This was a mixed bag for me. There were bits I really liked and bits I could have lived without.
Author: Amelia Bishop
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
They grew up together, and fell in love along the way. But the night Cole & Rick came out to their parents their lives changed in ways they never expected. Before their romance could stand on its own, they were cursed by the gods to remain together, or die.
What happens when kissing your boyfriend becomes a life or death situation? When you have to stay together no matter how your feelings change?
Cole promised he’d love Rick forever. He had no idea how difficult that would prove to be.
Cole and Rick are 18 and they have both just come out to their parents. Coles parents are fine, Ricks not so much. All grand plans about being out and proud, dating, holding hands in public and all the other things they have dreamed about are quickly forgotten when 2 Fae walk out of the river and place a curse on them.
There is now something that literally holds them together. This isn’t too bad initially as they settle into how their lives now have to happen. As the months roll by though the curse starts to impede on their lives and leaves Rick literally fearing for his life. They muddle through their college years and end up living together never sure whether their relationship is due to love or the curse that binds them together.
After living this way for 7 years it seems the love between the 2 is no longer enough and they summon the Fae and a change is made to the curse. There is no longer a bind holding them together. There are new restrictions placed on them however and this just places further strain on both men.
Out of the blue one day Ricki makes an announcement about his sexuality that leaves Cole shaken and feeling very insecure. This is the part that didn’t work for me. The beginning of this story was all about them coming out as gay men. Ricki did not have an easy time about it and I do wonder why this was never mentioned to his parents, it would certainly have made his life much easier. His revelation kind of took me out of the story.
Their relationship seemed doomed from this point. They separate and Rick starts seeing Jenna, a year later and he proposes and they are soon married and moving away. The next 7 years are miserable for Cole. Drinking, casual sex and apathy run his life while he longs for Rick to come back.
When Ricks marriage fails and he moves back to live near his family and Cole things are resolved far too quickly. If Rick truly loved Cole as much as he said he did why didn’t he fight for their relationship instead of marrying a woman and moving away?
It is not a bad story, just not one of my favourites. There is a lot of angst and Cole and Rick are good together when it is working for them. The initial reasons for the curse turned out to be completely wrong in its predictions but there was always going to be too much pressure from it for them both to have a normal relationship.
I would like to thank Amelia Bishop for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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