Brackets by AKM Miles

Blurb: Photojournalist Austin Edmunds is something of a loner, preferring his own company to all of the people his friends try to set him up with. A new assignment in the Smoky Mountains might just change all that, though, when Austin meets big, sexy hunk, Brack Edge.

Austin has never experienced an attraction as immediate as the one he feels for Brack, and he loves the scenery and people he encounters in the Smokies. Despite all that, life isn’t all fun and games for Austin and Brack. They take on helping out a local kid with his homophobic family, and Austin has a story to finish. The hardest part might just be how Brack and Austin will handle the fact that Austin is a Manhattan man to the core, and Brack is a mountain boy, through and through. Can they find a way to keep it together?

Review: SWEET! This describes this story in a nutshell. Nothing disturbs the peaceful atmosphere here. Ok, at first, I thought that the few homophobic local rednecks would kick up a big row and pose a major threat, but after a few violent encounters they faded away never to be seen again. Since I wasn’t especially eager to see the heroes constantly fight some idiotic, inarticulate hillbillies, I was happy about that, though.Still, it left me wondering where the guys had disappeared to.

AKM Miles seems to have a thing for instant attraction, quick recognition of soulmates and an even bigger thing for eye contact. This is the second story I read after “Between us” and in both the guys click immediately on so many levels, it is almost spooky. In “Brackets” I especially noticed the frequent eye contact between Brack and Austin. Not that eye contact in itself is unusual of course, but here it turns into something almost spiritual. There is one love scene in which this becomes exceptionally prominent.

Everybody in this story (except for said yokels) is extremely nice, special in certain ways, and flawless. Brack has no faults, Austin has a few issues from the past, but they more or less are dealt with expediently, and the Jenkins family are the kind of good people you only read about, but never meet in real life. The landscape is breathtaking and everything is just too beautiful to be true.

The love scenes (and there were quite a lot) were sensual, loving, not kinky, and just as sweet as the whole book. If you can let go of the belief that people must have some shortcomings and that there must be some kind of tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time, then you will enjoy this immensely.

Available at Torquere Books

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  1. Great review, Rikki! The mountain setting tempts me, but I’m also one of those readers who, as you said, needs ” …some kind of tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time.” It must be from all those years I read and reviewed mystery fiction, ha, ha! I do like an author who does interesting things with eye-contact. I will think about this one.

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  2. Val, it was a really nice setting, landscape, weather, everything. But if you insist on tension, nope. On the other hand the eye contact (no extraordinary descriptions though) is special here. I don’t know if you’ve read anything else by this author. If so, you might already know whether you like the style. It doesn’t seem to change very much (from what I can tell after reading two stories).

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