Friday, February 13, 2009

Sometimes the only thing you can do is go home again

Seeking Redemption: Aidan & Ethan
Author: Cameron Dane
ISBN: 978-1-59578-515-2


Redemption, Maine. Never had the name of a town been more apt or mocked a person more.

Aidan Morgan made many mistakes in his young life, but moving to Redemption gave him a chance to wash away his poor choices and repair his relationship with his siblings.

Ethan Ashworth had the blond good looks of a hometown football star, but the picture didn’t match the heart and mind of the young man living inside.

The new kid in town with a history of getting into trouble and an unlikely geek don’t often make a match, but a unique friendship forms. With one searing kiss on graduation day, promises of a future are made. One day later Aidan is gone, and Ethan’s heart is left broken.

Redemption, Maine. Never had the name of a town been more apt or mocked a person more…twice.

Thirteen years ago Aidan disappeared in the dead of night, but he is home now. Aidan has come home to take the job of chief of the fire department and to reconnect with his brother and sister. He wants Ethan back too. Unable to forget their kiss, Aidan wants to explain why he went away, and he wants a second chance to win Ethan’s heart.

Too bad for Aidan, Ethan isn’t so quick to forgive and forget. He dealt with a life-changing crisis after Aidan went away. His hurt and anger at how Aidan left him alone has resurfaced, bringing the controlled man back to life. Ethan will listen to Aidan’s reasons for leaving when he’s damn good and ready…and not a minute before.

Redemption, Maine. A place for second chances. Will the town -- and Ethan Ashworth -- give Aidan Morgan another shot to get it right?

My View:
I don't read a lot of gay romance, but of those I've read I've seen that generally those from mainstream authors are pretty well done. This is a great example. The issues aren't all about the pitfalls of being gay in this age, which could get boring if done too often. We already know that being gay is not easy even in today's accepting world, but they are about real life issues outside of that realm. In Aidan and Ethan's novel the story line is all about forgiveness and getting over a long hurt. This is something we can all relate with whether we are gay or not.

The story is well thought out and the couple involved works well together. I liked the supporting characters, as well. After checking out Cameron's web site I see that sometime in the future she might come back and visit this series. Some of the other characters deserve a second look, so I hope that happens.

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