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Where Wishes Go by [McAuley, S.A.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1091 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (2 Oct. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015HPNMSO
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This was a very emotional story. Two men who loved each other as teenagers meet twenty years later only to fall hard for each other once again. Add in matching mothers and daughters and the author has created a gentle, domestic story. With the romance resolved in the first half of the story, much of the action revolves around Adam’s daughter’s illness.

This isn’t one of my favourite books by this author. I loved the idea of the brooding artist and the reunited teen lovers, but there were too many inconsistencies.

Adam’s Islamic faith never rang true. The lives of even the most liberal Muslims I know are still dominated by religious routines and restrictions. Adam’s extra-marital sex with Nick (the author calls him a nominal-Christian) and his mosque’s comfort with his sexuality doesn’t match his devout faith and the Arabic that slips into his speech. The Arabic is odd. His mum’s name is Tracey which isn’t exactly an Arabic name. Is Adam a convert? Was his dad Muslim? I was left with far too many questions about Adam’s religion.

Miri is described as having “learning disabilities and some autistic tendencies” at the start of the book, but we see very little evidence of this. She comes across as Katie’s equal and doesn’t demonstrate any of these issues through the rest of the story. I think the story would have been more interesting if Miri wasn’t perfect, if Adam had adapted his life to meet her challenging needs and behaviours. As it is, Miri and Katie are impossibly perfect children and I found it difficult to warm to them.

And of course I have railed repeatedly about hospital visits as plot devices in m/m romance stories. Miri’s illness was a little odd here.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x89707ae0) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89712540) out of 5 stars ... fan of second chance romance especially when it does like this one here 17 Oct. 2015
By United Indie Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
~I was given this book for an honest review~

I must say that I am a huge fan of second chance romance especially when it does like this one here. I absolutely fell in love with Nick and Adam's story. I love everything about this book. This is one of those books that they start out as friends in school, neither one come and say the "L" word but its written all over their faces. Instead of just telling them face to face, one sends a email. 15 years have passed, both Nick and Adam have overcome some obstacles in their lives. Adam"s was on the extreme side dealing with drugs, alcohol and the death of his baby's mama. He is finally clean, feeling inspired with his art and taking care of his daughter. Things are finally looking good for him but he has never forgot about Nick. The feelings are still strong there. Nick, on the other hand, went to school and established himself at the hospital. He is recently divorced, taking care of his daughter and coming to terms with dating again. With the sneaky help of his friends, who I love so so much, get him and Adam together again. They have many things to discuss about the past before they can move forward. They soon realize they have a lot in common, including their daughters birthdays. When these two get together, they are so much stronger. They feed off each other so well that great things start happening but then the one thing they never thought would end their happy family, happens. They have to remain strong to battle through it, while one is feeling weak, the other one is there to build him up. I love how no matter how much time has passed, there's still so much passion between them and a level of respect. It's like nothing has ever changed between them. I so loved how much stronger each one of them were but they still were so weak when it came to their daughters. They have such a great support team with all their friends and families. I loved seeing that! There isn't one thing I would change about this book, everything happened for a reason and I loved every minute of their story including the times I was crying. I would so recommend this book to anyone who loves second chance romances!

Reviewed by Amy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89712594) out of 5 stars A must-read 29 Jan. 2016
By Christy Duke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars ~ "I am going to wrap my arms around you, hold you, inhale your scent, breathe your very essence, and let it fill the hole inside me that has ached and bled for so very long." ~ CD

A lot of things can happen in fifteen years. An entire lifetime can happen between the ages of eighteen and thirty-three. For Adam and Nick, that's exactly what occurred from when they last saw each other at their high school graduation and unexpectedly meeting again at Adam's gallery showing. A host of memories has gone by for each of them, but neither one ever stopped missing the love of their life.

"I told you I loved you and I never heard back from you,” Nick whispered, the words coming out choked. But if they were going to have any hope of rediscovering what they’d once had, then everything needed to be said. No matter how painful it was. He had to find the strength to rip them out of a past that would only attack them again and again if they didn’t face it now."

I could so understand and appreciate Adam's perspective, however. As a recovering alcoholic and addict, who only got clean when he found out he had a brand-new daughter, the thought of getting lost in Nick, again and then losing him, is a terrifying prospect. My heart went out to Nick, also, who literally didn't figure out he was gay and still in love with Adam until his wife talked to him about having another child, and he all of a sudden realized he wanted all of the day-to-day stuff, but with Adam. Nick is so focused on everyone else's happiness he completely forgets to take the time to figure out what he wants. Whereas Adam, as an emotional artist, often forgets to learn what those he loves want. Two sides of a coin.

I was incredibly impressed that the author didn't stick with the standard fare in this trope. Instead, she broadened it with some extremely heartfelt and very emotional drama, that reminded me of what family is truly all about. The writing was brilliant and evocative. The story was simple, but equally complex. Truly a must-read in my opinion.

NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8984f6fc) out of 5 stars A second chance story that was as intense and it was sweet. 13 Oct. 2015
By Shirley Quinones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
3.50 stars

Nick Paine spends much of his time working or with his daughter. Although he came out to his ex-wife and friends he has not given himself the chance to explore his possibilities. On one of his first outings he discovers that his childhood best friend and the man who has been haunting him through the years, lives close by and will soon be having a show at a gallery.

