to its rep. Getting to know this nice guy while knowing how every event (good or bad) is bringing us closer to disaster, makes for an emotional wringer. You will cry, even if it's only when there are hints of hope.
Possible Heavy Triggers: Since this story is all about impact of trauma history, poor decisions, and unhealthy mental states, the list of potential triggers are also SPOILERS to the story. So I put them way at the bottom of this review.
If you like this book, here are some other recommended contemporary mm romance/angst monsters (after you have freed yourself from the emo tentacles of Chase in the Shadows)
Beneath the Stain (one of my top rated mm stand alones)
Christmas Kitsch (another of my top rated)
Living Promise Rock
Mary Calmes' short
What Can Be (one of my top rated mm shorts)
And an angsty mmm menage
Possible Heavy Triggers SPOILERS
pay for sex, cheating, eating disorder, alcoholism, childhood physical and emotional abuse, depression, suicide. In addition to roiling in the emotional pain, Amy gives a very positive nod to counseling, here and in Beneath the Stain. If you have personally experienced emotionally harmful events/behaviors that interfere with your quality of life, please consider if counseling could help you put them firmly in the past and get free.
I saw this book was coming out on dreamspinnerpress's site a week and a half ago and was dying for it to come out after reading the excerpt. I must say Ms. Lane did not disappoint. Chase in Shadow is an emotionally charged story about a guy struggling with owning his sexuality and is dealing with intense psychological issues revolving around the defense mechanism of repression... Chase just doesn't realize the extreme state of mind his psyche is attempting to function in.
Chase in Shadow makes you think... About honesty, friendship, trust, living, feeling free... About lies, deceit, betrayal, guilt, hate, death... About Love (loving others and loving yourself) and the necessity of human touch.
The story starts off with the Prologue (Ms. Lane pulls you in and hooks you right from the very start) and then we are taken back about a year and we get the story of the events that lead up to the point in time of the Prologue. Then we get the story of the aftermath/consequences of what takes place in the Prologue, which is a result of Chase living in the shadows (the dark recesses of his mind where he keeps just about everything important all bottled up inside) his whole life. There was a shocking announcement towards the end of the book that I was not expecting at all. I won't spoil anything, but it ended up being a good surprise.
Oh, and we get a visit from the psychologist who appeared in the Talker Series. I love how Amy incorporates liitle pieces of her different stories into each other.
If you liked the seriousness and realness of the Keeping Promise Rock Series, you'll enjoy (well maybe that's not the right word for the emotional experience of this story), but appreciate it nonetheless.
I highly recommend this story and the author in general!
FYI, there is mention of an eating disorder and suicide ... Nothing gruesome or too graphic, but it may be difficult for some readers to read, especially if you have experience or personal knowledge of such mental health illnesses.
The companion novella, Super Sock Man featuring Donnie and Yandro is available now. It's a prequel in that it is about how Donnie and Yandro got together. We get to see a brief scene with Donnie and Chase.