I buried my twin sister six months after she found out she had cancer. Her funeral was three months ago. Today is our birthday and it started with delivery of letters from her.
It seems she didn’t trust me to move on after her death. She knows me too well. But how can I go on when my other half is just...gone? That’s not something I can recover from with a snap of my fingers. But I also can’t ignore her instructions even though I’d be perfectly content to cuddle up with my buddy, Johnnie Walker, and call it a year.
She has a list of things for me to do and there are rules attached.
There’s one major problem besides the fact it’s been three months since I left the house. I have to do all these things with her jerk of an ex, Hawk Simmons. He abandoned her shortly after she found out she was sick. If that wasn’t enough to make this a really bad idea, the fact that he makes an appearance in all my nighttime fantasies probably does.
I don’t think I can do this, but I owe it to my sister’s memory to try.
This is a stand-alone male/male contemporary romance novel.
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4.5 Dearly Departed Stars ~ Outstanding Story!
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR & 1/2 - STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
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Beautiful cover. The color and composition catch and kept my eye. Synopsis grabbed me and pulled me in.
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POV ~> Third-Person
Directives from the dearly departed bring two men together to heal, forgive, and learn to live - and love- again.
When Ethan's twin sister, Emma, succumbs to cancer only months before their twenty-fifth birthday, it sends Ethan into a downward spiral. As per the terms in her Will, Ethan must work with Emma's ex-boyfriend, Hawk, to complete a series of tasks meant to both push them as individuals and bring them closer together. Too bad Ethan hates Hawk over a misconceived notion. Too bad Hawk is not at liberty to set the record straight. Though the truth may free Hawk, it would cost Ethan everything. They'll just have to find another way to work this all out.
Though this author has a few dozen works under her pen, this is the first I've read by her and was *not* disappointed. I loved the premise of the story. The execution of the plot was engrossing, dimensional, and dynamic. Ethan and Hawk are complex characters and their struggles were tangible throughout the story. The secondary characters helped to add depth in areas but did not try to take over the plot. Dialogue and interaction were believable and natural to the situations. With characters like these, it's only safe to assume that many of the conflicts that arose were internal and emotional struggles that the individual would have to work through. And, for the most part, it seemed they both did well with a little guidance from friends. Predictability was low. The conclusion is solid and satisfying with an implied HEA.
I really enjoyed this story and the author's writing style. I would happily and readily recommend it to other readers of the M/M genre.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.475 ~ Stars: 4.5, if I could.
Warning: Possible triggers (mentions, but no graphic details)... death, cancer, BDSM, attempted rape, virgin rape, cheating (past, not the lead couple), attempted suicide
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