Challenge Week Review: The Parting Glass by Josh Lanyon

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: The Parting Glass
Author: Josh Lanyon
Series: In a Dark Wood #2
Heroes: Tim/Luke
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 76 Pages
Publisher: Josh Lanyon
Release Date: September 30, 2013
Available at:  Josh Lanyon, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, Kobo, Smashwords
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Two and a half years ago, travel writer Timothy O’Shay let NYPD Detective Luke O’Brien talk him into hiking into the New Jersey Pine Barrens to face down a monster.

Now Tim and Luke meet again under very different circumstances. The old attraction is still there — but so are some of Tim’s monsters. Is it too late to find their way back to each other?


Review:  Boy, did this one turn out a bit different than the previous book. It is now two and a half years later, and we learn that things have been pretty rough for Tim.  Turns out he hand Luke forged onward with a relationship after the Forester case, despite both of them thinking it wasn’t such a good idea.  Tim had been struggling to get a hold of his alcoholism with various rehabs, but then just up and vanished one day.

Here, he runs into Luke while attending a wedding in NY, and Luke is demanding answers, rightfully so.  It seems that Tim’s issues were bigger than first appeared but basically, he up and moved to California to reinvent himself and become sober.  Apparently they need a night of closure, but sadly, Luke’s current beaux is also in the picture, so there is nothing clean about this break.

Honestly, this was very well written and almost poetic.  But, it was so unbelievably depressing, I almost couldn’t handle it.  It wasn’t just a scene or two either, it was almost the entire story.  I had no trouble feeling and understanding the struggles Tim faced with his addiction, in addition to the guilt and other issues he faced after he killed the Forester.  I was pulled in and seriously wanted to give him a hug and help him along any way I could.  But that is one of the main points here I think, that he just had to do it on his own and on his own terms before he could concentrate on anyone else.

Unfortunately, that is the main theme here, without any other distractions, like the Forester from In a Dark Wood.  Because of that lack of additional plot, I was left concentrating on all of the issues that made me want to crawl in a corner and cry myself into a stupor.  So, for these reasons, I have to say I enjoyed In a Dark Wood better than this segment, but I cannot deny the writing on a level that pulled those emotions from me.

Overall Impression:  I liked it

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Challenge Book Week, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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