- File Size: 464 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (February 21, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 21, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079Z3Z8GG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the first time I read the blurb I knew this book will stay with me, tucked away in my "top favorite books" part of my soul and now that I finished it? It's definitely going there!
I won't lie, reading about Cary's story broke my heart, but reading Rhys' determination (even when he didn't think it was determination) slowly mended my heart back.
It was tough to read it, meaning I couldn't stop crying and had to pause and gather myself, but let me tell you that once you read the first pahe, you won't stop until you reach the end!
Definitely a reread!
Living On Air is my first experience with the writing of Susan Mac Nicol and I’ve got to say, I’m hooked! Looking into this fascinating author just got me more intrigued and I can’t wait to discover more. This book is a winner, with amazing characters and a captivating story which flows so perfectly that I couldn’t put it down.
There are some tough subjects and intense emotions in Living On Air, though the overall mood is hopeful. As the main story progresses it is interspersed with light and intimate moments which kept me focused on a happy outcome for these characters.
One of the most enjoyable parts of Living On Air is the unique and colorful cast of characters. I love the way the circus folk interact, and all the subplots would make a novel I’d enjoy all on its own. Susan Mac Nicol’s descriptions of circus life are so vivid I could just imagine what life with this small, close-knit group of people would be like. As the story flows along and the characters reveal more about themselves we see so deeply into their hearts, which are flawed and complex and interesting.
Twenty-three years ago ten-year-old Christopher Spencer escaped a gruesome and horrific event and thankfully found a home with the Trazellas Circus. Assuming a new name, Cary Stilwell immerses himself in the therapeutic relief that “focusing on the silks” provides. Even though life in the circus is a diversion from his traumatic memories, the most effective way he’s found of coping is through self-harming.
Despite his fear of clowns, charming and vivacious photographer Rhys McIntyre is intrigued by the opportunity to chronicle circus life as his next assignment. Rhys has ghosts of his own, between his traumatic experiences as a photojournalist in war zones and the heartbreaking death of his lover, he welcomes this chance to surround himself with good things for awhile.
The attraction is palpable every time these two men interact, and even though Cary tries to push him away with his best acerbic persona, Rhys can’t resist Cary’s beauty and vows to heal his damaged soul.
Rhys is so charming, between his adorable Scottish accent and mannerisms he gradually works his way into Cary’s life. When Cary’s desperate need for love wins out, he realizes if he wants a new life he must face his demons and make things right.
Susan Mac Nicol does a beautiful job with the alternating points-of-view in Living On Air. I love seeing each man experience the same event and how it affects them. There are some huge reveals and seeing Rhys ponder how it will affect Cary, and then seeing it all through Cary’s eyes…it’s just marvelous!
Living On Air is a beautiful and hopeful romance and well worth the emotional roller coaster this book will take you on. Rhys drawing Cary out of his shell and bringing him into the present, and Cary’s journey to face his demons just wrung me dry; and I can’t wait to let Susan Mac Nicol do it to me all over again.
Cary lived with pain and needed it to get him through at times. Cary had his motor home with the circus. Cary 33 yrs was one of the aerialist who worked for Greta his adopted mum who really cared for him.
Rhys 29 yrs was a photographer and loved it who'd do anything for the perfect shot. A previous stock broker now armed with his camera he'd seen war and now wanted nature. Back home after being away he gets a call about a possible assignment at a circus. (purchased at Amazon.Aussie)
I had some issues with parts of the story and though it was pretty powerful, it was often disturbing in some details. I felt so badly for Rhys, who tried so hard to offer Cary his help and support and got rejected over and over. It happened far too many times for me. I know the point of the story was the difficulty and struggle it took for Cary to even begin to overcome his demons, and with good reason. Still, I was glad Rhys was shown walking away, once he realized he could do no more until Cary tried to help himself. I was disappointed that there was so little page time showing Rhys and Cary as a solid couple. The lack of steam was fine, as there’s only a little physical contact that happens but I didn’t like the fact that there are too few positive scenes shown between the two of them. The ending occurs just as they’re barely reaching a HFN. It feels kind of incomplete and I wish there was an epilogue farther into the future. I’m hoping that they’ll get a follow-up story one day.
I do have to give major kudos to Susan for the research and deep insights into both life in a circus and Cary’s emotional state. Susan describes dragging her poor hubby along to live with a circus in the acknowledgments! The message in the story is important, explaining a lot about a coping technique that’s used too often by too many. Please look at the cautions provided in the author’s notes at the beginning but I would recommend this as a highly engaging, fascinating story.
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