The road to true love is awash in the tears of the brokenhearted. – Unknown
Aw. Just…aw. If you’ve been following the Lucky Moon series, at all, then you’re pretty familiar with the formula: a healthy dose of lust plus a dash of conflict equals the recipe for true love. It’s a formula that’s worked for me since the moment I met Shane and Jesse. It’s a formula that’s continued to work for me with Nicky and Luka, and now Surya Patel and Emmanuel Cortez have earned their rightful place among this angsty crew of musicians and the men they love in Moonstruck.
There was nothing easy about Sur and Em’s romance, one that started with sex and running away, moved on to more sex and more running away, gave rise to a need that moved on to friendship and a love that became a heartbreaking study in even more running away and avoiding issues and coming out and living with the unbearable silence of fear and hurt and misunderstanding. If there were any two people who needed a manual on Relationships and Communication 101, it’d be these two guys. For them, silence is its own form of communication, and theirs fairly screams with the pain of their mistakes. They were the perfect examples of how sometimes very intelligent people do not so smart things, of how we all know what we should do but often don’t because pain and pride wreak havoc on common sense, and that while there’s no right or wrong way for a person to feel, there is most definitely a right or wrong way to act on and react to those feelings. But nobody’s perfect and what counts is that, in the end, you’re willing to keep saying you’re sorry until it becomes the indisputable and unavoidable truth.
I think one of the most difficult things about a series like this, where each book features a different couple, is probably the natural tendency to make comparisons between those couples and the sharing of their romantic ups and downs. I’m likely one of the few people who preferred Shane and Jesse’s story to Nicky and Luka’s, though I loved them both. I loved Sur and Em’s story too, but Shane and Jesse still remain the couple against whom I’ll compare all the rest, and that being the case, none have quite compared so far, but they’ve both come so very close, close enough that I’d definitely say if you’re a fan of this series, add this one to the TBR pile.