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In Darkest Peru by [Lyons, Louise]
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Shy and geeky Rhys White, has recently been ditched by his boyfriend of five years. On top of that he’s been made redundant from his job as a computer programmer.

Tired of being boring and unadventurous, he throws caution to the winds and buys a plane ticket to Peru.

Rhys’ adventure in Peru starts out well, but then disaster strikes. All of his belongings are stolen. Everything is gone—passport, wallet, phone, clothing, the lot.

Stranded in Cuzco, not too far from the famous Machu Picchu, Rhys tries to find someone to help him. He's about to give up, when a sexy Brazilian named Rafael, comes to his rescue…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2726 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (13 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SSCKT58
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #578,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 Hearts reviewed by York

When it comes right down to it, most of us aren’t what is generally thought of as real risk takers. I am pretty sure I would not have taken the kind of adventurous risk that Rhys takes in In Darkest Peru. I think I’d be too concerned with the possibility of exactly what happened to Rhys happening.

He’s faced with his life turning upside down and decides to shake things up by going to Peru. After a couple of days of smooth going, everything is turned upside down when he loses everything in a holdup. After that and what caused him to go to Peru in the first place, why should he take the kindness from a stranger, Rafael, at face value? I don’t think I could have but Rhys does.

The character development and the setting created by Louise Lyons is spectacular, not always an easy thing to accomplish in a short story or novella. But this had me hooked from the beginning. When faced with so few pages, you don’t expect to find this kind of imagery or for the characters to burrow their way into your heart and yet that’s exactly what you do have with Peru. I can’t say as I’ve ever really had any interest in the kind of trip that Rhys takes but I felt as if I was there right beside him the whole time. I already had Miss Lyons on my radar but if I hadn’t, Peru would have definitely put her there.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xacfffcfc) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xacab6da4) out of 5 stars Delightful, inventive beginning Goes South Quickly 13 March 2015
By Melanie Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Another Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5

Rhys White’s life has take a sharp tumble. His boyfriend of 5 years has dumped him and his employer just told him that her services are no longer needed. And although Rhys is sure that he can find another job as a computer programmer all his interviews to date have gotten him nothing.

Oddly enough it’s a stuffed animal given to Rhys as a gift that prompts Rhys to do something extraordinary and out of character for him. He buys a plane ticket to Peru.

Rhys’ adventure in Peru starts out well enough, but then disaster strikes. All of his belongings are stolen. Everything is gone—passport, wallet, phone, clothing, the lot.

Stranded in Cuzco, not too far from the famous Machu Picchu, Rhys tries to find someone to help him. He’s about to give up, when a sexy Brazilian named Rafael, comes to his rescue

I was excited to read In Darkest Peru by Louise Lyons for several reasons. One – Lyons is a new author to me and I always enjoy finding new writers. And secondly, the location, Peru, specifically Cuzco and the Inca Trail which is also a huge hook for me. Unfortunately this book fell far short of my expectations.

The opening pages revealed that the author started off her story on a creative and endearing platform of an idea. Are you familiar with Paddington Bear? That wondrous bear of the enormous red hat and blue coat? No? Well, his story, a favorite childhood book for many (A Bear Called Paddington) starts out with a small bear who was a stowaway, traveling from “Darkest Peru” to the United Kingdom. It seems that Rhys’ boyfriend had gifted him with a stuffed Paddington Bear whose gaze prompts Rhys to go off on an adventure of his own after being dumped. And much like Paddington, Rhys might have just as well had a sign around his neck that reads “Please look after this boy. Thank you,” to borrow Paddington’s line.

See? Right there, Lyons had me. Rhys was a sympathetic believable human being and I wanted to know more about his story. So far so good. But then Rhys landed in Peru, that magical, inspiring land of the Incas and Rhys’s journey and story start to head off course.

