Guest Reviewed by Ami
Title: Lovers & Fighters
Author: Nash Summers
Heroes: Scott Halleck/Julian Reeves
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 127 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 9, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Scott Halleck and Julian Reeves are polar opposites in almost every way. Scott, a modern arts curator at a museum in Chicago, relishes the finer things in life. Julian is a strange photographer whose hair color changes as frequently as his mood. As far as Scott can see, Julian is an erratic know-it-all who lives his life one day to the next. To Julian, Scott is an uptight, too-coiffed perfectionist.
As the two men continue to run into each other, their dislike grows, but beneath that animosity, a fire is beginning to spark. Scott is baffled when he realizes he is falling for Julian, a man who burns hotter than a wildfire. Scott will have to decide, for the first time in his life, if he’ll let the flames take over.
“He was shattered glass on an otherwise pristine floor, a bloodcurdling shriek in a quiet library. He was everything I was not.”
I have a major crush on Nash Summers’ writing – her words and the way she composes her story is a form of artistry. I fall in love with every single thing that she writes because reading her words make me feel thoughtful, like I want to dissect each part of her sentences slowly and carefully. There’s nothing in this world that can surpass that kind of reading experience.
Lovers & Fighters is the story of Scott Halleck, a modern art curator, and Julian Reeves, the man whom Scott slowly finds himself falling for. They cannot be more different. Scott sees himself as plain and boring. He stays inside the line, making sure that his choices are the safe ones. Julian Reeves is not a safe option. He’s destructive, he’s damaged, and he has baggage. However, Scott also realizes that the opposite Julian makes him feel alive.
As always, Summers’ storytelling pulled me in – it is resonant, raw, and profound, even when it’s describing the plain Scott. I couldn’t take my eyes of her words. I was dying to read how Scott would slowly unravel when he let the fire inside Julian consume him thoroughly.
Although after halfway through, I thought Summers was emphasizing so hard on Scott and Julian’s different individuality traits that it became repetitive – as if I could forget about their characteristics. I mean, at that point, I, as a reader, already knew and understood what makes Scott, Scott, and I would have loved to know more about what makes Julian, Julian.
I admit that I have a weakness towards complicated (almost to the point of codependent or slightly destructive) couples. Because they are the ones who work harder to keep their relationship, and I always feel it is more gratifying in the end.
In the end, while I hesitate to call this a romance, considering that our heroes are not exactly together in almost the majority of the story, I would still call it a start of a relationship that is beautiful because of its imperfection.
“There is a fine line between love and hate, my boy, if there is even a line at all”
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*