Title: Into Deep Waters
Author: Kaje Harper and Kaleo Griffith (Narrator)
Release Date: October 19th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Historical Romance
Page Count: 193 pages
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
For Jacob and Daniel, two young gay men aboard a US Navy ship in WWII, the risks are high. Not only the risks of injury and death from Japanese planes and submarines, but the risk of discovery. Only a special kind of love is worth taking that chance. But from the moment Daniel meets Jacob’s eyes across a battle-scarred deck, he knows he has to try. Being together requires figuring out what it means to be gay in an era when they could be discharged, imprisoned, or worse for admitting the desires of their hearts. Their relationship is measured in stolen moments and rare days of precious leave, with no guarantee there will be a tomorrow. And, if they survive the war, they will need even more luck to keep their love alive through the years to come.
This novel was written as part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s 2012 Don’t Read in the Closet writing event: Love is Always Write. It won the 2012 LGBT Rainbow Award for Best Gay Historical Romance in 2012.
I almost made a enormous mistake. Because when I was offered a chance to read this story I almost said no because it’s a little outside my usual preferred romance genre era. And that would have been an mistake of gigantic proportion because this book slayed me in all the best ways.
Covering sixty-nine years of friendship, loyalty, and love this story uplifted me, broke my heart a little, then mended it, then filled it up. I love these characters so much.
I don’t know if it was Kaje Harper’s beautiful writing or Kaleo Griffith’s truly phenomenal narration or a combination of the two, but I loved this from start to finish. I was engrossed, enraptured and riveted throughout the entire story.
I haven’t listened to Kaleo Griffith before this audio, but I can assure you I will be grabbing something else of his after this. He takes these characters across their sixty-nine year relationship and ages their voices brilliantly. Do you know how hard that is to do? Believe me, I’ve heard a lot of narrators screw it up, but Griffith does it seamlessly. His performance was pure brilliance.
I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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