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The listener is drawn in as soon as the tale of Zach Tyler begins. Sympathy for the main character is a given and the descriptive writing style of Rowan Speedwell creates the horrific images that places the listener in the heart of the tale. The narration by Paul Morey added to the story and encouraged one to hope for the best. A love story with a tragic twist and an eventual happy ending, makes for an excellent read.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
but some parts were heavier than I was in the mood for.
David was like a big-brother-best-friend to Zach while growing up. At age 15 Zach kisses David for the first time. Then they are separated when Zach flies to visit a relative and gets kidnaped. Now it’s several years later. Zach is alive and returns home. The best part of the story is the two of them reconnecting and beginning a love relationship. Zach has PTSD with many psychological issues. David is loving, patient, accepting, and supporting. I loved that part of the story - the relationship development. The sex scenes were well done. I liked the feel good ending and the epilogue.
During the second half, at times I did not enjoy the drama. Too often Zach overreacted and thought he should end their relationship. Even though David told Zach he loved him and nothing about Zach’s past would ever bother him, Zach didn’t believe it or kept forgetting. Yes he had issues from his kidnaping and torture, but it was tiring to keep hearing that Zach believed no one could love him.
There are a lot of therapy type discussions. The most common sentence in the book was “Are you ok?” Everyone is always asking everyone else that question. The answer was usually yes and a couple times crying. The parents were wonderfully supportive of both David and Zach which was a nice part of the story.
I liked the way Zach’s five years of captivity was handled. The book starts with his rescue. Then Zach is telling or remembering what happened. Horrible things were done to him which stayed with me, but it could have been worse. I wouldn’t have wanted to be inside Zach’s head during his torture, not knowing if he would survive or be rescued. However the torture might be too much for sensitive readers.
The author has a good writing style. It’s a good story, just a little heavier than I was in the mood for.
The narrator Paul Morey was very good.
Genre: gay male romance.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
As soon as i started reading this book it gripped me. I don't usually like books including the same gender relationships. but this one was amazing and has changed my View and preconceptions of books like this. it's sweet tender and heartwarming. Even the sex scenes have so much more to them and just sex. I cried several times at this book. The book address pain and suffering and love and patience and friendship and kindness and so much more.... it was a fantastic read and I finished it quite quickly because I couldn't put it down.
The only gripe I have is how annoying the music is when the chapter ends and another begins. if this wasn't there it would have got full stars from me. The narrator is great it literally just was that annoying music that bothered me slightly.
Similar idea to the above book but still different. As I've got older I find it easier to weep. This is especially true when it comes to terror kidnappings as I was once kidnapped in a similar situation. This was in the days when you were only kept for short time and were either killed quickly or released. However this did bring back memories and emotions along with the PTSD. I found it very true all the way thro. I had moist eyes during the last chapter