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- Print Length: 39 pages
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- Publisher: Anne Brooke Books; 2 edition (August 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KAX8LIE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Dan is scarred inside and out from an accident that destroyed a promising future. Despite Adrian's loveless lifestyle and Dan's withdrawal and anger, the two men forge a deep--if unnerving--connection. Soon they find themselves questioning the choices they've made and the futures they've mapped out for themselves.
"Yet even bright young men like Adrian and Dan fear the unknown and take comfort in the familiar. Neither may be strong enough to step away from the life they know and toward the one they dare not hope for. But while it's true that love can't heal all wounds, it is the surest balm for where you hurt the most."
Have to admit, I never thought I'd find myself reading m/m romance but Brooke writes so flawlessly that I love everything I've read that she's written. The other thing is that the characters deal with concerns and issues that are universal to all human beings. They are not unique to homosexual men.
A caveat, I would have given this five stars except for two things. In my kindle edition somewhere near the beginning of the book a sentence began with "en" as the first word. I don't know what the correct word was supposed to be.
The other thing was that Brooke wrote "weaved" instead of "wove." Now, of course, she is British and perhaps the British don't teach irregular verbs as we do in the USA. But it is one of my pet peeves that irregular verbs with irregular past tenses are being written as if they are regular verbs with simple past tenses. Harrumph.
While I know nothing of the life of a male escort, Brooke's take on Adrian's approach to his job was appealing. It was a great way to show us what kind of man he is and what his personality is. He is quite a classy guy. He and his pimp, I guess I have to call him, have a close and nurturing relationship. Although the boss isn't above soliciting a blow job and that made me dislike him.
Daniel is sympathetically drawn. Adrian is tender but determined, caring but does not allow Daniel to manipulate him. When they do have sex, while somewhat explicit for my tastes, it is with mutual caring and respect.
One of my beefs with Brooke's work is that the stories I've read all seem too short. In this case, Daniel's issues seem to resolve too quickly. He had experienced a severe trauma with devasting results and I would have thought it would have taken longer for him to trust Adrian, let alone get into bed with him.
One of the things I adore about Brooke's work is that her writing is always superb. I mean the woman can really write. I will read anything with her name on it because it is such a treat to read an excellent writer.
This review is probably not doing the book justice. Let me finish by saying I loved it.
Read this for three reasons (1) Anne Brooke is a brilliantly luminous writer in a variety of genres and people should be reading her stuff. (2) It is part of my on-going commitment to help a friend identify possible books for her children of adults with PTSD. (3) For my Diverse Reading Challenge (google it).
Something that is unique to Brooke's writing is her ability to interest me in things I would have thought I would dislike. This has happened on more than one occasion. I certainly never thought I'd read about two men in bed, but I have and enjoyed it. There is nothing coy about the way she writes about the affair between the two men. It is robust and for adults eyes only. What I appreciated is that it wasn't prurient.
Her characters are well-developed and the plot is simple, clear, and yet pulls at my heartstrings because how could one not hurt for Dan, his pain, his suffering, his self-consciousness? How could one fail to admire Adrian's tenderness in all aspects fo their relationship? As always, Brooke has a surprising plot twist that is a gotcha.
I can't root for a romance/relationship if I don't know anything about the people involved. How did Adrian get into his line of work? Where is his family? How did he meet Max, and why does he feel so deeply indebted to him? Who is Max, really, and how did he not only get into his line of work but become so prosperous at it? Was Dan still in school or already in his chosen career at the time of the accident? Most importantly, what becomes of them afterwards? Do they find jobs or go to school permanently? Do they stay together? We don't know because after their first time having sex, Dan and Adrian don't see each other for months, and once they do, they talk for a few minutes, decide to get together, and the story ends. So not only is the romance not based on anything solid, we don't even get to see the end results. This only got 2 stars because the writing was decent.
I think I believed that these guys had a future, but I wanted to see them in it, growing together as a couple, not as just a couple of people who'd met because of a need for one that could be fulfilled by the other's 'job'.
Adrian is an escort who hides his scars behind a smile and the right words.
Max, Adrian's boss, hires Adrian to help Dan. Their first meeting is rough but the second one takes them both to a place that they can never come back from, a place of healing.