- Tapa blanda: 200 páginas
- Editor: Dreamspinner Press (24 de noviembre de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1632162148
- ISBN-13: 978-1632162144
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Broken Mercies (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 24 nov 2014
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Musician Daniel Gilchrist has decided he’s broken.
He doesn’t deserve Jeremy Evans, a sensible, sweet artist who insists they belong together. Bad choices after a hellish childhood make Dan more suited to guys like his ex-lover, a toxic mega-star who wants to resume their affair.
But Jeremy is irresistible, and he’s survived a few nightmares of his own. He challenges Dan to get rid of the false shame imposed by his mentally ill mother. Her twisted zealotry had influenced his choices, and it’s time to stop blaming himself for inadequately protecting his little sisters from her cruelty.
While Dan wrestles with old guilt, his former lover persuades him to collaborate on a song that protests religious bigotry. Dan grows suspicious of the star’s odd behavior, and then law enforcement shows up.
That clinches it―Dan really isn’t good enough for Jeremy. Somehow he’s managed to drag the poor guy into danger.
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The problem for me is that it's a book about depression, alcoholism, religious zealots and mental illness, which makes it a very heavy, very dark read. Yes, these two men (who meet in detox), fall truly in love, for the first time. They share the common experience of abusive mothers and fathers who leave the house to escape the ire of their mentally-ill wives instead of staying and protecting their children. Dan's a musician, Jeremy's an artist, and Dan's former boyfriend is a manipulative and violent, mentally ill Country Western Star, also raised by an insane, religious, abusive parent.
Yet Dan loves the Catholic Church where, as a child, the kindly janitor taught the boys how to fend off the advances of the molesting priest. Sorry, I just can't buy his moments of grace and revelation as Dan sits in a pew thinking about the pain of his childhood, and suddenly realizes, through revelation, that he really IS a good person. You can see where this is going.
Dan and "Jer's" relationship reads more like psychotherapy sessions than lovers sharing a life. Jeremy keeps stopping Dan, right in the middle of sex, to make sure that Dan feels his self-worth, and doesn't "use him" as a sexual object. Even when Dan proposes, Jeremy spends the next ten pages demanding more psychological growth before he will say yes - and forcing Dan to face his sister, Katie, whom he loves, but just can't bear to be around because of the horrible memories and the fact that his niece, Katie's daughter, also suffers from bipolar disease.
Although the author's goals are noble - bringing mental illness and alcoholism into the light - it's just not what I read gay romances for. On top of that, almost every single character is mentally ill in some way or another - except for Dan's grandmother who did give him unconditional love, but not until after shock therapy.
The other message you get from this is that genetics is fate - one mentally ill person in the family and all the subsequent generations suffer from the same or similar illnesses. While genetics obviously plays a role in mental illness, it is not a written-in-stone sentence for all the progeny of the afflicted. And although it makes sense that people with problems seek out other people with problems, certainly EVERYONE in life doesn't have to suffer from mental illness, depression and/or alcoholism.
Maybe I'm just carping here. The vast bulk of this book is relentlessly depressing, the love story speaks sweet nothings of psychology, not love, and the breakthroughs are not necessarily believable. This author, obviously, is ambivalent about the church, particularly the Catholic Church, writing Dan as a victim of it (both as a potential molestee and source of his mother's holy-roller insanity) but he still goes to the Church for absolution, solace and peace. Maybe he just needs to find a less bigoted and hypocritical denomination?
There is no doubt that Ms. Marker is an incredibly talented author - there wasn't a word out of place, a description less than vivid, a character who didn't grow. Somehow I suspect that Ms. Marker is writing from personal experience, which explains why, at certain moments, she managed to move me to tears.
But, to be honest with you, I'm a child of a mentally-ill abusive father, and reliving my own childhood experiences while reading this book was not a good time, believe me. So don't judge this book by me. Read a bit of it, yourself, and see if it's something you might want to get into. Just be forewarned, there is angst galore, endless angst, and to enjoy the book, you'll have to like that kind of thing.
Just not my cup of tea.
I don't often read M/M romances, but Marker's book about these two brave, vulnerable, essentially good men had me totally hooked from the first chapter. Dan and Jeremy survived childhoods that were nothing like a sixties sitcom. Marker deals with issues that aren't always comfortable, but she tackles them realistically, as they have affected her characters and their ability to build relationships. Love is a struggle, with an in-the-closet country singer antagonist, but when Jeremy and Dan realize they're stronger as a team and choose to face whatever the world throws at them together, the happily-ever-after is deep and emotionally satisfying. Hope to see more from this exciting new author.