- File Size: 2125 KB
- Print Length: 329 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1927553377
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Steambath Press (June 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071ZFFCD4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Justin gets attacked and doesn't know what to do. Derek is his best friend from when they were little. They did everything together and Derek has been in love with his straight best friend forever.
Justin is straight as far as everyone is concerned. He has been keeping a secret from Derek that could haven changed their lives for the better. When the attack happens Justin confesses that he is bi and in love with Derek. Derek cant handle things so he runs. Now this is where it gets a little off for me. I understand that they both need to work on their feelings for one another. All the fighting between then really got to me. I thought it took away from the real story about how they could both help each other and live happy. I thought all the fighting wasn't necessary in the story and they could have worked through their issues differently. All the back and forth kinda made me want to stop reading it after a while.
These 2 were friends since they were young and did everything together. Derek is gay and Justin is straight but everyone thought they were a couple. Derek knew his love for Justin would never be returned so he tries to move on but when he finds out that Justin was lying to him, he can't deal with it. Justin has also secretly been in love with Derek and he tells him when Justin is at his lowest. The push and pull was too much for him. One minute they hated each other and the next they were in love. The chemistry was there but they fought it for awhile. Now don't get me wrong I love my angst but this was too much even for me. The subject matter played a back seat to the bickering between Derek and Justin. They had to learn to forgive each other and move on but they had a hard time doing that. I wanted to see Justin deal with his issues with what happened to him but I felt they didn't do that. I wanted Derek to open up to Justin and tell him what he was keeping a secret too. All in all the story itself was good but I wanted more....Reviewed for Alpha Book Club.
Derek and Justin have been friends since they were teens. Derek is gay and out. Justin seemingly identifies as straight. He was in a relationship with a woman for a long while, and of course, they break up. Justin has always had feelings for Derek, and EVERYONE seems to know it except Derek. Derek confronts Justin when they’re younger since he’s been secretly crushing on him all while banging every guy he can (they’re both pining after each other without the other knowing) and there’s supposedly this unspoken connection between the two of them. When Derek confronts Justin about their relationship, Justin dismisses him, and they both go through life miserable because they can’t be together except as business partners! Yes, torture yourself and go into business with the one person you’d give anything to be with in a romantic capacity. Justin never followed his dreams. He followed Derek. Why not see the guy you’re in love with on a daily basis and have blue balls for infinity?
Anyway, during a camping trip with friends (including Derek), Justin is sexually assaulted. Derek interrupts the rape, but Justin is so ashamed and angry at himself for not telling Derek about his feelings before the attack occurred. He then confesses his love for Derek when he’s at the hospital after a suicide attempt.
I know this review is super spoilery, but I had to explain this to tell you why this book didn’t work for me. This story albeit dark and somewhat depressing could have been phenomenal. I was waiting to be hit in the feels!
What was problematic for me? I loathed the way the story was written. This was my first Leigh Jarrett novel and I did not jive with the author’s writing style at all. Lengthy flashbacks scenes, overuse of italics to depict inner dialogue, external conflict with secondary characters overshadowed the story between the MCs, and the fact that there was no build up to Justin and Derek’s relationship in the present tense on the page irritated me. IMO, I think had the editing been a bit better with sussing out the events in this story and rearranging them, it would have had more of an impact.
We get all of these confessions after two horrific events occurred. We don’t get to see our MCs as business partners interacting daily before the camping trip. The rape occurs almost immediately. Readers are told via friends that there’s “something going on between the two of them” because they see the way they look at each other when together. I didn’t feel any emotional connection with either Derek or Justin. I think had elements of the story been reworked; this could have been a hit.
I give this story two stars for effort.
Shadows On My Soul was reviewed for Gay Book Reviews without the promise of a positive review.
Reviewers thoughts are her own and were not influenced by any outside parties.