Aidan’s Journey by CJane Elliott ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

AidansJourneyLG Title: Aidan’s Journey

Author: CJane Elliott

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: LC Chase

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

A Serpentine Series Book

The star of the University of Virginia theater department, Aidan Emery is lusted after and admired for living out and proud. He uses his talent and good looks to his advantage and never sleeps with the same guy twice. But his glamorous patina has been carefully honed to hide the pain he carries inside.

Aidan wasn’t always such a player. He starts college naively romantic, hungry for the attention he can’t get from his workaholic father and mentally ill mother. Unfortunately, that leaves him ripe pickings for predatory professor Rodney Montgomery. Rodney’s flattering regard seduces Aidan into a dysfunctional relationship that destroys his innocence.

Life looks up for Aidan when he finally breaks free of Rodney’s pull and moves to New York City to make it as an actor. Meeting sweet fellow actor Patrick Jaymes seems like the start of a fairy tale. But before Aidan can rebuild his life into happily ever after, family secrets rip him wide open, leaving him easy prey when Rodney decides he’s not willing to let Aidan go.

Brandilyn’s View:

If you have read Serpentine Walls by CJane Elliot, you may think you know Aidan. If you are anything like me, you may somewhat loathe Aidan for how he treated Pete, and apparently every other guy with whom he came into contact. But also, if you are like me and have read Serpentine Walls, you might just want a little insight into where Aidan came from, where he is going, and why he is who he is.

Aidan’s Journey is that story. You don’t have to have read Serpentine Walls to enjoy Aidan’s Journey. Actually, you may not be as uncomfortable with the first parts of the story as I was if you haven’t read Walls. That isn’t to say that I recommend you skip the first book, far from it. It is a beautiful story all its own! I am just saying knowing where the story is going and knowing that destination is, shall we say, less than ideal does make for some uncomfortable moments at the beginning of Aidan’s Journey. The uncomfortable moments don’t end when you surpass the timeline from walls, but that is part of the beauty.

As we start this journey, Aidan is young. He has major mommy and daddy issues, and he is just looking to belong to someone. For someone to show him love and affection. He hasn’t been taught to distinguish genuine love from predatory affection. He hasn’t been taught how to have healthy relationships. This gap in his life and his heart leaves him as the perfect prey for the predatory Professor R, better known in this story as simply Rodney. Even once he starts to see the relationship for what it is, he is so deeply in the thrall of Rodney, he can’t break himself free. He wars with himself time and again, and just can’t break free.

When he finally does break free, or so he thinks. He finally is able to see the relationship for what it was, when he enters into the first healthy relationship in his life, but Rodney isn’t quite done with him.

Aidan’s journey is uncomfortable. It is heartbreaking. It is enchanting. You won’t want to turn the page for fear of what the it might bring. You won’t be able to put the book down. Aidan’s Journey once again breaks many “romance” conventions in order to tell this story. Yes, we see the boys from Walls, I especially liked seeing a more carefree and playful side to Matt, but that isn’t why you will want to read this story. Read it to see how Aidan redeems himself. See how he finds himself. Read it because it is beautiful and heartbreaking.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
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I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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