Thursday, January 13, 2011

Love Means ... No Fear


Title: Love Means ... No Fear
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-710-8
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

When Raine becomes a victim of a hate crime, his only choice is to return home with Geoff, once he leaves the hospital. He knows he’ll be safe with his friends around and when Eli’s brother shows up, Raine has even more to look forward too.

Andrew Grey brings the readers another great story with Love Means ... No Fear, the newest addition to the Farm series. Raine, one of the main characters is someone readers may remember from the first story. As Geoff’s best friend, Raine was there for his friend when he needed him. Now that Raine is in need, Geoff is there to help. Jonah is one of Eli’s younger brothers who, after being given the chance to experience rumspringa, shows up on Eli’s doorstep. He is drawn to Raine from the beginning, something that causes him more than a few rough moments. Readers may see this as just another retelling of the first story and, in some ways, there are a lot of similarities. The struggles both Eli and Jonah go through as they come to terms with the conflict between their faith and their sexuality is the same. However, Jonah has a better support system than Eli did and that makes all the difference. The connection between Raine and Jonah is tested more than once and the ending is a bit different than the previous stories; yet, this is an excellent addition to the series and the author stayed true to Raine’s character.

The previous couples show up many times throughout this story and the final dinner scene was my favorite. A few new characters were introduced as well, leaving the possibility of more books open. The author also brings some mystery to the story, which will keep the readers turning the pages to see who is after Raine and why. This series was my introduction to Andrew Grey and has made me a big fan. I jump at the chance to read his stories and can’t wait to see what he will bring to this series next.

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