Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book Review: 'With These Hands' by Daryl Banner

Texas author/composer Daryl Banner graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theatre and Psychology. Daryl is also an obsessive piano player, video game enthusiast, and occasional actor. He's been remixing video game music for over fifteen years, and is a passionate Final Fantasy and Nintendo fan. When he writes, his subjects are adult romance, M/M romance, post-apocalyptic fantasy, and dystopian. As he has stated, ‘he is most inspired by the smart and unlikely hero, but urges you (the reader) not to fall in love with them; they may deceive you with their innocence.’

Daryl is a character builder of he first order. From his first page he has given us a living breathing main player- Sam: “I didn’t realize scratching those words down on that crinkled sheet of paper would change my life. But it did. Everything that happens comes from the moment when my pale, quivery, uncertain hand writes those two words which, put together, happen to become my name. Samantha Hart. I’ve seen my name all my life—on chalkboards, on forms, on every homework assignment I ever turned in. But now, my little harmless name is about to change everything. And it’s all because of the hot boy across the room—the tortured one with the poetry and the pain in his eyes. He’s the reason my whole life flips on its plump, baffled ass. But before I gaze into those deep black pools he has for eyes, or hunger across the classroom for the soft touch of his fingers on my skin, or dream of what his lips might feel like searching for mine in the dark, I’m busy stumbling across the campus in search of my class. The class he’s at right now. But I don’t know that yet. I’m lost, hugging a fat textbook to my chest and staring at the cacophony of noise, laughter, and students crashing like ocean waves before me.’

The plot is as follows - ‘DMITRI - I want to put my hands all over her, but they're too busy writing my fantasy instead of living it. I'm so used to spinning love stories in my head that I've lost track of the one in my heart. I'm finished being a loveless prisoner to the page. Now I want the real thing - and I think she's it. SAM - He watches me with those dark, sensitive eyes of his, melting me. He knows my pain. Maybe he shares it. He brushes the hair out of my eyes with his fingers and it drives me insane. I think he's the music I've been looking for all along. The story centers around a group of friends and the relationships they form during their time at a small-town Texas school.’

The construction of this romance is both sensitive and steamy - and it is that quality of Daryl’s writing that makes his novels sing. Get ready for a high-flying ride. Grady Harp, June 17
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited

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