Enter the realm of the Immortals—the #1 New York Times bestselling series that’s been acclaimed as breathtaking, mesmerizing, flawless and extraordinary.
Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world’s darkest enemies—so they could be together forever. But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.
Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; 1 edition (November 17, 2009)
I was completely enthralled with this book from the first chapter. Donald Pottier has lived his life on the island with his mother. He has resinged himself to a life just shy of poverty, never thinking he’ll have the means to go to college and make a better life for himself. Jason Greene is the proverbial rich kid that wants for nothing; except for the unconditional love of his parents. These two meet and become fast friends after Jason saves Donald from the town bullies. Friendship becomes attraction and then love as these two grow closer with every passing day. When Donald learns his mom has cancer, Jason drops everything to rush to his side. When Jason’s dad learns of the affair he suddenly becomes interested in his sons life and quickly removes him from Donald’s.
As a parting gift, Jason gives Donald a gift he won’t soon forget.
In his final year of college, litterly weeks before graduation, Donald gets the heartbreaking news that his mother has finally succumbed to her cancer. And just like he did so many years before, Jason is by his side at the funeral. Jason offers him one more night; to love each other, touch each other and share one more night of passion. As tempting as it is, Donald wants all or nothing. So he watches the love of his life, walk out of his life, again.
This book has more ups and downs than the Texas Giant! Just when you think “Yay, they found each other again.” you just get smacked with “Oh goddamn, what now!” I assure you though, that the ride is definitely worth it in the end. This book is erupting with emotions; happiness and sadness, anger and hatred, love and passion. There isn’t an emotion on the spectrum that this story doesn’t cover, and Grey conveys those emotions on paper with realism, heartache and determination. I told the author when we did our interview that I was dubbing him the M/M Nicholas Sparks. His stories are always bittersweet, poignant, uplifting and beautiful condensed into roughly 200 pages!
Story-Line: Months after the birth of her son, single mom Delaney Nash discovered a horrible truth: the sperm bank she’d used was under investigation for unethical practices. Complicating matters even further was the very real possibility her son’s father was none other than Ryan McCall—her sworn enemy.
Suddenly a string of suspicious—and near-fatal—accidents proved that Delaney and her son were in terrible danger. And the only man she could trust to help her uncover the truth was the very same man who was strictly off-limits.
And now, in a race against time, could Delaney and Ryan combat danger—and their stormy past—before it was too late?
This review is from: Unconditional Love (Paperback)
I picked this book up because I was intrigued by the concept of just seven days throughout the course of an eleven year relationship being able to define and shape it. If you read as much as I do, you start to notice that a lot of storylines are very similar. When I read the blurb I thought Unconditional Love looked like a book that would be different.
There were a few hurdles I had to overcome right off the bat. I usually don’t care for young adult or teen love stories. I have my reasons, but I don’t really think you care so I’ll spare you the details :). Anyway, the book begins with Don and Jason meeting when they’re 16 years old. The first half of the book, three of the seven days, covers their relationship over the course of two summers. Normally that would be way too much time spent with underage boys for me, but this book was different.
I was immersed in their lives. The boys were dealing with some pretty difficult situations that a lot of adults wouldn’t be able to cope with. The depth of their love and the complexity of their struggles drew me in. I loved the innocent naivete they had even while their pain had me wiping away a couple tears. The last half of the book covers their relationship through adulthood where they were still dealing with the aftermath of events from those first two summers. I don’t want to give anything away about the exact nature of their problems. I’ll simply say that the love from unexpected sources and the lack of it where it should be expected was brilliantly depicted.
Unconditional Love is the perfect title for this book. A lot of M/M romance can do passion, hot sex and angst but this book brought them all together in a beautiful story showcasing the many versions of love. It was as if their bond was strengthened and tempered as they drifted in and out of each others lives over the years. At times their story was heartbreaking and at other times it was uplifting. I love books like this!
In this series, Andrew Grey is proving that just 7 days out of a person’s life, sometimes those days are years apart, can change a person’s life course and set them on a different path.
In this one we have Donald Pettier and Jason Greene, two more unlikely friends you couldn’t find. Donald Pettier is from the Chincoteague Islands in Virginia. Jason is one of the summer visitors. They meet when Jason saves Donald from the town bullies. Donald teaches Jason the art of crabbing, and his mother fixes them crab cakes. Then Jason teaches Donald about video games, and they share their first kiss.
The next summer gave Donald and Jason two life changing days, then it was five years before they saw each other and their life’s were set on a different course. Through this Donald had loved Jason through the anger, and feelings of betrayal, Jason had always remained his first love, and he Jason’s.
Five years later, Donald is at the oncologists, he had cancer, and his doctor’s new intern was Jason. They had a beautiful night and made a commitment. When Donald awoke, Jason was gone… and he didn’t have his number. Three weeks passed and he hadn’t heard from him. He mentioned it at his next appointment only to find out that Jason had responded to an emergency beep and got into an accident. He had been in the hospital in a coma for three weeks. When Donald reached the hospital, Jason had woken up, but he couldn’t remember anything. Slowly through the day, Donald showed him bits of their life together, and Jason started to remember until finally it had all come back.
A year later all of Donald’s chemo treatments were over and they were back on the Island again. Seven life changing days over half a lifetime that shows how love endures and changes as people change and adapt. A beautiful story that wrapped me up in warmth and kept me moving from one chapter to another, I had to know what happened! Mr. Grey you have done it again. Taken us on a journey that it takes time to recover from; a rollercoaster of highs and lows, love and hate, anger and forgiveness the whole gambit of human emotions. You get to knows these people so well that you cry for them, laugh with them, cheer them on and hope against hope for that happy ever after that Mr. Grey never fails to give us, but keeps us guessing about in this one. Another five star rating for you, a must read for anyone that loves tales of love and how people interact. Unconditional Love shows itself in so many ways in this book between so many people, a true joy to read.
Can a person’s life change in just one day? How about seven?
Donald Pottier and Jason Greene are barely more than boys when they meet on Chincoteague Island, Virginia. A day of crabbing soon turns them from strangers to friends, then to something more, but the boys’ time is limited: at the end of the summer, Jay will leave Don and the island behind.
But Fate has more in store for Don and Jay than a summer of might-have-beens. Through eleven years of friendship, pain, love, loss, sickness, and misfortune, seven days stand out. Seven days define and shape the people they are and the relationship they share. Seven days of reunions and separations, accidents and serendipity, rejection and acceptance, disappointment and hope lay the foundation no romance can survive without: unconditional love.