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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Illumination” by Rowan Speedwell

ABOUT:

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.

REVIEW:

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?

Miles

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.

Adam

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.

RATING:  4.5  STARS

BOOK INFO:

18194301Title:  Illumination
Author:  Rowan Speedwell
Publisher:  Riptide
Pages:  308
Release Date:  September 30, 2013
Purchase Links:  Riptide

21 comments on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Illumination” by Rowan Speedwell

  1. Christine J.
    September 26, 2013

    Beautiful review. Definitely going on my TBR list, thank you!

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    • Sheri
      September 26, 2013

      Thanks Christine!
      I was stuck in one of those ‘repeat cycles’ and kept rereading my favorite scenes for days. I fell pretty hard for these two. Hope you enjoy it too

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  2. syleegurl
    September 26, 2013

    I’m DYING to read this…but…I’m kinda scared. Is it angsty? You know how I am w/ angst…I get destroyed.

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    • Sheri
      September 26, 2013

      It’s not ‘shred-your-heart-and-then-stomp-on-the-pieces’ kinda angst, it’s more the frustrating ‘I-wanna-throttle-and-then-bear-hug-crush-you’…
      and then
      ‘stop-breathing-while-your-heart-goes-into-triple-time’, somebody tell me what in the hell is going on demands!! Yeahhh, that’s how I felt.
      It is SO worth it…..
      I’ll hold your hand?

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  3. ilhem3606
    September 26, 2013

    You definitely fell hard! lovely review.:)

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    • Sheri
      September 26, 2013

      I know right? I should check for bruises ;)
      thanks doll

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  4. Sue
    September 27, 2013

    Oh my gawd, let me say that I just read ‘Finding Zach’ by Ms Speedwell and let me say I’m totes hooked. I can’t wait to read this… thanks for the review :)

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    • Sheri
      September 27, 2013

      Oo Ooo, tell me about ‘Finding Zach’…I might need to read this pronto.

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      • Sue
        September 27, 2013

        It was Da Bomb!

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  5. Debra E
    September 27, 2013

    I just recently read to Rowan Speedwell books so throw in a damaged artist and rock star and how can I resist. :)

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    • Sheri
      September 27, 2013

      well, if you give it a go, I hope you enjoy it :)

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  6. Allison
    September 27, 2013

    This sounds pretty amazing. I’ll have to add it to the list.

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    • Sheri
      September 27, 2013

      There’s just something addicting about broken men saving each other, isn’t there?

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  7. loederkoninginkatinka
    September 28, 2013

    Your review really makes me curious Sheri. Will add him to my TBR list!

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    • Sheri
      September 28, 2013

      Some books stick with you, and this one most definitely clung to me…hope your curiosity pans out and they stick to you too :)

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  8. J.p. Barnaby
    September 28, 2013

    Illumination definitely rivals Finding Zach for me, and Finding Zach is one of my favorite all time books. You nailed it with this review! :) And Sheri – DEFINITELY read Finding Zach, it’s amazing.

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    • Sheri
      September 28, 2013

      *blushes* Thanks J.P.
      and I’m thrilled to hear that, I think I’ll put Finding Zach in queue for my next read!!

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      • syleegurl
        September 28, 2013

        Oh yes…Finding Zach…*sigh*…I love David so much… (Sue will be reviewing this for the blog on Oct 8, btw.) :) …dang, we’re on a Rowan Speedwell binge! ha!

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  9. jeayci
    September 28, 2013

    This sounds GREAT! (Although I now have Tony the Tiger’s voice in my head, lol)

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    • Sheri
      September 28, 2013

      HA! well, maybe you should grab a bowl of frosted flakes for a tasty reading snack ;)

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    November 28, 2016

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