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TOUCH THE SKY (Free Fall #1) by CHRISTINA LEE & NYRAE DAWN

MM Romance – Standalone in a Series

TOUCH THE SKY by CHRISTINA LEE & NYRAE DAWN

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touch the sky 28th March

SYNOPSIS

Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law. 

Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.

The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever. 

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny 

“I wish I could fly. Sometimes I think I can.”

Oh wow this story was so incredibly beautiful, heart-breaking, tragic yet sweet at the same time. We fell in complete book love with tears running down our cheeks several times as we read. The lads; Lucas and Gabriel absolutely stole our hearts. We also have to mention their friends Ezra and Conner who showed what friendship is all about through being there and persevering when others may have walked away.

“Why does it feel like we’ve spent our whole lives entwined with each other?”

Lucas and Gabriel are online friends who haven’t met but who formed an incredibly strong bond in the face of adversity at home. We hear snippets from what they’re going through as they write to each other with hope for the future – meeting- and being free from what’s bringing them down. Our hearts broke at the thought that the hope they had for an escape –together- fell to the wayside from circumstances out of their control. So when they meet five years later we read with trepidation as nothing comes easy and so much has happened. Lucas is feeling tremendous anger and hurt and Gabriel wants to talk. It doesn’t come easy.

“When you care about someone, you stick by them. You help them through whatever they’re dealing with. You shoulder the pain when they can’t.”

The thing is though; when a bond is cemented as theirs was by each being there for one another through caring words growing up- hope still lives. One fateful day changed everything. Despite their affection for each other still being there buried deep and fuelled by an intense attraction a lot of issues have to be worked through.

“I’m not sure I got this, bro. Like, at all.”

Learning from each other, opening up and realising that true strength starts off in your own heart and not through gestures of others. Healing and acceptance has to come first and its one hell of an emotional yet sweet and passionate ride these Authors took us on.

“…we’ve all have to be our own heroes. If not, we’re fucked, just waiting for our lives to fall apart.”

“I don’t want to fuck up.”

“You won’t, I’ll make sure of it.” It’s a lie, the biggest fucking lie I could tell him. I can’t take care of myself.

Mental illness is such a sensitive subject to approach which unless you’ve had some degree of experience with it can so easily be misunderstood or dismissed. What a fabulous story from these Authors which was written with such respect and made us fall in love with a boy called Lucas and a boy called Gabriel. We’re just sorry there wasn’t an epilogue further down the line. We loved them so dearly we would’ve loved to have heard how they got on with their hopes and dreams after a highly emotional struggle. We highly recommend this beautiful story.

‘I reach for his hand and stretch open his fist. I kiss every one of his fingers and then the very center of his palm. When I look up at him, his eyes are shut and his lips are trembling. “That’s my heart right there,” I say, closing each of his fingers into a fist.’

 4.5✯

 

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RUSH by NYRAE DAWN

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SYNOPSIS

This new adult, male/male romance will capture the audience who fell in love with Nyrae Dawn’s Games Trilogy.For the love of the game.

Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. Tough and athletic, he is a great college player who enjoys the hard hits and the sweaty grind of the gridiron. But when Brandon is injured, only one person can help him get back on track-a forbidden love he’s desperately tried to put behind him.

Alec Andrews has never quite forgiven Brandon for walking away when their friendship turned into something more. But he can’t deny help to one of his closest friends. As the two spend the long, hot summer working together, their old attraction comes flooding back.

Now as Alec thinks about coming out to his conservative family and Brandon considers revealing he’s a gay football player, the two men must be strong to fight for a love that could be the greatest rush of their lives.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 4 Solid Stars

“You’re the only thing I’m sure about.”

Gitte: Rush is a well written coming of age story where two young men have to find their place in the world whilst facing the sad and unnecessary obstacle of their love affair. A love affair that stood the test of time; it was beautiful!

‘He’s hurt. He could have died. I know him. He needs me.’

Brandon and Alec’s story broke my heart. It was extremely emotional and tear inducing to follow them as they ‘came out’ and faced the world; faced the people with the truth, people who supposedly loved them and cared for them. Feeling like you have to explain, to justify, to excuse yourself for who you truly are. Heart-breaking and so bloody unfair. Now, that is what’s wrong, not your sexual orientation!

“I’m sorry, Mom. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I’m sorry…”

How much of yourself do you sacrifice out of love for another? The pressure and the fear of being labelled and ostracised by people you care about or by society as a whole is immense and my heart bleeds that this should even be an issue whether it be fiction or real life as is sadly the case. Love is love after all.

“Sometimes I wonder if people realize how lucky they are…It’s easy to take for granted that it’s not that simple for everyone.”

Whilst the tone was sombre throughout Brandon and Alec’s story, it was also inspirational and heart-warming. Our characters showed bravery, commitment, purity of love and incredible strength in the face of daunting adversity.

‘How can loving someone be wrong?’

I have to say Nyrae Dawn wrote a beautiful depiction of the judgement and emotional suffering involved in ‘coming out’ regarding sexual orientation. In an ideal world this should not be a necessity! This was the first book we’ve read by this Author and it did not disappoint did it, Jenny?!

Jenny:  Nyrae Dawn certainly brought us a beautifully moving account of two men, Alec and Brandon as they navigate their way through prejudice, friendship and love. No as a first read by this author, she didn’t disappoint at all.

Rush delivered a blend of emotion, romance, passion and depth of character in a story that showed the level of pretense two young men would go to to avoid alienation from a world where the love between two men sadly, isn’t always acceptable. Witnessing the struggles faced by both men was heartbreaking.

“It’s too fucking hard. I don’t want to be all these different versions of me.”

As Brandon attempts to live without Alec and as Alec attempts to form a life without Brandon, both realise there is no way even enforced distance can extinguish the deep longing they have for one another. As they veer their way through the agonising decision to come out, we are taken on a journey of self-discovery by both men as they seek acceptance from family and those around them for who they are and openly love the person their heart sought out.

“There’s never been anything I’ve wanted like I want you. I don’t’ want you to be another regret.”

Both Alec and Brandon deserved to explore, enjoy and nourish their love openly as they had shared a love that transcended from youth to adulthood despite every step being fraught with prejudice and fear of rejection.

“I’m sorry. Fuck, I hate this. Why can’t I play ball and have you too?”
“Who says you can’t?”

Nryae Dawn captured all the angst, hurt and hopes in this story and she handled it with feeling and tenderness. She brought me to tears in some scenes and whilst there was certainly some steam in this story, she never let the heat override the emotion and for that I was extremely grateful.

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