Author: Debbie McGowan, Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/01/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Drama, Gay Romance
Shy and awkward since childhood, Aidan Degas is now a man lost. His twin—Aidan’s other half, Nadia—died tragically young, leaving him with nothing to get him through his days but his job at the prestigious Grand Heights Luxury Apartments and the flowers he lays upon her grave. When Aidan is assaulted on the job by a tenant, it’s the graveyard he turns to for strength and solace.
Patrick loves being assistant groundskeeper at the sprawling cemetery where he tends graves and offers a bit of comfort to mourners. When he sees a sad young man lingering over an old grave, his curiosity is strangely piqued for reasons he doesn’t understand. He’s never done this—struck up a friendship with a mourner. But soon that friendship blossoms into romance.
It’s not going to be easy for the pair. Aidan is so damaged, like petals crushed in an angry fist, and even with Patrick’s warm heart and Irish charm, it might not be enough to bring him back from the edge.
This is a strange, melancholy book with a strange, vaguely creepy MC. I didn’t dislike it per se – but it definitely took some getting used to. It deals heavily with death and sexual assault, so those of you who are triggered by such topics will want to steer clear.
In terms of the main pairing, Patrick is as loving and sensible as Aidan is fragile and puzzling. Although at times the dialogue between them seemed a bit unnatural, I generally enjoyed their rapport and would not have minded a longer peek at their eventual HEA.
Unfortunately, the most dynamic supporting character is already dead when the story starts, leaving the assorted others – a relative, two bosses, and a couple friends – to pick up the personality slack. They’re not a bad bunch, really, but they’re not much more than outlines. It’s hard to feel connected when you can barely remember which one is which, you know?
Overall, Leaving Flowers is an interesting take on grief, love, and the intersection of the two. I won’t rush to read other works by the authors, but if something lands in my lap I might give it a shot.
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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