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  • Grabbed me and didn't let go.

    Far Away is only the second book I've read by Bryan T. Clark. I loved it but in a different way from Escaping Camp Roosevelt. I'm trying to think of the best way for me to describe this book and how it made me feel. Unlike a lot of books I read and love, Far Away didn't bring me to tears until near the very end. And yet, I was totally captivated and couldn't put it down until my e-reader about fell out of my hands when I needed to sleep. It's a romance for sure, but it's also so much more. The book starts in present day and then goes back twelve years to when Noah and Spiro first meet. It stays there for about half of the book before it returns to the present again. There's no awkward jumping around during the two time periods and it flows very smoothly. Noah knows that he is gay but at 18-years-old he has no significant sexual experience. He is starved for affection; his parents are cold and distant. When he meets Spiro, he is smitten. Spiro is attentive and fun to be with and they spend a wonderful summer together until it ends abruptly. This time period in the book is filled with the rush of new love and exploration. It took me back to when my husband and I started dating as young teenagers. When we return to present day there is a lot of doubt and angst on Noah's part. He's determined to find Spiro but it's not easy. When they do reconnect, Noah is very unsure of Spiro's feelings. I have to admit that for a while I wondered if things would ever work out. But this is a romance and you can't have a romance without an HEA or at least an HFN, so I knew that Bryan would get Noah and Spiro there. The author's descriptive prose made me feel like I was right there with Noah and Spiro – when they were in New Hampshire and again when they were in Greece. I've been to New Hampshire but now I really want to visit the island where Spiro lives. I knew before beginning to read Far Away that it was a long book (for me anyway) but I never once felt like it dragged or should have left parts of the story out. I know this is going to sound really weird but I absolutely mean it as a compliment… because of the depth to the story, Far Away reminded me of some of the best women's fiction books I've read. There were hot and sexy scenes in the book but you could remove or tone them down and you would still have a wonderful book to read. Gah, now I made it sound like there was too much sex or that it was too gratuitous and that is not the case at all. Just read this book, it's a good one. A copy of this book was provided to me but I also purchased a copy. My review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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  • A Beautiful love story /coming of age.

    Wow this book deals with so many issues, just look at the key words in the book info section. But do not fear of being overwhelmed. Bryan has done an excellent job of weaving the many threads together, so much so when I looked at the keyword list, I sat and thought oh yeah it did cover this and that. The Main focus in the first half of the book is Noah’s coming of age and his first love. Which all start at the family’s Summer house. As his taxi along the drive to the house, he notices a young man and is instantly intrigued. Noah has lived in the shadows of his parents, who are too busy to spend any quality time with him. He is very lonely, and a little uncertain of life. That is until he meets Spiro the young man that was walking along the drive, who is living with his uncle, the caretaker of the summer house. Spiro is everything that Noah is not, he is confident, experienced and a bit of a bad boy image. Which not only attracts Noah but also brings Noah out of his comfort zone. They soon become more than friends and start making out, and everything is going well….. Until a friend of Noah spots Noah and Spiro naked in the boathouse and tells on them. The next day Spiro and his Uncle are nowhere to be seen and Noah soon realises that they have left the estate. Leaving Noah broken hearted. Skip 12 years and Noah has still no got over his first love. And he is encouraged by his house mate to take a trip to Greece Spiro’s home country in search of him. Having unsuccessfully searched the island where Spiro is from, he is almost ready to give up and fly back to New York, when he accidently spots Spiro in the street. Spiro is pleased to see Noah, but will he want to rekindle their love, or is Spiro Married with Children. The two men spend as much time as possible catching up and getting to know each other once more, but the chemistry is still as strong as the summer 12 years ago. Each man is unsure of the other intentions at first, but it soon becomes clear that the two are destined to be together. But they live at the other sides of the world and things look doomed to fail, Spiro can’t leave the island as his sick mother and family rely on him to support them. And at first Noah is not willing to completely cut ties with his parents and New York. But he also grows fond of Spiros family, and even admires how they work as one to support each other. Sometimes family is not connected by blood. He could have a new family who accept him as he is if he moved to the island. This is the second book I have read from Bryan. I read Escaping Camp Roosevelt last year. It was my favorite read of 2019. And I am so pleased and blown away with this book. Bryan is a master storyteller, that builds characters that are true to themselves. I loved Noah’s innocence and Spiro cheeky bad boy image at the start of the book. The chemistry can be felt between both young men from the start. You really feel and understand each character’s feelings and actions through out the book. You will feel heartache, hopelessness, and guilt. You will also feel hopefulness, love and happiness. The message I take from this story is that there is always hope and you should go for what you want. Do not make up excuses and waste 12 years. Grab life by the horns and go for it! Bryan T. Clark has earned his place on my one click reads. Now I just need to find the time to read his other books that sit on my phone waiting to be read.

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  • Seconds

    Noah meets Spiro after he comes to stay with his Grandmother for the summer before he goes off to college. At first he is just in awe of the good looks, great body, and superior smile. Then as they become friends it has the potential to turn into more. Spiro has to watch himself. He is reminded at every turn by his uncle that he is there at the courtesy of this family who owns it all. Can he help it if they have such an amazing person such as Noah in their family? He is struggling to hide his interest in such an amazing young man. This story takes you through the beginning of first love, and off to the reunion as well. While not normally my style, I found my self intrigued by the story itself. These two lives being brought back together as one was almost magical. It is refreshing, honest, and felt very sincere. I think it is the way we look through most of the story through Noah's innocent eyes. ***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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