Sunday, May 5, 2019

New Release Review: Alive by Sean Kerr #Review #Giveaway

Title: Alive
Author: Sean Kerr
Self Published
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Length: 214 pages 

Reviewed by Truus


James has seen some big changes in his life of late. First, he was dealing with a debilitating illness, the consequence of which would leave him scarred for life. Then he split up from his girlfriend, who also happened to be his boss. To top things off, he fell for his doctor, a certain Jack Thesiger, a man destined to change the course of his life forever.

When a series of strange manuscripts fall into James’s possession, he finds himself drawn into an enchanting love story two hundred years in the making. It is the story of two young men who fall hopelessly in love, but as James sinks deeper into their tale, his growing obsession takes on a sinister dimension.

Someone is following him, a tall ominous stranger who seems to be connected to the manuscripts somehow. No matter where James goes, the stranger is never far behind, haunting his every waking moment until James starts to doubt his own sanity.

As illness once again ravages his body, Jack decides to take James away to Scotland so they can spend some quiet time together. It is there where the mystery really intensifies, and James finds himself plunged into a living nightmare where nothing is as it seems.

You know what they say when it comes to relationships. Love is what you make it.

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What a way with words, so poetic. I love this style of writing. And when the story shifted in time, the sentences were still stunningly beautiful.

Meet James:  a writer and an editor; he has a disease and it’s breaking him. He lost a big part of one leg. Through his medical journey, he meets Jack.

Meet Jack: James partner and also his doctor, oh well first his doctor and later his partner.
He is an optimistic funny guy, I loved his humor and how he handled James, he could be humorous or straight honest, I adored his sarcastic side.

On James’s desk lies a part of a manuscript, delivered by an unknown. The manuscript is a story about two men from a whole other century. When he starts to read, the world seems to change around him, the atmosphere and tension got heavier, the creepy load palpable.
While reading, James recognizes parables and wants to know the truth.

James’s health is getting worse. When it’s all too much for him, Jack takes him to his house in Scotland.

Alternating between past and present the story reveals itself before our eyes and it’s one of a kind.

Magnificently written story, beautiful vocabulary, from the first to the last line it was a thoroughly worked out story. It was immensely captivating, all characters were engaging and well developed, with their own typical characteristics.

The highly erotic parts were so intense, just stunningly done!

The difference between past and present, and thereby, the historical and the contemporary language was more than excellent to read!!
The buildup is indescribable, it turned from a breeze into a dark thundering storm.
Overall an extraordinary read, highly poetic, scorching erotic and horrifically thrilling.
The last line electrified my brain.


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  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful words about my new book! I so appreciate your kindness, and for giving my novel a go! I am so grateful to you for this review, and I can't thank you enough. xxxxx

  2. Favorite trope...hmm I have to say that Daddy kink is an automatic top choice to read even if it doesn't always deliver :)