Saturday, March 8, 2014

AMBER by T. Strange

Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 1/15/14
ISBN: 978-1-61040-634-5  
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3.5

Anthony is a painter and his world comes crashing down as he gradually loses the ability to see color. He retreats into himself and his house for years. Then one day he sees a flash of amber and follows it. The color leads him to a singer named Teague. But Teague has his own troubles and things don’t go smoothly at all.

This book is an MM erotic romance, certainly, but it’s also a very different story and one that grips the reader and draws them into the complexities and issues of Anthony’s life and, later, Teague’s. The book is told in first person POV by Anthony, which makes it trickier to get a true understanding of what’s going on in Teague’s head, but the author does a reasonable job of showing the reader some of the layers that have to be unpacked before there can be any resolution to their problems.
I like the way the color is so central to the story, and there are a few nice twists to the plot as well. There’s a few nice pieces of parallelism in the book, and those who know about colors will also appreciate the link between chakras and colors as they come and go.

The book was cleanly produced. The cover is eye-catching and different, just as the story is different. I’d have liked more detail and depth in the sex scenes, but in such a short length book there isn’t room for everything. I think even one scene from Teague’s POV would have made the book stronger, but understand for other people that might spoil the book and make it less of Anthony’s story.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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