I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has purchased Let Your Heart Decide and to those wonderful friends and followers who shared posts and links via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. It was greatly appreciated.
I’ve been overwhelmed by some of the fabulous comments readers have made about my taboo story via their blogs and reviews. I’m going to share some of the highlights with you in this post.
I would like to make a comment about the ending of the story without giving away any spoilers as several people have commented on it. I wanted to give my boys a HEA and to some extent I have done that, although I have left the future for them open. I debated over this issue long and hard as I was writing the story, but in the end I wanted the reader to be part of the experience. Your reaction to the story is the reaction Rhys and Jake might face in the future from friends, family and colleagues.
I hope you ‘Let Your Heart Decide’.
So, here are snippets of reviews and the links so you can read the full reviews of the story.
Amazon and Goodreads
“I have never read anything quite like this book; WOW.”
“Hmmm. I usually have no trouble starting a review. But with this book…I just don’t know where to begin. My head is spinning.
I bought this book on June 21. I finished this book on June 21. I could not put this book down. Strong writing, strong characters, fully developed plot and subplots. There was some angst but not the kind that makes you want to pull your hair out and cuss the characters out. There were some scary, gut clenching moments. There were sweet, honest, romantic moments and there were some sexy times. This book has it all.”
“I totally fell in love with Rhys from the first moment I ‘met’ him and was instantly drawn into his story as he let it unfold, the loss of his mother was still fresh but couple that with losing his brother from his life and the pain felt real. It is he way that Lily shows you rather than tells which draws me into her books, and this one was no exception.
Rhys is trying to start over his life, make a fresh start and finally face his past,but it’s never quite that easy is it? Well, obviously not, but this a delicate and sensitive subject and process which is very, very well handled. Rhys is clearly shell shocked at the breakdown of his relationship with his now ex, Myles, and it sends him running home after a two year absence. Returning home and meeting up with his estranged brother is a big step for both of them. There are clearly more than the feelings of brotherly love bubbling beneath the surface still.
Then you add in a bit of a mystery, a story of loss and love and stories of ghosts and mysteries and you have me well and truly hooked, to the point where read over half of the book in one sitting. I literally couldn’t put it down.
The characters were well thought out, the emotions and interactions were almost lyrical in their feel. Nothing was left to chance, or missed out.
This was a brave and difficult subject matter to handle, and was the first taboo story I have read. It would’ve been easy to go for the easy option with this, but I always find that Lily will take the other route, and this shone through. It never once felt wrong to read about the love and connection that Rhys and Jake shared, in fact, it felt like I was intruding at times due to the level of intimacy which wasn’t always purely of a sexual nature between Myles and Jake.
Add in a love affair which almost mirrors theirs, but one set many years before. Two lovers who loved, and lost each other. There are ghosts of more than their love haunting the large country estate which backs onto Myles’ house
The scenes of intimacy were hot, but also tender. The love and emotional connection between these two men felt so right, it was meant to be. There is no way that a love so tender and consuming could ever be wrong.
It goes to show that the love you feel isn’t something you choose, your heart picks a soul rather than a person based on their looks etc, and you cannot argue with what your heart decides it wants.
I was left wanting more, to know that these two made it in the future, that fate wasn’t cruel enough to rip them apart and they got the HEA they were leaving me with and so badly deserved.
The book left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside, and goes to show, love IS love.”
“So many tears. I can’t stop crying. I just can’t. The dual love stories of the brothers separated by a century and the ghosts just wrecked me. Rhys and Jake, and Samuel and Thomas were heartbreaking and poignant. Jet was adorable and the ghosts creepy and mournful. The taboo angst was sexy but not overdone at all. Very pleased. I need more from this author.”
