REVIEW: “Finding Zach” by Rowan Speedwell
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.
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
Ami – 5 stars
Shelley – 3. 5 stars
Susan – 4 stars
Title: Finding Zach
Author: Rowan Speedwell
Release Date: May 7, 2010
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Amazon, ARe