Ohmygosh! I can’t believe how much I enjoyed this book. A debut book from an author and it delivers. I always love when that happens.
Ash Winters is a bipolar writer who has been in and out of mental institutions. It seems like he’s been hanging on by a thread for many years. One evening he has a casual hook up with Darian, then he takes off in the middle of the night and has a panic attack. Darian is a model from Essex who may not be as bright as the well-educated Ash, but his heart and attitude will easily win you over. And Darian is very persistent.
The contrast between the two personalities of Ash and Darian was a great mix and made for a very heart felt story. There were definitely some painful parts to read when it came to Ash’s mental illness and how it affected his life and his relationships. And there are a few more bits to the story with a friend of Ash who is in a relationship with another man – a man getting married to Ash’s female literary agent. Ash and the friend have a long history and while the history is explained, the part about the other man and the woman getting married didn’t work for me. Also, I guess people from Essex have a certain way of speaking? I don’t know as I’ve never been there, but with the way Darian’s dialogue was written I thought I would eventually find it annoying, however it grew on me after awhile.
While one of the book’s main characters is obviously dealing with very heavy mental issues, the author still managed to weave some humor , playfulness, and sexiness throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed all the interactions between Darian and Ash – like how a simple game of Scrabble between the two of them had me laughing quite a bit. I would love to have seen the author explore a little more why Darian seemed like he had to be so quiet in bed when the man never stops chattering while out of bed. The ending felt just a little abrupt too but maybe that was just because I was enjoying it so much.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend it. It’s going on my list of top reads for 2013. When does the next book from this author come out!
He was a ridiculous creature. A vulgar, glittering pirate of a man, all jewelry and fake tan, gold glinting in his ears, on his fingers, and round his wrists. His dark hair gleamed with product and had been painstakingly teased into a quiff that defied taste, reason, and gravity. And I couldn’t stop looking at him. It was horrifying but the truth was there, undeniable like some faint sonic echo deep within my skin, the thin batsqueak of sexuality. I wanted him.