Love Life & Circumstance
Title : Love Life & Circumstance
Author : VL Moon & JT Cheyenne
Publisher : Laz & Lachi Publications (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 198 pages (e-book)
Published : July 28, 2013
Rating : ★★★1/2
Born the son of a preacher man, Elijah Deacon always conformed to his father’s strict religious teachings. He worked hard, devoting his time and energy to the family owned construction firm, leaving little time to focus on the deplorable state of his private life. Small town America was no place to be when all a man craved was the touch of another man. Elijah hid his sexuality and tried in vain to convince himself he could be happy with a woman. Urged on by the dream of having the family he craved, Elijah couldn’t know a drunken one night stand would see him pay the ultimate price.
Leaving the bright lights of Atlanta and placing his own life on hold, paralegal, Seth Jacobs, moved to Alabama hopeful that with a baby on the way, his twin sister Bethany would settle down. His older sister by five minutes, she gave him the confidence he needed while growing to come out and be proud of who he was. It was his turn to return the support. On arrival in Headland, Seth endeavored to make her see the dangers her behavior presented to her and her unborn child. But, to no avail.
When destiny deals a cruel blow, and the life of a newborn baby hangs by a thread, Seth and Elijah are flung together to deal with the tragic circumstances. The grief threatens to consume them, while joy and fear work to unite them. Jealousy, love, lies and bitter truths rise to the surface and threaten to tear them apart. Can the powers of love and life bring them together and heal the loneliness that death leaves behind? Or will circumstance prevail and fuel the embers of love that draw them together?
Love, Life & Circumstances follows the lives of two men whose lives are intertwined through a series of tragedies. Elijah Deacon is planning to meet his father, Pastor Chamberlain Deacon at the cemetery to visit his mother’s grave. It is the twenty fifth anniversary of his mother’s death. The weather is bad and the roads are blocked. Pastor Deacon telephones his son to tell him he will be running late and that he loves him. Elijah waits for him at the graveside and as time passes his worry grows.
Meanwhile Seth Jacobs is finishing up some documents to send to the law firm he is working for. He moved to Headland to be with his twin sister, Bethany. She was pregnant and alone. He has watched his sister go into a downward spiral since the deaths of their parents. Bethany began living recklessly while Seth threw himself into his studies. Seth has hoped that returning home and helping care for her that she would leave the wild lifestyle behind. Instead, her drinking and using drugs is endangering the baby as well as herself.
Tragedy hits when both men receive calls that their loved ones have been in accidents and to please come to the hospital. The fear that they may lose the last family they have is heartbreaking. Unfortunately Elijah’s father and Seth’s sister do not survive but Bethany’s baby does. She is premature, has complications from her mother’s substance abuse and is in neonatal Intensive care. Seth has no idea how to take care of a baby and does not know anything about the baby’s father. Bethany would never talk to him about it. He decides this is his only family now and he will do everything in his power to take care of this child.
The two men’s paths cross at the hospital, then again at the funeral home. When Seth realizes that his sister and her friend, Carry, who was driving the car, were responsible for the death of Elijah’s father, he decides to go to Elijah’s house to apologize. Both men are devastated by their losses and Elijah is angry when he realizes it was Seth’s sister and her friend who caused the accident. Even in the throes of their grief, the men are attracted to one another and Elijah cannot blame Seth for something he had no control over. They end up spending the evening talking and drinking bourbon until Seth falls asleep next to Elijah on the floor. The next morning Elijah’s attraction to Seth leads him to kiss Seth and before it can go anywhere, Elijah’s best friend Rhett walks in. Rhett has subtly told Seth to stay away from Elijah when they met before at the funeral home. Now he makes certain Seth understands and Seth vows to stay away, believing they are in a relationship.
The saying “Oh, What a tangled web we weave” applies to this story. The relationship between Elijah and Seth, the jealous best friend, the circumstances surrounding the death of Seth’s sister and Elijah’s father, what we learn about the baby’s father and the lies surrounding all of this makes for a lot of emotional drama. The romance between Elijah and Seth moves very quickly and the authors address this in the story. There were scenes that I thought would not happen in real life but helped develop the romance between the characters. It has some heart wrenching moments and steamy sex between Elijah and Seth. I found some editing issues that were slightly distracting to the story but nothing that made me want to stop reading. I also thought the authors did a good job of presenting the risks of drinking and doing drugs while pregnant and the complications that can occur from that although not over detailed.
Even though I have some reservations about some things with in the story, overall it was a sweet romance with two very sexy men, a fair amount of tragedy and angst, steamy sex and a well deserved happy ending.
Rated 3.5 stars by Deb