Title: Dawn to Dusk
Series: Lover’s Journey, Book One
Author: Alina Popescu
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novel (over 50000 words)
That first encounter with Robert in rural Romania at eleven. A summer spent together in the same setting a year later. Their first text exchange in high school. The first sexual experience. The first heartbreak—the second and third and fourth chance. The point of total breakdown and the despair of failing. More love than anyone could have warned him about.No matter how much time passes, no matter how different their paths, every meeting brings Edi and Robert closer together. Those stolen moments shine brighter than any. Yet loving Robert is not easy, not when Edi wants to be true to himself and is met with dishonesty. Or when Robert keeps parading new conquests and ignores Edi more often than not.Edi has always loved Robert, but he must decide if his journey leads to or away from his childhood friend. Is it true love or is Edi just unable to let go?
I wasn’t in much of a hurry to go outside after that, so I snuggled on my usual spot with the book I was reading propped on the pillow next to me. Going back to how things played out when it didn’t rain could wait, it wasn’t like Robert was ever done with a meal in less than an eternity anyway.
I couldn’t tell when I drifted off, but I sure did know when I rejoined the awake people. It was a gentle ruffle of my hair that woke me up. I knew it was Robert without opening my eyes, I recognized the fresh scent of deodorant that he always applied in the afternoon. I must have been half asleep still, because I nuzzled his hand and purred. I freaking purred at the touch!
The moment I realized what I was doing, I froze. What the hell was wrong with me? Things like that never happened between boys. Or friends. Mortified as I was, I couldn’t move. Robert’s chuckle and gentle nudge made me wiggle away from him though.
“C’mon, sleepy head. Make some room for me,” he said, getting more comfortable on the splayed out blankets.
“Are we still reading?” I asked, rubbing my eyes and trying to convince myself to sit up.
“It’s all wet and muddy outside. We can wait until tomorrow.”
Robert pulled me closer to him, my head resting on his chest, and my book, which I lazily dragged from where it had fallen, placed against one of his bent knees. The other one was the support for his own book.
“It’s okay if you fall asleep again. You’re a growing boy, and babies need their rest.”
I opened my mouth to protest, but a chuckle made it out instead. Maybe it was more on the giggle side, but I would have never admitted to that. Who cared Robert was teasing me? I was half sprawled on him and too comfortable to be bothered by it.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Before you read this review, take note of the title. Dawn to Dusk, Lover’s Journey, Book One.
Now that you've read it, take it to heart for it's telling of what this read is all about. A journey two boys take as they grow into themselves. Their life begins on that first meeting, Dawn, and this installment ends when things are seemingly okay but one is left questioning, Dusk. A journey of falling in love, getting heartbroken, and falling in love, or back to love, again.
These lovers' journey takes time to read for it has this tendency to bring back memories that may hurt, or may make you laugh. It calls on emotions similar to elation but at times, anger when things don't go the way they should.
I don't like to spoil the details, for the title says it all. The events that unfold, they begin when Robert and Edi are young and they think and act as young children do. As they grow up, they question their feelings and doubt the sanity of it. Experimentation, questioning, doubting, they go through the gamut of emotions. They hurt, they heal, they are molded into who they are as they finally reach that point in life when they face reality and learn to accept.
This was a difficult read at times, but I love Alina Popescu's style. she always manages to put a twist there somewhere, a change from the norm that makes you cock your head and wonder where she's going to lead us.
As usual, her writing is a joy to read, the question comes in for I don't know where this will lead me, when the next installment comes in. This book ends at dusk, that uncertain time of our lives where it's neither light nor dark and the anticipation for something bigger hangs in the air. What the future brings, well, I'm sure that's going to be another journey we'll have to look forward to.
Prizes: 1 x $10 WIP Gift Card, 1 x $5 WIP Gift Card, 1 x ecopy of Br0th3rly (Famous on the Inernet, Book One).
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com