Twice the Hands to Hold by Louis Stevens ~ Book Review by Caroline

25592777Title: Twice the Hands to Hold

Author: Louis Stevens

Publisher: JMS Books

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/19/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

Twin brothers Brian and Matt Walker went to live with their mother’s brother after the death of their parents at an early age. Brian is still wracked with the guilt he carries around from a young age and sees the world through a distorted lens of self-loathing. When he meets a sexy and interested college-aged guy at the beginning of his senior year of high school, he may have finally found someone who can help him escape his mundane existence.

Matt has his life all planned out — he longs for a solid career in journalism after graduating college. But his tenuous hold on family life threatens his dreams of independence, as does the attentions of a closeted new transfer to their school.

Can Matt pull away enough from his family to come into his own? And will Brian finally get to grips with his past and allow his twin to chase his own happiness?

My View:

I was absolutely convinced I had read a book by this author when I picked up Twice the Hands but it turns out I was wrong and he was a new to me author. After finishing he will certainly be an author I read again.

Twice the Hands is a story of growing up, of teetering on adulthood yet still being so uncertain of your place in the world. It’s a story of family love that reaches past maternal and paternal boundaries and thrives on love.

Matt and Brian are twins that lost both their parents in a car crash and have been raised by their Uncle. Matt is out and proud and takes life in at his own pace. He is sensitive, nerdy and at first seems the weaker of the two boys. Brian is bisexual and the complete opposite to his brother in so many ways. He is the school jock, a star football player and has taken on the role of protector where is brother is concerned.

The two boys have a very close relationship that is often complicated but very important to them both. You don’t get one Walker brother without the other.
The story also includes their Uncle Jake a gay man who essentially put his life on hold for over a decade to bring up ‘his boys’. We learn of his fear at being left with the responsibility of two young lives when he himself was so young. You can virtually feel the love he has for his family as you turn the pages. As the boys are almost heading to college he finds himself with his own relationship dilemma and it is reminiscent of the relationship that Matt currently finds himself in.

This is a short insight to a family growing up. First relationships are never easy and both boys struggle. Facing homophobia in their home is something neither boy has had to grow up with but Matt’s new love interest sadly doesn’t have it so easy. Brian is drawn to the bad boys of the world and his bravado and keen need to fit in has devastating consequences. Suddenly the roles are flipped and Matt comes into his own as his brother’s protector and guardian.

This is a book that you will be unable to put down until you finish as you become entwined in the life of the Walker boys and their Uncle. My only criticism is the editing and it’s not normally something I would bring up in a review. There were numerous errors that could have been easily spotted with a good proofread. They were jarring and kept pulling me from the story. My rating however doesn’t reflect these errors but I do feel they should be mentioned.

Links

Twice the Hands to Hold on Goodreads

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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