1. Rarely Pure and Never Simple by Angel Martinez
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (January 24, 2014)
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This book was a delight to read. Ms Martinez has an extraordinary ability to bring the reader into the story and become a part of it. These two men, although imperfect, are perfect together, even though Damien just wants to be left alone. He doesn't think he deserves to have a lover because of who/what he is. Then there is Blaze. A tough, 'I don't give a damn' sort of man who, after meeting Damien, all he wants is to protect the more fragile man.
Gorgeous story I was reading for the 3rd time. It didn't matter a bit. The plot is tense, the characters well built up throughout until you really know them by the end. The romance is achingly lovely without being mushy for a single moment. These are real people. The world building is perfect - a logical premise, a believable response to Variants with in the population. Angel's writing style is likewise impossible to fault.
Not particularly complicated in terms of plot but well constructed and solid. A solid alt universe setting with intriguing possibilities – would definitely like to read more stories set here. The characters really make this one come alive, well developed and sympathetic, their romance feeling like a very natural and realistic progression of their relationship. Engaging, witty, would definitely like to read more from this author.
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