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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Anatomy of Perception by AJ Rose

The Anatomy of Perception by AJ Rose
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 372 pages
Publisher: The Grim Writer Press; 1 edition (March 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1508822263
ISBN-13: 978-1508822264
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In the beginning, there was wreckage. Dane Perry’s mother was dead, and the father who always said he’d amount to nothing blamed him. Dane swore he’d become something. He would be someone. In the middle, there was escape. Rebuilding his life from the ashes of his mother’s memory, Dane found success as a respected surgeon, and love in the form of Craig Dahl, a talented artist who became his everything. But there was also darkness, lies, and a crumbling foundation just waiting for the ground to shift. In the end, there was a spectacular fall, illusions shattered, and for Dane, nothing more to lose. He was broken, damaged, and left with fierce demons. But from the bottom, the only way left is up. Dane renewed friendships and salvaged his career. The only thing he cannot replace is Craig. But Dane has a plan. Brick by brick, his foundation is rebuilt, and all he needs is for Craig to listen one last time. In the beginning again, there’s hope and tatters of love. Can Dane repair the damage with Craig? Can he rescue the only thing he amounted to that ever truly mattered?


Simply amazing on all counts.

This novel captured me from paragraph one, promising terrible pain, but also (in part because of the unusual narrative choice) amazing healing and hope. There were enough subtle hints early on to draw me into the plot, and even once I knew the gist of how the book would run its course I was still captivated by the incredibly well-drawn characters and by the thorough (but not heavy-handed) treatment of the main character's illness. One of the best books I've read that tackled this kind of subject matter. 


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