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When Daniel’s invalid landlady asks for his help preventing a possible suicide from the clifftop near their home, he doesn’t want to disappoint her. So he grits his teeth, picks up his camera, and goes out to play the Chinese tourist. He’s done it before: befriended the lonely, lured them away from the danger zone, acted as a safety net. This time, the figure staring out to sea is way out of his league, his complete opposite, the sort of man Daniel’s always admired from afar. Then the attractive Taylor turns the tables and lures Daniel out from behind the safety of his camera, and as Daniel finds himself fighting off an attraction he can’t deny, he realizes he’s in danger of being caught. Will the camera expose truths about himself that he wants to keep hidden?
I happened to snag this novella awhile back when it was a freebie. Safely tucked away in my ‘need to read’ collection it began to gather dust. Feeling guilty for the neglect, I pushed it to the front of the list. Now I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I think it was the blurb that left me feeling ‘meh’. It didn’t snag my attention or swoon me in any way. It should be noted that suicide is definitely a factor here, but it’s more the emotional aspect and the recovery of the survivors that is addressed.
You see, Daniel plays more than just a Good Samaritan. Connie helps him don his wings and he swiftly soars in during the final moments of a tortured soul’s internal deliberation. He offers a smile, a helping hand or simply becomes the person that is ‘there’ when life seems completely hopeless. Truly an angel.
When he dashes down to aid a stranger they believe to be in danger, he finds that he was wrong about this one. This one is different. Tis true that this man is blanketed in grief, but he is not preparing for his silent goodbyes. He is most certainly in pain, yet he is not teetering on the edge. Quickly the power shifts and Daniel finds himself in deep water.
Deep. Compact. Genuine.
I was captivated by the profound depth of the characters. I found the drag scene a refreshing reprieve from the melancholy of Taylor’s life. I am not well versed with photography yet thoroughly enjoyed this connection they shared. Artists are so damn sexy. I was drooling over Taylor too.
There is much I would love to touch on, but fear spoiling would occur. I’m not exactly sure what I felt was missing, but I felt a void. The conclusion was almost too tidy, but I am pleased with the final scenes.
Allow me to say this….set in Sydney Australia; a multiracial couple is brought together under unusual circumstances. They both take a risk. It takes them to places they are scared shitless to be. Sometimes we are forced to face our greatest fears to receive our greatest gifts.
A gripping read that’s off the beaten path. If you’re up for it, I suggest dusting off the bunnies if you’ve been saving it like I was, or adding it to your list.
Author: A.B. Gayle
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 122 pages
Release Date: September 22, 2010
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner