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Book Review: A Clean Break (Gay Amish Romance #2) – Keira Andrews

A Clean BreakSo if you haven’t read the first book (A Forbidden Rumspringa), I suggest you get a hold of it first before reading this one.

 Okay, first reaction after reading it – I was seething! I was mad, and wanted to bitchslap everyone within five feet. After a couple of days, I got it together and thought about David and Isaac’s first foray into the “outside” world.

 It’s been difficult for Isaac and David to leave their Amish settlement in Zebulon much more for David because he knows that he’s abandoning his mother and two sisters to fend for themselves. He was ridden with guilt and with Isaac’s love; he’s trying to make it day by day.

The boys made their way to San Francisco and settled into Isaac’s big bro Aaron and his wife’s place. Things seemed to go easy for Isaac as he decided to continue his schooling and makes new friends. David on the other hand, still struggles to reconcile with his guilt and his new environment. With guilt, insecurity and fear marring their new life, Isaac and David needs to remember why they’ve escaped from their former world in the first place.

The whole story was told from David’s POV this time. His voice was very different from Isaac’s. With a stark realization of their new life finally dawning on him, David finds himself struggling to come to terms with it. I loved that the author made it a point to tackle every issue warring inside David’s mind. We’re flooded with his insecurities, with his fears and his hesitation to move forward with this new life. We also see how he truly loves his Isaac and how much he’s willing to sacrifice for his happiness. I was honestly hurting for him all throughout his lamentation. It was heartbreaking whenever he feels so alone with his internal battles. He doesn’t want to show Isaac his weakness and it’s painful to see how he’s not coping well with his new environment.

Can I just mention how I loved the part when Jen’s family visited their place? That was awesome and just 100% pinoy. It was very authentic and I was touched that Keira Andrews made it a point to really reflect the usual Filipino flare for siestas and family togetherness. I wonder who the inspiration was for Jen’s character.

Oh, no. Don’t even get me started with Clark. Okay, I won’t say anything more about this a-hole but something needs to happen to him in the final book. Like really, something bad.

I’ve been reading tons of comments about this installment not having some kind of a “peaceful agreement” between our main couple regardless of the intended cliffhanger. I was pretty satisfied with it though. I see the direction the author was going and I totally understand why some people feel that there should’ve been more to it at the end before the cliffie. I don’t know but the whole vibe of this second book was apt to David’s character and that ending gives so much reflection to his character. How he’s got so much to overcome especially with all his internal battles and his needs to overcome his anxiety. When his resolve to go back to Zebulon to follow Isaac and not leave without him – it was then I realized how really strong his character was despite everything that happened. A Clean Break was David’s story of trying to acknowledge his flaws, trying to ask for help and trying to come to terms with all his decisions.

This for me was a perfect sequel to their story and I’m so looking forward to the final book of this series! Thank you Keira Andrews for another stunning story!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and–although she loves delicious angst along the way–Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” Find out more about Keira and her books at http://www.keiraandrews.com

Book Review: A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance #1) – Keira Andrews

A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance #1)I’m first to admit that I was rather hesitant to read this book because of the whole religious undertone from its blurb but upon reading the first two chapters, I just started tapping my reader until I finished it. Needless to say, I was more than satisfied with the story.

At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside their very close-knitted and strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota. Things here were controlled by rules of the church and there is no rumspringa to explore anything beyond the confines of their community. Isaac also knows that he needs to join the church soon and find himself a wife but beyond these expectations, there’s a gnawing yearning within him.

David Lantz was left alone to support his mother and sisters and was pressured to finally join the church. When he takes on Isaac as his apprentice, their mutual attraction turns into something they struggled to reconcile with their faith and their community.

When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?

I’m just totally floored with this story. As I mentioned, my hesitation upon reading this book dissolved merely a couple of chapters into the story. Isaac and David easily captivated my attention and I just fell for them right away. I feel like a stage mom watching a performance of my children and wildly rooting for them. It’s like when they’re struggling to define their relationship, I just want it to be easy for them and felt the need to give them both some really big bear hugs. I loved when characters are able to reduce readers into a big pile of mess. That’s what happened to me midway through the story. I’m like, cmon’ now – please just let them be happy and get together already!

Of course things doesn’t always go their way and something or someone will always get in their happy-ever after. These men were raised to believe that what they have is a sin, an abomination and just downright dirty and the realization of their newfound love was just too bittersweet.

I’m not totally disparaging their faith but time’s evolving and things are changing. I loved that both Isaac and David are asking questions – things they don’t have answers to or mostly stuff that they do not understand.

This story was told through Isaac’s perspective and I loved how solid the whole narration from start to finish. The author didn’t falter with the continuity of his voice and the whole development of the story up to the very climactic end was a good way to tease the reader into reading the next series.

It’s another sublime writing from Keira Andrews – if you enjoyed Sempre Fi, you’d definitely loved this as well!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Buy now:
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iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords

About The Author
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and–although she loves delicious angst along the way–Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” Find out more about Keira and her books at http://www.keiraandrews.com