Crossing Divides

Andrew Grey
Crossing Divides
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
December 2013

Carter Hopkins is on a mission. He has already written about the conflict in Syria, but is determined to go even deeper. With his editor's help, he joins a band of freedom fighters led by Jalal. But it is Jalal's brother, Nemat, who draws Carter's attention. Nemat has left the family olive grove to join his brother in fighting the Syrian government in Aleppo. When Carter saves his life and is declared an honorary member of the family, Nemat couldn't be happier, even though he knows his family will never understand his true interest in Carter.

Carter and Nemat say their goodbyes after the end of the assignment. Carter's stories garner a lot of attention, but he can't stop thinking of the man he left behind. Then rumors of the use of chemical weapons give Carter another chance at a story, and he jumps at it. But much has changed in Syria, and any chance of getting Nemat out of harm's way seems more impossible than ever.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Jan 06, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
91 people found the following review helpful
Wow, what a great story these men had to share.

The story begins with Carter already in Syria. He's a reporter and wants to write a story to tell of the hardships the country is enduring in order to convince others to help. He's been staying with a group of fighters and he's been getting especially close to Jalal, one of these freedom fighters.

I instantly liked Carter with all his bravery. He's got to be brave in order to go into a country during wartime, not only once but twice. Twice in order to find the man he loves. If that's not true love, I don't know what is.

And him matched with Jalal was even better. Jalal wanted so badly just to be with his man. But being in his country, he knew that it just wasn't possible. He had to be careful. He questioned his feelings and everything they did together. Made my heart hurt for him with the struggles he had to overcome in order to be happy with someone else.

I loved the story and I loved the characters but I felt like there was something missing. By the time we get to read about these guys, Carter has been in Syria for some time, and he and Jalal have already developed an attraction to each other. Because of this, I felt like I missed out on part of their story. I wanted to feel more chemistry between them. I wanted to know more about their time in Syria and more about Jalal's family. I just wanted...more. More of everything. It's a 200-page story, which is about average in the M/M genre, but a story such as this, where there is just so much to tell, it could have been at least 50 pages longer. I could have become more invested in the characters and their story like I had wanted to.

I enjoyed CROSSING DIVIDES; it was a good read. I just think there was so much more to tell, and this good story could have been a fantastic one.
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