This is my first Harper Fox book. It won't be my last. Beautiful evocative context and stunning detail. A gorgeous love story.
One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud and collies. His late brother and mother had been well suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.
As lambing season progresses in the teeth of an icy north wind, the last straw is the intruder Nichol catches in the barn. He says his name is Cam, and he’s on the run from a Glasgow gang. Something about the young man’s tired resignation touches Nichol deeply, and instead of giving him the business end of a shotgun, he offers Cam a blanket and a place to stay.
Somehow, Cam quickly charms his way through Nichol’s defenses and into his heart. Even his grandfather takes to the cheeky city boy, whose hard work and good head for figures help set the farm back on its feet.
As the cold Scottish springtime melts into summer, Nichol finds himself falling in love. When tragedy strikes, Cam’s resolutely held secret is finally revealed and Nichol must face the truth. He’s given his heart away, and it’s time to pay the price.
As you all know by now I only post reviews of books that really blow me away. The reasoning behind this is, let's face it, who am I to comment on someone else's writing! I want to tell people about books that make me aspire to be a better writer, or books that wont let me loose once I have finished them.
This book is one of them. It contained some of the most beautiful prose I have read in an MM book. There was a true romance between Nichol and Cameron but also pure love in every word that describes Arran.
I could not put this book down. Seriously. There is a certain inevitability about the story but it is far from a book of clichés. A few shocks pop up but this isn't a story that makes you think because it offers you cheap surprises, it makes you think because you are so inside Nichol's head. You see how every action has far reaching consequences and how even the smallest decision can change everyone's idea of forever.
There are a couple of small hiccups that pulled me out of the book but these are nothing worth mentioning. I know how easy it is to write what you think people want maybe but some endings (the policeman, the art woman) weren't entirely necessary. This is only because I was so deep into Nichol and Cam's story that I didn't want anything else... my bad!
I must admit one scene when Nichol finds out something about his Granda made me put the kindle down so I could breathe. That doesn't happen to me often.
If you want slow burning lust and love, beautiful descriptive context and a love story that is strangely both wild and steady at the same time then this book is perfect.