Friday, August 31, 2012

Ripped by Mia Downing

Title: Ripped
Author: Mia Downing
My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Gavin and Erik

Release Date: August 2012
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Lifeguard/artist Gavin White has been holding the ripped shreds of his life together by the seams. Facing the anniversary of his sister's death, he fights the dark call of dependency and is at the edge of succumbing when his best friend since preschool returns to his life. Handsome geek-turned-hunk, Erik Clarke, wasn't afraid to come out and had been bold enough to kiss Gavin the last time they were together. Damn that kiss. Gavin wants more. So much more, but he was never brave enough to tell Erik his dreams. With his future hanging by a tattered thread, Gavin must trade one temptation for another or risk ripping his life apart.

Contains: Graphic language, explicit m/m sex

My Review:

Okay, it's official...Mia Downing now holds the spot as my favorite author who writes emotional angst. This book broke my heart with the depth of feeling between these two guys. They've always been best friends, but that's been tested since Erik unexpectedly kissed Gavin a month ago. As far as Erik knows, Gavin is straight, but Gavin has spent his entire life hiding just about everything from Erik. Erik has no idea what the true reason was behind Gavin's reaction to the kiss.

Gavin is a tough character...he has such deep emotional scars and he's well aware of it. As a result, he knows he's not good enough for Erik no matter how much he wants him. And he does want him, although he's never let on to Erik that he's gay. The closest he's ever come to that truth is through his art. Erik is his favorite model to paint.

There are a lot of layers to the emotion in this book. First, there's the pain of the anniversary of Gavin's sister's death. This is what brings Erik back into Gavin's realm. He knows that Gavin is going to have an issue with the date, but there's so much more to the story than Erik knows. Then there is the simple secret that Gavin is gay and his true sexual orientation...Erik has no idea. But there's also Gavin's addiction which can be traced to a history that again, he's managed to keep hidden from Erik his entire life. 

Despite all that, Erik loves Gavin desperately, but he knows that unless Gavin can love himself, then there's no true hope for the two of them. I'm telling you, it's heart-breaking. There were moments in this book that I just wanted to sob for one or both of them. Their feelings are so true and pure, but there is so much standing in their way...mainly Gavin's mental state.

It truly is an amazing beautiful in the emotion of it. I fell in love with these two guys and their romantic story. I especially loved the moments between Gavin and Erik's sweet. He deserves so much love. *sigh* 
I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.


Vanessa theJeepDiva said...

Girl don't confuse me this early in the morning! I saw this post and thought it was Tuesday.

Christi Snow said...

Hehe...I know! Isn't that cover hot?? shhh, it is my cover for Tuesday too.... BTW, the book is AS GOOD as the cover!

Mia Downing said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm very honored and touched by your kind words.

As far as the cover...mmm. He's just divine. I love my cover artist. Her other covers can be seen at