Title: Weight of the World
Author: Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Publisher: Devon McCormack
Release Date: August 28, 2016
Genre(s): Gay romance, suicide, mild dark read
Page Count: 241 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“The world’s an awfully big thing to carry by yourself.”
Zack lost his job, his apartment, and his hope, which is why he ends up on the roof of a high rise, certain that one final step will solve his problems. But a mysterious stranger named Rob happens to be on the roof that night too. He talks Zack down, convincing him there’s still hope left in the world. Zack thinks maybe he’s right, which is why he’s shocked when he turns on the news the next morning to find out Rob jumped himself. Disturbed and confused, he searches for answers, starting with Rob’s brother Tommy Rayburn.
It’s been Tommy’s job to take care of his brother since they were kids, taking the blows from their father so Rob wouldn’t have to. Tommy thought he could protect him, even if it meant carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Considering Rob threw himself off a building, he obviously couldn’t.
Then he meets Zack, a friend of Rob’s who’s suspiciously evasive about how they knew each other. But they’re both grieving and determined to find out why Rob jumped. Answers don’t come easily, and soon they’re soothing each other with sweat-slicked, passionate encounters. Hot as things get in the bedroom, it doesn’t take them long to realize there’s more between them than mind-blowing sex and their pain. But the heaviness is still there, threatening to pull them under, and if they can’t open up with each other to lighten the load, the weight just might be enough to crush them both.
WARNING:::: This book will completely break your heart and slowly put it back together again. This is a story I believe that everyone should take the time to read. It is a story that I truly believe will touch so many different people for so many different reasons.
If I had to describe to you what this story is about I would say it is a story about suicide, a story about hopelessness, a story about guilt, a story about learning to live again, a story about learning to forgive, a story about acceptance, a story about learning to love not only yourself but what it feels like to be loved in return, a story about learning to accept that you do not have to do everything for everyone but instead learning to let others help, it is a story about starting over and letting go of the past and looking to the future, and last but not least it is story about understanding and being thankful.
This story really touched me in so many different ways. Riley Hart and Devon McCormack was able to make me feel every emotion that the characters in this book went through and I definitely found myself crying with and for these characters more than once.
In all honesty this story is not about just Zack and Tommy even though they are the two prominent characters in it but it also about Rob too. Zack in my opinion is such a lost individual and for the most part he feels like he just cannot go on anymore after fighting so hard all his life and life constantly kicking him in the teeth at each turn. But I believe because of the chance encounter he had with Rob before Rob committed suicide it changed not only the course of his life but the course of Rob’s older brother, Tommy’s life also. I also believe because of that chance encounter it helped Rob to seek some of the peace in his life that he so desperately wanted and needed.
Once Zack and Tommy met they were both on a path that I believe they was destined to take because of Rob. The path they have to take is not an easy one but it is a path that both could find all the answers that they both desperately need and have been searching for. They just both have to learn to trust in one another to get to that point.
This book is so close to what I believe could be real life. The events that take place in this book could realistically be someone’s life. I think that is why this book affected me so deeply. I would definitely recommend that this book be read by as many people as possible because I honestly believe that the way this book has touched me, it will also touch other people in the same way. Riley Hart and Devon McCormack did such an incredibly, amazing job on it that it is really and truly hard to be able to do the book justice with just words. It is definitely a book to be extremely proud of and shows just what an incredibly, amazing author’s Riley Hart and Devon McCormack truly are.
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