Touch the Sky
Free Fall, Book 1
Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
New Adult M/M Romance
COVER DESIGN: Natasha Snow
PHOTOGRAPHY: Giovanni Dall’Orto
RELEASE DATE: 03.28.16
AMAZON US: http://amzn.to/1MHjbEX
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Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.
Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.
The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.
Review by Jen Skewes
Touch the Sky is a M/M romance by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee. While I am very familiar with Nyrae Dawn’s work this is actually my first book by Ms. Lee. This is a sweet and a times sad story about two people who have been through a lot as young boys. It is about love, friendship, loss and healing, but most of all it is about moving on from the past and following your dreams.
Lucas and Gabe met online when they were teenagers. They are both gay but neither one of them have come out yet. They met online and formed a bond through emails. They were able to open up and share their feelings with each other in a way that they could not do with anyone else. They understood each other and made plans to go to Hollywood and meet when they were 18. But things did not work out as planned and the bond that they had fell apart.
It has been five years since they have spoken to each other via email. They are both in the same town but neither one of them is aware of it. Until they come face to face at the bar that Lucas works at. Things between them ar strained at first. Lucas is still hurt that Gabe just left when he needed him the most. But Gabe has his reasons and he needs to explain to Lucas what really happened. The bond that these two had is still there. There is this undeniable connection and pull towards each other when they finally meet face to face. But is the bond and the pull strong enough for them to be able to move on from the hurt? Will Lucas understand what Gabe has been through and be able to forgive him?
Lucas and Gabe were very good together. They both had demons that they needed to face and come to terms with. And I think it was those demons that truly held them back from having a future together. I loved how Lucas wanted to be there for Gabe at a point in his life when he needed him. And I loved that they were both able to put the past aside and open up to each other and deal with the struggles that thty each had.
I did enjoy this book but at times it was a little slow for me. And all though Gabe and Lucas were great together I just did not feel that connection that I love between two characters. The storyline was great and it dealt with some heavy topics but for me personally I was a bit disappointed. But overall I would definitely recommend this book to others. I loved the ending and loved the emails back and forth. I loved seeing the past emails between the two of them which helped the reader understand what they went through. Overall an enjoyable read.
EXCERPT“Sorry, I didn’t mean to speak for you. If you want to—” “I don’t,” I say, finally meeting his gaze. “I only want you too.” His eyes soften and he exhales a hard breath as if we’re finally on level ground. I feel giddy with relief and contentment as I clutch at his hand and drag him to the dance floor. At first he protests about his drink but then he places it in an empty spot on a ledge. It’s a pulsing rap beat and my body feels like a live wire. My hips start swaying, my hands rise in the air, and the vibration of the music takes over. Lucas has no trouble keeping up with me, though not with as much enthusiasm. “Fuck, you’re sexy,” he rumbles in my ear. I feel his hips gyrating as he grasps my waist and slides up behind me. His hard length is digging into my ass and that only spurs me on more. After a few numbers, I follow Lucas to the back wall where we find a spot to rest between other couples swaying to the music. He pins my shoulders against the column, his breath heavy, eyes glazed over with lust, as his lips crash against mine. My fingers reach for his waist but he grabs hold of them and raises my hands above my head as he bites my lips, licks into my mouth and then sucks on my tongue. Holy fuck, if we weren’t in a public place I’d ask him to pound me straight into oblivion. “I didn’t know you could dance like that,” he rasps against my cheek as he releases his grip on my hands. His fingers connect with my neck and he hauls my lips to his again. His tongue digs deep in my mouth and I groan shamelessly as I grab on to his hair and pull him flush against me. I’m so thoroughly turned on that my eyes practically roll to the back of my head. He drags his mouth away and licks along my jawline up to my ear as he arches his hips into my groin. “You’ve got me so goddamn hard.” “Yeah?” I ask, gasping against his neck. “Well, I know how to take care of that. Remember, you’ll need to beg.” He laughs and kisses the side of my head. “Not here. I’d rather have you in my bed tonight.”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.
She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes, but also have big hearts.
Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read.
Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.
Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I've been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I'm addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.