Spending time in the Poconos with his family was the last thing Dane Forrester wanted to do over the summer. He had dreams of spending his last break touring Europe and gathering story ideas for his upcoming creative writing classes before heading to college. Maybe even finding that elusive first love in a small café in Paris, or along the Rhine, or even in a sultry villa in Italy. But no, he was stuck at the Silver Fir Lodge with his family where his dreams of romance and passion would wither and die a slow painful death, or so he imagined.
When all seemed lost, the budding wordsmith is saved—in more than one sense—by Khalid Novak, a lifeguard at the lodge’s pool. Khalid is two years older, a bit more sophisticated, and the most incredibly alluring thing Dane has ever seen. The two young men find themselves joyously wound in a searing romance that teaches Dane that love can be wildly intense yet fleeting so one should revel in it when the discovery is made.
Can this summer romance survive the chill of autumn as well as the winds of time?
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I'm not sure where to start with this review. Shake the Stars starts out in 2008 and is about the summer love affair between two young men still finding their way and not totally out as gay. It's so sweet and hot and I just knew that it couldn't last. But I also knew that V.L. Locey would give us an HEA so I wasn't really worried. The story is told in first person by Dale. He is an aspiring author and I really enjoyed reading about his thoughts and insecurities about his writing career. I can only imagine that the amount of detail about this comes from V.L. Locey's personal experience. I don't want to give too much away but the story jumps forward ten years about two-thirds of the way through the book. I can't give details without using spoilers so I'll just say that Dale and Khalid reconnect and the story continues on to a wonderful ending. This book brought me to tears more than a few times. Some were sad, some were happy. These two guys really go through a lot before they get their HEA. Dale's father can't accept that he's gay and their formerly good relationship totally disintegrates. Khalid also has family issues to deal with but his parents have accepted he's gay and didn't disown him. Shake the Stars is a wonderfully intense story. At around 100,00 words it's one that you can really sink your teeth into. As is normal for a V.L. Locey story there are many hot, sexy scenes to enjoy. I really can't say enough good things about this one. As soon as I finished reading it, I immediately pre-ordered a copy and that's not something I do a lot when I've received an ARC of a book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***