If an author is going to use any exotic or foreign location as a setting for their story, then they need to make that place come alive…people, places, culture. Make us believe that their characters are actually walking the land, and listening to the language and eating the local food. But here? Take away the names and the fact that the story states that Rhys flies to Peru, takes various transport here and there, you could relocate this story to Manchester or Liverpool or Kansas and it would give us as much local flavor. Rhys visits a museum in Cuzco that he said he always wanted to see but other than the name we never find out why. He flies over the famous Nazca Lines in a plane and notes he’s disappointed it was over so fast. Well, so are we because there’s no description of the Nazca Lines or what he sees or is feeling high above them. That lack.. of physical descriptions, emotions, feelings and thoughts…its everywhere here. What descriptions to be had here are slight in length, shallow in layers, and altogether lacking in any believable content and authenticity. Rhys continually “tells” us where he is going and that maybe he is sweaty but not much else. A few sentences that felt like plodding paragraphs and the famed Inca trail is done with. What a wasted opportunity for Rhys and the reader to make Rhys feel a part of the ancient and mystical trail and great adventure it represents.

Basically, its all forgotten when Rhys gets robbed and rescued by another hiker, a man from Brazil who wants to be a guide. But do we get any indication why (his name is already escapes me) wants to be a guide? Does he bring any emotion or knowledge really of the trail and conditions they hike? Nope, not to be found here either. Let’s just say that much sex ensues and leave it at that. Really the only reason it feels that Peru and the Inca Trail were used as settings as all was to enable Lyons to use that great idea at the beginning with the stuffed bear.

Now some will say “well, how about the romance?” What romance? There is no HEA or HFN. No, this is a vacation hookup story, albeit one that gives the main character a little bit more of a backbone that when he started. The best thing about this story? That bit about the stuffed bear and Paddington’s connection to Peru. I only wish this story had lived up to that inventive and wonderful concept.

So if you are expecting love or romance, this story will leave you absolutely irritated at the lack thereof. If you are expecting vivid descriptions and a feel for the country and ancient history, you won’t get that either. If you want a book that makes Peru and its history and people come alive, pick up Ariel Tachna’s The Path. It’s exemplary and you will feel you are walking those ancient arduous trails to a shining conclusion with its characters. And if you want an endearing tale of adventure, look no further than A Bear Called Paddington. Now’s there’s an adventure for you!

Not so here so I definitely recommend that you give this story a pass. I will try another story from this author and see what promise I may find there.

Cover art by Jay’s Covers by Design. Beautiful cover, one of my favorites this month. I only wish the book had lived up to it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xab2fcfe4) out of 5 stars Sweet M/M rescue romance 14 February 2015
By V. Rundell of V's Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Rhys is a newly-single computer programmer who has just been let go by his employer. Rhys has always felt that his ex, Jonathan, was a good guy who loved him, but it turns out Jon was a cheater and a user, and Rhys is a bit shattered over it. His self-confidence is pretty low. He's super down on his luck, but decides to make lemonade of all his lemons by booking a trip to Peru to explore a bit while waiting for a new job to surface.

Arriving in Peru is exciting. Rhys is finally starting to gain some confidence in his ability to navigate around when his bus to Cuzco is held up and the bandits take his bag containing all his cash and his passport. He's several days travel from the British Consulate and has nothing to his name. Rhys is In Deepest Despair...

A young man, Rafael, hears of Rhys' plight and offers to be his guide throughout Cuzco, and to take him to Lima--all in exchange for deferred payment. Rafael is in Peru to make money as a guide, but he isn't certified--he needs some good recommendations before that can happen.

Thing is, Rafael is GORGEOUS. So lean and well-built, friendly and kind. Rhys is In Deepest Lust. Good thing it's an attraction returned...

EXCERPT:
Rhys hadn’t missed the searching looks Rafael had been giving him ever since, whenever they weren’t hiking in single file. He remembered how Rafael had grabbed his hand to assist him on steep parts of the track, and how afterward he had held on a little longer than necessary, as if he enjoyed the contact and wanted an excuse for it to continue. Could this gorgeous, sexy, Latin man actually like Rhys?
“You like girls... or boys?” Rafael whispered.
“Boys,” Rhys answered breathlessly. Oh God, he does like me.
“You have a boyfriend?”
“No. I did have a boyfriend. He broke up with me a few weeks ago.”

