Monday, May 17, 2010

Skipping Stones

Title: Skipping Stones
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 13: 978-1-60272-684-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Artist Leo Waters is heartbroken and desperate to leave Paris after his affair of almost a year suddenly ends. Leo’s best friend Mark comes to his rescue by offering to pay for a plane ticket, in addition to a job at the Florida resort in which he is part owner. Reed Owen, the other part owner and the source of Mark’s unrequited love, turns out to be nothing like the villain he is portrayed by Mark. Realizing he was misinformed about Reed, Leo cannot resist their growing attraction. Now the question is what to do about Mark?

Skipping Stones is a heart-wrenching emotional rollercoaster romance. The well defined characters are attention-grabbing and believable. Leo is an artist with dreams of becoming a successful painter. However, his desire to paint is temporarily lost after his breakup with his French lover. Leo is somewhat naïve; he believes what he is told and is in denial when it comes to recognizing the truth surrounding Mark’s personality. It is only when Leo watches the interactions between Mark and Reed that their true relationship is revealed. Mark is delusional, self-absorbed as well as obsessed with getting his way. He seems incapable of deciphering between his flights of the imagination and reality.

Reed is a passionate man who is immediately attracted to Leo; an attraction that soon evolves into love. Reed is determined to tear down the barrier surrounding Leo’s heart, which he does in a very sensual way. Reed demonstrates an easy going persona. He is tolerant of Mark, even though he has no feelings for him other than an informal friendship along with pity for Mark’s continual love misconception. Reed spends months at a time away from home hoping that Mark will let go of his fantasy as well as move on with his life. It is Leo who is finally able to convince Mark to get a fresh start by changing locations.

D. J. Manly has created a fantastic well-written saga that I enjoyed immensely.

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