Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Stolen Summer
Author: S.A. Meade
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 210 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: August 29, 2011
Available at: Totally Bound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks
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Blurb: The horror of Evan and Colin’s stolen summer may be over but the nightmares remain. Can their love survive the fallout?
The last thing journalist Evan Harrison expects to hear, when he returns from covering the war in Afghanistan, is that his best friend, Colin Williams, is in love with him.
Colin, an Oxford Professor with a poet’s soul and a roving eye, turns out to be a temptation Evan can’t resist. What he discovers is that sex with Colin is hot, wild and relentless. The two of them embark on a passionate affair and Evan knows he’s going to spend his days with Colin – after one last assignment.
A western journalist in Pakistan is too tempting a target for local insurgents. Evan’s ‘Oh-shit’ sense fails dismally when he is taken hostage and spends four months refusing to let his captors grind him down by clinging to memories of the lover he left behind. Freedom from captivity, however, doesn’t bring freedom from terror. The legacy of Evan’s ordeal results in meltdowns and nightmares that threaten to destroy his life with Colin. He can’t even seek comfort in lovemaking because the pills intended to save his sanity kill his desire.
Evan seizes a chance to put his nightmares behind him by taking one final assignment, covering unrest in Jordan. Colin sees Evan’s decision as the end of a relationship he fought hard to save. If Evan makes it back to England in one piece, winning Colin back will be the toughest assignment he’s ever faced.
Review: What a wonderful story! Evan and Colin have been best mates for ages. When the story begins, Evan is in a relationship with Katy. He is on assignment in Afghanistan when he realizes he misses Colin more than Katy and that his current relationship is just limping along. Katy has apparently been taking care of herself with other people and doesn’t show she cares much about Evan. Before he leaves for his next dangerous assignment in Pakistan, Colin lays his feelings on the line. They both realize how right being together feels and decide to see where things go.
Unfortunately, things go badly in Pakistan and Evan is taken captive for months. When he returns, a bit worse for the wear, Colin is there to take care of him and being instrumental in helping him heal. Part of this was both of them dealing and coming to grips with Evan’s PTSD and resulting depression. Bad enough on its own, but made worse when he is finally put on meds that affect their relationship more than the initial PTSD issue. They have a few more bumps in the road where Evan’s job is concerned before they get their happy ending, but it is definitely worth it.
This was beautifully written. There were a few times I wanted to skip ahead while Evan was on assignment, but Evan and Colin together were just fabulous, so I think I was just impatient to see more of them together. I absolutely loved watching them explore each other and their new experiences together. It was easy to feel how much love they shared.
While Evan was in Afghanistan, he befriended Captain Christopher Beaumont, who was seriously injured by an IED. Before that happened, they spent a lot of time talking and sharing thoughts. I loved seeing this time period, as I recently read and really enjoyed Captain Beaumont’s story, Christopher’s Medal, so it was lovely to see Christopher and Grace again and really good to see them doing so well. I definitely recommend checking out both of these wonderful stories.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*