Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/20/2013
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Carter Hopkins is on a mission. He has already written about the conflict in Syria, but is determined to go even deeper. With his editor’s help, he joins a band of freedom fighters led by Jalal. But it is Jalal’s brother, Nemat, who draws Carter’s attention. Nemat has left the family olive grove to join his brother in fighting the Syrian government in Aleppo. When Carter saves his life and is declared an honorary member of the family, Nemat couldn’t be happier, even though he knows his family will never understand his true interest in Carter.
Carter and Nemat say their goodbyes after the end of the assignment. Carter’s stories garner a lot of attention, but he can’t stop thinking of the man he left behind. Then rumors of the use of chemical weapons give Carter another chance at a story, and he jumps at it. But much has changed in Syria, and any chance of getting Nemat out of harm’s way seems more impossible than ever.
I have a thing for war stories. I always have. War stories not set in Iraq or Afganistan? Even better. If you, however, want your war stories to be complete with Men in Uniform, this is not the story for you. Crossing Divides pairs an American Journalist with a Syrian freedom fighter.
In a country where laying with another man can literally get you killed, Carter and Nemat manage to find each other. I am not going to go into whether I believe this story to be procedurally feasible. I decided just to suspend disbelief for the sake of the story. After the first couple of chapter, I didn’t even have to do it consciously. By then, I was invested enough in Carter and Nemat’s story that I just sat back and enjoyed the ride.
The story dragged a bit in the middle, but I knew we were building the storyline for Carter to return to Syria for his man. The return to the end was probably my favorite part of the story. It was when we finally got to know Nemat as a character. It was when we finally got to see what kind of man Carter was. It was when I finally found that they needed their HEA.
Unlike many of Grey’s novels, Crossing Divides stands completely alone. We don’t have to spend any of the story meeting characters for other or from other books. The entire story is devoted to Nemat and Carter. I enjoyed the few hours I spent reading this book.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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