Sunday, 14 March 2021

#BlogTour The First Man by Alex Kelly


It's my turn on the BlogTour The First Man by Alex Kelly

About the Author

Alex Kelly writes uplifting, emotional and heartwarming Romantic Fiction and Family Sagas. She's a bibliophile, a Yogi, a lover of English literature and a baking enthusiast. She was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.



About the book

Shane - Do you want to know what it means to live like me? It means being forced not to look at him, not to touch him, not to be left alone in the same room as him. Not to seek him out. Not to want him. Not to love him.

Do you know how it feels to spend your entire life pretending to be someone else? Do you know what it’s like to love someone who doesn’t want to be loved? I’ll tell you how it feels. It feels as if you’re living in constant torment: you know which path you should follow, but you also know that, if you follow that path, you can never turn back. And I can’t do that to him.

Every day I come back, because I know that he’s waiting for me. Every day I promise him that he will never have to live without me.

Andy - Do you know what it means to live like me? It means being forced not to touch him, not to kiss him, not to be able to leave the room while he’s still in it. Not to breathe him in, not to lust after him. Not to love him.

Do you know how it feels to spend your entire life pretending to be someone else? Do you know what it’s like to love the only person you’re not allowed to love? I’ll tell you how it works. You can’t seem to feel anything other than him; when you walk away, you know that you’re turning your back on the only thing that’s good in your life. Yet you still walk away. Every day I leave, knowing that he will be standing there, watching. Every day I ask him to promise me that I will never have to live without him.

Review

Andy and Shane. Meant for each other or not? The two of them find it hard to battle the attraction and the all consuming need to be with each other. Being together isn't feasible, it's a pipe dream. But the pull is too strong, which means they end up giving in to desire only to place obstacles in between each other again.

The plot is a simple one - the back and forth of two people who are unwilling to come to terms with and submit to their mutual attraction. The difference with this one is the LGBTQ element, which brings a level of suggested phobia to the table - an angst of being rejected, although the author doesn't dwell on those implications, but rather on the love between two people. It's a romantic story, as opposed to a social commentary.

I have to admit this was a breath of fresh air, mainly because it isn't your usual boy meets girl story. A deep romantic connection - a lust and a love. A forbidden love on so many levels, which is brought to life by the excellent writing. I'd say this is definitely an author to watch. The ability to convey the visceral threads woven between two people who find themselves irrevocably attracted to each other, an attraction which becomes so much stronger when they are unable to be together. That kind of ability allows for the kind of storytelling that grabs readers.

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