Book Reviews

When the Night Comes by Teegan Loy at Cottonwood Hills Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 14-June-2018

Book Blurb

Five years ago on the day of his high school graduation, Tyler Rask walked away from his home, dragging with him a shattered heart. Lack of communication destroyed his first relationship, and he's held onto the pain, believing his ex-boyfriend, Skye Olsen, chose a life with a woman over him. 

His mother's failing health forces him to revisit his past, and Tyler heads home to say goodbye and maybe find a way to make peace with his choices. 

The advice Tyler's mom offers is simple; live the life you want. Settling for something else isn't really living. When he's presented with a chance to reconcile his past, Tyler needs to decide if he's ready to forgive and move forward to a better life.

Book Review

“The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist." ~Ernest Hemingway

Tyler Rask, of 'When the Night Comes' by Teegan Loy, swore he'd never go back home, but his mother is dying and wants to see him to say goodbye. Tyler isn't looking forward to it because he knows that the searing pain he has tried to dispel for five years will come back full force when he’s forced to face all the familiar faces and places he has tried so hard to forget. With a huge shove from his sister and ex-girlfriend, Tyler finds himself in the place he thought he would never be in again.

Five years before, Tyler knew what was happening when he fell in love with Skye Olsen. All of his instincts told him not to, but he did anyway, knowing it would most likely turn to heartbreak. Skye did not understand what was going on, why he was so attracted to Tyler. He asked Tyler to keep their relationship a secret until he was brave enough to admit how he felt about Tyler. Tyler didn’t like it, but he loved spending time with Skye, so he reluctantly agreed. They did not know how to communicate what they felt, especially Skye, who never even suspected that he might be attracted to a man until Tyler came along. In the end, Skye was too insecure to be open about his feelings for Tyler and made a big show of choosing his girlfriend over Tyler.

When Tyler arrives in town five years later, his brother-in- law, Gavin, is at the airport to pick him up. Tyler is expecting a cold reception, but it seems that Gavin isn't interested in being angry. He is genuinely happy to see Gavin; tells him how much he has been missed by the whole family, and how he is relieved that Tyler is there. Tyler is still waiting for the other shoe to drop, for his family and friends to vent their anger, but that's not what he gets. His sister is grateful that he is there, especially for their mom. Even though she's barely hanging on, his mom tells him that she knows why he left. Instead of being disgusted with him, as expected her to be, she tells him that he should never be ashamed of whom he loves. Her perception floors Tyler and the emotional dam bursts. His mother tells Tyler that holding his feelings in will destroy him and he owes it to himself to know the truth, especially if he ever expects to let go of his pain.

This is a very emotional love story with an all too common theme – lack of communication, making assumptions, and simply being too young to understand what's going on in order to make the right decision. All Tyler knows is that he's in horrible pain and thinks he can run from it, but as we all know, problems follow us. Running is never the answer. There's so much angst between the two young men as they painfully struggle to find balance in unknown territory. On another note, unless someone dies, nothing is carved in stone, especially when love is involved. There is always the opportunity of another chance. Thanks, Teegan, for breaking my heart and mending it at the same time.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 280 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-May-2018
Price $3.99 ebook, $10.99 paperback
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