Colliding in Free Fall by Vivien Dean

Title: Colliding in Free Fall

Author: Vivien Dean

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Publication Date: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-59578-637-1

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Length: short story

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Rating: 4.5 Diamonds

Heat Level: erotic

Other: anal and oral, M/M

Reviewer: Dana Dean

Date: March 2010

Jay is a small town fireman looking to find a way to stay active and remain in the town he knows in the home he loves. Frank is a rash young author whose motto in life is “No Regrets.” Jay’s life represents regrets – what if he had never come out to his ex-wife, what if he had moved away to a larger more accepting town, what if? The question becomes will Jay allow himself to love a man he knows will move on without him? Can he embrace Frank’s motto or show the younger man the impossibility of such an outlook.

Vivien Dean’s richly drawn characters leaped off the page with an aching tenderness so often lost in today’s world. The intimate scenes, though hot, never crossed the line to complete eroticism which M/M fiction can sometimes do. The emotional element remained present throughout.

I loved this story. I hurt for Jay and Frank both and for the lifetime of lies Jay has had to create. Ms. Dean’s little community and its people could be my neighbors, but I had to laugh at the idea that at forty-three a man might be too old to be a fireman in a small town. I live in rural America, and we are too desperate for emergency personnel to turn away a man still so vital. Although I had a problem with the idea that the town doctor might see Jay as too old, I had no problem believing that Frank might fall despite their age difference. “Colliding in Free Fall” is a warm and tender read that touched my heart and is certainly worth the time and money.

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March 26, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Thank you so much for the thoughtful review! This was a joy to get yesterday. If you're ever interested in any other of my works, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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