Craving’s Creek by Mel Bossa ~ Book Review by Caroline

25461925Title: Craving’s Creek

Author: Mel Bossa

Publisher: Samhain

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Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/18/2015

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Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

For the man he loves, he will fight—body, mind, and soul.

Fourteen years ago, on a sun-drenched summer day on the banks of Craving’s Creek, Ryde swore to his best friend, Alistair, he’d never be alone in the world. Though Alistair was destined for the priesthood, there was something beyond holy about the first kiss they shared.

But a fun camping trip went horribly wrong when Alistair was involved in a horrific incident.

Now, at age thirty-one, Ryde’s life is a mess of alcohol and the painful imprint of his last look into Alistair’s desperate eyes. Since the evil they encountered on that shore, his first love has been lost to him—until he learns a friend’s wedding is to be officiated by a priest named Father Alistair Genet.

Amid the rush of emotions, one thought crystallizes: Ryde’s love for Alistair not only has never died, it’s stronger than ever. Stronger than God. But it may be no match for the church…and the repressed memories that are slowly tearing Alistair’s mind apart.

Warning: Contains a drunken confessional, a self-destructive clergyman, and a fight to the spiritual death for love.

My View:

Ever had a book where you are glad you read it but at the same time wish you hadn’t? Craving’s Creek is that book for me. Even though I had an idea where it was going from the blurb, even though the “accident” was mainly off page, this book is violent and crushing and changes the lives of two pretty innocent seventeen year old boys.

It was almost like reading two separate stories. The first half is a slow exploration of two teenagers making a pathway into the world and discovering their sexuality. For Ryde this is not too difficult and he has the support of his family. For Alistair it is one of the most difficult things in the world, his parents are extremely religious and the young man himself has plans to join the priesthood. He clings to his prayers as though they are his life raft but he is also in love with his best friend.

A camping trip with Ryde’s family should have been a last bit of summer fun, there is kissing, touching and lust. There are tentative promises and declarations of love and lazy afternoons in the sun. Then there is terror and fear and the promises mean nothing as life will never be the same.

Roll forward 14 years and the picture isn’t a pretty one.

Ryde never achieved his dreams after that day at the creek. His life has spiralled out of control and left behind a path of broken relationships, nightmares and chaos. His best friend is now the bottom of a bottle as it takes away the pain and keeps the memories at bay. His family walk on eggshells around him with their own memories of the person he once was. He hasn’t seen Alistair, hasn’t heard anything from him or about him since that day at the creek, isn’t even sure if he is still alive and then suddenly he learns he is a priest. After 14 years he knows where his first love is but the demons come back in full force and seeing him again, hearing his voice will be the most difficult hurdle to overcome.

To tell you how Alistair fared would be to give too much away. He still hangs onto his faith but there is something much larger at play. This last part of the book was my least favourite even though the two men find each other. The religion is heavy and in my opinion not working for the best interests of Alistair, it was cloying and heavy and helped to keep him in perpetual confusion.

There is some redemption at the end of the book and certainly some healing but not enough to leave you with the feeling of a HEA but more like a HFN. Perhaps that was the most we could expect after the trauma and the after affects.

Links

Craving’s Creek on Goodreads
Samhain
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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

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