When the Planets Align by Kate McMurray ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

WhenthePlanetsAlignLG Title: When the Planets Align

Author: Kate McMurray

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars


Best friends Michael Reeves and Simon Newell always lived within ten minutes of each other, but somehow they’re never in the same place at the same time.

Brash, outgoing Michael’s unwavering confidence that he and Simon are meant to be carries him through some hard times. When Simon moves to New York, Michael dutifully follows. Quiet, practical Simon loves Michael as a dear friend, but he’s not ready for anything romantic.

Several years and several failed relationships later, Simon realizes he’s been in love with Michael all along. Only now Michael has moved on. Though Simon offers everything Michael’s ever dreamed of, the timing is all wrong. Confusion, betrayal, and secrets from the past threaten their friendship until it might be time for them to go their separate ways. Or maybe the planets will finally align, and Michael and Simon will find themselves in the right place at the right time to take the next step.

Brandilyn’s View:

Most novels I read in one sitting or over the course of about one day. However, I was unable to do that with When the Planets Align by Kate McMurray. It wasn’t because of time. It wasn’t because I was busy. It was because I had to stop about half way through and digest everything that had just happened.

To say that the relationship between childhood best friends Simon and Michael is complicated is an understatement. To say that it is heartbreaking doesn’t do this labyrinthine bonding justice. Simon and Michael just can’t get on the same page at the same time. They are so different from each other. Despite practically living in each other’s pocket, they are never in the same emotional place. Alternately breaking each other a little more. Until Michael delivers what Simon sees as the ultimate betrayal, and they are irrevocably broken. Okay, I am tearing up just writing this review.

We know this is a romance novel, so they have to come back together, right? Well yes… but the journey to that point will rip you into pieces and trample them for good measure. Once they are reunited the tears are not over. Nothing is ever easy for these two.

Told in both present day and flashback, Kate McMurray offers us heartbreak and elation, loneliness and togetherness, solitude and family. She offers us two complicated men you can’t help but love despite their flaws, mistakes, and general asshattery.

Enjoy this book and the relationship that McMurray has to offer us, but be sure to have a box of tissues available. I don’t recommend reading it in public… or with small children present.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank the publisher 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.

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