Finding Eden by Scarlet Blackwell
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Length: Short Story (115 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Anal Sex, Rape (in backstory), Light BDSM
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Amaryllis
Eden and Sean are together, but the situation is volatile. Eden is working through his trauma, and Sean is trying to be supportive, but he feels guilty and is walking on eggshells. The slightest thing could tear them apart permanently…
Eden Gray is traumatised from his rape eighteen years earlier and the part Sean Keller played in it isn't easy to forget. Eden goes from happy to desperate within minutes, never sure how long a good mood will last. But he knows that he loves Sean with all his heart and wants to lay his ghosts to rest permanently.
Sean feels the same way. He treads on eggshells around Eden, afraid for his mental health and mindful of his suicide attempts. He has a hard time dealing with his guilt, and hates that it overshadows his love for Eden more often than not.
Something needs to happen to let them connect and bond permanently and bring them into the light…
Finding Eden is dark, edgy romance. It is another strong brave story about real men sharing real love from Ms. Blackwell. This is a risky topic and I do think Ms. Blackwell pulled it off beautifully. Two men with a painful past, a shared secret drenched in shame and the only way out is through learning how to properly love and respect each other.
Eden is a complex character, neurotically focused on oral hygiene, tormented by a past he can not forget or come to terms with. He craves Sean’s affection and sexual attention but at the same time, he feels anger towards his lover.
Sean is tormented by the memory of his part in the traumatic experience that broke Eden. He longs to heal Eden with his love, to help put the pieces back together. Yet Sean worries that the scars are too deep. But love has its own way and Eden and Sean begin to come together. However just at that moment, the past intrudes upon them with a vengeance and threatens to tear them apart forever.
The main villain in this story is well crafted. There are a few secondary villains as well and they are chillingly true to life. The moments of danger in this story had me on the edge of my seat.
The sex between Sean and Eden was explosive and powerful, somewhat brutal at times. I loved it. Ms. Blackwell always writes men as they are. They are not always admirable or a pretty sight when they are going through their changes and conflicts but they are always real. That’s a good part of what I love about her writing. I highly recommend Finding Eden to all who enjoy angst and difficult love stories. Finding Eden gives one hope that love will heal if courage can prevail.