The novella is well-paced and has delightful British humor, which always charms me. I was so happy for Rhys' fortune to change and for him to find the love for himself that he'd lacked. Rafael is a good soul, and the kind of guide I'd hope would rescue me if I was stranded In Darkest Peru.... ;)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xacab68d0) out of 5 stars 5 Hearts from MM Good Book Reviews 23 February 2015
By Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
5 Hearts reviewed by York

When it comes right down to it, most of us aren’t what is generally thought of as real risk takers. I am pretty sure I would not have taken the kind of adventurous risk that Rhys takes in In Darkest Peru. I think I’d be too concerned with the possibility of exactly what happened to Rhys happening.

He’s faced with his life turning upside down and decides to shake things up by going to Peru. After a couple of days of smooth going, everything is turned upside down when he loses everything in a holdup. After that and what caused him to go to Peru in the first place, why should he take the kindness from a stranger, Rafael, at face value? I don’t think I could have but Rhys does.

The character development and the setting created by Louise Lyons is spectacular, not always an easy thing to accomplish in a short story or novella. But this had me hooked from the beginning. When faced with so few pages, you don’t expect to find this kind of imagery or for the characters to burrow their way into your heart and yet that’s exactly what you do have with Peru. I can’t say as I’ve ever really had any interest in the kind of trip that Rhys takes but I felt as if I was there right beside him the whole time. I already had Miss Lyons on my radar but if I hadn’t, Peru would have definitely put her there.
HASH(0xacab6864) out of 5 stars Sweet Self Discovery Story!!! 5 March 2015
By Paul Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Rhys White a very shy and nerdy guy has just been dumped by his boyfriend of five years. If that wasn't enough he was let go from his job as a computer programmer. He has had enough of being a boring guy so he decided to buy a plane ticket for Peru for an adventure beyond his normal mundane life. Life in Peru is beautiful until disaster strikes and all of his belongings are stolen. He is in a strange country and thinking maybe he is not meant for this adventurous life style until a hot Brazilian named Rafael comes to his aid.

I quite enjoyed this finding-myself type story. I was so pulling for Rhys to take on this adventure against everything telling him that this is not for him. For someone so shy he does take chances in life and even though they aren't always working out, he is still living his life. He meets the very hot Brazilian, Rafael and things heat up beautifully. The author told their story so well in the short novel and she covered everything as I was not in need of any more additional background information. I truly enjoyed the writing style of this author and the pages flowed so beautifully together. Her characters were developed in such a brilliant and beautifully written way that I was completely pulled into their story. This was a very enjoyable short story by Louise Lyons called In Darkest Peru.

"Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review."

Reviewed by Paul at Gay Media Reviews
HASH(0xab537594) out of 5 stars had not only lost his only man he’d loved but his job within a few days of each ... 20 March 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In Darkest Peru by Louise Lyons is a short story published by Wayward Ink Publishing. Rys White, having been left by his boyfriend of 5 years, had not only lost his only man he’d loved but his job within a few days of each other. Being shy to begin with, both losses were a knock to his already low self-esteem. Yet as he sat on his bed looking at the stuffed Paddington bear that his ex had given him, Rys decided that he needed to make a change in his life. On a spur of the moment, he booked a flight to Peru, packed his bag and was an adventure of a life time.

Stepping off the plane, Rys’ vacation started out wonderfully yet it took a turn for the worse when he lost everything from his backpack to his passport and his money. Little did Rys know that with that turn of events, his vacation was going to end up ending in such a positive way.

This short story by Louise Lyons was one that I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I first opened it up. Yet as I read through the short, the beginning few pages gave a great set up on how Rys was before he left for his trip to Peru. I loved how the author showed the progression from someone who was less self assured to someone who was more confident and stood up for himself once he got back to the States. Rys and Raphael were written in a very three dimensional way with the depth that left me wanting more. In Darkest Peru gave enough background so that you weren’t left questioning but still wanting more. I absolutely loved the way it was written. Louise has such an amazing writing style and I can’t wait to read more of her work. I just have one question, is there going to be a full length novel based on this sometime? I would like to see it happen.