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Title: Go Your Own Way
Author: Zane Riley
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Cover Art by Colleen M. Good; Design by BuckeyeGrrl Designs
Rating: of 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult
Will Osborne couldn’t wait to put the roller coaster ride of his public education behind him. Having suffered bullying and harassment since grade school, he planned a senior year that would be simple and quiet before going away to college and starting fresh. But when a reform school transfer student struts into his first class, Will realizes that the thrill ride has only just begun.
Lennox McAvoy is an avalanche. He’s crude, flirtatious, and the most insufferable, beautiful person Will’s ever met. From his ankle monitor to his dull smile, Lennox appears irredeemable. But when Will’s father falls seriously ill, Will discovers that there is more to Lennox than meets the eye.
10 favorite literary couples
So for me, thinking up my ten favorite literary couples was hard. It was more difficult than getting out of bed at four in the morning to get to work by six. But I’ve thought of ten, some canon and others not (some aren’t even true “couples”) but I love them just the same. So, in no particular order, we’ll start with:
James and Lily Potter (Harry Potter series): I know so many people like to shout about Snape, and in the end I loved the guy, but James and Lily always worked for me. James was arrogant, yes, but he had a kind heart that eventually deflated his ego. He wasn’t the best character in the world, but he naturally matched Lily’s selflessness with his own.
Éowyn and Faramir (The Lord of the Rings trilogy): Éowyn is one of my favorite characters from this series. Her and Faramir are mirrors of each other in some ways, but are also vastly different. While Faramir is never enough for his father, Eowyn is assumed to be lesser her entire life. They both always have something to live up to and neither of them can or want to.
Pan and Wendi (Lost Boi): Peter Pan? Not quite. This is a recent read of mine. In this queer punk version of Peter Pan, they’re both a little gritty and darker, closer to the original story of Peter Pan, but with the same elements that hopelessly draw these two characters together.
Han Solo and Princess Leia (Star Wars): They’re great on the big screen, but they’re fantastic in most of the novelizations, and expanded universe, too. A particular favorite of mine for them is Tatooine Ghost, which follows Leia as she discovers more of her father’s early history with Han.
Rue and Prim (The Hunger Games trilogy): I know what you’re thinking, “Huh? What?” You didn’t miss anything. This is an off the cuff couple, more of a duo in this case. Each of these young women were wonderful, and I am still lamenting the loss of (spoilers!) both their lives during this series. I wanted so much more for each of them, and now I simply mourn them together and wonder what might have been.
Remus Lupin and Tonks (Harry Potter series): These two always seem to be left off lists when it comes to Harry Potter couples and I don’t understand why they’re skipped. They aren’t flashy or a main couple by any means, but seeing one of the lowest characters, Lupin, find love after a life of struggling and losing so many people is refreshing. And he finds it with bubbly, bubblegum pink haired Tonks which makes it even better.
Aziraphale and Crowley (Good Omens): Another “not really a couple” couple. The Angel and the Fallen Angel: Sounds like the plot to a great and tragic romance story, right? In this case, it’s two old, old, old friends who are hysterical to spend a novel with. They’re given one simple task, manage to mess it up, and then while they’re off being hilarious, it all works out on its own. It’s not every day a book comes around with two main characters that are so useless to the plot, despite being in charge of the task, but that are adored.
Daenerys and Khal Drogo (Game of Thrones series): I’ve read some of this series, enough to see what it’s all about after the television show began, but I have to say, this pairing is my weakness. So much is left out (or made into a darker story) with Daenerys and Drogo. I advice anyone who liked them on the show to read the novels for them, because the start of their relationship is vastly different on the page than on the screen.
Luna Lovegood and her Radish Earrings (Harry Potter series): Personally, I always hoped her and Harry would end up together, but I adore Luna more than any other character I’ve come across. She’s my sunshine. All her quirks are what make her uniquely her and that’s why her and her earrings make the list!
Artemis Fowl and Holly (Artemis Fowl series): It’s been a long time since I’ve read this one, but I couldn’t get enough of this bad boy versus police elf that turned into a little bit more. They weren’t never “together” but it was almost hinted at once they truly became friends.
Lennox leaned forward until Will could smell the peppermint on his breath and the smoke on his clothes. He shivered again and tried to make himself back away. But his body didn’t seem to want to cooperate any more than Lennox. Will met his eyes—could see himself reflected in them. They looked like a pair of pennies, bright and bronze as if they were sitting in a shallow, sunlit fountain. It was a beauty Will didn’t want to think about.
“You don’t have to tease so much,” Lennox whispered. That smile stayed on his face, and Will had to look away. His eyes fell on his hands gripping his chair and the white knuckles under his skin. If he looked in those eyes again, he would do something stupid. Like slap Lennox—or kiss him.
About the Author
Zane Riley wrote his first work of fan fiction in the fourth grade, a Star Wars story in a notebook recently unearthed from the back of a closet.
Zane is a transgender writer and recent recipient of a degree in English: Creative Writing from the University of Mary Washington. Go Your Own Way is his first novel.
In his spare time, Zane is a musician and frustrated fan of the Baltimore Orioles.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/zanenebula
Goodreads Link: goodreads.com/Zane-Riley
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