Author: Sarah Masters
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/08/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Sometimes, trusting your instincts leads to happiness and love.
After coming out, life took a turn for the worst. I knew people would view me differently, of course I did, but… See, here’s the thing. How does a person cope when a few of their work colleagues play such a cruel trick that it leaves them wondering if they’ll ever trust anyone again? It happened to me, and trusting isn’t something I do easily now.
Until James comes along. He’s a work colleague too, but my issue is, I keep thinking he’s playing another trick. You know, reeling me in, making me think he’s a good bloke.
He’s asked me to go out with him and although I should maybe get to know him a bit better first, I’ve said I’ll go. I need to get back out there, live a little. And if I get hurt? Well, I’ll just have to deal with it. Again.
But maybe he won’t hurt me. Break my heart and all that. Please God.
First of all, I was shocked to read a book from Totally Bound (okay Pride Publishing… but I haven’t quite separated it in my mind from Totally Bound) with absolutely no sex. Actually, our characters don’t even get so far as kissing. While I was surprised by this, don’t mistake my reaction for negative. The story as told did not require sex or kissing.
Trust is a beginning. It is a step in the right direction. It is (as it’s name implies) about learning to trust — one’s self and others. It is about learning when to, literally, stick your middle finger up to your detractors.
Our main character (and POV narrator) has been hurt. When he came out to his co-workers, they were cruel. They played a prank on him (which we slowly find out more and more about as the story progresses). While my initial reaction is “so what?” And “get over it?” And “why did this break you so much?” The more I thought about it, the more I realized that just because I have the defenses built up to brush stuff like that off, not everyone does. Some people take other people’s opinion to heart much more than I do. Our narrator is one such person.
However, I have to respect him for taking a chance so soon after he was assaulted. James is a symbol of the possibilities. He is a symbol of a person who has been there and built his defenses. He is a symbol of where our main character is going.
The prose (and inner monologue) borders on didactic at times.
it was up to me to change how people saw me, and if they still chose to act like wankers even though I let them know they weren’t getting anywhere with that kind of behavior, that was their problem.
Were we both just a mess inside, trundling along this road of life the best way we knew how, projecting a mirage of our true selves to the world so we could at least make it to bedtime without crumbling in public?
I’d wise up and accept that people were people and always would be—always would behave the way they did because that’s what humans were like.
These kids of statements, while they were supposed to be epiphanies, slowed the pace a little too much for me. If they story had been longer, it probably would have impacted my enjoyment significantly.
I don’t know that they will make it as a couple. I don’t know if they will have a happily ever after. What I do know is that James brings something much needed to the right now. He will help our narrator grow.
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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