Holding on to Hope by Sid Love ~ review by Beverley

I was very intrigued to read Sid Love’s debut work. I had nothing to go on except it was m/m and I wanted to do my best to promote it.  Check out my interview with Sid.

HoldingontoHope

Title:
Holding on to Hope
Author: Sid Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 of 5*

Blurb

Bradley Parker has waited twenty years for Mr. Right, and on Valentine’s Day, he finally finds him. It’s love at first sight, and Brad even loses his virginity to the man of his dreams. But when he wakes up the next morning unable to remember anything—even what the man looked like—his best friend, Leslie, is convinced he imagined the whole thing. Brad knows he didn’t make up the best night of his life, but he has no idea of the danger he’s putting himself in as he struggles to recall the details of his perfect man. His search may lead him to parts of New York City he never dreamed existed and a war being waged in the shadows.

My View
This a short novella and debut into the published world for, fellow ‘blogger’, Sid Love. The story concerns four college friends, Leslie and her boyfriend Patrick, Brad who is Leslie’s best friend and Patrick’s dorm mate, and Ian who is friend to them all. When Brad excitedly informs best friend Leslie that he has, finally, lost his virginity to the man of his dreams. She’s eventually thrilled until she discovers that Brad can remember almost nothing about the experience but is determined to find this dream man anyway. Their search leads them into trouble, in the most unexpected ways, and Leslie in particular is left with a totally different view of her reality. I won’t go into the twist because I enjoyed that I had know idea what was coming.

I think this is an ideal YA or NA book, there is tenderness, romance, love, loyalty and a reported sexual act but nothing explicit. This is a new writer learning his craft and this story is neat, no typos or errors and delivers a sweet, short story, with moments of violence and gore. There is a story here waiting to be really told and this although a ‘stand alone’ feels like the beginning of something more solid and epic. I think this is a series in the making and a good way for a new author to learn his craft and entertain the reader whilst he does 😉

Author’s Bio
Sid Love grew up in one of busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, listening to the excerpts of Indian epics from his father every night. While it served as an inspiration back in time, he has always had an ambitious mind. In 2007, when he had just turned sixteen, he decided that he would make his lifelong dream come true—to become a well-known, respected author some day.

Ask him and he would refuse to accept that he is obsessed with books. Or movies. Or TV shows. Addicted may even be the right word. He is a die-hard fan of Jane Austen’s romance novels and loves to reread them time and again.

BUY LINKS
Dreamspinner Press
www.amazon.com or www.amazon.co.uk (coming soon)

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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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