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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Leaving Flowers by Debbie McGowan & Raine O’Tierney

Leaving Flowers by Debbie McGowan & Raine O’Tierney
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (May 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1910635391
ISBN-13: 978-1910635391
Amazon: Leaving Flowers
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Shy and awkward since childhood, Aidan Degas is now a man lost. His twin-Aidan's other half, Nadia-died tragically young, leaving him with nothing to get him through his days but his job at the prestigious Grand Heights Luxury Apartments and the flowers he lays upon her grave. When Aidan is assaulted on the job by a tenant, it's the graveyard he turns to for strength and solace. Patrick loves being assistant groundskeeper at the sprawling cemetery where he tends graves and offers a bit of comfort to mourners. When he sees a sad young man lingering over an old grave, his curiosity is strangely piqued for reasons he doesn't understand. He's never done this-struck up a friendship with a mourner. But soon that friendship blossoms into romance. It's not going to be easy for the pair. Aidan is so damaged, like petals crushed in an angry fist, and even with Patrick's warm heart and Irish charm, it might not be enough to bring him back from the edge.


This book had me in tears. The death of Aiden's sister and her baby during childbirth is tragic to start with, but the other MC being the graveyard cretaker, dwelling on the mourning and the graveyard, the little headstones and all, was heartbreaking. The inclusion of the rape of Aiden by an older woman is a brave subject to tackle, and the authors did it very well. I did get a little fed up of the Irish theme, if I'm honest. It felt a little preachy, slowed everything down, and turned me off at times, otherwise this may have scored higher. 

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