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REVIEW: “Finding Zach” by Rowan Speedwell

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For five years, Zach Tyler, son of one of the worlds richest software moguls, was held hostage, tortured, and abused. When he is rescued at last from the Venezuelan jungle, he is physically and psychologically shattered, but he slowly begins to rebuild the life he should have had before an innocent kiss sent him into hell. His childhood best friend David has lived those years with overwhelming guilt and grief. Every relationship David has tried has fallen apart because of his feelings for a boy he thought dead. When Zach is rescued, David is overjoyed and then crushed when Zach shuts him out. Two years later, David returns home, and he and Zach must come to terms with the rift between them, what they feel for each other, and what their future could hold. But Zach has secrets, and one of them might well destroy their fragile love.

REVIEW:

Yes, oh yes.   My dear friends, this is what I’ve been waiting for.  It’s been so long since I’ve felt moved by an honest-to-goodness romance. And Finding Zach has romance in abundance.

Here’s the things I’d like you all to know.

– It made me cry tears of joy
– It is now in my favorite reads of 2013
– It was a pleasure to read.  There’s no fuss in the writing, just words that somehow carry the story along.  Really effortless reading
– The sex scenes are delicious
– The secondary characters are a delight
– Zach and David are beacons of light

It’s not a typical romance with flowers, rainbows and eyebrow waggles (oh no).  If anything it’s far from an pleasant story to read because of the trauma inflicted on Zach.  It’s heartbreaking, with truly inhumane suffering but if you can just see/read past that you’ll find a story full of love, determination, courage, longing and in the end, clouds with silver linings.

There were scenes or elements that felt a little Over The Top like so many other stories where families and friends were cliched and picture-perfect but somehow it didn’t stop me from enjoying this entirely.  I think that’s to Ms Speedwell’s (author) credit.

Lastly, I literally highlighted pages and pages and pages of this story.  That in itself says enough.

I hope you all get to read it.  Sincerely.

RATING:  4.5  STARS

OTHER OPINIONS:

Ami – 5 stars
Shelley – 3. 5 stars
Susan – 4 stars

BOOK INFO:

8079528Title:  Finding Zach
Author:  Rowan Speedwell
Publisher:  Dreamspinner
Pages:  264
Release Date:  May 7, 2010
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner, Amazon, ARe

18 comments on “REVIEW: “Finding Zach” by Rowan Speedwell

  1. Peasblossom
    October 11, 2013

    I agree with you completely on this one. After I read it the first time I was thrilled to find it on audiobook as well. David and Zach have become a favorite re-listen for me. :)

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    • Sue
      October 13, 2013

      Hey Peasblossom! Finding Zach on audio you say? That’s awesome. I’ve been considering audiobooks recently. There’s just too little time in the day to read everything so the idea of being able to listen while I drive or do chores or whatever else sounds grand :)

      Also, I’m really glad you loved the book too :)))

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      • Peasblossom
        October 13, 2013

        EXACTLY! I get so much more reading done when I don’t have to use my hands or eyes to do it… ;)

        There are a bunch of good m/m audiobooks… I wish more books would be released this way, too.

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        • Sue
          October 13, 2013

          Tell me more! Do you use Audible? I looked at their site but reached a dead end. Do you search for particular titles? I didn’t find a LGBT category to peruse. What’s your trick???

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      • Peasblossom
        October 20, 2013

        I do use a Audible.

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      • Peasblossom
        October 20, 2013

        Well, sorry, hit the wrong button. :)

        I do use Audible. There is a ‘Gay & Lesbian’ category under ‘Fiction’, but it’s hard to navigate. I started out looking for particular authors (Amy Lane, Anne Tenino, Rowan Speedwell, natch), and got tons of ‘Other listeners who bought this also liked:’ suggestions. I’ve also learned to Search by Publisher. Dreamspinner has put out a whole lot of titles, as has Carina Press.

        Lots of fun! :)

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        • Sue
          October 22, 2013

          Ha! Thanks Peasblossom! You know I saw the first comment and thought that was it until I just checked my account properly – so sorry it’s taken me a little bit to get back to you. :)
          So I’ll do as you suggested and search via authors and see what happens from there… Thanks so much! XD

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  2. Sheri
    October 11, 2013

    Alright, I need to read this…like now! fab review Sue.
    I’m trying to find a way to give up sleep…it would significantly increase my reading time if I didn’t require such time sucking things as rest ;)

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    • Sue
      October 13, 2013

      Thanks Sheri! Check out the convo above on how we can squeeze more books into our days :)

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  3. Purple
    October 12, 2013

    One of my favs too :)

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    • Sue
      October 13, 2013

      Let’s start a club!

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  4. Andrea
    October 12, 2013

    Fawesome review and I agree. I love this book, and despite much of it now permanently residing in my memory, it’s a re-read contender for me. :D

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  5. Sue
    October 13, 2013

    Hey Andrea, I noticed that “Fawesome” is the first word in your comment. Now I wonder if it’s new lingo I haven’t heard yet or if it’s a typo. Regardless, I think we should definitely mark this one as F*cking Awesome=Fawesome :;)

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  6. RowanS
    October 14, 2013

    Thanks for a lovely review! :)

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    • Sue
      October 14, 2013

      Rowaaaaan! No, no, thank YOU for the story. <3 Also, thanks for stopping by and making a comment. It's made my day. :) We are paying it forward :)))

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  7. jeayci
    October 15, 2013

    I read this a few years ago and loved it. Great review! I think about rereading it sometimes, but am a little intimidated by the angst. Of course, I love Keeping Promise Rock, so what the heck am I worried about? LOL :p

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    • Sue
      October 15, 2013

      Oh gawd, don’t get me started on Keeping Promise Rock *sobs* #SpecialPlaceInMyHeart

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      • jeayci
        October 16, 2013

        Yeah, KPR is one of my all-time faves. :D

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