Sunday, October 31, 2010

Turn The Other Cheek

Title: Turn The Other Cheek
Author: Chris Owen
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-046-6
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Mallory never really understood the need to share his private life with the rest of the world. He is dedicated to his life as a firefighter but when his shift ends, his time is his own, to do whatever he wants without having to answer for his actions. It just so happens that Mallory chooses to spend his free time with Will – a fellow fireman who works at the same station as Mal. Will shares Mal’s passion for dancing and from the moment they first met the pair generated plenty of heat, on the dance floor and between the sheets.

Although their relationship is progressing nicely, Will can’t help but feel a little frustrated. He and Mal both know that as soon as their relationship goes public, it will mean the end of working together. Despite preferring to keep Will all to himself, Mal knew he would have to tell the guys at work eventually – he sure as hell isn’t going to compromise anyone because of his feelings for Will. He just wishes things could stay private for a little bit longer. It is decision time for Mal but can he finally choose what he really wants out of life?

Turn The Other Cheek is the sequel to Cheek To Cheek and follows Mal and Will as their relationship deepens into something serious enough to make both men take a step back and re-evaluate what they really want. Chris Owen has always created characters with depth that speak to my heart and it has been very enjoyable to witness Mal and Will’s relationship evolving from lust to love. It was very easy to get swept up in the pair’s need for each other so the difficulties they subsequently face in making their situation work affected me too. Neither character was perfect but they were able to accept each other for who they were so I was able to see the good in both of them. I can tell that a lot of work has gone into creating a world full of interesting characters with their own stories to tell. Turn The Other Cheek pulled me deeper into a world I am already familiar with and I could happily read more of Mal and Will’s story.

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