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A Solitary Man by Shira Anthony & Aisling Mancy

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A Solitary Man by Shira Anthony & Aisling Mancy

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About the Author
Shira loves a great happily-ever-after and never writes a story without one. She’s happy to write what her muse tells her, whether it’s fantasy, sci fi, paranormal, or contemporary romance. She particularly loves writing series, because she thinks of her characters as old friends and she wants to visit them even after their stories are told. Shira writes about the things she knows and loves, whether it’s music and musicians, the ocean, or the places she’s lived or traveled to. She spent her middle school years living in France, and tries to visit as often as she can. In real life, Shira sang professionally for 14 years, and she currently works as a public sector attorney advocating for children. She’s happy to have made writing her second full-time job, even if it means she rarely has time to watch TV or go to the movies. Shira and her husband spend as many weekends as they can aboard their 36′ catamaran sailboat, “Lands Zen,” at the Carolina Coast. Not only has sailing inspired her to write about pirates and mermen, her sailboat is her favorite place to write. And although the only mermen she’s found to date are in her own imagination, she keeps a sharp lookout for them when she’s on the water. Aisling is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Aisling writes adult fantasy, adult LGBTQIA romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy. Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Aisling doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Aisling contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Aisling can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
Publication Date
November 06, 2015
Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word.

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(Updated: October 24, 2015)

When I read a book that contains harrowing events, I am often able to distance myself from them to a degree, after all, I am reading fiction. That is not the case with this book however. The authors note at the beginning reads; "The drug trafficking, child abuse, and child sex trafficking described in this work of fiction are based on real events."   

Gripped from page one, I was both astounded and appalled at the depravity of people. I am a mother, coincidentally of four blond, blue-eyed boys, and for the majority of this book I alternated between wanting to get my hands on the sick bastards, and needing to curl up and cry. Although the abuse is not written about 'as it happens', (for which I am profoundly grateful),police and medical  reports detailing the events are more than effective.
There is a small part of me that feels it is somehow wrong to say that I liked this story. Frankly, the bulk of it is awful truths, is harrowing, it is a stark reminder of the truly foul people that we have on this planet, but it is also about the incredibly determined and dedicated people that we rely on to bring these kinds of criminals to justice, and the difficulties that they often face, particularly when there are people who are not what the seem/not what they should be.

The romance between Xav and Chance has a fairly low key presence for a lot of this book, it was there and brewing, but aside from their very first meeting, it was a slow building relationship. This was by no means to its detriment. It allowed the characters to learn so much more about each other as time went on, creating a stronger foundation for the relationship. As a result, scenes between this couple were more emotionally charged, more intense than they may have otherwise been. The bedroom scenes Chance and Xav are seriously hot, again due in no small part to the strength and intensity of their relationship and the emotional connection that they have with each other.

I did in fact love this book, despite the harrowing storyline, despite the fact that, whether we know about it or not, there are children suffering at the hands of evil people like this. The good guys win through, although not without loss, a reality, no matter how hard, we have to accept. From this awful story comes a strong relationship, built of real love for one another, a child who has been through hell finds a home and family. This book is superbly written, it flows beautifully and keeps you engaged from start to finish. Nothing written is gratuitous, there is no unnecessary violence or sex, everything you learn is needed for the progression of the story. Yes it is unpleasant at times, it made my chest hurt in places, but sadly, it seems that this is the reality of the world we are living in. 

This book sucked me in, chewed me up and spat me out, I read it from cover to cover in one sitting (sorry kids) and it is one that will stay with me for a long time.

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