Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Review: Bending the Iron by Libby Drew

Bending The Iron
Title: Bending the Iron by Libby Drew
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary 
Published August 19th 2013 by Carina Press
Length: 109 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Michael feels trapped. In his conservative, poor hometown where he has to keep his sexuality hidden. In his dead-end job. In caring for his alcoholic grandfather. Everything changes when he meets Eric, the new curator for the railroad museum. His curiosity about the passionate man quickly gives way to an intense attraction--one that Eric happily returns.

Carefree and refreshingly confident, Eric guides Michael to places he's forgotten, reminding him that it may not be too late to follow his dreams for something more in life. But the truth is, Eric knows exactly how it feels to be stuck in a bad situation. A failed relationship has left him with personal demons that may hurt his connection with Michael.

To give their future a chance, they both must fight being trapped in the past.

3.5 Star rounds up to 4 Stars

This novella starts out slow and really builds up the characters. Michael is a jaded man who stays in his small town to look after his alcoholic grandfather and works a dead-end job. He meets Eric, who is passionate and has traveled to places Michael only dreamed of. They are attracted to each other, but they each have to let go of the past and find the courage to face the future.  

Eric is introduced into the story only through a description, but that just makes me anticipate Michael's meeting with him and how Michael reacts to this city boy. Eric has such a positive impact on Michael and his grandfather, Pete. He uncovers Michael's dreams and helps remind him of them. My favorite part of the story is their romantic outing and Michael discovering his life's passion. Eric is part of the reason why Pete recovers from being an alcoholic, has a job, pursues his love, and accepts Michael's sexuality. However, I would like to know more about his background and his failed relationship. That will help build the romance between him and Michael. 

I enjoy reading this book. I really like how the main characters develop their relationship, have their first fight, then make-up. The writing really puts me into the small town and sets the tone on Michael's outlook on life. The book is short and uplifting as progress from a somber beginning to a hopeful ending. I definitely recommend this book to fans of M/M romance looking for a little something different that has its own spice. 

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