Out of the Blues by Mercy Celeste ~ Book Review by Caroline

27782190Title: Out of the Blues

Author: Mercy Celeste

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/09/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

Whoever said you can’t go home again should change that to should not go home again. As in EVER!

Mason Foxworth swore on his grandmother’s bible never to return to the small Georgia town he sort of grew up in. And for eight years he’d succeeded in keeping that promise. Until his twin sister decided she needed to get married…back home…and she’d invited their parents. Wasn’t this going to be a just a fabulous weekend?

Since leaving the Marines, Kilby Adams rarely ever left his farm and now here he was in Georgia, as best man at his stepbrother’s wedding. Out of his comfort zone and with too many people that he doesn’t know Kilby has nothing to keep his mind off the past except the gorgeous brother of the bride.

And wouldn’t you just know it, there was only one room left at the Inn and Kilby would have to share it, with Mason, who was straight and….yeah, this was going to be one hell of a weekend.

My View:

Anyone who reads Mercy’s books will know she is one of the queens of angst and Out of the Blues falls into this category beautifully.

This is Kilby and Mason’s story. Why have one fucked up MC when you can have two? In fact Mason’s entire family is messed up enough to allow their therapist to retire early and then need therapy of their own!

Mason is heading home, a place he vowed never to return to, for his twin sister’s wedding. Kilby is headed to the same wedding as his brother is the groom. As neither man was actually expected to show up, reliability is not their strong point, there is only one room left and they end up having to share.

Mason’s family background is not easy to follow. His father is an ex NFL player who made homophobic comments to his son as a child, not that Mason is gay, a point he reiterates throughout the story. His mother is a wannabe actress with an addiction to husbands and wedding rings. Both parents were absent, physically and mentally, as Mason grew up and the effects of his childhood are ongoing. Both he and his sister were abused, including sexually, given access to alcohol and drugs and abandoned with a stepfather who loved them in his own way.

Kilby didn’t have a great childhood either but his problems stem from falling for an officer whilst serving under DADT. Said officer committed suicide and Kilby lives with a heavy load of guilt and a lost career. He has withdrawn from the world and rarely leaves his farm. After meeting Mason and his family on the first day of the wedding celebrations I’m pretty sure he was wishing he had stayed there!

For all the times that Mason tells people he is not gay, and there are many, he very quickly falls into bed with Kilby. It’s hot, rough and passionate and it just keeps happening. Mercy has this habit of giving us characters that don’t appear to be able to breathe without each other and this is exactly what she has done here but on top of that Mason is having to face his old demons and you know from the start it’s not going to end well. In just four days Kilby has fallen hard for the younger man but Mason is spooked and runs.

The next few months are not good for Mason but he finally has to face his past and this is where the real drama starts!  So many secrets! So much damage! Angst and honesty and surprise upon surprise may just mean that Mason and Kilby might get their HEA but good god it’s a bumpy ride!

Links

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This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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