Cover Artist: Natalie Winters
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/03/2010
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Watch that first step. It could turn your life upside down.
Until a fall ended his Olympic diving career, John Andrews lived for the seconds he spent in the air. Now he’s adrift on a college campus, grounded by paralyzing vertigo and double vision. Worse, he sees shimmering colors over everyone’s heads.
The last is hardest to ignore, and impossible when it comes to Mason. While sex with the hot, moody computer major gives John a rush as heady as diving, Mason’s the only person John’s ever seen surrounded by two distinct colors.
Mason feels like a stranger in his own life. His lover is dead, and he drowns his guilt in bourbon and sex-until John’s innocence reawakens the man he used to be. After Mason gives the young virgin a proper introduction to sex, he plans to send him on his way. But John sees too much to make things that easy.
For John, their connection is more than just sizzling sex, it’s something worth fighting for. The more he learns about the colors, though, the more he realizes the free-spirited Mason isn’t free at all. John doesn’t take second place to anyone-even the dead.
Warning: Anyone wishing to read this title should be an adult, free from any condition that might be aggravated by the presence of a not-too-scary haunting, sizzling sexual chemistry, and angsty young men having mildly kinky sex. Other restrictions may apply. No additional equipment needed-unless you like that sort of thing
I thought I would do something different with this review, as this is my second reading of this book. We start out with my newest thoughts having just finished, and then right below is my original review I posted on Goodreads back in January of 2014.
Getting the chance to reread this was like coming home and visiting friends in a very familiar place, even physically – I earned my MA at SUNY-Albany and walked those tunnels many a time. Bonus, or not, I lived in Schenectady while attending.
But I digress…
K.A. Mitchell makes it so easy to wander into this story and feel immediately welcomed. This is quite a feat given the current circumstances of both John and Mason’s lives on this day, the day they meet. They’re both dealing with loss and great change and neither is at their best.
These two possess a chemistry that is all kinds of sexy: physically, mentally, and emotionally. They both speak rather openly and to the point about what they want and how they feel, except when they don’t. It’s that very recognizable game of ping pong, making those millisecond decisions about what to say and why you feel the way you do, and whether the other person deserves to know it, or if you have the ability to reveal yourself. To be vulnerable. To tell the truth about who you are.
The entire story feels organic, nothing forced or tricks played. No one is playing hard to get in a coy way, but rather the walls that get built up by way of pain suffered are in place and doing their jobs. These are two people trying to, sometimes in spite of themselves, give this thing a chance, they’re taking the chance. Sometime just not at the same time.
Have I said these two are hot together? Oh good, because they are. They’re compatible and communicative, even when they don’t mean to be, and it all works.
John smiled. Mason liked it, wanted to keep making it happen. And he didn’t have to ask himself when the last time was that he cared if he could make someone else smile. He bit his lip.
I loved this the first time I read it. I loved it again this time. What I would really love? More time with Mason and John and the whole gang.
I think I’m upping my rating for this. Yup, here comes that last star. Five it is.
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Jan 2014 GR Review:
This will be short on words but it’s very long on love.
K.A. Mitchell does it again. If I haven’t ever said this before, she’s definitely a favorite author. She shows again here why that is so.
John and Mason have both gone through some incredibly difficult things and find themselves starting a new year in college (John as a freshmen at 21 and Mason limping to the starting line) weighed down, to say the least. KAM also starts us out with a bang, literally. I mean, c’mawn, this is how you start a story: HOT. Oh and yes, I said story, as in there is one here. Characters with complexity that mirrors anyone walking around having lived some life.
She’s very good at this, using details and locations and character traits that are entirely unique and very believable. This means I’m swept along with the story because it’s relatable. Totally true in this case: I went to SUNY Albany, where this takes place, and obtained my master’s, and lived in Schenectady while attending. Ah, those tunnels. College life, here you be. It’s a time when I think a lot of layers are stripped and we’re maybe at our most honest about most things as we work out how to live with those selves. I think I crapped on that explanation, but maybe you’ll get it.
There are some aspects of the story I won’t mention so that you can discover them on your own. They’re integral and sweet and a bit magical but are totally grounded by these very well-drawn characters. Besides John and Mason, we have the two circle of friends of which they are each a part. The humor is there. The heat is there.
On that heat… lemme just tell you, this is how you end a book. No doobt aboot it, my friends. This has become a fave and will go on my comfort food shelf, as well.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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