Thursday, April 13, 2017

Review: Separation by Louise Lyons

separationTitle ~ Separation

Author ~ Louise Lyons

Published ~ 31st March 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Taboo

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Synopsis

Matthew Langford is told on his twenty-first birthday that he has a twin. After the initial shock, he quickly realizes this is why he always felt part of him was missing. His search takes him 200 miles to Devon, UK, where he meets fraternal twin, Tremaine Wheal.
The pair discover many things in common, and quickly become as close as if they’d never been separated. But when they share a moment in a nightclub, each realizes there is more between them than having shared a womb. Panic sets in and they part. Once again their separation brings loneliness and pain.
Eventually, unable to stay away from each other, they tentatively move forward together as lovers. But secrets don’t stay secret for long, and discovery and questions threaten their happiness.
This is a taboo story featuring twins.

 

Debra’s Review

Separation is an emotional romance between fraternal twin brothers who were separated shortly after birth and meet for the first time when they are 21. Tam grew up with their biological father, who gave Matt up for adoption when their mother died and he could no longer care for both. Matt was adopted and raised in a loving, well-off family. He never has wanted for anything but always felt a hole inside, as if a part of him was missing. Tam didn’t have it as easy and found out at 18, shortly before their father’s death, that he had a twin out there. That explained his feelings that something was missing, but due to the nature of the adoption agreement he could only leave his information and hope Matt eventually looked for him as well. When Matt’s parents tell him about his brother, he wastes no time looking for him. The story is told in alternating POV from their initial awkward meeting, which quickly morphs into a bonding experience that neither wants to see end, to the first stirrings of something more than a fraternal bond, and follows the men as they create the life together that they feel they were always meant to have.

Shortly after Matt and Tam first meet and bond, things don’t get any easier as the two each quickly realize they are sexually attracted to the other. They don’t look alike and physically are both the other’s type. Tam is the first to realize his feelings and he tries to put some distance between himself and Matt. When Matt soon confronts his own feelings though, there is no stopping them. They do talk things out, take into consideration the legalities, the impact it would have on friends and Matt’s family and just how they can get over their own feelings of guilt. For Tam it’s a bit more difficult as he has spent three years knowing Matt was out there, but Matt’s bond to him is just as strong and they make an amazing team.

While this is a “taboo” story, nothing about it felt gratuitous. Louise Lyons did a wonderful job of making the story feel real and making me want these two together no matter what. In stories like this I want to know that it’s not just an attraction based on the overwhelming emotion of finding a long lost brother, but that there is something else as well. Yes, that unexplainable emotional pull from being a twin to the other has to be there, but there has to be more after that initial feeling. Like any other romance I need there to be that sexual chemistry and I definitely felt the yearning on both sides.

There is an instant bond and attraction and things move very quickly once they get over their initial fears, but due to the circumstances it didn’t bother me at all. I did have a bit of a problem with all the coincidences they had growing up that to me couldn’t really be attributed to a twin bond, but it was just a minor point in the getting to know you plot.

The story occurs in a bit of a bubble, the only other people they interact with are their friend Stef and Matt’s parents, but that is enough to provide the necessary drama. Of course they are inevitably found out and things don’t all pan out the way they expected. The plotline contained enough of an emotional ride for me and nothing was unnecessarily drawn out.

Whether you’ve read “twincest” before or have been debating giving it a go, I can recommend Separation for its lovable characters, hot romance and a satisfying, believable storyline. This was my first read by Louise Lyons, but it won’t be my last.

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Meet Louise Lyons

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself. Email: louiselyons013@gmail.com

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