Saturday, September 23, 2017

Random Review: Cinnamon Eyes by Nell Iris #Review #Giveaway

Author: Nell Iris
Book: Cinnamon Eyes
Publisher: JMS Books
Publication date: August 12, 2017
Length: 124 pages

Reviewed by Michael


Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something for himself, he knows exactly what he needs. I want to see Asher again. The best friend Corey ever had who, at fifteen, held Cory’s heart in his hands without knowing it.

Asher’s had a troubled relationship with his father since he came out. Now that Pops is sick, he’s fighting for his right to help or even find out about his father’s health. Then there’s the complication of an ex-boyfriend unwilling to let go.

When Cory and Asher meet again after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?

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Sometimes you can go home again.  Cliché, I know, but that’s the premise of this book.  Or, perhaps more accurately, sometimes you need to go home in order to find the piece to yourself you’ve been missing.

Cory Jones has spent a lifetime bending over backwards to try and please his parents and grandfather, going so far as to take a job he didn’t want.  To his parents, status is everything, yet to Cory it’s inconsequential.  Finally, the pressure of meeting his family’s unrealistic expectations breaks him, and he sinks in to a deep depression.  After a year of therapy, his doctor issues a challenge:  do something to make you happy.  Asher Cross was the one person who accepted Cory unconditionally when the two were teenagers.  Hours of telling secrets and listening to record albums solidified a friendship that Cory missed desperately. 

So, leaving the hustle and bustle and his family behind, he returns to the town he grew up in to find Asher.  Not surprisingly, Cory finds him singing in a bar he also happens to own.  No time is wasted reconnecting the two, and that’s a good thing.  Proof positive that, despite time and distance, some bonds remain strong.  Asher provides precisely what Cory needs:  unconditional love and support, knowing from the start that Cory has been in therapy for depression.

This is a sweet story about second chances and unconditional love.  I keep using that phrase for a reason.  Each of us wants that one person that sees us for who we truly are, warts and all, and still finds us worthy.  We all see ourselves a certain way.  Sometimes this view is how we were taught to see ourselves.  While it can be difficult to believe that someone can view us better than we see ourselves, it can also provide the catalyst to change our personal view. 

Asher is that catalyst for Cory.  It’s a change that’s beautiful to watch.


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