ARC Review: Craving’s Creek by Mel Bossa

Craving's CreekCraving’s Creek by Mel Bossa
Genre: M/M, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Samhain Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads: For the man he loves, he will fight—body, mind, and soul.

Fourteen years ago, on a sun-drenched summer day on the banks of Craving’s Creek, Ryde swore to his best friend, Alistair, he’d never be alone in the world. Though Alistair was destined for the priesthood, there was something beyond holy about the first kiss they shared.

But a fun camping trip went horribly wrong when Alistair was involved in a horrific incident.

Now, at age thirty-one, Ryde’s life is a mess of alcohol and the painful imprint of his last look into Alistair’s desperate eyes. Since the evil they encountered on that shore, his first love has been lost to him—until he learns a friend’s wedding is to be officiated by a priest named Father Alistair Genet.

Amid the rush of emotions, one thought crystallizes: Ryde’s love for Alistair not only has never died, it’s stronger than ever. Stronger than God. But it may be no match for the church…and the repressed memories that are slowly tearing Alistair’s mind apart.

Angie’s Review – 2 Skulls – D

Craving’s Creek is one of those books that you just know from the blurb is one that you are going to love. And for the first third of the book, I did love this book. At that point, it went downhill quick.

To start off with the depth of Ryde’s love for Alistair just didn’t feel genuine to me. And maybe that’s because I didn’t think Ryde was in a place where he was able to commit to someone. It felt more like he wanted to possess Alistair to me because things had hindered him from being able to do that in the past. On top of that, Ryde had a lot of personal issues in his life, and his one major issue was overcome way too swiftly. And Alistair…oh, poor Alistair. Everyone wanted something from him. The catholic church wanted him to push down his ‘issues’ (mental illness and homosexuality) for the sake of its reputation, and Ryde wanted Alistair to love him. Now here is my issue with this – Alistair was in absolutely no way, shape or form ready to be in a relationship with anyone, especially with someone as all-consuming as Ryde was. To be honest, I think Alistair needed a state appointed guardian – or someone who had no stake in what happened to him – to help him with his decisions. Too many people were making choices for him. It wasn’t healthy, and he just sort of settled for whatever happened to him instead of making things happen. There were moments of lucidity where he asked for help, but it felt contrived. Another issue was that Alistair’s religion was so important to him, and I didn’t feel like Ryde had any tolerance for that. It’s one thing not to share someone’s faith, but Ryde had no respect for Alistair’s. If his faith was such a huge part of Alistair and it was something Ryde despised, how could he think he was in love with Alistair? Even at the end of the story he wasn’t able to tolerate it, and because Alistair’s faith is such a prominent part of his life, I just don’t see them going the long haul.

I had a lot of issues with the way things played out in this book, but I’m not ready to discount this author. I really enjoyed the first third of Craving’s Creek, and I want to see if that magic can be captured throughout an entire story.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thank you to SAMHAIN PUBLISHING and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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