Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lift Your Voice




Title: Lift Your Voice
Author: T. A. Chase
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-737-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Each man has his own war to fight, his own battles to win and his own demons to defeat. While some skirmishes are with other nations, others are more personal and can leave profound scars, visible for all to see.

Brandon McCollugh’s military career is at an end thanks to a road-side bomb. The wounded veteran is home for good and is unsure of how to reclaim his life until he meets an angel with a golden voice.

Music teacher Donald Frost lost most of his family and a budding career when his sexual preference was discovered. His attraction for men wasn’t tested again until he met Bran. Together, these men will heal, learn to love and find comfort in each other’s arms.

T. A. Chase’s Lift Your Voice is a moving story touching on learning to live again, heartache and suffering. What I appreciated most about Don and Bran was their ability to face the past head-on. They could have become victims and statistics but instead, became role models. While they felt hurt, frightened and sometimes alone, they never gave up completely. There was always a glimmer of hope and the knowledge that failure was not an option. Their chemistry began at the first glance and flourished with each new encounter.

The supporting characters were just as brilliantly written and gave support, and a swift kick, when the men needed it the most. Bran’s new position with the local landscaper is the perfect way for him to heal. Through embracing nature, it gave him a chance to reflect and learn to move forward in life.

What I respect about authors like T. A. Chase is the fact that the story is always fantastically written, the characters always unique and the plot is always sound. Lift Your Voice made me take a hard look at our military men and women and admire the sacrifices they make for our country. There is nothing better for a reader than to know the story won’t feel like a rewrite of an author’s previous works. And while the story is created to entertain, it’s always nice to be enlightened and inspired. Pick up a copy and enjoy - you won’t be disappointed.

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