Book Reviews

The Edge Of Heaven by E.M. Lindsey

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Rent Boys/Escorts/Porn Stars / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 19-October-2020

Book Blurb

"And really, what kind of fool goes and falls for their escort?"

In a fit of panic, reclusive English teacher, Julian Pedalino, lies about a boyfriend when he's coerced into attending his ex-husband's wedding. And when he realizes he has to follow through and actually bring someone, he's left with only one option.

Hire a stranger.

He's expecting the weekend to be a disaster, he's expecting everyone to see through him, he's expecting them all to know the truth- that he could never get someone as gorgeous as that to fall for a person like him.

What he isn't expecting is Archer, the charming man who can play the part of astrophysicist with an endless love for the wonders of space, and gentle words that could sweep anyone off their feet.

Even Julian, who vowed never to let another man close to his heart, ever again.

It would be a romance made in the heavens....if only Archer wasn't keeping a secret of his own.

 

Book Review

“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.” William Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2)

 

Julian Pedalino, of ‘The Edge of Heaven’ by E.M. Lindsey, has always been painfully aware of being a disappointment to his mother. Always the consummate perfectionist, when she bore an “imperfect” son with a hairlip and a hearing disability, it was almost too much for her to bear. She never passed up an opportunity to let him know. When she insists that he come to his ex-husband’s wedding to his first cousin, no less, it is almost too much for him to bear. Reluctantly, he tells her he will come, but not after royally putting his foot in his mouth by telling her he will bring his boyfriend, Will. Never mind that Will doesn’t exist!

 

Archer, who is bisexual, has been “summoned” back to the States from his research in an astronomy lab in France by his brother, Rex. Rex is governor of his state; he needs to bolster his support of the LGBT community and is hoping that featuring Archer in some public appearances will help his standing. Archer is not happy about it, but promises to come back for a while. Archer is with his best friend, Shen, when he receives a call from an unknown number. Out of curiosity, he answers. The man calling is Julian’s best friend, who promised to help him out in finding a boyfriend. He is under the mistaken impression that Archer is an escort who has been recommended by an acquaintance. He tells him the story about how Julian has been forced into attending the wedding of his ex-husband which involves a week of prenuptial activities and needs someone to go with him and pretend to be his boyfriend. Archer is both amused and intrigued by the idea of helping Julian get a bit of “revenge” on his ex, so he agrees to the proposition.

 

Even though they are strangers who are both working under a false set of circumstances, Archer and Julian find that they have a lot in common. Archer is as impressed by Julian’s resilience as he is appalled by his family’s treatment of him, especially his mother’s. However, his father is a wonderful man who Archer is instantly fond of. As time goes by, Archer does his best to present them as a loving couple making Brice, his ex, jealous as hell. They both know that getting involved is a bad idea, but they begin to have a hard time fighting their attraction. In each other, they see what they didn’t even realize that they wanted. Bit by bit, Archer’s true identity comes out, except for one very important bit of information – that Archer isn’t an escort, after all. As it turns out, it’s the one piece of the puzzle that blows up in his face.

 

E.M. has written a sensitive portrayal of two very special, underappreciated men who, by chance, find each other despite the odds. The story hit all my soft spots. I took sign language in college and have a great affinity for the deaf community. Julian being deaf added greatly to his credibility and charm. The Shakespearian references were a real plus for me. Archer was awesome as well. I enjoyed that he was as much a nerd as Julian except in a different field. Their relationship was intense, romantic, and fulfilling, a huge boost to their self-esteem as well as their capacity for forgiveness of themselves and each other. Thank you, E.M., for one of the most endearing stories I’ve read in a while.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 300 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-October-2020
Price $2.99 ebook, $15.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Edge-Heaven-M-Lindsey-ebook/dp/B08HX8V5MW