Author: Maggie Kavanagh
Length: Short Story (70 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 26th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: When Hunter decides he wants more from his relationship with Jake, the couple finds themselves at a crossroads. Never home for more than a few weeks at a time, Jake has been running from the pain of a rocky childhood ever since high school, when he first enlisted in the army. The thing is, he always comes back to Hunter’s bed. It’s not the kind of commitment Hunter wants, but it’s the kind he’s settled for—that and a dead-end job at the local bookstore in the small Southern town where he grew up. When Jake reveals his plans to make a full-time career in the army, Hunter wonders if he’s putting his life on hold for a relationship that will never happen. He needs to say something now before he loses Jake. However, if Jake can’t conquer his demons, Hunter’s asking for more is sure to drive him away.
Review: This is a very powerful short story. The title is perfect, as my emotions took flight, complete with turbulence, storms, and a happy landing. The way the authors writes was powerful enough to make some of the more emotional scenes feel like a kick to the chest, other times I was feeling as scared and hurt as the main character, angry, impressed, frustrated, then crying. In my admittedly often twisted standards, if any work of art, including writing, can make me feel so strongly and keep my attention from beginning to end, it is successful.
Often times in life you have to make painful, yet mature, decisions, you can’t live your life entirely for someone else, you need to make sacrifices yes, but there is a fine line. Hunter found that line, but is afraid of what it might mean to step across it.
This is a story of love, commitment, heartbreak, reality, and misunderstanding, and yes, a happy ending. A must read!