Book Review: In From the Cold by Mercy Celeste

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: In From the Cold
Author: Mercy Celeste
Series: Cold Country #1
Heroes: Nathan Truman/Quinn Anders
Genre: MM Contemoprary
Length: 224 Pages
Publisher: MJC Press
Release Date: December 26, 2013
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: For eighteen years, Nathan Truman and Quinn Anders were best friends. One born of wealth and privilege, the other born to working people, Nathan and Quinn shared everything. Sports, music, first kiss, first love.

For sixteen years, Nathan has tried to forget Quinn. Tried to forget the stolen moments they’d shared as kids. He joined the Marines, married, not once but twice, went into law enforcement. He forgot.

For sixteen years, Quinn couldn’t stop remembering. He fell into addiction, found music, lost himself, and became a country music superstar. He never forgot.

Sixteen years after their one night together, tragedy conspires to reunite them.

The murder of Quinn’s father sets them on a collision course not only with their past but with a killer. Nathan and Quinn struggle to deal with their past while the present slowly crashes around them. Brought together by grief, their tentative new beginning may very well come to a sizzling end, leaving them both out in the cold forever.


Review: So, twenty percent into Cold Shadow, the sequel to this book, I’d realized that I was missing a few key elements to continue. Since it had been five years since I’d read the first book, and stupidly forgot to review it, I went back to the beginning and started over.

Best. Decision. Ever.

I’d seriously forgotten how much I loved this book and it was amazing to go back and experience it all over again. But, prepare yourself, there are a ton of emotions: sadness, grief, and horrific acts of violence and hatred. But, there is also unconditional love and reunited lovers who have been through hell and back, fought off their own demons, and both come out like the shining stars they were meant to be.

Quinn and Nate were best friends from childhood, they were everything to each other, and that included being each other’s firsts…in every way. But, Nate struggled heavily with his sexuality and his intense need and love for Quinn, and so he bolted…straight into the Marine Corps. Without telling anyone, including his family. Quinn was unashamedly gay, and fell into despair, drugs, and alcohol to help lessen the pain at the loss of his one and only true love. At the same time, his career as a country music star took off. These two small town southern boys could not have been more opposites if they tried. And if a traumatic series of events hadn’t unfolded, I doubt they would have every gotten their happy ending. Fortunately, by the end, all is right in their world.

Now, I get to go back to Cold Shadow and try to reconcile all I’d relearned here and try to wrap my mind around that book being a MMM, with Drew, our resident FBI agent in this book, and Nate and Quinn. I think there were a few clues here, so I am going in with an open mind and looking forward to seeing how our boys handle this upcoming change in their relationship. But, as Quinn and Nate have said, once you’ve experienced the worst that can happen to a person, everything else is a piece of cake.

Overall Impression: I loved it!

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


Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2013, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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