“Every so often, a book comes along that restores and redefines your faith in the m/m romance genre. This was such a book for me. It was sweet, hot, sensual, and suspenseful–everything that I need in a really great read. Yes, Rhys and Jake were brothers as well as lovers, but this very much takes a back seat to their relationship. The author does a marvelous job of not painting the situation with a sensationalist brush; not focusing on the taboo nature of it while not dismissing it entirely. I need more…”
“I really enjoyed reading Jake and Rhys’s story it was beautifully written, dealing not just with the taboo relationship but also the consequences and the guilt. The side characters of Thomas and Samuel was intriguing and I really wanted to see the mystery solved and how it was interwoven with Jake and Rhys’s relationship. It pulled me in from the start and i didn’t want to put it down. It was heartwarming and funny…”
“The love of a soul mate will stay with you forever…and the forever after. Two love stories intertwined, in the present and from beyond time, both helping the other to find their way back to the person they can’t be whole without. A story of acceptance, finding peace, and above all else, love. Mystery and intrigue drew me in, and the loving of souls kept me there.”
Reviews from Bloggers
Wine Between the Lines
“The writing is very subtle in the book. There is no sensationalism, no tantalizing, cheap use of the incest theme to drive the plot. This was a very beautifully written book that tells not one but two love stories. It’s important to note that, unlike a lot of books in this taboo genre, this is not a story told for shock value. It is, first and foremost, a love story, not erotica, not porn on paper. So a reader going into this looking for taboo sex may find the story slow and unsatisfying. Don’t get me wrong, there’s sex. Hot sex. But it comes later in the story, after Rhys and Jake reconnect and fall in love again.”
Heat Rating: Off the charts!
“This is a love with a HEA but one that we know will always have obstacles to overcome. I loved that it was a slow build it made them finally coming together so much hotter and sweeter. The addition of all the secondary characters was just as perfectly woven into the story as the rest of the pieces. Each bringing a part that was needed into the story from the neighbors to the ghosts they all worked to bring Rhys and Jake to their HEA.”
MM Book Escape
“A very powerful and gripping story where I was consumed by every word the author penned. Some will consider this taboo and not give it the credit it deserves, but in my opinion, this is a perfect reflection of love is love. A bond that is so strong that regardless to where you are you feel the pull and the need to be as close as humanly possible. Your sexual desires cannot be extinguished by any other until the two come together clashing teeth and tongues, pulling and pushing, biting and scratching to get every single piece of each other. I was completely absorbed with these moments and had to say to myself…breathe.”
“Ordinary everyday moments like taking a walk through the field are followed by heart-wrenching thoughts of forbidden love, by sweet memories and then by sightings of ghosts. I’ve never read such a fine mix between contemporary or supernatural. The setting the writer chose helps for it – the English country with its history which you can practically breathe in the air.”
“The setting of this story, in rural Britain, is gorgeous and I would love to visit the Hall and the woods, especially the little church and the grounds.
The plot is solid and not all that far-fetched and the pace of the story is quick enough to keep you interested, yet not so fast that your head’s spinning.
Finally, I have to commend the editor; they have done a great job.”
“This story grabbed hold of my heart from the first few pages. Lily G Blunt writes with feeling and sensuality, making your heart ache for the main characters, brother Rhys and Jake, and for the parallel history of Thomas and Samuel, brothers painfully torn apart.”
The Way She Reads
“The attraction between Rhys and Jake is palatable just as Rhys’s doubts and hesitations make perfect sense. Their reunion after two years apart and their journey back towards each other had me on the edge of my seat even more than the ghostly part of the story had. While the mystery certainly captivated me I couldn’t wait to see when and how Rhys and Jake would find a way to be all they were destined to become.”
Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
“This was a beautifully written and thoughtful story. The relationship between the brothers takes center stage, with the ghost story complementing it. I didn’t feel the romance was played for shock value, but it felt organic and pure as any other two men falling for each other. The brothers reminisce about growing up together and through that the reader is given good insight into the closeness the two always shared, their sexual explorations as teens sharing a bedroom and how it continued into adulthood.”
Two Men are Better Than One
“I loved the way the story was a contemporary story but hinted at paranormal elements. The historical components were also fascinating, weaved through the story as Rhys finds about the area he has moved in to. So as you read the book you learn about Rhys and his relationship with his brother and about him forging new friendships as he moves back to town after a two year absence. Alongside this is the story of the family who used to live in the Hall, a grand house nearby.”
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