Sometimes books grab you from the cover; sometimes they grab you from the blurb, and some authors are auto-buys. For me, after only one book Mia Kerick was put on that list. In December I read my first Kerick novel, the beautifully written Not Broken, Just Bent and I fell in love with an author. I quickly pre-ordered her next release, Out of Hiding, on the day it was put up on the publisher’s coming soon page. I was then lucky enough to get an early copy of said book. Needless to say, after that build up, I was not disappointed in the least.
Title: Out of Hiding
Author: Mia Kerick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
After graduating from high school early, twenty-year-old Philippe Bergeron spent the past several years lost among the stars while fishing off the New England coast. A shoulder injury ends his dream of living reclusively on the water, and he finds himself lost among the bright lights of New York City. His older brother, Henri, has asked Philippe to chaperone his seventeen-year-old niece, Sophie, on her tours of the city’s legendary dance programs.
Sophie meets with professional dancer and choreographer, Dario Pereira, to prepare a routine for her college auditions. Dario’s cool perfection and immaculate style contrast with Philippe’s awkward scruffiness, but it wakes desires Philippe thought he’d left behind. When the attraction is surprisingly returned, Dario’s confidence won’t let Philippe remain invisible. Unsure but curious, Philippe relaxes his rule of isolation, and as the summer progresses, his relationship with Dario leads him to a surprising discovery of his submissive sexual tendencies and a greater sense of self-awareness.
Tragedy threatens to destroy the connections Philippe has made and forces him to retreat into the shadows of his past, far from the radiance of Dario’s love. Ultimately, he must decide if it is time to stop hiding and set himself free.
Out of Hiding is an introvert’s love story that many of us can relate to. I wanted to wrap Philippe up and protect him from the world from which he wanted so badly to hide. Dario was determined to bring him out of his hiding spot and make him face his fears. Initially, one of those fears was that Dario wasn’t really interested in him, but Dario did everything he could to allay those fears. Philippe suffers from low self esteem and a bad self image in addition to his almost crippling introverted nature. I loved Dario for Philippe. He got Phil; he knew when to handle Phil carefully, and he knew when and how to push.
Philippe spends much of the book fighting with himself between his very real, very tangible fears and his desire for the beautiful man that kinda fell into his path. He wasn’t looking for Mr. Right; he wasn’t even looking for Mr. Right Now. He was content to be on his own. Fate, however, intervened in the form of a meddling older half-brother and an ambitious dancer niece. This moving and complicated love story is set against the backdrop of New York’s world of dance. Kerick made you feel part of Sophie’s journey in New York.
Kerick isn’t afraid to have her characters make very real, very human mistakes. Those mistakes result in broken hearts, both for the fictional characters and for the reader. In this case, it could have led to irreparable damage for Philippe. As with most first person stories, you don’t get to see as much into the mind and past of the love interest, in this case Dario, but that is okay. You see Dario as Philippe sees him, and that is what is important. Out of Hiding is about facing your fears and coming out on top. It is about finding yourself on your own terms. It is about standing up for yourself even when you want to run the other way. It is about finding love when you have written it off as a lost cause.
Where to Buy
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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