Touch the Sky by Christina Lee/ Nyrae Dawn ~ Book Review by Caroline

29543426Title: Touch the Sky

Author: Christina Lee/ Nyrae Dawn

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/28/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance

Blurb:

Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.

Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.

The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.

My View:

This is the second book that I have read recently that deals with the issue of bipolar and I found it interesting to see how different the characters were, how differently they dealt with things but how the devastation was the same. The incredible highs, the debilitating lows and the feelings associated with both these symptoms leaves not only the person suffering through these cycles but also those closest to them at such a loss.

Gabriel and Lucas had found each other when they were seventeen in an online chatroom and become fast friends. Both had bad things happening to them in real life, both were coming to terms with being gay and struggling with how to come out and both of them, and this is the important one, had dreams for their future. These dreams eventually became fledgling plans to meet up with each other when they were eighteen in LA – the world would be their oyster – but then real life happened and Gabriel disappeared and Lucas lost his grip for a while.

Five years later they run into each other but there is so much hurt, so much anger and for Lucas a real sense of his friend deserting him that their first meeting ends up in a fight. As much as Lucas is angry with Gabriel though he feels equally pulled towards him and they start an uneasy friendship.

The story itself flips back and forth at quite a slow pace with the use of their teenage emails to each other. The signs are there for what will happen in their futures but no one could have imagined it would be quite so devastating. The whole time they are learning about each other again Gabriel is becoming more unstable having been off his meds for a couple of years. It’s emotional and scary and as the reader you know it’s not going to end well. When Gabriel finally crashes the boys are forced to make some important decisions which I felt they made thoughtfully. It’s not easy for either of them but the ending leaves you with a sense of hope – that maybe one day they’ll fly because they’ve got this.

Links

Touch the Sky on Goodreads

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.

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