Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rite of Passage

Title: Rite of Passage
Author: Bryl R. Tyne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61581-926-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph 

After having his heart broken by the one man he thought he could trust, John Price has hit rock bottom. A famous Western author by trade, John felt secure that the love of his life, Mark, was taking care of the accounting side of his career. One long, drawn out, traumatic court case later and John is left with nothing but anxiety, writer’s block, and his friend Carol willing to do whatever it takes to put back the pieces of his shattered life. 

First on the agenda is to get John as far away from the city as possible and relocated to the wilderness to help get his creative juices flowing. After that, it’s down to John to figure out the next course of action. When Pat Smith enters his new life, John has to choose whether he is ready to open his heart to another human being again. With one coincidence after another helping their relationship along the way, John is left to ponder if his second chance with Pat is everything that it seems. 

Rite of Passage is all about John Price. Such a strong character, his constant narrative stream is impossible to escape; every neurosis is laid bare and explained in such a way that you cannot help but want to protect him and learn more about him. He is, by no means, perfect but I defy anyone to read this and not see a glimpse of themselves or someone they love in him. His attempts to deal with the betrayal of a loved one was poignant, realistic and made me want to continue reading until he had found some peace. It was tragic how his life had been so affected by another man’s actions and how he had been reduced to trying to make it from one moment to the next without losing it. John is a good man, of that I am sure, but he loves himself so much that he can’t bear the thought of opening himself up to the possibility of being hurt again. He’s self-absorbed, so wrapped up in his own thinking that he’s missing things that are right in front of him; things like Pat Smith and his uncanny knowledge of John’s life. You can’t really blame the guy when his friend Carol, while desperately trying to do the right thing for him, acts as his puppet master. John readily takes a step back from managing his own life to let her take control. As the book progresses however, I knew John had the strength to move on from the past, and he didn’t disappoint.


Bryl R. Tyne said...

Thanks for the review, Rose Nymph! Happy you "got" John. Not many readers do. Glad you enjoyed my story.

Rose said...

Thank you!

John had such substance, and I felt humbled to be allowed in to his inner thoughts and feelings. He is a credit to you and I thank you for his story :)