- File Size: 464 KB
- Print Length: 236 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: #193,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Living On Air Kindle Edition
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Susan Mac Nicol always dares to be different. Cary Stilwell is one of the most intriguing and sympathetic characters I’ve ever encountered. His story is one of anguish, of pain both inflicted and self inflicted; and finally of redemption and release from intolerable psychic pain. If this sounds damn serious, it is. And yet the novel also has moments of comic relief, sexual tension, and even welcome release.
I’ve learned that Mac Nicol lived for a while in a circus in order to give realism to her novel. Her preparation shows! A reader breathes the atmosphere, thrills to the performers, feels the familial bonds, laughs and weeps with the characters. I’m sure she also steeped herself in the psychosis of self-harm, a mental disorder most people are only dimly aware of. Cary’s mental state is unbearable in its sadness. Instead of having Cary miraculously “cured by love,” Mac Nicol takes a more pragmatic approach and shows us the almost intolerable despair before bringing us back from the edge.
Just brilliant. The writing, the plot arc, the odyssey of the characters… In my opinion, this is one of the finest novels I’ve read in the gay romance genre.
A tortured soul meets his redeemer in a brilliant five-star novel.
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.