Dana reviews Blue Skye (Woodland Village Book 1) by Viki Lyn. (Published by Musa Publishing, January 26, 2012, 108 pages)
Why I read this: We received a copy in exchange for an honest review, and after reading the blurb volunteered to review this book.
Synopsis: Skye Taylor lives the artist life in Manhattan, openly gay and proud. Drew Adams, socially conservative and from one of Woodland Village’s wealthiest families, lives within the limits of his father’s expectations. A successful architect, Drew is content with his work and his marriage. The secret he desperately hides remains safely hidden behind lies and deception, so he thought.
Best friends in high school, Skye and Drew were inseparable. Quiet and serious, Drew was drawn to the outgoing Skye and his hippy loving parents. Then graduation night changes everything. Uncontrollable urges are discovered in a night of passion, a love Drew refuses to acknowledge, a love Skye refuses to deny. Skye leaves town, leaves Drew and leaves all his feelings behind. But he never forgot Drew and that one night that changed their lives.
Years later, painful memories surface with Skye’s arrival and Drew’s carefully constructed world begins to unravel.
My thoughts: From the synopsis, it sounded to me like this book was a second chance romance of sorts. The first chance only consisted of years of friendship and one night of passion but I liked the idea that Skye and Drew would see each other again and all the old feelings might resurface. Drew has buried those longings a bit far for it to stir up again right away though. Though the blurb says he is content with his marriage, I think he is far from content, but his need to hide outweighs the loneliness he experiences living with his wife. Worries about what clients will say are one factor of his hiding, but also his father.
There is not a lot of detail into why he fears his father finding out, which I think would have made the story stronger. To me it didn’t appear that Drew’s family was extremely close or that he needed his father for financial reasons, so I would have liked to known what his fears were a little more. His unhappiness with his life was apparent to me.
When Skye came back into town, it was certain that he still harbored feelings for Drew. I appreciated how pursued the other man and called him out on his frequent denials of being gay as he sneaks out behind his wife’s back and has one night stands with other men. Though he has strong feelings he is a little bit shifty the way he flirts and tries to proposition other men.
Though I did question certain aspects of the men’s character, I did feel the desires they had for each other strongly. I felt Skye’s frustration with Drew refusing to be anything other than a
one night, make that a two night stand. I wanted Drew to be honest and jump at this chance at real love that he gave up years before. I ended up enjoying the book and was happy with the ending, though I would have loved a little peek into their future. I do recommend this book especially if you like stories about second chances to make things right.
8/10 Pots of Gold