The Invasion of Adam by Claire Davis + Al Stewart ~ Book Review by Karen

invasion-of-adam-coverTitle: The Invasion of Adam

Author: Claire Davis + Al Stewart

Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/01/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary

Blurb:

College life, fun nights out, guys everywhere—Adam thought his life was perfect…

Until he met Tork.

Green-haired Tork creates origami models and reads Dickens. He lives in supported housing, and he is absolutely not impressed by money.

Adam and Tork come from opposite worlds, but even as Adam fights it, the attraction stays strong.

Will Tork win the battle to understand his past and be well? Is there another Adam beneath that polished surface? Can they overcome their differences, and will there be dancing at midnight?

Find out what happens in a year of Adam, Tork, and Dickens the cat.

My View:

I read this directly after The Invasion of Tork, and although its can be read as a standalone,  I would recommend you read that first.

The blurb pretty much says it all in terms of what is going on in this book. Tork, who was homeless, is now homed and trying to build his life again, Adam is..well Adam. Except he’s not. What the blurb doesn’t tell you is how it happens.

In such a short book the writers really, really pack in a huge amount of emotion and connection with the characters without being either incredibly graphic or predictable. I can’t remember many books where a homeless queer man didn’t turn to prostitution, or drugs and where the love interest wasn’t kind of saint like. Not here. The Invasion of Adam isn’t hyper gritty or super romanticised, in fact the balance between Tork’s life on the street and his breakdown versus dealing with his anxiety and desire to be ‘normal’ is extremely well done. But it’s the relationship between Tork and Adam which captivates.

I have read a lot of books recently where the MC’s who are in their late 20’s and early 30’s behave like teenagers, with lack of communication and ridiculous jealousy. Here, while they are young, there is non of that. Tork and Adam talk to each other, work out their problems, and then support each other, and it is a total pleasure to read.

Adam is still a bit of a narcissist, but he really does try to be a better person for Tork. He may not be there yet, but there is no doubt that he has realised he needs to change. And the same with Tork, he hasn’t left all the pain of his childhood and homelessness behind, but he is working on it, and not just because of Adam – but because he wants to. That’s what I want in my characters, believable emotional development, and this book has it in spades.

The way the story is told, in the key moments throughout the first year that Tork and Adam are together works very well in the main, however I would have liked a little more length, and perhaps a bit more understanding of how Tork is dealing with his issues. But these are relatively minor things.

While I though the ending was perfect for this stage in their lives and relationship I would jump up and down like the fangirl I am if there was more Tork and Adam in the future.

That being said, after reading this I glommed all the stories that these guys have written, and they are ALL excellent

 

 

Links

The Invasion of Adam on Goodreads
Beaten Track Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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.

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