Sticks & Stones
A Restored Man
This is the single most important word in this entire book. When you are left stranded on a deserted island with only one other person to rely on…you only have one thing. Trust.
Trust that you have each other’s back. Trust that you will help take care of each other. Trust that you will feed, nurture and keep this other person safe no matter what. And the fear…my gawd…the fear that something could happen to this other person and you are left alone…ALONE…that honestly has to be one of the greatest fears ever in this situation.
The light touch of Brian’s hand brushing back Troy’s hair sent a fresh shiver through him. He wasn’t alone, and for that he was profoundly grateful. Brian’s hand disappeared, and Troy moaned softly, suddenly bereft. Brian, don’t let me die…
But then he thought about what it would be like for Brian if he did die. Brian would be left here, and Troy imagined him alone, day after day, night after night. For how long? Months? Years? His throat tightened, eyes overflowing.
“I’m sorry,” he gasped.
Brian’s voice was low in his ear, his breath warm. “For what?”
“I don’t want to leave you alone.”
“You won’t.” It was almost a command. “You’re going to be just fine. You’re not going to leave me, and I’m not going to leave you.”
How could you not grow attracted to this person? How could you not come to love this person with your whole heart? I just don’t see how it is not possible. This experience is told so beautifully and realistic in every aspect…and it is not about male or female but the person. Is this GFY? Is this a bi relationship? Who the hell knows and who the hell cares. It is love. And that is all that matters.
He realized the difference wasn’t just about Brian being a man. Man or woman didn’t matter— it was about trusting Brian with every part of him.
“All I know is that it makes me feel alive to be with you.”
Every thought, every experience just felt right…felt believable. From being scared of bugs, noises, pooping in the jungle, rashes on your ass, poisonous snakes to how to find food and how to collect water. But, for me, it was the relationship dialogue, the banter and the witty as hell comments they make to each other that made me totally fall in love with them.
I only wished they had been trapped there longer. The end was wonderful and again believable but their rescue tore me up. I didn’t want them to leave the island and that they didn’t either made it so bittersweet.
Overall, this left me completely satisfied. Is this A Forbidden Rumspringa?? No, but it is one of Keira’s best. Rumspringa, for me, will always be a tough one to beat.