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Shortly after Kerry's birthday celebration on the beach there is a horrific incident that destroys everything Hash holds dear...and he's devastated.
What follows is an emotional and gripping book about how frightened and damaged people can find their way back to love in spite of the pain they feel over betrayal and loss.
The pacing in this book is superb--never lagging and always letting little bits of the story show here and there, the big events unfolding with very subtle foreshadowing. The characters are beautifully drawn and I could feel every bit as much as they did as events and tragedies affected their lives. The author's writing is so vivid that I could see and smell and almost taste the South African waters as well as the warmer, more tropical Indian Ocean. I wanted to be in the ocean with them as they dove and sail with them as they traveled.
This wasn't an easy book to read, but I couldn't put it down, because I needed to know how everything would turn out as the author spun her tale--there were no guarantees of a happily ever after, but I wasn't disappointed in the least when the story ended. After reading a few too many formula romances and short, sloppily written books, An Immoveable Solitude was a sometimes wrenching and always emotional, but ultimately very satisfying read and I won't forget the characters and their lives soon.
The beauty of An Immovable Solitude does not end at the book cover though but covers ever page written on the inside as well.
Honestly I do not know if I have ever read a book where the two main characters were already in a relationship when the book started. Usually in a book we are there when the two main characters first meet or before they begin a relationship.
In An Immovable Solitude Erik and Kerry are in a relationship when the book starts but Kerry is not as comfortable with being gay and open about it in South Africa as Erik is. And when a hate crime causes them to lose everything Kerry does the only thing he can think of--he leaves Erik and his sister in South Africa.
It is not until 3 years later that Erik and Kerry meet back up again and though Erik is angry the spark between them is no less potent than when they first met.
An Immovable Solitude is one of those books that take you through so many emotions - joy, lust, anger, betrayal, sadness, love and more. The characters were beautifully written along with the settings that it was easy to completely immerse myself in the world S.A. McAuley created.
I had tears in my eyes more than once while reading and by the end was completely in love with Erik and Kerry. I am so glad they found their happily ever after!
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great male/male contemporary romance read. You will not be disappointed! This one is going on my must have in paperback list!
*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher/tour site; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.
When Kerry takes in a gay throwaway and gives him a job and place to stay, it seems to both solidify their relationship and serve as a lightening rod for whatever it is bothering the man. When, on the very night of Kerry's birthday, when Hash is forced to face some cold hard facts about their relationship and how truly scared Kerry is about being out, all hell breaks loose.
And in the aftermath of the events of that night, Hash finds himself re-evaluating everything he knew-no, thought he knew-about his relationship, his family, his friends and his life.
What happened to force the actions taken that night? Where is Kerry? And will the two men ever find their way back together?
This book, this beautiful hymn to men, shows how we love and fear and learn. Ms. McAuley takes a relationship, shows us how it's built on faulty pilings in the water, and makes us watch it slowly and suddenly collapse like a pier in a tsunami. Then she grabs our hand and shows us how, in the rubble of grief, hurt, anger and heartbreak, two men in love can re-cast the underpinings and build something truly beautiful.
Oh, and it's not just the relationship Hash has with Kerry that undergoes this shock and awe attack, it's every single relationship in his life. He sees, through his pain and growth, how Kelle is not who he thought, and builds a bridge to her. And then Abraham and what he missed seeing with his uncle. Mela, who we see on the fringes and who is more than she appears to be. Even Charlie, and the young man who lit the bonfire of their hurts.
What Ms. McAuley does so well is show us how a man manages to put the pieces of a shattered life back together. And she knows the key isn't to make it better with a kiss. It's hard work. Time. Grieving. Anger. Fear.
But mostly? It's love, and want, and commitment. And she lovingly lets us watch Hash as he hurts and rages and slowly heals.
Amazingly simple, and yet so hard to pull off. Here, it's done in spades.