Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spencer by @JPBarnaby @dreamspinners # REVIEW #HAHAT #SATURDAYSWITHSID

Spencer, J.P. Barnaby, Dreamspinner Press
Survivor Stories #3
It’s been nearly five years since Aaron woke up in the hospital so broken, he couldn’t stand the sight of his own face. The flashbacks no longer dominate his life, but he’s still unable to find intimacy with his lover, Spencer Thomas. With time, patience, and the support of his family, his therapist, and his loving partner, Aaron has figured out how to live again. The problem is, Spencer hasn’t. His life has been on hold as he waits for the day he and Aaron can have a normal relationship. Hoping to move things forward for them both, he takes a job as a programmer in downtown Chicago, leaving Aaron alone.
Reeling in the wake of Spencer’s absence, Aaron receives another shock when his attackers are caught.
Now, he must testify and verbalize his worst nightmare. Publicly reliving his trauma without Spencer at his side destroys his precarious control. But he finds someone who can understand and empathize in Jordan, who watched his brother cut down in a school shooting. With Spencer gone and the DA knocking at his door, Aaron seeks solace in Jordan, and Spencer will have to risk everything to hold on to Aaron’s love.

Aaron and Spencer are two of the most gut-wrenching books I’ve ever read, but I’m better for reading them. Its sobering to realize sometimes that not all romance is pretty and not all happy endings come with the prince and the castle; at least not the fairy tale versions of prince and castle. Spencer is real life y’all and sometimes that real life just sucks. Its filled with pain, anger, and sadness, yet sometimes it all works out in the end. Even after all the angst and sadness, Spencer is about the triumph of the human spirit and a testament that love does conquer all things. As the Beatles sang: All you need is love, love, love is all you need…” If you haven’t read Spencer AND Aaron, you need to. Pick them up, read them and let both characters in your heart. You won’t ever let them go.

4 oooey gooey strawberries dipped in chocolate for JP Barnaby’s Spencer and a job very, very well done!
This book was given to us by Dreamspinner Press. Many thanks.


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