Monday, April 27, 2009

Horizons, a book review

Horizons by Mickie B. Ashling

M/M romance, novel length

When Clark Stevens, a popular wide receiver with a potential NFL contract, winds up in the ER because of an injury, familiar ground for the young and troubled athlete, he is overwhelmed by his attraction for his male trauma doctor, Dr. Jody Williams. He can't stop himself from flirting with him, even though he's struggled for years with his forbidden desires for other men.

Jody also struggles to keep up a professional front with his patient, a young, beautiful man who he immediately empathizes with. But it's clear from Clark's mixed signals that he's hiding who he is, which Jody knows is disaster. He can't let himself fall for this 'straight' football player.

This story gives us the sympathetic and emotional struggles of both Jody and Clark as they can't seem to stay apart, even though Clark kids himself he can bury his want. It also features some of my favorite 'kinks,' an innocent-to-being-with-other-men young hero, a caring relationship that benefits both men, and lots of angst which is believable and grounded.

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