Title: Blood & Milk
Author: N.R. Walker
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2016
From the day of his birth, Damu has always been an outcast. The son of the chief and brother to the great warrior leader, Damu is reminded constantly that he’s not good enough to be considered a man in the eyes of his people. Ordered to take responsibility for Alé, Damu shares with him the ways of the Maasai, just as Alé shares with Damu the world outside the acacia thorn fence. But it’s more than just a cultural exchange. It’s about trust and acceptance, finding themselves, and a true sense of purpose.
Under the African sky on the plains of the Serengeti, Heath finds more than just a reason to live. He finds a man like no other, and a reason to love.
Wow. Blood & Milk is a simply beautiful and powerful read that was nothing like I expected and just blew me away with the emotion and feelings it evoked. With it's unique setting and difficult, even life-threatening circumstances, the story pulled me in right from the start and refused to let me go even after the end.
Heath Crowley has had his heart and soul ripped from him, and feeling that there's nothing left for him he leaves his home in Australia based on a dream. I found him to be incredibly brave, and even with his don't-care-if-I-live-or-die attitude he still shows strength of character, even if he is broken inside. Damu is an outsider amongst his people, never treated like a man due to events that were out of his control. He takes responsibility for Heath once he joins their village, and it is from their that an unlikely relationship starts.
Watching things develop between Damu and Heath (or Alé as he is named when he joins the Maasai), well it's really an amazing journey set against the backdrop of a society that is severely restricted in its thinking. The tension is palpable and the threat of the nature of their relationship being discovered as it evolves is a real danger-one that could result in the ultimately penalty of death. This keeps the drama and emotion set to the highest level for the majority of the book, and is most of the reason I could not tear myself away from reading.
There is so much depth to the characters, and compassion is discovered in some unexpected places. The intimate part of Heath and Damu's relationship is intense and for Damu quite eye-opening. As the story unfolded and the drama and tension reached a mentally exhausting drawn-out crescendo, I was overwhelmed with raw emotion and yes...the tears did fall.
I cannot recommend this story highly enough. Blood & Milk was a 5-star read for me and gets my top recommendation not just in the genre, but overall as well. It is filled with emotion and passion (and not just the intimate kind), character growth, and is a story that I will be definitely re-reading many times in the future. This book is for readers 18+ for adult language and situations, and M/M sexual content. Be prepared for heat, overpowering feelings, and true, pure love.
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.
She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.
She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…