Average, but extraordinary, and only twice in a lifetime.
Stephen Prichard is a resilient and self-made man that has it all, a successful business, great husband, and a summer condo on the waterfront, until life throws a curve ball. After twelve years together, his husband Myron dies of cancer, leaving Stephen to confront a future of uncertainties alone.
Then, fate lends a hand when not one, but two chance encounters with the same stranger put his feelings to the test. First and second impressions are lasting. Stephen longs for companionship, and the stranger is attractive, however, he’s also enigmatic and cold, and the memories of Myron are still painfully fresh.
Can a man Stephen barely knows renew his faith in love? But, more importantly, is he willing to let go of the past?
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About the Author
A good friend, who is also an author, happened to mention that she likes to read author bios, and when she checked mine, sadly, she was disappointed. The bio I use is generic, blah, and it doesn't tell her anything personal about Blak Rayne. Her suggestion. Change it! What she really meant to say: "I want to read the juicy bits, lady!" Okay, the truth. My life is crazy hectic most days as I divide my time between family, friends, writing and marketing, while running our businesses and household. I spend an average of eight to twelve hours a day on the computer. Some of my favourite things are: cats, tea, anything in purple, yaoi, dragons, watching anime and movies, and listening to my large collection of music. I will read just about anything, but my preferred genres are fantasy, thriller, romance and science-fiction. I'm a member of the RWA & RWA-GVC, I attend conferences and writing groups whenever time permits, and I've taken several creative writing courses. In my spare time I build websites and proof-read for other authors. I also format eBooks, and I'm learning to create book covers. In the near future, I hope to take an editing course. Currently, I reside in British Columbia, Canada with my husband, our daughter and son. Out eldest passed away, so he's with us in spirit. What else can I tell you? Lots of things, but the most important tidbit, I'm passionate about my writing and plan to continue publishing. How many novels? Who knows, I guess until the ideas run dry.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. I really liked The Ideal Side of Love, a lot. And I admit I cried a little. When I started reading it, I didn't remember the blurb, and the first part seemed to me boring, because I couldn't understand why the author wasn't telling us more and more about Myron. I loved how Blak dealt with Myron cancer and then death and I felt so bad for Stephen, he was so unlucky in love and just when he could spend the rest of his life with the right one, his soul mate, he lost him. I'm a sucker for second chance in love so this was just the right book for me. In another way Carson too was the perfect one for Stephen. He was sweet and hot and stubborn in wanting Stephen. Their casual meetings were really amusing. I loved this book cause it was realistic, how Stephen was wary at first in his relationship with Carson, how Carson felt sometime inadequate compared to Myron. I definitely recommend it to you and I need to read more about this author. Did I tell you there is a sequel? The Ideal Side of Life it will be mine!
**I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review** I'm not sure where to start. The story itself was a good one. Stephen meets Myron, ah, Myron. Stephen loses Myron. Stephen meets Carson. With all the bits in between. But something just didn't work for me. I loved Myron. Yes, there was some melodrama. Yes it wasn't perfect, but this part of the story drew me in... and then made me cry. Stephen, I don't know if I ever really connected with him. Self-made man. Had a "schedule" of sorts for relationships... There were many times, that I stopped and said, um, why? Carson, he was beautiful, strong... but distant. I had trouble connecting with him, as well. Honestly, he came off more stalkerish at times than the stalker character did. The back story had a lot of potential. I don't say this often, but I think this story could have benefited from another 50 pages or so. Flesh out the story. It seemed to wrap up very quickly and left me with a couple of questions, that I think were supposed to be answered, but it did not read clearly to me. (i.e. the knife incident). That along with the numerous typos were enough of a distraction that it took away from the overall experience for me. That all being said, I'm sure this is not the last I will read from the author. This piqued my interest enough that I'm interested to see what else Blak has to offer.
3 stars I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am having some difficulty rating this book. It started out very strong. I am not a big fan of 1st person narration, but I enjoyed Stephens voice and his re-telling of the ups and downs of his love life in the eighties and nineties and it pulled me in right away, even if Stephen as a person moved waaaaay to fast for my liking in every relationship. The first half of the book was a solid 4 stars and I enjoyed the ups and downs of Stephen and Myron’s life and also the bittersweet end, even if there were a few things that bothered me and a few loose ends that were never tied up sufficiently for my liking. There were big jumps in time, but it made sense not to describe the entire 12 years of the relationship. After Myrons death, Stephen was obviously devastated and I could relate to his struggles and his “survivors guilt”. Enter Carson and the story unfortunately took a downward turn. I am not sure Carson ever really endeared himself enough to me, for me to start rooting for them enough. Also the big jumps in time were suddenly odd. As if big chunks of the book had been edited out? At the end of one chapter, they are having a conversation, which never concludes and suddenly the start of the next chapter is an entirely different conversation, in another setting and quite a while later… I had to check page numbers, as I was certain there was an error in the file, but no…. There is quite a lot of emphasis on domestic violence in same sex relationships and violence towards gay men (by other gay men) in general, and there are a few violent attacks described in the story. Although the issue is an important one, I felt they were dealt with too superficially, especially the abuse Myron suffered in his earlier relationship, to make a lot of impact on me as a reader. All in all I am going to rate this 3 stars. I enjoyed the first half of the book and I loved the idea of a second chance at love after the death of a dearly beloved, but I didn’t really like the second half of the book and the new romance.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The Ideal Side of Love by Blak Rayne is a very good story. It follows Stephen and his problems maintaining relationships until he meets Myron. He falls deeply in love with Myron and after two years together, they marry. After about 11 years of happy marriage, Myron is diagnosed with cancer and is dead within a year. Stephen is devastated. Following Myron's death, Stephen becomes very depressed and does nothing but work and hibernate in the large home he purchased with Myron. He has surrounded himself with Myron's pictures and even talks to them. He has become exceedingly lonely and shut away from the society of everyone other than his family. All who know him are worried, but Stephen is now living life with blinders on and won't even see a counselor as advised by his doctor. Enter Carson. Large, blonde and a cop, Carson meets Stephen one day as Stephen runs into Carson causing him to spill his full coffee all over himself. Carson is angry and rushes off to the little girl in his truck and heads out. Stephen assumes he is married, but can't get the guy out of his head. He starts to see him around town and in his coffee shop. The story continues following Stephen and Carson as Stephen begins to open his eyes and starts a tentative relationship with Carson. He doesn't think anything will come of it because he is still not over Myron. This story gives us a very realistic look at love, loss and the chance for new love. It may seem that Stephen is in mourning longer than he should be, but who can really put a time frame on recovery from grief? I think this is a lovely story with realistic characters. There are times when Stephen seems a bit immature and overreacts to others (like when his mother wants him to meet a friend's grandson), but mostly everyone's behavior seems realistic. Stephen and Carson as well as the side characters are well developed and likeable. No one is perfect, just like real life. There are some formulaic romance elements such as Myron's REALLY big jerk of an ex, but I don't think these make for a bad story. This is the first book in a trilogy and I will certainly be reading them all.