Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Release Day Review with Giveaway: Arrows Through Archer by Nash Summers

arrows through archerTitle ~ Arrows Through Archer

Author ~ Nash Summers

Published ~ 14th June 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance




After the loss of his parents, Archer Hart is consumed by grief. Each day, he struggles his way through classes, parties, and trying to put on a good front for the sake of his best friend. But at night, he falls asleep to the sound of gunshots ringing in his ears.
Mallory is a man fighting a war of emotions all his own. When his son invites his best friend back home to Banff over a college break, he’s happy for the company.
Some time during the late-night talks, subtle smiles, and long, long silences, the two men begin to find solace in one another.
But love isn’t always easy, especially when it strikes you straight through the heart.
Possible triggers/tags: grief, loss, age difference, family, loss, mentions of suicide, recovery, hurt/comfort, homophobia


Debra’s Review

This was my first full-length story by Nash Summers. It was a beautifully written story about loss, grief, family and, of course, love.

Both main characters have suffered through years of grief. Archer, a college student, lost his parents to an accident three years prior and lost his brother that day too. Archer has tried everything, therapy, bereavement groups, drinking, but nothing is helping. The only real place he finds comfort is at the shooting range, a place he feels close to the father he lost and that holds the tiniest bit of hope for his future. The only other thing that seems to keep him going is Danny, his best friend and the only person who seems to care. But Archer is keeping a secret from Danny that he fears would end their friendship. Archer’s grief is not just for his parents’ death, but, thanks to his horrible brother, for his not knowing if they would like the person he is, the person they never got to know. It’s what causes him to keep a part of himself hidden and not see any hope for a happy future with anyone.

Mallory is still grieving the loss of his wife years ago, though he is settled in his life alone. He’d been with her since high school and she was the only person he ever loved. He agrees to let Archer stay with him, to help him recover after he is beaten and unable to return to school. They have only met once before when Danny brought Archer home for Thanksgiving and even then, the two men shared an understanding of each other, an emotional bond and an attraction on Archer’s part anyway.

The two bond over their day to day activities, Mallory brings Archer to his bereavement group, they spend time in Mallory’s workshop and just grow closer while trying to live their lives. They get along easily and Archer finds solace in Mallory’s presence. It’s a slow build until the spark of attraction is acknowledged and while it heats up very quickly after that, the two only have a very brief time together before everything changes, including the storytelling. The first part of the story is told from Archer’s view and then in the second part of story the narrative comes from Mallory’s POV.

The first part of the book has a very somber tone. Seriously sad and heartbreaking. I did feel for Archer and teared up once or twice, but Archer is so detached from life I also felt a bit detached at times; almost numbing to the unrelenting grief. It was hard to enjoy so much sadness, but the sparks of seeing the bit of hope he felt with Mallory was worth it. The comfort and care he feels radiates off the page whenever Mallory is close.

Although there is a 17 year age gap, Archer has a world-weary maturity. The age difference was a big issue for Mallory though, as was Archer and Danny’s relationship. Mallory was also conflicted with some feelings of betrayal of his deceased wife and just plain fear of his feelings. This leads to Mallory doing something heartless and cowardly that affects both of their lives for years. Seriously, I wanted to kill the man. And then Nash Summers does something that made me scream! Once I read a little further though, I realized it worked. I don’t want to spoil what happened, you’ll definitely know it when you see it, but I’ll leave you to your own decision on whether it was a good device to employ or not.

I don’t want to make it seem like the book was all sadness. When Archer and Mallory start spending time together, things definitely start to lighten up and the second part of the story has more hope and lighter times. It’s very clear the men were never better than when they were together, but also that Archer lost his trust in, but not his love for, Mallory. Since we have Mallory’s POV though, we can see how committed he is to making sure Archer knows how much he wants them to be together, and just how far he’ll go to prove it.

The story is a very slow burn with a low steam factor. They are strangers at the start and most of the time they are just talking or spending time together, building their level of comfort together. The romantic moments are beautiful whether they are dancing in the living room or just sitting together. The way the two halves were written from separate points of view worked wonderfully. You definitely need to be in the right mood to read this story, but if you love hurt-comfort with heavy emotion and are prepared to deal with living through Archer’s despair before moving with him into the light, then grab this book.

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  1. This sounds like the type of book that stays in your mind long after you've turned the last page.

    1. It is Diane. Both MCs have so much to work through to get to that HEA.


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