Author: Cecil Wilde
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/02/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Elias is running away from the seminary he’s called home for over two years when he walks into a bar with no name. He almost walks straight back out again when he meets Seth, the kind—and gorgeous—owner, whose existence forces Elias to think about why he’s running away in the first place. Unable to lie about his sexuality anymore or pretend that priesthood is right for him, Elias begins a new life working with—and eventually falling for—Seth, who welcomes him into his home and family. But with Elias’ past full of unfinished business, it’s only a matter of time before it catches up with him.
This one didn’t work for me. It started off rough, got marginally better, and then veered off into “too perfectly manufactured” territory. I wanted to connect with Elias and Seth, and for a while, when there was still the mystery of their pasts tempting me to keep reading, I thought I would, but alas it was not to be. Their pasts ended up being less eventful than the tension led me to believe. And as their story progressed, things just felt too easy, too perfect, too simple for me to really invest myself in the tale.
Elias was overly naive, which was expected, but some things were too unbelievable. Seth was too perfect. He always had the right ideas and knew the right things to say. Their romance was very “first time love” in feel but it was also very tell and not show. Too much was left off page for me to understand or feel the connection. This came across as easy and opportunistic because it was two men in the right place at the right time. I never understood why these two needed each other and didn’t just need someone in general. And I struggled because this was Elias’s first everything and it was just soooo perfect for him.
I did think the religion was done well in this story, especially instances especially those times Elias was rationalizing himself and his choices. But there were other times it felt overly preachy and borderline political, though those were less obvious.
Overall, I do think some folks will enjoy this one because it was a quiet and steady story full of hope and acceptance. But I needed more development.
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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