Monday, September 9, 2013

The Cost of Loving

Author: Wade Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-963-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

As a favorite son, Matt Dixon never imagined how his life would change on coming out. But the death of his best friend, Jamie, wouldn’t let him hide anymore, and he had to stand up for himself and his friend. His family doesn’t understand and is angry—but still loves him. The members of Matt’s church make life difficult as he struggles with his sexuality and his faith.  And he’s dealing with the feelings for his new lover—Darian—his dead friend’s fiancé.

When Darian Weston’s fiancé committed suicide his world imploded. He’s upset and depressed, and because of his newfound feelings for Matt, he’s guilt ridden. Darian doesn’t know where to turn, and life in a nosy small town isn’t easy when you’re emotionally raw. Can Matt and Darian find a way to get past the pain of the present and make a life together or will their hurt drive them apart?

The Cost of Loving is the sequel to When Love is Not Enough by Wade Kelly. This second release in the Unconditional Love series follows shortly after the first and the books must be read in order.

Okay, here’s the truth. Despite the heart wrenching topic of the first book, I loved it and looked forward to the release of The Cost of Loving. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t a bit apprehensive about reading it because I anticipated the plot would be filled with plenty of drama and emotional pain. And I was right. But I wasn’t sorry I read it either. Just know that it’s definitely not a light and fluffy story. Instead it makes you think and feel. A lot. 

There’s so much going on in this release, it’s hard to believe the author managed to keep the threads of this drama straight. It’s a very realistic look at how one person’s suicide impacts the lives of the people left behind. Darian is particularly hard hit, which spirals him into mental instability.  His health crisis, Matt’s reaction and support and the aftermath are all so well written, I couldn’t be more pleased. So, if you want to learn more about these interesting guys and the world in which they live, I suggest you give this book and its predecessor a try. Neither is an easy read but I don’t think you’ll regret either. I know I didn’t. Really, you should try them.

1 comment:

Wade said...

Thanks for a great review!!! :)