Reviewed by Morgan
Title: On the Rocks
Author: Ari McKay
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Heroes: Mal and Aidan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 73 Pages / Audio – 1 Hour, 46 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – December 1, 2012 / Audio – November 10, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: For years, Mal has given Aidan a little piece of the world for special occasions in the form of unique rocks and fossils—until the year he gives Aidan a piece of the moon instead. Aidan has treasured every gift: in a world of impersonal relationships, they’re the one reminder he has that somebody out there cares about him for who he really is. Then through a twist of fate, their relationship goes beyond personal and into intimate, leaving Aidan shocked and set to run the other way. Despite his feelings for Mal, past experiences have convinced Aidan that he’s a failure at relationships, and he’s afraid to trust his heart. It just might take a Christmas miracle for Aidan to find the courage to love.
Review – Book:
This is a fairly predictable, but sweet love story of two friends who have loved each other but have not acted on their impulses for various reasons. When they do act on it, Aidan runs and Mal is devastated. This forces Aidan to re-evaluate his life, and luckily, Mal takes him back.
I liked how the story arc included therapy, and though it happened at lightning speed, it was at least a nod that some of life’s problems need more than “the love of a good man” to fix.
I also liked the symbolism of the rocks, they acted to truly ground Aidan in times of trouble.
The masked ball scene was a little much to swallow, but for the sake of the story, I was willing to suspend my disbelief.
All in all, I though the story was sweet, a little sexy and very appropriate for a holiday short story.
3.5 stars – I liked it!
Review – Audio: Michael Stellman did a great job with the narration. He didn’t do much with the voices but did an excellent job with letting the story speak for itself and seemed to “get” the emotion behind the words.
4 stars – I really liked it!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*