Author: Harper Fox
Cover Artist: Harper Fox
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/16/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Marty Bell knows what it’s like to be bullied. He was the shy, overweight kid at school, and those memories have helped turn him into an excellent teacher – though he’s never spread his wings beyond the remote northern village where he grew up.
The last thing he needs in his life is the reappearance of Devlin Surtees, leader of the gang who made his schooldays so tough. Dev is the glamorous village hero now, flying acrobatics planes and fighter jets for the RAF. He’s just as spellbinding, handsome and infuriating as Marty recalls.
But the years have transformed both of them, and their old enmity blazes up into a powerful attraction. The sex is great, and Marty’s beginning to wonder if the schoolteacher and the stunt pilot might have some kind of future – until a terrible secret of Devlin’s comes to light, and threatens to drag both of them down into a vortex of the past.
From the outset Harper Fox captivated me with this little gem. Only a few pages into the Prologue, I was messaging her – she was breaking my heart because I knew what was about to happen – she told me to ‘be brave hon and keep reading.’ I did and what a beautiful emotional and romantic tale.
There is a lot of story in this slim novel this is NOT a complaint. My usual complaint is that m/m romances these days seem to use a shaky plotline on which to hang sex scenes .
Harper Fox gives us a proper story with gorgeous characterisations, and the lush descriptions of landscape juxtaposed with emotional content that she has become well known for.
Beyond them blazed the moors, just beginning a song of purple heather that would build to an autumn symphony, orange brackens locking horns with it across the colour wheel until, wandering over its huge expanse…
you hardly knew whether to cry or go blind from its beauty.
The main characters are Marty who I wanted hug and love from the beginning, and who nearly broke my heart – in the first five pages. Devlin (Dev) self assured, leader of the cool kids at school and Marty’s school crush / love of his life. Harper really lets these characters grow, change, and react to situations rather than just act. The characters were real to me, I cared about them, worried for them, and was outraged on their behalf. I don’t want to give any of the plotline away, as it would spoil the reading of this marvellous story.
Whereas, the Cornish location of the author brought us stories with a supernatural feel to them – Northumberland seems to bring the outpourings of her heart, and this book has heart by the wheelbarrow full. If ever you feel that m/m novels are becoming non-descript, this author will brighten your day, as she starts chapters with joys like this…
The morning was fine, still young enough not to have lost its diamonds and pearls.
The ash trees swayed and scattered huge drops of overnight dew on Marty’s windscreen, bursting on impact to rainbows.
A thoroughly deserved 5 from me.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
|This post may contain affiliate links.
|Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews. The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.|