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Mason C. Blevins - Author of 34 Degrees and Heatwave
Irene S. Roth - Author of The Excellent Writer and over 20 other books
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mason C. Blevins
‘An honest and true slice of life.
Do not let my date started/finished fool you. I simply had much going on in my life, and little time to read.
I should certainly start out by saying that this book is far outside my typical genre. I usually fall towards more Apocalypse/Action with the occasional Teen Drama. However, this book doesn’t just tell a story with characters, it shows you a story with people. At every twist and turn you can feel the joy, the anguish, the desperation that was spilled onto every page by the author.
If I were hard pressed to give criticism, it would fall back on the basis of linear storytelling vs. nonlinear. This is the first book I’ve read that isn’t 100%, so I did have to do a bit of calculations and adding up as I read to make sure I got things straight. I also would have loved to see more in-depth dialogue. Regardless, it had little impact on the overall feel and message of the story - nor did it have any impact on the investment of a story that needed to be told. It is, as I have seen a previous review stated, “A True Page Turner”.
Also, for all of you readers out there who don’t read the prologue/epilogue of a book - I urge you to give this one a read. It’s the most powerful epilogue I believe I’ve ever read in a story. You won’t regret it.’
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Irene S. Roth
Andrei is a straight man who moves into a new community in Blue Springs. He has experienced many ups and downs in life. But he was ready to make a new life for himself. He moved into an apartment, bought a new car, and bought new furniture. He also updated his resume so that he could find a suitable job. He seemed like a regular guy doing regular things until he met Sammy, a millennial Gay man.
Andrei’s whole world turned upside down. It seemed at first like a relationship that would never work. Andrei was decades younger than Sammy. They seemed to have little in common and didn’t have much to talk about. But when they were together, it seemed like the whole world stood still.
What shocked Andrei was that he become completely consumed by this young man. It was an obsession like no other he ever experienced. Meanwhile, Andrei must deal with a lot of confusing emotions in his life which shakes him to the core. For a while, he has no idea what is happening to him.
This is a story like no other I ever read. It made me wonder how I’d feel if I were swept off my feet like Andrei was. Can love really conquer all in this kind of all-encompassing way?
I found myself reflecting on the nature of love and how all-encompassing it really is. There is so much to reflect on and many realizations to be had as we read this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read Sims’ next book.
An emotional story interwoven with the logical and illogical; obsession and indifference; fantasy and reality. A conundrum of unfamiliar and inexplicable sensations and feelings so powerful they’ll shake you. You’ll enter the world of an older straight man settled into a new community. A man with a history of triumphs, successes, failures and let downs who has always risen out of the ashes.
Experience the startling shock that engulfs him when he becomes infatuated with, and consumed by, a much younger millennial Gay man – a total stranger he has little in common with. Immerse yourself in his attempt to deal with a foreign and confusing set of circumstances, the outcome of which affects him to his core.
Find yourself confounded by a cast of people and events. Throw yourself into several of the character’s personalities and positions, then determine where the fault is. Delve into the mysteries in an attempt to solve them. Contemplate how you’d feel. Conjure up your emotions and establish how you’d deal with such a situation.