Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Review: 'Between Two Loves' by Shelter Somerset


Daniel and Aiden have a sweet and passionate relationship. They are partners and support each other. After years of struggling with their sexuality and feelings, they have reached an emotional place where they are at peace and fulfilled. Through a twist of life, Aiden’s ex-boyfriend calls and asks for help. Out of human decency, Aiden and Daniel agree to help him. This is worse than having a mother-in-law move in with newlyweds. The strain on Aiden and Daniel’s relationship drives this story to its logical conclusion.
As I read this story, I realized how much this relationship resembles a relationship between a man and a woman. This led me to think about how our society is currently struggling to define same gender relationships. In all, what I have read of same gender relationships leads me to believe that there is really no difference in the emotions, commitment and passion between these couples. Love is love and cannot be redefined based on genders mix of a couple.
This story deals as the driving undercurrent with prejudice against same gender couples. The results of this prejudice can be catastrophic, as in the case of Conrad and his son. This story made me think about all those parents that disown their children when they become aware their child is gay or lesbian. It really brings forward the main issue, this is your child no matter what, and parental love cannot be redefined based on prejudice. Falling into this trap, will surely lead to a life full of regret.
A big portion of this story is also spent defining environmental issues. At times, I felt that although and I am all for preserving the environment, too much time was spent on this peripheral plot line took away from the main purpose of this story.
Still, this book has its own charm as it delves into the intricacies of relationships, regardless of gender mix. Readers who look for books with lots of emotional turmoil before the characters find their HEA will likely enjoy this book.

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