I'm an avid reader and reviewer of romance books, especially m-m and erotica. You can find me on http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4669232-baba-marcus-tyler-tate-dan-ty-hunter
4.5 stars. Review posted April 13, 2014
It was intense and almost unbearably emotional occasionally. It fucking hurt. Keep a stack of tissues at the ready. Let me handle my review the same way we rip off a band-aid: quick. Fact is, I don't see any purpose in digging around the painful and fierce turmoil which had been provided by In Dark Woods. A riveting and well-written turmoil, that is.
I'm neither a writer nor a poet. I am a simple reviewer. Yet I wanted to convey my feelings in a special way. It's not a poem, it's a listing of thoughts and I'd like to dedicate it to Isaac and Lilli. Since I didn't want to feel stupid over doing something a bit unconventional for once, I sent it to a dear friend of mine to get her…um…approval. She told me it made her cry. Well, and her response made me teary-eyed.
When tragedy strikes, time stands still
All the wait saturated with angst, despair and hope
Drowning in pain and misery
Fighting back, coping with depression, inadequacies
A savage fear rears its ugly head
Wiped out by setbacks and everyday worries
Crying jags, exhaustion obliterated by strength and a battling disposition
Marked by milestones
Touching, caressing, feeling, skin on skin
Just hold me
Fucking hold me together
Incentive to keep going
Dealing with quarrels, divergences
To wing hope
Love weathers any storm
And underneath it all a human being
No surrender, unconditional devotion
Don't take anything for granted
Escaping the dark woods
Back on the right road
Maybe I should hand over a thankyou to the author because her words inspired mine.
In Dark Woods really touched me deeply. Even today I'm still thinking about this novella and I decided to upgrade my rating to 4.5 stars.
Bottom line, In Dark Woods is a very intimate and profoundly moving portrayal of Isaac and Lilli and a must read for every fan of the Signal Bend series.
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