Book: Andre In Flight
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: November 16, 2016
Length: 134 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
When up-and-coming Miami painter Martin Fonseca encounters youthful pretty boy Andre Bellamy washing dishes in the kitchen of La Candela, he swears he’s known him before, intimately. But Andre only arrived in Miami weeks ago, after running away from small-town Alabama and his abusive father. When Martin discovers Andre trading sexual favors for a place to stay, he offers him a room in his studio apartment. As roommates only.
What starts as a playful friendship turns into something more as Andre begins posing for Martin, whose true passion is painting fantastical portraits. Martin’s obsession with Andre grows until they are sharing more than just flirtatious conversation. But when an eccentric art collector buys one of Martin’s paintings, Martin’s past jealousies resurface and threaten to destroy what he and Andre have so lovingly built.
There is a fine line between all-encompassing love and obsession. Will Martin cross that line?
Any review I write for this book will never be able to convey the emotions and intensity of Martin and Andre’s love story. The emotions that this author was able to create with her writing style was nothing short of amazing. This is just one of those stories that has you sitting the whole time expecting the worst even if you don’t know what the worst is.
I read this story in one sitting giving angry face looks to anyone who dare interrupt me. It’s one of those times when you feel as though you are taken over by the characters and what is happening. Stopping just is not an option. There is this intensity not in just how Laura writes this story but in what she doesn’t tell you. She created a mood with her words that movie producers do with music.
“I’ll kill him before I let anyone take him from me.”
Martin is what we assume about most talented artists. He has this dark underneath part of him that you can just feel when he speaks. He isn’t a bad guy. There isn’t anything explicitly told to the reader but it’s more of a feeling that you get when you are watching his relationship with Andre bloom. He was so drawn to Andre from the first page it gives you the feeling as though he could be. Andre’s beauty caught his attention, his heart captured him. The whole story is told from Martin’s POV which was perfect. We get to grow our feelings and connection to Andre as Martin grows his. This also lends to an air of mystery around Andre. Like he could and will be what Melissa predicted.
“He will ruin you.”
What she had building beneath this whole story was magnificently done. The twist she gave us was expertly built with each word. I knew there was something lurking under the surface, for Martin, for Andre, for whatever it was that connected them. But when the “reveal” happened I was as shocked as Martin but it felt completely right. The moment and how well she incorporated it within the whole story.
Every secondary character was wonderfully created and developed; and each played an important part in the building in the epicness that this story was. Even if I didn’t like some of them but that is how it is supposed to be.
Laura is a new-to-me author but if this is what her writing is like she will have a long time fan of me!
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