Passing Shadows by M. King


Passing Shadows by M. King
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (322 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

After serving six years for murdering his abusive father, Tommy Hawks is released from prison. He moves back in with what’s left of his family and tries to negotiate a new life with them and his partner, Brett, who has stood by him through everything. But moving on isn’t so easy.

For six years, Brett Derwent sacrificed any chance of a normal life: he spent his college fund on defense lawyers, drove hundreds of miles to visitation days, and had his love letters read by strangers and his phone calls monitored by jailers. Now he and Tommy are faced with the monumental task of starting over as adults when they hardly had the chance to begin together as teens.

Resentment simmers just below the surface, but so do gratitude and guilt. Brett and Tommy need to give each other the time and space to discover who they are individually, and Tommy especially needs the opportunity to stand on his own—even if that means another separation.

Sometimes a once in a lifetime love is worth waiting for. Tommy has been in prison for six years for killing his abusive father. Brett has patiently waited for Tommy, supporting him in every way in the meantime. Instead of going to medical school, Brett has sacrificed his dreams to be with Tommy, confident that their summer spent falling in love is the love of his life. Now Tommy is out and they can finally be together, or so Brett hoped. But they can’t pick up where they left off and it’s not easy finding a new way to live.

Passing Shadows is the sequel to Breaking Faith. Because the first book was originally published over four years ago I’d suggest that fans go back and read Breaking Faith before attempting to continue the story with the sequel. The book picks up after Tommy’s been released from prison and it shows how Tommy and Brett adjust separately and together to the new changes. After waiting 6 years for Tommy, Brett thinks the two can finally be together. However, Tommy is struggling with finding a job and purpose in life. He finally finds a job a good distance away and this creates a problem between him and Brett.

The story itself is driven mostly by internal conflict. It shows Tommy and Brett’s internal monologues as they struggle to find a new balance. They obviously love each other very much but they are very afraid to have real conversations. They don’t want to upset the very delicate balance of being together so they speak in cut-off, unfinished sentences which say nothing and don’t resolve anything. Instead they focus on their time together and the freedom to explore each other sexually. This is somewhat expected given their separation but they never actually have a full, complete, resolved conversation. They never appear to be a couple that can work through any issues and obstacles but instead ignore all problems.

The writing is top notch as can be expected of M. King. She has a way of infusing so much emotion and meaning into her writing that it’s very addictive. It makes you want to turn the pages and see what happens. Once again, like the previous book, there’s no solid happy ending but a nice happy for now.

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