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The Hate You Drink Kindle Edition
About the Author
N. R. Walker is an Australian author who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn't have it any other way.
Antony Ferguson, Earphones Award-winning narrator, was born in London. He has performed successfully on both sides of the Atlantic and has played many leading roles in theater, film, and television.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07S5BVCWX
- Publisher : BlueHeart Press (21 May 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 581 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 232 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 82,206 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The developing romance between Monroe and Erik was secondary to Monroe's alcoholism. The focus was really on how devastating alcoholism is not only for the individual, but for all of their loved ones. This book showcased the feelings of guilt and helplessness that Erik in particular went through as Monroe spiraled out of control. The absolute devastation he felt was evident, as was the impact that then had on his family as they watched him suffer and go through the heartbreak when Monroe finally hit rock bottom and had to be almost forced into rehab.
We watch Erik go through finding himself again after years spent deferring to Monroe in an attempt to support him and keep him happy - he struggled to find himself with Monroe no longer a constant in his life.
While we don't see all the details of Monroe's therapy, we see the key points and hear about his ups and downs, especially when he turns on Erik and lashes out, hitting him where it hurts him most with devastating accuracy.
And there's that word again - devastating! There really isn't another word that sums up the emotional turmoil explored in this book. Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel, and hope for a brighter future together.
Overall, I loved this book! I may have shed a few tears, and had a giggle as some of the Australianisms thrown in there ("playing silly buggers" was one of my favourites). I love that this author is Asutralian, and writes books set in Australia - I enjoy knowing the areas and being able to picture them rather than just try and imagine from descriptions. It adds to the depth and draw that I feel, giving me a connection I don't always experience with books set in international places I've not had the pleasure of experiencing.
I definitely need to read more by this author, and look forward to making my way through their collection.
A definite highly recommended read from me - one I will be telling my like-minded family and friends they need to read!
While most gay romance novels focus on the “positive” aspects of individuals with conflicts thrown in the path of true love, this novel throws the gay romance genre on its head by showing that we’re fallible and have our dark secrets.
Without giving away too much, this novel focus on Monroe and Erik, with Monroe suffering from some deep dark secrets and trying to come to terms with it. Erik, his best friend, is the person we all are when we see someone we love going through dark times and are torn between helping and being an enabler.
The writing is superb as well, and I found that for the first time that Walker moves the plot along at a noticeably fast pace. While it’s not an issue, per se, it’s something that I did notice in this novel compared to some of her others which have had a bit of a slow burn to it.
Fast pace or slow burn- really horses for courses- it doesn’t distract from the fact a solid yarn and for me, could possibly be the best piece of work from N.R Walker I’ve ever read.
Another brilliant story from NR Walker ❤️
These little inaccuracies will only annoy the few local to Sydney readers but did annoy me a fair bit.
I have a suggestion for suburbs if you want one with a tennis court - St Ives or Mosman? Ocean view, Watsons Bay or North Bondi.
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Erik came across as a bit of a doormat & whilst it was understandable to an extent, I did find myself rolling my eyes on occasion at some of his actions. As for Monroe, he was as selfish as an addict in the grip of their addiction is, blind to those around them & the impact they have on them. Both MCs were well drawn, but there was something missing, and for me this was their back story and understanding why Erik felt the way he did about Monroe and why Monroe suffered in the way that he did. Plus, their relationship following Monroe's treatment and how they grew as a couple was missing, though the ending was good to see, especially considering the recent law changes in Australia. Another minor irritation was their staggering wealth - how easy a magic wand of treatment is if you have the cash to pay for it.
So, in all, a good read, but not one of Walker's finest - go read On Davis Row or the Red Dirt series if you haven't done so already.
As always N R walker has done an amazing job, her writing is brilliant and I would recommend every single one of her books. All her characters make you feel you are are there with them going through it all together. I alway wait in anticipation of a new release.