Published by Riptide
Released on February 8, 2016
I picked this one for the moving storyline the blurb offered. It hints at so much going on beyond a simple romance and I love complex stories. And I was right on the money. This one starts in a dark, sad place with Archie’s history, the death of his sister, and Ryan’s situation, too. It continues there only slowly hinting at blue skies in the distant part of the book.
Originally, I set this one aside after six chapters. I was just not in the right frame of mind to appreciate it and I was getting distracted. I know my reading habits well enough to see that it was a passing mood. If I waited, this was likely to become a compelling read that pulled at my emotions.
And happily, nearly six months later, this was true. I loved what came in this tough fought romance that focuses on a damaged man finding his way back to healing and accepting that he is worthy to love and be loved and another man finding that getting a relationship and family are closer than he things if he is willing to take a chance on the longshot.
I appreciated how the author did not make change happen overnight or easily. Life is messy and complicated. The set up, character development, and relationship was all drawn with depth and rawness that rang as authentic and engaged me completely.
Incidentally, the handling of the Native side and the issues of missing persons and murders in that area seem well-researched and were a compelling part of the story.
All in all, I found Until September to be aching and heartwarming and triumphant. I can highly recommend it to those who enjoy character-driven M/M Contemporary Romance.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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