|Cover Artist: L.C. Chase|
To Touch The Sky
(Leap of Faith, Book 2)
by M.A. Church
Expected Publication: April 3, 2015
Genres: Humor, Gay (M/M), Paranormal, Romance
He can run, but he can’t hide…
Centuries ago, Hawk made a terrible mistake which has haunted him since. Fear of responsibility and feelings of unworthiness leads him to denying the mate Wha-tay showed him in a vision. So now Hawk runs his bar, has casual sex, and never, ever dates men with blond hair and brown eyes. But then Simon walks into his bar, and the future he’s feared is about to end up in a brawl if Hawk doesn’t do something—fast.
Simon Carter has a smart mouth and a bulldog temperament. So when Hawk runs, Simon pursues the sexy man, only to be rejected. Just as Simon decides to give up, someone—or something—visits him to change his mind… and scares him to death. Now Simon is backpedaling, and Hawk is in pursuit.
Desperate to reassure Simon, and keep him safe, Hawk is forced to reveal his secrets before he’s ready. Can Simon learn to accept things aren’t always as they seem? Is the connection between them strong enough to help Hawk overcome centuries of pain? The only way the two men will move beyond Hawk’s past is for both of them to take a leap of faith.
Two hours later he was back up, pacing the floor, beyond annoyed. Why was he doing this now? He 0
knew who his mate was supposed to be, and he wanted no part of it. He was responsible for himself only, and he liked it that way. Too bad the spirit that shared his body didn’t agree.Really? What about all those people at the bar who depend on you?“It’s not the same thing, and you know it.” A quick glance out his bedroom window confirmed dawn was about to break.Freaking A, arguing with you is like arguing with a signpost. Why don’t you go stretch your wings, old man? We’ll chill on the breeze. Shift and we’ll find a nice juicy pigeon or rabbit for breakfast. That sounds dee-lish.Hawk rolled his neck. His totem spirit’s mentality was that of a fifteen-year-old hopped up on sugar and running on three hours of sleep. The spirit was very old, but damned if it acted its age.Whatever, dude. Just do something, will ya?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It takes a special kind of courage to let go of the past and step forward into a future that is unknown.
I loved Simon's personality. He is open, outgoing and refuses to conform to stereotypes. Willing to make sacrifices while in pursuit of his goals, especially his attraction to Hawk, Simon is the kind of friend everyone wants to have in their corner.
I had a harder time warming up to Hawk's character. He's stubborn and carries a lot of guilt, mostly due to pride, but also because of the high expectations he has for himself. He hurts Simon deeply when he goes against his natural instinct to protect his mate and makes his own pain a priority instead. He eventually gets his act together, but by then a lot of damage has already been done.
TO TOUCH THE SKY is second in the Leap of Faith series but I had no trouble reading it as a stand alone story. I loved the way Church blends her shifter's history into existing Native American culture. She doesn't sugar coat their emotions and their fallibility is what gives them depth. A well written and engaging story with adventure, romance and a sense of spiritualism that perfectly exemplifies the theme of taking a leap of faith, I'm looking forward to following this series in the future.
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M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.
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