Title: Angel Voices
Author: Rowan Speedwell
Release: 28th November 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: M/M (Christmas)
On a frigid winter night, college freshman Will stumbles into the shelter of a church during choir practice. His father has just discovered that Will is gay, and has beaten him and thrown him out of the house. But right now Will’s interested only in getting warm.
Will’s college roommate Quinn is a soloist in the choir, which is practicing for a Christmas program. He discovers Will in the church—and his friend’s condition. Will, who has grown up in a repressed environment, including church school, an abusive father and a passive mother, is taken aback by Quinn’s enthusiasm and determination to take care of him.
Does Will have a future after all, especially one that will include Quinn?
This story falls into my SSS category ~ short, sweet and simple. We meet Will who finds refuge in a church after being brutally beaten and walking for miles in the cold. He is tired and just wants to sit down somewhere warm. So we’re introduced immediately to quite a tragic character and wondering what could have happened to him. I like these sort of characters, broken but also mysterious as to why at the beginning. The choir is practicing for their Christmas concert and Quinn, Will’s roommate spots him sitting at the back in a pew. Quinn is an adorable character, loving caring, but not sure whether Will is gay or not. Well, that situation soon clears itself up and a sweet romance blossoms between the two young men.
For me this story is all about what a difference a family can make. Quinn’s family are close, loving, caring a supportive. Will’s is the total opposite when it comes to him being gay. Will is thrown out and now Quinn takes him under his arm and introduces him to his family. My what a bunch but you could feel the love and warmth this family have for each other. This explains Quinn’s happy, confident and out-going nature as he has all the love and support he needs at home. Will is quieter and not so confident mainly because he’s had it beaten out of him and the unconditional loving and caring was not there for him. But with Quinn’s family he can find not only the love he has for Quinn but the love of a family. There is some reconciliation between Will, his mum and brother but his father is a different case.
This book makes a nice stocking filler that can be read in a little under an hour. Something to just curl up with in front of an open fire, a hot chocolate and Christmas music on in the background.
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An unrepentant biblioholic, Rowan Speedwell spends half her time pretending to be a law librarian, half her time pretending to be a database manager, half her time pretending to be a fifteenth-century Aragonese noblewoman, half her time . . . wait a minute . . . Hmm. Well, one thing she doesn’t pretend to be is good at math. She is good at pretending, though.
In her copious spare time (hah) she does needlework, calligraphy and illumination, and makes jewelry. She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and lives in a Chicago suburb with the obligatory Writer’s Cat and way too many books.