Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Love Means…Endurance

Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781632163615
Genre: {M/M}, Western, Series          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Geoff and Eli have been together a long time and, during those years, there have been many changes.  Friends and family have found loves of their own; the farm has expanded in many different ways, keeping both men busy.  The most important change in their lives has been the addition of a son, who keeps both men hopping.  It’s while everything is going smoothly that the two men get some news neither ever expected to hear.

Love Means… Endurance is the latest addition to Mr. Grey’s series Love Means.  This story brings the series full circle as it once again centers on Geoff and Eli.  When Eli becomes sick, both men are shocked to hear what is wrong.  I have to admit that I was as well and could not believe that the author was doing this to Geoff once again.  The story is heavy and the author does a good job showing how an illness in the family affects everyone, not just the person who is sick. 

Geoff and Eli have a long road ahead of them and both men are feeling pulled in multiple directions.  Geoff has a farm to run, a young son to care for, and a sick husband he has to be strong for.  At times, he feels as if he is falling apart and sees no clear end in sight.  As for Eli, he struggles to stay strong, hoping to keep things as normal as possible for his son, and feels guilty for what he is putting everyone through. It is easy to understand why the men feel the way they do and this keeps the story believable. 

As heart-wrenching as this story is at times, one thing comes out loud and clear and that is how important family is, and several of the previous couples come together to help Geoff and Eli in their time of need.  I liked that we get to see past characters again and wondered if we would be seeing some of them in their own stories once again. 

I liked the way the author wrapped up Love Means…Endurance, giving the story a happy ending while keeping it realistic.  While I can see this as a final story in the series, I hope the author has plans for more.  

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