Monday, November 28, 2016

New Release-Review & Giveaway: TROY-INTO THE LIGHT (Book 1) by J.J. Harper

Troy - Into The Light (Book 1)

By JJ Harper

Releases - November 28 2016

M/M  Romance

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Troy – Into the Light Book One 
Troy grabs his bags and, shoving in as much of his belongings as he can, he clambers out of his bedroom window. He can hear the shouts and arguments starting up and his name being called. Not able to face his parents, Troy runs away.
Leaning against the wall of the club, Troy’s eyes are drawn to the dark-haired man dancing fluidly with another man. Their eyes meet and Troy’s life changes in the blink of an eye. Inexplicably drawn to each other, they meet on the dance floor. Tremors course over Troy’s body as the handsome stranger touches him.
“I’ve been waiting for you. I don’t know how or why, but I know that you are mine.” As he leans in, he whispers in my ear, “I’m Franco; I am the man you’ve been waiting for, too.” Troy’s life alters irrevocably in that instant as he falls for the handsome, Italian man.

As they build their life together Troy and Franco discover true love, a love so deep they can’t be apart.
I hold his head against my body and, no longer able to hold back my emotions or my words, I stutter, “I love you,” into his hair as my lips cover his head with kisses. “I love you also, Troy. I never knew such a feeling was possible.” Franco whispers against my chest as I hold him. 
When illness strikes, Troy has to discover a new part of himself as he struggles past the pain. A new, stronger, braver man emerges, taking his life in his own hands.
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Carra's Review

Sometimes a good insta-love book is just what I need.  That one moment, that first look at “the one” where everything just clicks and the characters can’t stop it.  Normally when I read this outside of the paranormal genre, I am very likely to wind up with a read that just doesn’t do it for me.  Troy-Into the Light did not get that response from me at all.  Yes Troy and Franco’s relationship moved at rocket speed.  But guess what?  The further into the story I got, the less that mattered.  And the less that it mattered, the faster my tears were falling.

Troy is young and on his own, fending for himself successfully, if just getting by, at the tender age of eighteen.  Franco is quite a bit older than Troy, and extremely successful in his career.  When the two first see each other, it’s one of those moments where everything for the characters just clicks-that “one in a million” chance that they both grab and run with.  It’s instalove, it feels like everything is fast, but for them—it’s real and it’s true and it’s perfect.  It opens up the world to Troy, and he comes alive and becomes so much more with Franco.  Except nothing is ever really, truly perfect is it?

The illness mentioned in the blurb will wound up tearing me apart.  I knew something was coming, there had to be a conflict somewhere, right?  But what comes and how hard it hit me was unexpected.  Troy may eventually deal with what happens, but he’s not the same man.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book to see where he goes from here.

Nico is a wonderful bright spot in the story, and now I’m excited to go back and read his own tale in the Reunion series!  We get a tease for his story here in this book, and it definitely makes me want to see how things unfold for him.

There are times that the story moves quickly, with jumps in time to move the story forward to points where something is happening that is important to the overall plot of the book.  Those jumps, while necessary to get the story to a particular place it needs to be, left those parts of the book feeling less smooth to me as a reader.  There’s also one scene involving Troy’s boss at the gym that felt a bit out of place since nothing prior to it happened to make me think something like that would come up—it was kind of out of the blue.  But the emotional scenes were spot on, and the further into the story I got, the better the flow of the writing.  And of course, there’s also the fact that the author made me cry.  


Troy-Into the Light was a 4-star read for me, and is a great story for any M/M romance fan.  It is definitely for readers 18+ for adult language and explicit M/M sexual content.  Don’t forget to keep your tissues handy ;-)


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I’m J J Harper or Jess to my friends and family. I have a love for hot steamy love stories and write m/m and m/f romances.
I stumbled into writing after a suggestion from my husband sets some seed sowing in my head and the ideas started to flow. I have found something that I absolutely love doing. I’m a true romantic and always want to see a happy ever after in my books and in life.
I live in the UK in the quiet Lincolnshire countryside along with my husband and my dog, it’s a peaceful existence which balances out all the crazy that goes on in my head. What would the neighbours think of me???

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you your participation and for your great review.

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