Adam "Izz" Azzi is a talented artist who had made a name for himself. Adam is content on living his life dedicated to his art and his daughter. After recovering from an addiction that led to his losing a loved one, Adam is determined to continue to leave his demons behind. So having his unrequited love attending his show, is not only a surprise but a also a curve ball to the careful balance he's trying to achieve in his life. Nick was the one who got away, but now having him back in his life brings uncertainty and a whole other set of emotions he's not quite ready to deal with.

Can you have a second chance at a first love? It seems you can, if this story is anything to go by.

When I started this book, I was so looking forward for these two to be reunited. I knew there was going to be some drama since it was Nick who left and Adam who always felt left behind but, honestly, I was not prepared for the overwhelming amount of angst I found.

If you know me, I like my angst and have read my fair share of angsty stories, but this one sort of left me numb. Why? I don't know. That is the same question I asked myself throughout. What I ultimately came up with was that there was quite a bit of unnecessary drama which in the end took away from the romance. But hey, that's just me.

I do think that the author did a great job in bringing forth the uncertainties of reconnecting with a past love. She brought the range of emotions necessary for me to understand well where Adam and Nick were coming from and why they behaved and/or acted the way they did in the past and in the present time. My only regret in that aspect is that the connection between the two got lost along the way of it all. I felt like the connection was to be assumed, but that took a lot of effort on my part. Since these men had changed so much through the years, it was hard for me to reconcile what they once shared with what they were trying to recapture.

Regardless, there was something there, which was what ultimately made me continue with the story. I enjoyed some their more candid interactions and heated moments they shared. It was during those moments that their connection made itself known, so of course those were the moments that stood out for me the most.

This is the first book by SA McAuley I've read and it certainly won't be the last. Although the story dragged in places, I do feel that the story was well written and engaging enough for me to give this author another try. I particularly enjoyed the complexity of the characters and the range of emotions the author brought to the page. Always a win in any book I read.

All in all, a second chance story that was as intense and it was sweet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8971281c) out of 5 stars A different side to SA McAuley...low angst, feel good story with a gorgeous happy ending! 2 Oct. 2015
By Sinfully - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Although their paths diverged wildly after they lost touch 15 years ago after graduating high school, Nick and Adam both wind up in eerily similar circumstances, almost as if fate had been guiding them back to each other once they were ready. Adam is an artist and his emotions are integral to his work, while Nick is a vice president of a hospital system and necessarily sees things with more of a logical view.

Even after 15 years, Adam is still struggling with losing Nick. He has poured those emotions into his art and is finally on the verge of really putting those feelings to rest. When Nick discovers that Adam is closer than he ever expected, the memories that he has hung onto over the years come back with a vengeance. While all the memories are happy, Nick is not sure why they ever lost touch and not sure he’s ready to face the man who had made him so happy then disappeared from his life. With the help of some meddling friends and family, the two soon find themselves face to face and trying to reconnect.

Different from other S.A. McAuley books I’ve read, this is a low angst, feel good story of two adults finding their way back to each other. The focus is on the rebuilding of their relationship and discovering the differences between the kids they were and the men they have become. Adam has had a more difficult past than Nick, resulting in a lot of emotional baggage. He finds it hard to just trust Nick and open himself up to the possibility of losing him again. Nick is a bit oblivious at first, but he is determined to prove to Adam that his feelings are real and he is ready to be there for the long haul.

While the steam factor is low with few sex scenes, the ones we do get see are intense and meaningful. I wouldn’t have minded a few more as there was great chemistry. The secondary characters made up of Nick and Adam’s friends provided humor, support and bit of snark. Both men also have children and they are an integral part of the story, but do not overwhelm it.

This was not the roller coaster of emotions I’ve come to expect from this author. It was a more subdued story, without excessive drama, a low angst feel good story... with a gorgeous happy ending. I am a big fan of men who act their age and Adam and Nick do that as they work through past hurt and misunderstanding to build a future and a family based on love, trust and honesty.

Reviewed by Debra for Sinfully...Addicted To Gay Romance
HASH(0x89712a5c) out of 5 stars Beautifully written Second Chance Romance 16 Oct. 2015
By Amy Crull - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
~I was given this book for an honest review~

I must say that I am a huge fan of second chance romance especially when it does like this one here. I absolutely fell in love with Nick and Adam's story. I love everything about this book. This is one of those books that they start out as friends in school, neither one come and say the "L" word but its written all over their faces. Instead of just telling them face to face, one sends a email. 15 years have passed, both Nick and Adam have overcome some obstacles in their lives. Adam"s was on the extreme side dealing with drugs, alcohol and the death of his baby's mama. He is finally clean, feeling inspired with his art and taking care of his daughter. Things are finally looking good for him but he has never forgot about Nick. The feelings are still strong there. Nick, on the other hand, went to school and established himself at the hospital. He is recently divorced, taking care of his daughter and coming to terms with dating again. With the sneaky help of his friends, who I love so so much, get him and Adam together again. They have many things to discuss about the past before they can move forward. They soon realize they have a lot in common, including their daughters birthdays. When these two get together, they are so much stronger. They feed off each other so well that great things start happening but then the one thing they never thought would end their happy family, happens. They have to remain strong to battle through it, while one is feeling weak, the other one is there to build him up. I love how no matter how much time has passed, there's still so much passion between them and a level of respect. It's like nothing has ever changed between them. I so loved how much stronger each one of them were but they still were so weak when it came to their daughters. They have such a great support team with all their friends and families. I loved seeing that! There isn't one thing I would change about this book, everything happened for a reason and I loved every minute of their story including the times I was crying. I would so recommend this book to anyone who loves second chance romances!
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