Wednesday, February 23, 2011

These Haunted Heights

Title: These Haunted Heights
Author: Ally Blue
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-185-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

When Ron Winters’ aunt buys a big rambling house in the little town of Sebastian's Bluff, it’s the perfect place for the talented photojournalist to spend a few weeks taking photos. He expects to take dozens of rolls of film to fulfill his latest magazine contract -- he doesn’t expect to be attracted to the moody, and oftentimes, unfriendly man who lives nearby.

For nearly twenty years, Drew LaSalle has lived a life filled with pain, hurt and regrets. When Ron suddenly enters his world, he doesn’t know what to do, how to react or if he can open his heart enough to grasp what he desperately wants. The secrets of his past and the tragedy that continues to trouble his every waking minute keeps the door to a future with Ron firmly closed. The only hope Drew has of moving forward with his life is if he can find a way to exorcise the personal ghosts haunting him.

These Haunted Heights is the latest release by author Ally Blue. It’s a well written and plotted look into the lives of two men who, on first glance, probably never have a chance of making a lasting relationship.

The locale is well described, giving the reader a good feel for the beautiful seaside area, the small village and its people. The same goes for Drew and Ron – they are interesting and intriguing men. Ron is open and friendly – a traveler, a man who enjoys his job; while Drew is mired in the past, his life filled with secrets, pain and angst. Ms. Blue did a nice job with the men’s emotions. She quickly pulled the reader into the story, showing how the men’s attraction pulled them together into a deeper relationship despite Drew’s uneasiness and anger.

The growth of the personal side of Ron and Drew is uneven, filled with hurtful feelings and rocky patches…making it difficult to like Drew or to believe they’ll ever get together for the more than a hook-up. There is oftentimes just too much pain, meanness and hurt flying around. Yet Ms. Blue works her literary magic, managing to get Ron and Drew past the pain, secrets and betrayal destroying their future together. If you’re looking for a quick, happy-so-lucky read this isn’t it, but if you enjoy an angst-filled book with some emotional depth, then give this one a try.

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