Posts Tagged ‘author:Anne Brooke’

The Bones of Summer by Anne Brooke

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The Bones of Summer
Author: Anne Brooke
Genre: Modern mystery/horror
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $6.99 (also available in print)
Other Information/warnings: Child physical abuse, violence, explicit m/m, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
When Craig Robertson’s religious fanatic father disappears, Craig is forced to return to the home he’d left behind after an underage affair in order to look for answers. His new lover, private investigator Paul Maloney, agrees to help so they can continue to enjoy their fledgling relationship.

During his initial search, Craig finds items that belonged to Michael, his lover in that long-ago ill-fated affair, and soon discovers that Michael has disappeared as well. The search becomes an investigation into Craig’s past, and, because of distressing gaps in his memory, he’s terrified of the truths he might find. Finally Craig tells Paul his deepest fear: that Michael is dead and he himself is responsible.

While Paul refuses to believe his lover is a murderer, Craig’s obsession with uncovering clues grows, and their fragile relationship begins to disintegrate. Now on his own, haunted and stalked, Craig has to face down the horror of his memories if he wants to have any hope of a future at all.

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Painting From Life by Anne Brooke

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Painting From Life
Author: Anne Brooke
Genre: Contemporary, sweet
URL: Eternal Press
Price: US $2.50
Other Information/warnings: A couple of swear words
Summary:
An artist in a dying marriage, meets the love of his life, and rediscovers his passion for his work.

My review:

This is a story about love in its purest form – no romance, no sex, just a man giving and receiving affection and comfort, from the most unlikely of sources. Anne Brooke weaves an exquisitely beautiful story about an artist choking to death in a marriage where his wife feels she can’t compete with his art. Forced to choose, the artist simply can’t forgo his painting, nor the old man he meets by the sea.

It’s a short story—only 5k in length—with not a wasted word or cheap emotion, and yet says more about enduring love than a novel could. The author is a skilled wordsmith, and if you give this little piece a chance, you will be beguiled and moved. Thoroughly recommended.

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Maloney’s Law by Anne Brooke – review

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ Title: Maloney’s Law
Author: Anne Brooke
Genre: Crime, mystery
URL: PD Publishing
Price: US$15.99 / UK£ 4.73
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:
Paul Maloney, a small-time private investigator from London, reluctantly accepts a case from his married ex-lover, Dominic Allen. Before he knows it, Paul finds himself embroiled in the dark dealings of big business and the sordid world of international crime. The deeper he pushes, the closer he comes to losing everything he holds dear.
Can he solve the mystery and protect those he loves before it’s too late
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