Monday, August 17, 2015

Michael's Awakening by Jaclyn Osborn: Book Review with Excerpt

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Title:  Michael’s Awakening
Author: Jaclyn Osborn
Published: June 16th, 2015
Publisher:  Encompass Ink
Genre:  MM Romance
Content Warning: Explicit sexual content, graphic violence
Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis:  One moment. That’s all it takes for life as you once knew it to change irrevocably. For Michael Kingston, that moment was when he first laid eyes on Gabriel. In his life, Michael had only known darkness, leaving behind a broken shell of a man. Unspeakable memories of his childhood constantly plagued him, causing him to disconnect emotionally from the world. No one had ever shown him love; therefore, he believed that he was unworthy of it. And then everything changed.

Gabriel Greyson had always been different. Growing up in a small, Bible-thumping town, his preferences for men, makeup, and fashion made him an outcast. But, with the support and love of his family, he overcame obstacles thrown his way and rose above the intolerance. He danced to the beat of his own glammed-out drum and refused to believe that he was anything other than ultra-fabulous. Working as a beautician, he had a job he adored and felt that everything was perfect in his life. Everything except for true love.

When these two men meet, sparks fly. For the first time in Michael’s life, he feels he can overcome the darkness inside him. Gabriel gives him hope and slowly brings him out of the shadows, showing him that even the darkest souls can be redeemed. But there are secrets that Michael keeps locked away. Michael’s fear is that Gabriel will turn away when he discovers the truth. After all, who could ever love a beast?

Excerpt from Michael’s Awakening by Jaclyn Osborn:

Gabriel's lips were like that metaphorical cliff that appeared in our minds when we were faced with a decision that would ultimately alter our lives, a decision that would forever change who we are. I suspected from the beginning that he possessed a power that would tie me to him forever if I were to get too close.

His beauty and grace had first caught my eye, but now his inner fire had scorched my soul. If I were to claim Gabriel's lips with mine, I would never be the same again.



The blurb really caught my interest and since this book was available through Kindle Unlimited I decided to give it a try even though I don’t read gay romance too often.  I discovered a HOT read with characters I really liked.  The story kept me engaged.  The prose flowed easily and smoothly. 

I have never met or known anyone remotely  flamboyant as Gabriel and yet I found him to be very likable. I was able to relate to him as a fellow human being. He is just so kind-hearted and a genuinely loving individual who managed to maintain a wholesome sense of his own self-worth even though others often ridiculed him, or worse.  I was just enamored with his philosophy and sense of self.  I loved that Michael and he found a connection and that Michael was finally able to share his dark secret with Gabe.

For me this book was a surprisingly emotional story that also broadened my outlook slightly in regards to the many connections we have with people in our lives.

I got this book through Kindle Unlimited.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

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About the Author:
Jaclyn Osborn was born and raised in the state of Arkansas. When not working her day job, she spends her days writing, reading, and having epic Lord of the Rings movie marathons. All types of genres interest her in the MM world and she hopes to delve into a few of them in her writing career.

Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • Michael's Awakening Swag Pack (US)
  • 2 x Michael's Awakening ebooks via Amazon (Int) 

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