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- Print Length: 177 pages
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- Publication Date: June 18, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DJ9PXJ3
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Isadoro and Iván had been best friends since childhood, having grown up at an orange farm where Iván’s Argentinian parents and Isadoro’s Brazilian grandfather lived and worked. They were inseparable, and in their teens once kissed and made love. When Isadoro joined the military after high school, Iván remained his best friend and touchstone in the U.S.
Iván had been in love with Isadoro since they were teens, but didn’t believe Isadoro felt the same way. Eventually, Isadoro extended his military service by joining the Green Berets, and the distance between them grew. Eight years later, when Isadoro left the military and returned home for good, sharing an apartment with Iván, he was different from the laughing childhood friend and former lover in Iván’s precious memories.
Isadoro’s battle scars aren’t visible on his body. At first Isadora seems fine but troubled, dark and broody. He is able to function in society, working a part-time job, and Iván and Isadoro resume sleeping together as friends with benefits. Then, a triggering event causes Isadoro’s mental health to deteriorate. Isadoro begins to isolate himself in his room after quitting his job—barely eating, rarely bathing, and resisting Iván’s efforts to help and take care of him. It’s tiring, and it’s a struggle for both of them. Isadoro’s recovery is a process; it doesn’t happen over night, it isn’t all “fixed” at the end of the book, but there is hope.
I appreciated how the author humanized and rendered with dignity and compassion Isadoro’s mental health struggles. I loved how Iván never gave up, even when he was frustrated. I loved their relationship so much. It was apparent to me that Isadoro loved Iván back, tenderly and fiercely; it was so beautiful and moving and sexy. But Iván couldn’t see it because his feelings were all so mixed up with his worry and concern for Isadoro’s well-being, his everyday worries about graduating and securing a job, and his fears and insecurities about Isadora’s feelings for him. I was so happy for them when they realized they were both in love with and dedicated to each other in the end.
I loved everything about this book, their banter, Iván’s zany sense of humor, the friends who were their support groups, the metaphorical and literal landscapes of their journey to love and continuing recovery. And I loved the diversity. I loved how the author used flashbacks and imagery to further the plot and enrich the romance arc. I loved the 2nd person POV in one particular scene conveying Isadoro’s memories. I loved how the author’s writing made me feel so very much. Her artistic and expressive writing style is inspiring.
I loved everything about this book, and hope that more readers will love it too. It made me feel like a better person, and it makes the world a better place.
I look forward to reading Marina Vivancos’s future books.
I am so so very glad that didn’t happen to me this time.
I had no expectations going into Sicken of the Calm (book 1 in this series) several days ago, and it blew me away. But my expectations for this one? Yeah, they couldn’t have been higher.
First, a little about my preferences... What I care about is characters. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy an exciting plot beyond personal development and relationships, but it isn’t compulsory for me. I am quite happy for all the words, pages, and energy to be devoted to the evolution of a gripping emotional journey or relationship struggle, rather than some convoluted side plot that I’m not there for anyway. So YMMV.
If you want a plot overview, the blurb is great. ;) Iván and Isadoro already have a well-established and deep intimacy when the book begins. They have known and loved each other forever, in all the ways that love can be defined, and yet the relationship itself has never been defined. Their camaraderie and dialogue was priceless and hilarious. Sometimes there was even joking and laughter during the sex, and I don’t have words to explain how much I love that.
But the story goes dark, too. The author deftly depicted the mental health struggles that Isadoro was dealing with. She portrayed Iván’s struggle with it equally impressively... how it’s all-too-common to let your own needs get sidelined when you’re with someone in that situation... it can be illogically shameful to even HAVE needs when faced with someone else's trauma like that. I identified with each of them, both empathetically and experientially, to the point that it was painful at times. But fortunately the story was well balanced, with enough humor and light incorporated to make this bearable.
Here are the things to be aware of that may be drawbacks to some: While it’s not the primary conflict, there is a failure-to-communicate element. And there is a LOT of sex, proportionally. It was the MCs' way of expressing their feelings and intimacy when they were unable to do it any other way. But if that’s something that aggravates you, it might be an issue. And there were a handful of editing errors (although far fewer than in the first book).
Marina Vivancos isn’t just an auto-buy author for me — she’s an auto-“I’ll be taking two days off when her new book comes out” author.