Wildflowers Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : September 24, 2018
- File Size : 610 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 100 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07HNBBZK7
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #567,221 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A great story and now I want more.
It's quite a short novella but I think what we can take from it is LIVE. Live in the now and say what we want to say. Sitting in silence the way Xavi and Sam did for most of their time together only cost both of them pain. They've met 4 years ago when they lived in the same commune. Sam was already living there though hated by most of the others and when Xavi came with his boyfriend. It was an open relationship but it was still hard for Xavi to act upon his growing emotions towards the sweet Sam. It's more than attraction between them, what they share together means more to Xavi than he can deal with when he already has a boyfriend he is suppose to be in love with. Which is part of the reason they leave (not surprisingly their relationship doesn't last long after).
He goes back to living in the city, only to find himself confronted by Sam 4 years later when he comes to say goodbye. Literally goodbye. Sam is dying and the overwhelmed Xavi somehow agrees to go with him on an unknown trip till Sam takes his last breath, vowing never to leave him until the very end. Yet being with the quiet Sam brings all those feelings back, and now it's too late and he is heart broken with every mile he takes with him in a stolen car. Though they spend every minute of day together for 3 weeks they barely talk. They SPEAK but don't talk. Not about what's killing Sam little bit each day and not about how hard it is on Xavi to say goodbye to the one guy he knows has his heart.
I rather leave it at that. I LOVED this story. I enjoyed the mystery around both Sam and Xavi as little by little is revealed by Xavi about their shared time together (mostly in the past but naturally in the present as well). Sam had a very sad life and Xavi was the light in the dark, which is why he came to him when it was his time to go. But he couldn't know the price Xavi would have to pay, never realizing Xavi has always loved him as well.
Tags: New Adult (MM) Romance
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One person Xavi's connected with is Sam. But Sam has his own pain. He's sick--Xavi's not sure with what--and he's made one single request. Sam wants Xavi to stay with him until he's gone. And Xavi agrees, relying on the "I don't really care for anyone" attitude he hopes will get him through.
As the two go on a cross-country trip, however, Xavi realizes that letting Sam slip away might be harder than he imagined. And maybe with the right support, Sam might not be as intent on just giving up. But how can Xavi change Sam's mind when he's already made such a major decision? And can he convince Sam to trust him to be something other than what he's presented to the world for so long?
I now know that when I pick up a Suki Fleet novel, it's going to be one that pulls at the heartstrings. This author has an amazing ability to tell deep, emotional stories that manage to be a bit rough around the edges. These characters are far from perfect. But you root for them every step of the way, even when they're driving you up a wall because of the decisions they're making.
Despite the emotional nature of the story, there's never a feeling of angst for angst's sake, which I think we get from many romance authors (especially M/M) these days. Fleet's storytelling is unique in that regard and very refreshing.
I did have questions and wished for more backstory. What happened to Sam during the four years after Xavi and Joe left the commune? And at the end, how were they to navigate the fact Sam was an illegal immigrant?
Net net — I really enjoyed reading Wildflowers. It was an emotion-driven work, and Xavi and Sam stayed with me after I finished the book.
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Then I read the book, and I have this internal debate about angst versus emotion- as I find Suki's book emotional but not angsty, as angsty means to me , certainly in romance books, an emotion that feels false and engineered- whereas here the emotion feels so real and true.
Perhaps it's the setting and the personal circumstances of Sam and Xavi, and it's certainly in part to the quality of the writing but this was practically perfect, in 80 pages we get such love, familial and romantic and a huge, huge dose of hope for all the characters and the future.
I usually don't like shorts, because of the lack of connection to the characters and emotional development, but this really couldn't have been any better.
Sam and Xavi learn to trust , love, believe in each other and hope . What more can you ask for in a love story ?