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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Flower Passage by Liz Crowe

Flower Passage by Liz Crowe
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (112 pgs)
Other: Ménage, Anal Play, M/M, M/M/M
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

What would you do if the lover, brother, son, and friend you thought you'd lost forever was returned to you?

Brutally battered, emotionally and physically for the past two years, Tarkan Deniz has escaped his captors. When the Deniz family discovers the shocking truth they rally and do everything in their power to bring him back safely. But all have been affected by the tragedy of his loss and must come to terms with the new reality, each in their own way.

When Happily Ever After seems like a man can bring healing to all, but will he ever be the same man again?

Flower Passage is a story of love lost and regained, even if it takes a slightly different form than before.

Tarkan had been kidnapped when a bomb exploded through the Turkish Parliament building and subsequently tortured, seemingly forever. With the aid of a mysterious woman, he manages to escape, killing most of his captors. His helper murdered in the process. Disorientated, confused and in desperate straights he manages to get to safety but is seriously injured. Tarkan’s family and former lover, Caleb, are all informed and rally to find him, having thought him long-dead from the bomb. While Tarkan’s family search desperately for him, Tarkan hides in the Flower Passage to lick his wounds and readjust to the outside world. Caleb assists in this search, but he is torn. He is still haunted and in love withTarkan, but head over heels in love with his new partner, Adem. When Tarkan continues to hide, only Caleb can help bring him back out and into their lives once again.

This is the latest book in an ongoing series revolving around Tarkan’s family, but it’s not strictly necessary to have read the others first. The author does a good job of catching the reader up on the other couples/members though it does slow the pace of the story a bit. I was a bit disappointed that a very large portion of the book was dedicated to these other characters and not the main relationship between Tarkan, Caleb and Adem.

Despite this, the characters are extremely likeable and interesting. The bonds between the family members – new and old – are well drawn and it sucks the reader into the story. Written in an easy pace, the connections and love is clearly shown between the various pairings and family members. Still, I would have liked to see more of Tarkan and how he coped with the ramifications of his torture and captivity. The interactions between all the characters was vibrant and some of the scenes heart wrenching. The ending felt a little rushed, but overall the likeability of the main heroes as well as the major secondary characters made this an enjoyable read.

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