Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Give Yourself Away by Barbara Elsborg


Title: Give Yourself Away
Author: Barbara Elsborg
My Rating: B+

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: March and Caleb
Release Date: February 2016
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Story Overview:
One guy intent on caution. One an adrenaline junkie. Love could be one risk too many.
March is determined to lose the numbness that accompanies a history of loss and blame. Desperate to feel something—anything—the adrenaline junkie base jumps off cliffs, soars on hang gliders, and embarks on dangerous sea-borne rescue missions. But any release he feels is fleeting, and when you play Russian roulette with fate, eventually you come crashing down.
No matter how hard Caleb tries to forget his past, a dark shadow is always behind him. When a bizarre turn of events results in him being trapped in a sea cave, Caleb wonders how his mantra—safety at all costs—could have failed him. On the point of drowning, he’s stunned when March surfaces in the cave.
March’s disregard for the rules saves Caleb’s life but gets March into a heap of trouble. Not least of which is the guy shivering in the boat next to him. March tries to ignore Caleb but it’s already too late. Together, they take small, awkward steps toward love. But Caleb’s past is waiting to sink in its claws…and this time, it could drag him to his death.
Warning: This book contains difficult flashbacks of child abduction and sexual violence, but also the incredible perseverance of two men who never give up on love—or each other. Bring your tissues and a heart that believes in the resilience of the human spirit.
My Review:
Pay attention to the warnings on this book because this is not a book with easy subject matter. While none of the actual attacks happen on the page, the first half of the book is filled with flashbacks to the kidnapping and captivity and even with being aware peripherally, it's still absolutely horrifying what happened to Tye.

The story slowly unfolds. It's obvious that something horrifying happened to these boys, but as the story is slowly told, it's hard to know who is who and what exactly happened. The way that the story is written is brilliant. It kept me completely engaged from page one. Who is who? What happened? Did either of the boys get out? It's obvious that the current day story has something to do with the history story, but as a reader, you don't know exactly how it all fits together for a long way into the book. It was fascinating 

At the same time it was absolutely horrifying. What happened to those two young boys...as a mother, it terrifies me because this kind of thing does happen to children every day.

And then there's the current day story. Caleb has had two boyfriends in the past four years...both of them have been attacked, one was actually killed. He also has mental and paranoia issues so it's hard to know how much of this is real or if he's just building something up in his head. He even questions that. But because he's a bit of a head case, he ends up not paying attention and falls into a sea cave. This is where March finds and saves him...for the first time. 

March has his own issues. He takes unnecessary risks...lots of them...to the point where I'm pretty sure he's borderline suicidal. He's a huge risk taker/adrenaline junkie...just the opposite of Caleb who is so very careful about everything and everyone. 

There are a huge series of coincidences that create the setup for this book. You have to suspend a bit of disbelief for that, but other than that, the book is pretty emotionally satisfying. The characters are appropriately complex, but I loved both of them. I also really loved the epilogue...so, so happy with how things turned out. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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