When Love Is Not Enough (Unconditional Love #1)
AUTHOR’S BLURB: A six-year downward spiral into a world of lies and deception leads to the end of one man’s life when self-discovery crosses the line between being the perfect son or following his heart.
Jimmy Miller never intended to lead a double life starting the day he fell in love with Darian, but his parents’ divorce, fighting in school, and constantly keeping secrets for his closeted best friend and protector, Matt, force his hand. Jimmy finds the demands too great to withstand and ends it all prematurely, leaving behind an angry best friend and a shattered lover.
Matt and Darian cling to one another in the aftermath of their loss, forging a new friendship immediately tested by the truths of their relationships with Jimmy that are hidden in the pages of Jimmy’s journals. Will Matt and Darian discover what truly happened to their friend? And will this tragedy birth something beautiful between them as they learn the balance between life, family, and friendship when love is simply not enough?
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
MY REVIEW: Sad and weepy and a little confusing, even with the dates. It was a good book, I am just not sold on that layout for this particular story. There were some predictable moments. Quite a few. But they actually helped keep the purity of the storyline shining through.
The only thing that seemed so jarring and out of place was the abrupt suicide, when the trigger was an event he’d known was going to happen all along and had happened after he ruled his own life, basically. Sorry. I’m trying not to give spoilers. Even the way the other two cling to each other makes sense to me. But. That abruptness. Something just doesn’t feel cohesive about it. It doesn’t flow or feel real. Maybe that’s what you’re supposed to feel? But I don’t like feeling disconnected or disjointed from my books.
Otherwise, it was a mostly good and enjoyable read.
The Cost of Loving (Unconditional Love #2)
AUTHOR’S BLURB: Matt Dixon, a young firefighter, is the golden child of his family, and he never dreamed that coming out would challenge more than the way his church sees him.
For years, Matt has led a double life hoping to avoid ridicule. When a self-righteous pastor’s statements provoke him to defend his recently deceased best friend’s honor and subsequently out himself, he suffers the brutal aftermath of his revelation. Everyone in his life, including his family and his new lover, Darian, must deal with the ramifications as Matt struggles to come to terms with guilt, shame, and his very belief in God.
Darian Weston lost his fiancé when Jamie took his life, and his feelings for Matt added guilt to his burden of grief. Confused and lonely, Darian clings to Matt despite his inner strife. But small-town realities keep intruding, and if Matt and Darian hope to make a life together, they must first take a stand for what they believe in, even if they fear the cost.