Title: Weight of the World
Author: Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Release Date: August 28th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 241 Pages
Reviewed by: Lili
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.
I went into Weight of the World by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack knowing absolutely nothing about it- not the title nor blurb. I’d been told it was emotionally charged, but that’s it. Within a few sentences, I knew that this story would hit me hard. It deals with suicide and depression. As I’ve mentioned before, depression is something that I deal with and it sometimes it makes me critical of stories of this subject matter. Hart and McCormack did a beautiful job handling their character’s feelings. The guilt, hopelessness, shame and feeling like a burden to your loved ones- they were all expressed authentically. Most importantly captured though were the strength, patience, and love that it takes to bury those feelings. There were moments where this book was almost difficult to read, but it was also cathartic. I’m ever so happy to have read it. Anyhoo…
Here are some of my highlights:
-The characters. Tommy, Zack, and Rob. Tommy for his love and loyalty. Zack for his inner strength. Robbie for his big heart.
-The multiple POVs. I’ve never been a fan of having anyone else POV besides the main characters, but this story needed to be narrated by all three men for the actual essence of the book to come across.
-Even though the book dealt with a dark subject – it wasn’t all sad. Humor and passion were perfectly blended in to break up some of the sadness.
-And that ending- the closure they all got- it left me a bit breathless. It was perfect.
As far as any negatives- there were none to be found here. This beautiful story of hurt, comfort, healing left me full of hope, and it left me knowing I’m not alone (sometimes the brain needs a little reminder). 5+ Stars. HIGHLY recommend.