Friday, May 15, 2015

Seeing Double

Author: AKM Miles
Publisher: MLR Press
Publishers URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN/BIN: MLR-1-02015-0401
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Series        
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Ben is starting his first day on his new job when he finds himself with a problem only his father, Soldier, can solve.  However, things move in a direction that no one sees coming and soon the Scarcity Sanctuary’s past comes back to haunt them.

Seeing Double is the seventh book in the Scarcity Sanctuary series.  Like the other books in this series, this story pulled me in from the very first page.  The author continues to write characters that readers will like.  I could not help falling for both Ben and Chip and don’t even mention the twins.  There are times when these two steal the story. 

Ben is one of the Scarcity Sanctuary boys, so fans of this series will have run into him a time or two already.  He’s close to finishing his master’s degree but first he has to complete an internship, which is how he finds himself at the Showhouse Theater.  The manager of the theater is a real piece of work and readers will be surprised by what they learn about her as the story unfolds.  When she sends Ben out to the alley to make sure an old dumpster is ready for pick up, the young man finds more than what he bargains for. 

Chip is a young man stuck on the streets after his religious parents kick him out for being gay.   The last two years have not been easy for him, especially since he has been trying to stay out of the hands of a couple of pimps.  When he finds himself on the wrong side of a beating, he figures his time has finally come.  But he did not count on the help of two little munchkins, JoJo and JaJa.

The twins are something else and, at times, they either had me laughing or close to tears.  While not main characters, they do play a very important part in this story and I loved how they bonded with both Chip and Ben.  It is because of these two that I may never look at bunny slippers the same way again. 

There is a lot going on in Seeing Double, but the author does a wonderful job keeping things moving.  The relationship between Chip and Ben moves at a slower pace than what some may be used to, but due to Chip’s age and both men’s backgrounds, it works in this story.  The many little issues that pop up during the course of the story will cause the readers to turn the pages just to see how each problem is solved.  There were some OMG moments in the book, but I would have to say the way the twin’s foster father was handled was my favorite. 

This is a series where it is easy to care about the various characters that make up the world in which the books take place.  At the end of each story, I find myself wondering who will get the next story, or if new characters will be brought in.   I also hope this is one series that the author has no plans of stopping any time soon.

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