Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words highly recommends gay WWII romance:
A richly layered saga of a love that begins on board a rickety train bound for Parris Island in the year 1942, the story continues through the war years and ends in 1957. All the social upheaval, all the national milestones that came with WWII, it’s all here, bound up in an intimate tale of the struggle for love and family…
There is a mystery to unravel, believable children to win over, and always a relationship in flux between two characters we have come to love. I can’t recommend this story enough. With Semper Fi, Keira Andrews now has two books in Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words “Must Read” Top Lists of 2014. This story will tug at your heartstrings while making our past and the sacrifice of so many young men feel immediate and haunting.
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Joyfully Jay raves about gay Amish romance A Clean Break:
I totally adored Andrew’s A Forbidden Rumspringa, and it was one of my favorite books of last year. So I have been DYING for this second installment to see what happens to my darling David and Isaac… One of my favorite elements of the first book is how we get immersed in the world of their Amish community and learn so much about these guys and how they live. Here Andrews takes that same skill and applies it to the outside world…
Truly, this series is fabulous and the book is wonderful. If you haven’t read the first book yet, pick it up immediately.
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As a kid, I inhaled my older sister’s bodice rippers. The first I ever read was Virginia Henley’s The Hawk and the Dove. This was the copy we had, which my sis had picked up at a used bookstore:
I remember so well his hand on her thigh, and her red hair and heaving bosum. I haven’t read it since I was 13, so I’m not sure what I’d make of the story and characters today, but back then?
This was me regarding the definition of “oral sex” before I devoured Virginia Henley’s ouevre:
So it wasn’t just French kissing! Romance novels were hella educational. Then in the 2000s, thanks to a little TV show called Queer as Folk I started reading and writing fanfic featuring two men in love. Oh, Brian and Justin. We had some good times.
In 2005, my friend Tory Temple published Heat, the tale of a firefighter and paramedic who fall in love. It was officially my very first gay romance novel.
Later that year I was laid off my day job and wrote my own book, Love Match. And I suppose the rest is history! From Henley to Heat and onward, I’ve read a ton of romances, and my love for the genre only grows.
How about you? What was your first romance?
5 stars to gay Amish romance A Clean Break from Boy Meets Boy Reviews:
[T]hrough the outward struggles and inward battles, Isaac and David were still the sweet, loving couple we know. They were so open with their feelings about each other. They may not have talked about everything, but I loved reading their little declarations…
So, I loved this sequel. It has the perfect balance of love, sexiness and angst. It flowed beautifully and left me wanting more. And that ending? It left me gasping, but it left at a satisfying enough place to give me hope for Isaac and David.
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3 Chicks After Dark loved Holding the Edge:
Oh, Keira Andrews, how you make me love ice skating. These stories bring the skating world and all its action and drama to life. Dev and Misha are back – skating’s hottest fictional couple is still together, burning it up on the pro circuit. Burning it up probably isn’t quite adequate to describe what lies between them; they’re amazing together. Finding genuine passion and affection on the page like that is rare and refreshing.
I swear every book Keira Andrews writes makes me wish the people were real. She has an incredible talent for storytelling, and I’m more and more in love with her writing with each book I read.
The Novel Approach gives 5 stars to gay Amish romance A Clean Break:
I have so much love for David and Isaac, you guys. So much. When they left Zebulon at the end of A Forbidden Rumspringa, I was equal parts excited and scared for them. Both feelings are validated in Keira Andrews’ gorgeous sequel, A Clean Break. It’s a big world out there, and our guys find both triumphs and trials as they navigate the complicated waters of their new “English” life in San Francisco…
I cannot tell you how hungry I am for the final book. I trust Keira Andrews to take us on another incredible ride and get us right where we need to be.
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3 Chicks After Dark rave about gay Amish romance A Clean Break:
I still love Isaac and David. The story catches up with them after they’ve just arrived in San Francisco to stay with Isaac’s brother, Aaron. Talk about an emotional reunion! I should have known right then and there I was a goner. This story seriously tested the limits of my emotions, but I was completely, hopelessly enthralled…
Andrews’ amazing storytelling and character development combine once again for a phenomenal, immersive experience. Distancing myself from what’s on the page is extremely difficult. I find myself growing a little protective of David and Isaac as the story unfolds. The pace Andrews sets is relentless, and their anxiety is palpable…
As you can guess, the emotional load of this book is vast and heavy at times, but never fear, there are many moments of warmth and tenderness.
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Release day for A Clean Break is finally here!
This is the sequel to A Forbidden Rumspringa, and thank you so much to all the folks who’ve been excited for this book. I mean, someone took the day off work so she could read it immediately. I just…wow. How amazing is that? I have the best readers.
Sequels are always nerve-wracking, but I hope book two will live up to expectations. I’m hard at work on book three, A Way Home, for an April release. I didn’t want y’all to have to wait too long to find out how David and Isaac’s journey ends. This first trilogy will be complete, but I’m already planning more books for them down the road. These boys just keep telling me stories!
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the second book in their journey.
They’ve escaped to the outside world—but can they really be free?
David and Isaac have found happiness in each other’s arms. In faraway San Francisco, Isaac’s brother Aaron helps them explore confusing “English” life and move beyond the looming shadow of their Amish roots. For the first time, David and Isaac can be openly gay, yet they struggle to reconcile their sexuality with their faith. At least they don’t have to hide their relationship, which should make everything easier. Right?
But while Isaac thrives at school and makes new friends, David wrestles to come to terms with the reality of the outside world. Haunted by guilt at leaving his mother and sisters behind in Zebulon, he’s overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the city as he works to get his carpentry business off the ground.
While David and Isaac finally sleep side by side each night, fear and insecurity could drive them miles apart.
Reading Reality recommends A Forbidden Rumspringa:
The author put a lot of effort into understanding the culture she writes about, and the respect is clear and unjudgmental. The sense of following the Ordnung, the religious directions, as a way of life is strong, though for David and Isaac, the sense of religion as faith is almost absent.
Thinking for one’s self is anathema, and difficult for the young men to do. To do so risks friendship, family, and all ties. Isaac’s older brother Aaron never came back after rumspringa, and the youngest brother doesn’t even know Aaron exists. The pain of such choices weighs heavily on Isaac, who is our only POV character.
…The author tackled a tough situation where the characters have few options, writing with skill and dignity. David and Isaac have another book following, where they could solidify as a couple, which should be equally good reading.
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