Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Godsend by Sloan Johnson

Title: Godsend
Author: Sloan Johnson
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Publish Date: February 4, 2015
Review Source: eARC provided for review
You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Despite knowing from a young age that he was gay, Scott Murphy couldn’t imagine life without Shelly. He threw away the labels and had eleven amazing years with her, but now, he feels even more lost trying to figure out how to move on after Shelly’s death. After nearly a year of watching Scott fade away, Shelly’s father forces him to start living again.

As much as Chris loathes the idea of attending a bereavement group week after week, it’s one of the only places he can go in this town, other than the bar, to not feel so alone. When there’s nothing to distract him or dull his senses, he spends too much time obsessing over how he should have been able to help his sister. When Scott shows up at his group session, Chris decides that maybe some good can come out of his sister’s death. 

There’s no denying that Chris is the first man to catch Scott’s attention in a long time, but how can he move on when just thinking of Shelly sends him to his dark place? 

The road to recovery won’t be an easy one, but Chris is determined to help Scott see that life is still worth living. But before Scott can allow himself to admit what he feels for Chris, he knows he has to reveal the full truth about Shelly’s death.

I absolutely adore Sloan Johnson.  She asked me to read the Prologue of Godsend before she even really started writing it and I hadn't cried that hard in a long time for anything let alone a book.  I think the last truly ugly cry I had prior was Always by Kindle Alexander and let's face it that required some tissues as well.  The subject matter here though different was just as gut wrenching and required just as many if not more tears as the inevitable thoughts of the possibility of losing loved ones comes to your mind.

Death with dignity is big in the news right now and Sloan Johnson tackled the topic with grace.  Yes, our Main Character, Scott, realized he was gay in High School but felt a draw toward his best friend Shelly.  Shelly gets sick in College and Scott finally gets up the courage to tell her he loves her after she has a bad break and needs him.  Sure it seemed odd that a gay man would realize he was in love with his female best friend of many years to me it means he realized he was actually bi-sexual an he says as much in the story.  They live their lives as best they can making each day count and eventually her illness progresses to the point that she decides death with dignity is their best option, no waiting to figure out when her next breath will be her last, no wasting away, going peacefully on her terms.

Once Shelly is gone from his life, Scott has to figure out how to live without her.  For a while he doesn't believe he can and vows to end it all but fate steps in and pulls him from his solitude and misery.  His Father in Law of all people drags him to a grief therapy group and there he meets Chris.  Chris is everything he's ever wanted in a male companion but after so many years with Shelly he feels it would besmirch her memory and belittle what they had together to be with anyone else.  He fights it but of course you can't fight fate or the well wishes of a dead spouse.

I absolutely adored Chris and his perseverance to stand by surly Scott's side even when he probably should have left him to his own devices.  He is an honorable man who sees something he wants and doesn't want to let it go no matter how hard headed the man he wants can be.  Chris adds humor and joy to the story even though he too has a haunted past and seeks to ease the unrest inside himself as well as Scott. Their passion is electric and beautiful and will live on as one of the better romances I've read in a while.

It's not a predictable story by any means and I sure as heck didn't see the ending coming.  The reason the story got a 4 instead of a 5 from me was simply the ending.  Something that seemed to have resolved itself was somehow unresolved and though I overlooked a few of the things that weren't mentioned earlier in the story as items that maybe just didn't need to be resolved in the forefront, this one seemed to be something that had resolved itself and to me was brought back unnecessarily.  The ending added a creepy note but I loved the story all the same and thus was not enough to jeopardize my thoughts on the novel as a whole.

I won't say more than that because I won't spoil the story for you it was just my personal opinion.  It wouldn't keep me from re-reading the story and I definitely will.  Sloan has finally come into her own with this one and I look forward to many more amazing M/M romances from her in the future.

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.


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