Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Once again, an amazing story by an amazing author. Mr. Grey always manages to bring out all kinds of emotions: happy, sad, disbelieving, and angry. Any author who cannot just write a good book, but is able to elicit emotions from the reader and leave the reader thinking about the book long after it is finished has done his job, and very well indeed. I have given the book five stars, but now I wish to give Mr. Grey five stars as an author I never tire of reading.
Carter Hopkins is a foreign correspondent for the New York Press. His current assignment has him in Syria covering the civil war. He was able to become part of a group of freedom fighters who have shown him things that will make the American Public and others get past the what if’s or could be’s, and see in black and white the truth of what is actually happening. Mass graves, villages ravaged, and the truth behind the freedom fighters determination to bring peace once again to their country.
Leading the small group is Jalal, along with his younger brother, Nemat. From the first moment that Carter saw Nemat, he was drawn to him. Carter is now illegally in a country in the middle of a civil war If it was known he was gay, he would be killed without a second thought. Even his family and friends don’t know about him. If his boss at the paper was aware, he would never have allowed him into a country where homosexuality is considered a sin punishable by death.
Before long, Carter realizes Nemat is also gay. However, Nemat has resigned himself to marrying one day and keeping who he really is a secret. If Nemat’s family found out they themselves would put him to death for bringing dishonor to their family. Carter knows he must return to the United States and file his story because that is the only hope that the Syrians have of bringing their story to the forefront. Although leaving Nemat was the hardest thing he ever did, he knows there is no chance for a happily ever after for the two of them. Nemat won’t leave his family, and Carter can’t stay in Syria. The two men who have finally found each other are in a no win situation, especially Nemat since Carter was the first man he was every physical with and it will never happen again. Happiness is not in Nemat’s future.
When Carter returned home, he finally revealed to his family he was gay. He waited till he was almost thirty, but after Syria he realized life was just too short to keep what he is a secret. Can Carter’s stories make a difference in Syria’s civil war? How will he know if Nemat is safe? Is he willing to return to Syria and risk his life to find Nemat?
A story of two men from two totally different places who have found a love that is impossible, or is it? As always, Andrew Grey writes a beautiful story of love in the middle of a civil war and the men who are fighting for peace. There is M/M sex, but as always, done with so much class.
If you haven’t read any of Mr. Grey’s books try one and you will be as hooked as I am.