Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Terrance

Title: Terrance
Author: D.J. Manly
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN/BIN: MLR-1-02014-0366
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary; Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Terrance’s relationship with Alex may have gotten off to a rocky start – telling a guy that he has a ghost following him around is certainly a unique pick up line – but they have been through a great deal since then, and their bond is that much stronger for it. The circumstances of their meeting may not have been ideal, but they are putting in the effort to make this work. Alex tries very hard to understand Terrance’s gift for communicating with the dead, and Terrance loves him all the more for it. And Terrance has worked hard not to push Alex away when his gift threatens to overwhelm him.

They had been enjoying some peace and quiet – the voices in Terrance’s head had been keeping their distance and letting him have a life of his own for once – but it could never last. There are too many souls needing Terrance’s help. When a young boy’s cries for help start to haunt him, Terrance cannot ignore it. His head is filled with distressing images that threaten to push Terrance to the brink, and he knows they won’t go away until he faces what the young boy is trying to tell him. It is a race to unravel the story behind these horrific images, but will Terrance realize that he doesn’t have to run this race alone anymore?

Terrance is book two of The Severing series. Whereas the first book laid out the foundations of the paranormal world the characters inhabit and the circumstances that threw them all together, Terrance does a fantastic job delving into the character’s past, letting the reader see exactly what makes Terrance the man he is today. The story is thrilling, full of suspense and as with the first book, once I started I just didn’t want to put it down. The author writes a really good story, revealing just enough of Terrance’s past and how it relates to what is going on now to keep me hooked and wondering just how it’ll all play out. Although the focus is on Terrance’s character, Alex is never left out, his importance to Terrance and his strength obvious throughout, but especially during a surprising plot twist. I really felt Alex’s sense of helplessness at the things Terrance just had to do alone.

The style of writing is very down to earth and fun to read and I can tell how much the author is enjoying writing this series. The dialog seems to flow with excitement, which at times is hard to keep up with but mostly just adds to the sense of urgency of Terrance’s situation. I am thoroughly enjoying this series and suggest paranormal m/m fans definitely give this a try. The author does not shy away from using gritty, sometimes disturbing imagery. Make no mistake, the underbelly of this world is on full display, but I don’t think it is taken too far. In fact, it makes me appreciate the fragility and importance of Alex & Terrance’s relationship all the more.

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