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Adam Craig is burned out. Lead singer of the hard rock band Black Varen, he’s tired of the empty life of groupies, paparazzi, and hotel rooms. Worse, a life in the closet. After the final concert of their latest tour, he flees the after-party in pursuit of memories of lost summers and carefree days, until he passes out on the patio of a shuttered lake resort.
Miles Caldwell is a brilliant artist, tied by agoraphobia and social anxiety to his family’s lodge. Alone but for his parrot, he spends his days illuminating manuscripts and hiding from the complexities of life. When he discovers Adam asleep in a deck chair, he’s furious but intrigued. Adam soon charms his way into Miles’ bed, and they lose themselves in a summer idyll, safe from the compromises and claims of reality.
But Adam’s life, with all its demands, is waiting for him. And Miles, uncertain of Adam’s true feelings, is battling demons of his own. Somehow, the man who’s never home and the man who never leaves it must find the strength to fight for a future together.
Severely shattered. Overcoming obstacles. Powerful passion.
Have you ever come across a book that you wanted to slip into? Sure, I’ve stumbled upon gorgeous fantasy worlds that I would love to escape into, but I mean a story that called you? Beckoned you?
I just did. I felt a need, a pull, and a desire to make like Alice in her ‘Wonderland’ and jump into the pages of this story. I need to crush Miles into one of my hugs and tell him it’s going to be okay. I must shake Adam by his shoulders and insist he get his head on straight. And I have got to steal Lisa, whisk her away for a spa weekend or to a secluded island with white sand.
Illumination soared near the top of my favorite list and let me tell you why….
An unexpected guest invades a secreted safe haven. The intruder finds the solace he’s searching for in a pair of strong arms. A few weeks of bliss ultimately comes to an end. Can this summer fling really last the impossible challenges ahead?
A brilliant artist, a grumpy hermit, and he’s desperately trying to reclaim his life; a life presently controlled by despair and torment. At the tender age of 25 he was struck by a tragedy that robbed him of three of his most precious things. A decade later it would be an understatement to say his recovery is still ongoing. Frozen by fear he seeks refuge from the outside world by hiding away at his family’s lodge. The only bonds holding him together are; his sister Lisa (a savior), Grace (his remarkable parrot), a pair of best friends (that know him better than he knows himself), and of course, his art.
Lead singer in a ‘light’ rock band, he is living the dream. Sadly, it’s not his dream. Forced to follow the rules, he is playing the part that suits his career best. As he succumbs to the expected lifestyle of a star his misery spreads and soon he finds himself running. He slips into a pleasant slice of his childhood, the lake resort his family use to vacation at before divorce split them apart, and finds himself overcome by desire. Drawn to a challenging and difficult man he is determined to take the hard road and try to be together. If only the biggest obstacle wasn’t the object of desire, he just may be successful.
Years of pain and fear have locked Miles in a complex and intricate prison, and Adam holds the only key. Both are far from perfect, but together they are one step closer. They ‘get’ each other, despite Miles struggles and united they create a blazing passion. Ooo, and lucky us, prepare to be scorched with a video that singed my kindle! I was initially put off with Bobby’s ummm, gift I suppose I could say, but as things progressed I understood the why’s behind it. I don’t have a lot of love for Evie, but then again I’m fairly certain her fan club is pretty small.
Not short on angst, yet it was equally paced with ecstasy. The writing is meticulous, the emotions are intense, and the characters stole my heart. A beautiful love story that warmed me deeply, and I am hopeful you too, will find them just as enchanting.
Author: Rowan Speedwell
Release Date: September 30, 2013
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