- File Size: 3815 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: JMS Books LLC (August 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074LWGV17
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cinnamon Eyes Kindle Edition
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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something for himself, he knows exactly what he needs. I want to see Asher again. The best friend Corey ever had who, at fifteen, held Cory’s heart in his hands without knowing it.
Asher’s had a troubled relationship with his father since he came out. Now that Pops is sick, he’s fighting for his right to help or even find out about his father’s health. Then there’s the complication of an ex-boyfriend unwilling to let go.
When Cory and Asher meet again after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?
Cinnamon Eyes by Nell Iris is a sweet, heartwarming romance that I totally enjoyed. Nell Iris is an author I wasn't really familiar with but I fell in love with her characters and the manner in which she pulled me into their lives and romance.
Both Cory and Asher are men damaged after parting after young kids, a separation neither has recovered from, even after all these years apart. For Cory, it's been the crushing pressure and emotional abuse of his cold family that crushed him and sent him into therapy. It's also found Cory running back to the small town where he left his heart and childhood friend years ago.
Told from alternating points of view, we get an intimate window into what it feel's like to have an anxiety attack and have depression be a large factor in your life. The author does a believable, sympathetic handling of Cory's issues and let's us connect with him easily from the moment we meet him. We want Cory to have his HEA and get the shivers when he meets up with Asher once more.
Sixteen years later and I still would have recognized him anywhere. The hair was as unruly as ever, and just as rock 'n' roll as his voice. The jawline so sharp he could probably cut glass with it. And the nose was still a little too big for his face.
I couldn't see his green eyes from here, but I remembered them vividly. The pale color of a leaf newly broken out of its bud in spring, was such a stark contrast to his black eyelashes and olive complexion and had always hypnotized me with their beauty.
When he started singing, his voice pulled me out of my initial shock.
Two best friends
Like no one had ever seen before
happy and troublesome and wild
Sharing scraped knees
and high flying dreams
Carefree as the clouds in the sky
The boy with laughing cinnamon eyes
The scene goes on and yes, the tears are rolling down my face and I'm so in love with these men and I don't even know the whole story yet.
Of course life hasn't been easy for Asher either. His character is just as layered, just as hurt, injured by people close to him and events he had no control over. Yet, he's still in love with the one that left all those years ago.
But even with a reunion, nothing is easy. Watching Asher and Cory come back together, like melody and lyrics that flow effortlessly along, is a story that I just sunk into. I forgot about everything but their relationship, and hoping they could make it work. The author's writing is smooth, her storytelling is wildly romantic while still being real, and the ending is everything you will want it to be.
Cover art is perfect for the story and characters. I just loved it.
Cory has been struggling with depression and has finally found some help and it working to improve his life. When his therapist asked him what would make him happy, it was Asher that he thought of and now he’s determined to find his friend again. Not only does Cory find Asher, the connection they shared so many years ago is stronger than ever. Now it’s up to these two to figure out what exactly they mean to each other and if they are going to have a future together.
These two are just beautiful together! Both men have such wonderful hearts that you just have to root for them. Cory has struggled for so long, the expectations of his parents and grandfather weighing him down and preventing him from being happy, but with Asher back in his life it’s like he can finally breathe and speak up for himself. I loved the strength and support that Asher immediately became for Cory. And the same can be said about what Cory brings back to Asher’s life, he’s happy again. This is one of those stories where two people are just meant to be and once they are together again it’s like the puzzle is finally complete.
Cory and Asher definitely have some tough things thrown at them, Asher’s father and Cory’s relationship with his family, but they deal with things together and support each other. I really enjoyed the flow of this story and how, for me, the focus was on the good of these two together and finally finding that healthy, happy place. This is definitely a book to pick up for that feel-good read that makes you smile and leaves your heart happy! Sweet and adorable, Cory and Asher are fantastic!
*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book for The Geekery Book Review
Cory is looking to start over so when his therapist gives him an assignment to do something for himself that makes him happy, the choice is a no-brainer. Asher may own and run his own bar but his relationship with his father has been on shaky ground ever since he came out so when an old friend comes in looking for him, his reason to smile is genuine. Will their childhood friendship be enough to bring happiness to Cory and Asher's lives after all these years?
I am going to start by saying that I wanted to wrap Cory up in bubblewrap and never let him near his family ever again. I can't imagine being surrounded by family where appearance and stature takes precedence over health and happiness but the author has definitely conveyed the pain that Cory feels perfectly. As for Asher and his dad, well I unfortunately know what it's like to be that stubborn but I still loved the fact that Asher does not give up and walk away from his father.
Now, some might think Cinnamon Eyes is a bit on the rushed side but I don't because I firmly believe in kindred spirits, that there is some in our lives that no matter how long its been between contact, when we meet again its as if there was no time at all since we last said hello. So despite the sixteen years that has happened since Cory and Asher last talked, there connection is there, its real, and very believable. Cinnamon Eyes is a sweet and fun read that will make you believe in life and love and has definitely put Nell Iris on my authors-to-watch list.