An awesome, one of a kind story you shouldn’t miss …
Author: Michael Itig
Publisher: JMS Books
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Clayton Twigg has not had a relationship for fifteen years. A desperate situation calls for desperate measures and so he resorts to a message in a bottle — a personal ad left in a graveyard. Surprisingly, it only takes five minutes for someone to pick it up. This is how Clayton meets Shack.
Shackleton Daisy is Clayton’s opposite in every way — carefree, promiscuous, uninhibited, and unashamed. They say opposites attract, but Clayton presents a greater challenge than Shack has ever encountered before. Everyone has their own baggage, some heavier than others.
Clayton is a haunted man. His fifteen years of celibacy is not without reason; every time he tries to have sex, he’s haunted by the ghost of his mother. Will Shack be able to help Clayton live in the moment and bury his past? Or is he doomed to a life lived among ghosts?
Michael Itig is relatively new to M/M romance, and I enjoy reading “new to me” authors. Itig’s Other Love is a different type story – it’s not all hearts, snuggles and romance. Instead, it has an almost macabre feel at times. Clayton’s relationship with his mother, shown mostly in flashbacks, is seriously dysfunctional. She lays an enormous guilt trip on Clayton every time he even tries to mention he’s gay, and she’s determined to keep him just for herself. Her damage of Clayton’s self esteem and psyche is obvious and lasting. Shack is a wonderful character – he genuinely likes sad, troubled Clayton, and is convinced that he must save Clayton from himself (Shack doesn’t buy the whole “Mom’s ghost is sitting in the corner knitting” scenario). Itig also isn’t afraid to make the reader squirm uncomfortably. I winced when Clayton and Shack finally have sex with Mom crooning her woes and offering commentary as she watched the men together. But this is part of why this story is so uniquely interesting – the reader feels incredible pity for Clayton, who is haunted by his mother (whether it’s literally or psychologically is irrelevant – it’s real to Clayton), but at the same time, you want to shudder and say, “No …. Just, No.”
Other Love is one of a kind, qwirky, ultimately hopeful, and a bit horrific. It’s also awesome in it’s own way. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I can’t wait for Michael Itig’s next M/M romance offering. I encourage you to read this unusual story – I promise you will be thinking about it for days after you read the last page. I know I have …
I would like to thank JMS Books for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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