Illumination

Illumination Review

Adam Craig is burned out. Lead singer of the hard rock band Black Varen, he's tired of the empty life of groupies, paparazzi, and hotel rooms. Worse, a life in the closet. After the final concert of their latest tour, he flees the after-party in pursuit of memories of lost summers and carefree days, until he passes out on the patio of a shuttered lake resort.

Miles Caldwell is a brilliant artist, tied by agoraphobia and social anxiety to his family's lodge. Alone but for his parrot, he spends his days illuminating manuscripts and hiding from the complexities of life. When he discovers Adam asleep in a deck chair, he's furious but intrigued. Adam soon charms his way into Miles' bed, and they lose themselves in a summer idyll, safe from the compromises and claims of reality.

But Adam's life, with all its demands, is waiting for him. And Miles, uncertain of Adam's true feelings, is battling demons of his own. Somehow, the man who's never home and the man who never leaves it must find the strength to fight for a future together.

Title:Illumination
Edition Language:English

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  • Baba

    3.5 stars.***Review posted October 4, 2013Miles and Adam took a swim…Most memorable scene of the entire book, at least for me. It's a (view spoiler)[song Adam has written.Do you know what I mean whe...

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I think I'm going to have to add Rowan Speedwell to my "auto-buy" author's shelf. Her work has been consistently fabulous for me. This book was angsty, interesting, and really well researched. Job wel...

  • Sheri

    Severely shattered. Overcoming obstacles. Powerful passion. Have you ever come across a book that you wanted to slip into? Sure, I’ve stumbled upon gorgeous fantasy worlds that I would love to escap...

  • Mona

    **Mild Spoilers** He held his emotions so close to the surface, so honest, so open. Illumination is a story about two opposite men, from two completely different worlds, that manage to find each othe...

  • Breann

    3.5 stars "'What do I want? First, I want you to take me to bed, ten maybe later a moonlight skinny-dip in the lake, then I want to sleep in your arms all night. And in the morning I want breakfast - ...

  • ~?~D?ni(ela) ? ?? love & semi-colons~?~

    This one creeps up on you. Adam and Miles are both well-developed MCs. They feel real. When they meet, they have instant chemistry. I was a little put off by this at first, because it was literally, H...

  • Jenni Lea

    3.5 starsI was hesitant to read this story. After reading the blurb I thought to myself “this is the same old trope as every other rockstar m/m book I’ve read. Its probably wrought with clichés a...

  • Kat

    4.5 stars This quietly crept up on me in such a way that I'm finding it hard to let go of. I adored Miles. And Adam. And Lisa, Grace and Bobby and Doug. I especially adored how loving it was and how g...

  • Trisha Harrington

    This book was painful, brilliantly so. I'm a fan of angst when it's the right kind. But sometimes a book can grab someone emotionally and take you on a journey you're not expecting. This was one of th...

  • Julio Genao

    a slow, clichéd start and minor annoyances with the characterization ate my nerves. reads like huge chunks of it were legit lifted from wikipedia.dull, and then irritating.dnf at 20 percent.#FuckThis...