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- ASIN : B01GANAIR0
- Language : English
- File size : 3477 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 346,504 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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兄弟ホモ愛を書く自分は画期的なコトをやってると作者さんは勘違いしてないか。BL業界で「画期的なコト」ってのはよく作り込まれた読んで面白い小説を書くことだよ。でもって、兄弟ホモってのは相当な力量と相当な理由がないと書けるもんではない。その昔Agustin Gomez-Arcosというスペインの詩人兼作家が『The Carnivorous Lamb』なる兄弟ホモ話を書いたが、あれは反社会的な価値転覆寓話であった。著者がアナキストなもんだから信念に溢れていたし。キャラも皆さん電波系で見事なもんだった。一方こちらの作者さんは甘やかな禁忌を巡るフツーのラブストーリーを書いてるつもりらしい。
Please note this is a taboo romance featuring two brothers.
Still six feet of lean, manly man, his navy T-shirt clinging to his broad chest. Maybe he’d filled out, bulked up more. He walked to the front door, a hand sweeping over the top of his dark blond hair, his jean-clad legs taking large, confident strides towards me.
He didn’t respond at first but smiled absently, his gaze skimming down my damp chest to my towel-covered groin. Our eyes met again when he finished ogling me. His whole face exuded want, his pupils enlarged with need and lust. That was so wrong. Why did it feel so right?
Yeah, the story… This is a wonderfully written, sensitive story of two brothers, two years apart, that grow up together, experiencing all the wonderful experiences of two young boys, two young men, and form a bond that is beyond anything else. Their shared emotions, parental difficulties, coming of age hormonal urges, all shared in a spirit of love and caring and bonding beyond anything either of them could possibly hope for, however, there was one line they never crossed… until their mother’s death. Once that line was crossed things changed radically. It’s how Rhys and Jake deal with this, each in his own way, that lays the groundwork for Rhys’ return to their hometown after breaking up with his cad boyfriend Myles. Add to this the paranormal element of Thomas and Samuel and their beyond the grave connection to Jake and Rhys and you have the ingredients for one riveting story. Yes, definitely taboo, definitely hot, and definitely couldn’t put it down.
The writing is amazing. The prologue grabbed in me in a myriad of ways, all of them good. I’ll let your imagination go there. The rest of the story flows at a wonderful pace, the secondary characters, Phillip and Clare, and the two men from the past, Thomas and Samuel, so well written and developed that this book was such a pleasure to read. The beta reading and editing is top notch, no hiccups or WTF’s. All in all, this was a pleasure to read and I highly recommend it. A great love story, albeit not for everyone.
I must admit that with this book I am at quandary. There is a wonderful poem that weaves its way through this book, a really beautiful poem that drove me to tears. I’ve debated whether to quote it in this review and have opted not to. Please do yourself a favor, read this book, experience the poem throughout, and come home to it at the Appendix. I have some Kleenex right here.
I purchased my copy of Let Your Hear Decide for my own enjoyment and reviewing.
I bought this book on June 21. I finished this book on June 21. I could not put this book down. Strong writing, strong characters, fully developed plot and subplots. There was some angst but not the kind that makes you want to pull your hair out and cuss the characters out. There were some scary, gut clenching moments. There were sweet, honest, romantic moments and there were some sexy times. This book has it all.
Rhys is 28 and moving back to his hometown. He left 2 years prior, after briefly being home to care for his mother during her terminal illness. Rhys' brother Jake is 30 and continued to live in their childhood home after his mother passed on. The entire book is about getting these two brothers' relationship back on the track that they want it to be on. For two years there has been little phone contact and none in person. But these 2 men miss each other terribly.
The prologue of the story is the only part that is told from Jake's POV. (This is a new technique to me and I really liked it!) The remainder of the book is narrated by Rhys mainly because it is about Rhys' feelings, experiences, and observations. The character interactions are incredibly believable. The dialogue is well done. Nice balance of 'in his head' and actually living life for the MC of Rhys.
The MAIN plot of the story is the relationship of the two brothers. The sub plot is a ghost story surrounding Thomas and Samuel, two men from the area who lived in the mid 19th century and were also brothers. Jake and Rhys have always been close emotionally. They demonstrated their affection for each other in physical ways and because they are brothers, many in society might find that distasteful. I suppose I half expected to feel that way, too, but I just didn't. Yes, I bought the brother thing. These guys shared everything growing up. It is clear they are brothers! And the foolin' around stuff may have been normal at some point for them but it went on. And on. And I didn't find myself judging the characters at all, though I thought I might.
My one gripe with this book is the reaction of their father. Yes, maybe he had an inkling for years. But to be faced with them getting their smooch on while cooking and have such a cavalier, casual remark: "Hey, stop getting frisky." That seems highly unlikely. But that's just my take.
First book by this author for me. First book in ages (and ages and ages) I have paid more than a few bucks for (this was $6 and maybe I paid that for TJ Klune books, too) and I am utterly happy that I did. I will miss these characters.
From there through the middle of the book, however, the narrator Rhys turns out to be an exceptionally idiotic and at times insensitive dolt who can't bring himself to accept what happened between him and his two-year-older brother Jake (left on the cover).
At the same time he becomes engrossed over the history of the estate bordering his new house, a history with attendant mysteries which boggle his mind and will throw you for a complete, and wonderful, loop.
There are too many spoilers one can drop along the way in a review that I simply will not reveal.
Suffice it to say that Jake is as exceptionally wise and sensitive as Rhys sometimes is not.
That the inclusion of some lovely verse at the head of each chapter (and in a post-script) is enough to tear your heart apart and send you soaring into the heavens.
That the mysteries which his neighbor Philip, and his mother Clare, reveal inch-by-inch, come to be solved in a way that rescues Rhys' guilt from almost losing Jake's beloved black Lab.
That love comes around to those who have the patience to wait, and be around for comfort, and in this book you get that in spades--especially when someone digs one into the ground.
Enough! A brilliant theme handled so lovingly I simply could not let it go. Thank you, Ms. Blunt!