An Immovable Solitude

An Immovable Solitude, by S.A. McAuley

Publisher : Silver Publishing (BUY HERE)

Genre : Contemporary Romance

Length : 262 pages ebook

Blurb: Erik Hash, owner of a shark diving company in South Africa, loses everything in one night–his business, his partner, and his desire to live. The victim of a violent hate crime, he leaves South Africa and takes a job aboard a private yacht to escape. When his partner reappears after three years, he wonders if there is something left for them to rebuild. But the ocean isn’t ready to let go of him quite yet ….

Review :  This book was amazing!  A South African diver and his Irish lover, running their own Shark Dive business in South Africa – how many books within this genre have that as a setting for their story? Not many, right? Not that I am complaining about all the MC’s that are cops, firemen, teachers, night club owners etc but as a girl from Southern Africa married to a boy from Northern Ireland – the minute I read a little of the blurb I had to stop any reading plans and pick this book up (incredible, huh? you know me and my concrete plans!)…. although the similarity ends there – neither of us have in fact dived with sharks 🙂

The story starts in South Africa with Hash and his Irish lover, Kerry, having been together for 3 years, running their Shark Dive Tours as business partners, and employing Kerry’s older sister Kelly. They are known as the Irish Twins, despite the 10 month age difference. Kelly and Hash don’t really get on well – she isn’t entirely comfortable with his relationship with her younger brother, feeling that Hash pressured Kerry to come out before he was ready to. Kerry was 19 when he met Hash, who is 5 years his senior. Hash just had to have Kerry – from the minute he first saw him, he was smitten. And 3 years on his feelings have not diminished. He loves Kerry wholeheartedly. But life as an openly gay man in South Africa isn’t easy – or maybe it is more Kerry struggling with it himself. Did Hash rush him? Was he too forceful and quick to declare his love? To share his business? Was it too much pressure for the young Kerry? No two people ever walk the same path – even though the destination may be the same.

Birthday parties…  times of revelry! When you celebrate with loved ones – you think back on the year gone by and look forward to the new one coming, and many more as well. Dreams. Plans. Hopes. Hash had no idea what would follow after that wonderful night, but everything went to pot. Having lost it all he decides to escape, seeking solace from a life on the ocean – random hook ups with business men in hotels, or students in hostels – talk about ports in a storm 😉 Then 3 years later he runs into the love of his life again. Kerry. The man who had disappeared, seemingly leaving everything and everyone behind. There were times I wanted to reach in and whack Kerry over the head – youth can only be an excuse for so much. But I am such a sucker for the redeemable character. Everytime it is the heartbreaker that hooks me! And there are such beautiful lines and passages in this book – the note regarding the chain “needing to have been shorter” was just beautiful. Well, my interpretation was anyway 🙂 and the subsequent additions to the shark tooth gift were just so sweet. Intriguing, right? You’ll need to read the book !!

After 3 years of heartbreak – not only losing your lover but also your livelihood – would you be quick to forgive? Assuming of course forgiveness is in fact asked for. And again I wanted to slap some sense into the young Paddy! I will warn you that there is a fair bit of angst – but it worked. It didn’t read as being just for the sake of it – it read as being true to life, how you would react if you had to deal with all that crap (for want of a better word 🙂 ) I know as reviews go, this one doesn’t give much away – but I just don’t want to spoil anything, and there is so much that could be spoiled. Things that you, the reader, need to discover – page after heart rending page – suffice it to say that I read until 3am. That speaks volumes!

There is so much in this story that resonates with me on such a deep level, but I have been able to separate my strong personal connection (with a lot that happens in the book) and feel that my utter enjoyment in the telling of a beautiful story stands solidly on its own. It is a lush and lovely romance story – with a healthy dollop of angst, and good serve of smexy on the side 😉 I highly recommend this book. Go. Buy the Book!

Rated 5 stars by Barb