Hail Storm

D. J. Manly
Hail Storm
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Release Date
November 2012
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

What do you do when being with the love of your life means you alienate the other person you love most in this world?

Chance and his buddies adore the band Hail Storm so much, they form a tribute band in their honour—never knowing that Chance has a bigger connection to the lead singer of the group than he is aware of.

At a fan reunion for the band, Chance finally meets the members of Hail Storm, and a secret related to Chance's health years before is revealed. Whisked into the world of rock 'n roll, Chance will become torn between Hail, the brother he never knew, and the enigmatic Storm, who he is gradually losing his heart to.

Can he risk his brother's wrath and confess the torrid affair he is having with the man Hail loves, or will Chance abandon Storm in order to keep his brother's love?

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jan 04, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
123 people found the following review helpful
Torn between a lover and a newly discovered brother, Chance's sweet dream world turns into a bittersweet reality.

Chance Laurence is the only son of two doctors. Loved by his mother and father, he's lived the proverbial charmed life. Set on an undesired medical path by his parents, Chance rebels a little with his musical hobby.

Chance's music idol is Hail Dean from the group Hail Storm. Against his father's wishes, Chance pursues his wish to attend a Hail Storm fan concert. He's blown away when he meets Hail Dean. Hail leaves Chance his number so they can keep in contact. Chance is baffled by all this attention. He agrees to go to LA to spend a little time with Hail. While Chance loves Hail Dean, he lusts after Storm. Storm is the other half of the band. Unconfirmed rumours of Hail and Storm's relationship give Chance hope to spend some time with Storm. When Chance arrives in LA and stays in Hail's home, that's when the bombshell drops.

This story moves very fast. It's all from the perspective of Chance who is an average young male, ready to go off to college. Abruptly, he's pulled into a whirlwind by Hail. It's not only a huge lifestyle change. It's also a shock when a deeply hidden truth is revealed. His world slowly starts to crumble at the foundation until the erosion is too great. Everything falls apart and Chance is left all alone.

This story is a classic Mr. Manly filled with conflicted love and angst. The love is more than just between two male lovers. It also showcases the love between brothers and how it can go wrong. This tale also demonstrates the love between father and sons. How does a father choose between two different sons and treat them in such extreme differences? This pulls the reader into the book to bond with the characters. It pulls emotions out of the reader and causes them to rail and demand, "Why? Why?"

I liked every character in this book which is a hard feat to accomplish. No one in this story was completely evil or bad. Instead, there are good people making bad choices. The consequences slay me. Watching the secrets burst open and cause reckless damage pulls on my heartstring for every character. I can't be mad at the ones keeping the secret. They did it to try and avoid hurting someone they love. Yet when the dark secrets are revealed, the one they tried to protect is staked through the heart. No one wins; everyone loses.

Yet this story doesn't have a depressing ending. Instead, Mr. Manly guides us into a believable resolution with an ending I can accept. With bated breath, I'm eased into a conclusion where the characters can move on. This moving tale of forbidden love is recommended to m/m lovers who know the heart does not always choose whom it loves.
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