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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Love Means…No Fear by Andrew Grey

Love Means…No Fear by Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (203 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed By Myrtle

Raine Baumer is living the party life in Chicago, indulging in short relationships with little emotional commitment. But after he’s severely injured in a gay bashing, close friend Geoff arrives to take him to the country to recuperate. There Geoff and his partner Eli treat him like part of the family, and Raine meets Jonah, Eli’s brother, who is exploring life in the world outside his Amish community.

Jonah and Raine’s mutual attraction draws them together, but they may not have a chance to explore it. Jonah’s father is making ultimatums, and the police believe that the attack on Raine may not have been as random as it initially appeared. Raine and Jonah will have to face what they fear most in order to have any chance at a life together.

I am no stranger to the works of author Andrew Grey and have enjoyed reading a number them. Love Means…No Fear lives up to the high standards that I have come to look for in Mr. Grey’s books. Those standards show in the well laid out plot and the smooth transition from one chapter to another. I do not know how the author does it but he has a way of pulling the reader into the story and showing that no matter what sex, color, or religious belief is in the world that love is love and everyone deserves to have a special someone to love.

Jonah, a young Amish man is seeing the outside world for the first time. When he shows up at his older brother's home, he learns why Eli left the Amish community never to return. He cannot condemn Eli when he sees how happy his brother is with his life partner Geoff.

When Jonah meets Raine, a man who is staying with Eli and Geoff after being beaten during a gay celebration in Chicago, he becomes confused about what he has been taught and what he is feeling toward Raine. Eli tries to help him work out his feelings but he has to fight his fears and learn to make choices on his own.

While Raine has been a player most of his life he soon learns he has deep feeling for Jonah as well, and even though they are drawn to each other. Raine knows how innocent Jonah is and wants to give him time to understand the English world and let Jonah make choices that will make him happy even if he has to let him go when he returns to Chicago.

Mr. Grey will leave you laughing and, like a fish on a hook, will reel you in to the story. What I love most about this book is that no corners are cut on the details. I also feel that within the story there are many lessons that teach us that love is love no matter whom you choose to love.

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