Between Two Loves by Shelter Somerset

Between Two Loves by Shelter Somerset
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (214 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Gardenia

Spring struggles against winter in the mountains of Montana as Aiden Cermak and Daniel Schrock settle into their new life together. Aiden, a journalist from the East Coast, wants to make a rustic home for them and their adopted dog, though he continues his reporter’s quest for the truth. Daniel’s roots are traditional Amish, and though he’s become a successful carpenter with his own shop, the modern world still baffles him.

When Aiden’s former boyfriend, Conrad Barringer, ill and alone, asks Aiden and Daniel for help, they agree and welcome him, but with misgivings that persist and grow. Aiden finds fulfillment in nursing Conrad, yet worries that the closeness he shares with Daniel will be lost, as Daniel isolates more and more. Then Daniel learns of an ugly revelation that could change everything, and he grapples with whether to tell Aiden the truth, or carry it with him to his grave.

Daniel and Aiden have a sweet and passionate relationship. They are partners and support each other. After years of struggling with their sexuality and feelings, they have reached an emotional place where they are at peace and fulfilled. Through a twist of life, Aiden’s ex-boyfriend calls and asks for help. Out of human decency, Aiden and Daniel agree to help him. This is worse than having a mother-in-law move in with newlyweds. The strain on Aiden and Daniel’s relationship drives this story to its logical conclusion.

As I read this story, I realized how much this relationship resembles a relationship between a man and a woman. This led me to think about how our society is currently struggling to define same gender relationships. In all, what I have read of same gender relationships leads me to believe that there is really no difference in the emotions, commitment and passion between these couples. Love is love and cannot be redefined based on genders mix of a couple.

This story deals as the driving undercurrent with prejudice against same gender couples. The results of this prejudice can be catastrophic, as in the case of Conrad and his son. This story made me think about all those parents that disown their children when they become aware their child is gay or lesbian. It really brings forward the main issue, this is your child no matter what, and parental love cannot be redefined based on prejudice. Falling into this trap, will surely lead to a life full of regret.

A big portion of this story is also spent defining environmental issues. At times, I felt that although and I am all for preserving the environment, too much time was spent on this peripheral plot line took away from the main purpose of this story.

Still, this book has its own charm as it delves into the intricacies of relationships, regardless of gender mix. Readers who look for books with lots of emotional turmoil before the characters find their HEA will likely enjoy this book.

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