Friday, September 26, 2008

Rush in the Dark


Book Title: Rush in the Dark
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-765-8
Genre: LGBT Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

P.I Brian Russell looks at his friend Mitchell and wonders when it’s going to be his turn to find the love of his life, because so far it isn’t happening for him and he’s afraid it never will. Despite a vague premonition that something important is going to happen, when the man of his dreams steps outside a bar to have a smoke, he’s still surprised. The problem is he isn’t going to make much of an impression because he’s on stake-out in an alley, and he smells worse than a skunk after diving into a dumpster to retrieve evidence.

Rush Weston leaves his ranch and drives into Houston every few weeks when his itch needs to be scratched. He’s firmly in the closet and has never had more than a casual hook-up since he admitted he was gay as a teenager. When the guy he’s with starts to drive him crazy, he steps outside to have a cigarette and spies an attractive man dragging filthy trash bags from a dumpster. Despite the stench, he’s intrigued enough with Brian to leave his business card in hopes he’ll call. When he does, he’s thrilled, but he gets more than he bargained for, because Brian isn’t a quick pick-up kind of guy…he’s the keeping kind, and that thought scares Rush to death. The one thing he knows for certain is he’ll lose the most important person in his life if he doesn’t step out of the closet, and he doesn’t know if he can.

Rush in the Dark is the second book in Ms. Lorenz’s new ongoing Common Powers series of otherwise normal men who have something a little otherworldly which makes them special. I have to admit that I like the concept. Too often the paranormal aspect of a character’s personality not only defines who that person is, but it also dominates the story. That isn’t the case with this intriguing gay romance series. In this series, the power doesn’t overwhelm…it only enhances the person. Both Rush and Brian are special in their own way…Rush can see in the dark and Brian has premonitions.

Brian and Rush are filled with passion, desire, lust and longing, but the tale of their developing relationship and its problems aren’t the only one in this well-plotted contemporary romance. They are the primary focus, but are only part of the whole, because this story also seamlessly weaves in Mitchell and Sammi, and Brian’s hunt for clues to Sammi’s past. Both parts of this tale are heart-warming, with Brian playing the vital role as the glue which binds both portions together. This story also has friendships, mistakes, pain and fear, but what it also has in abundance, is hope for the future. Not only for lovers Brian and Rush, but for Sammi, who is trying to move on to a new phase in his life.

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