Title: Blue Steel Chain
Author: Alex Beecroft
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages
At a Glance: This book challenges you to reconsider how you feel about love and companionship, your needs versus your wants in a partner and soulmate.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: At sixteen, Aidan Swift was swept off his feet by a rich older man who promised to take care of him for the rest of his life. But eight years later, his sugar daddy has turned from a prince into a beast. Trapped and terrified, Aidan snatches an hour’s respite at the Trowchester Museum.
Local archaeologist James Summers is in a failing long distance relationship with a rock star, and Aidan—nervous, bruised, and clearly in need of a champion—brings out all his white knight tendencies. When everything falls apart for Aidan, James saves him from certain death . . . and discovers a skeleton of another boy who wasn’t so lucky.
As Aidan recovers, James falls desperately in love. But though Aidan acts like an adoring boyfriend, he doesn’t seem to feel any sexual attraction at all. Meanwhile there are two angry exes on the horizon, one coming after them with the press and the other with a butcher’s knife. To be together, Aidan and James must conquer death, sex, and everyone’s preconceptions about the right way to love—even their own.
Review: Aidan is trapped. Taken from the streets at sixteen by a psychopath, fear is something he lives with; it is a tangible thing for him. Yet, there is a curious detachment with Aidan and how he views his abuse. Being hit he shrinks from, but the rape he constantly is subjected to doesn’t seem to touch him emotionally – it is just something that happens, not something that can affect him. Alex Beecroft has written a moving picture of a man coping with what life has dealt him, and you WANT Aidan to be saved.
James has appeared in the other books in the Trowchester Series, and he is a truly likable character. The consummate nerd, James is curator of the local museum. He is tall and lanky, pushes his hands through his hair, constantly smudging his face with smears from his fingers, and loses his glasses regularly. James is a true gentle man. When he and Aidan meet by chance in his museum, James has a profound effect on Aidan, and Aidan is drawn toward the goodness he finds in James.
Of course, it’s not that easy. Aidan has to escape a psychopath, and James has to escape an ex-boyfriend, but the solid foundation for a happy ever after for the two is definitely laid as they each learn to stand strong as individual men coming together to make a whole. James and Aidan have more to overcome, and Alex Beecroft challenges you to accept a new picture of love…AND DOES AN AMAZING JOB OF IT! How do you make it work when one man is homosexual and one is asexual? But make it work they do, and it is awesome. We each love in our own way – there is no right or wrong way to love – thank you to the author for reminding me.
I am a big fan of Alex Beecroft and have read all the books in this series. You do not need to read them in order, as they each stand-alone. Each is filled with incredibly well written characters and plots that make you not want to stop once you have started reading.
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