Title: Arrows Through Archer
Author: Nash Summers
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 14th 2017
Page Count: 224 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
After the loss of his parents, Archer Hart is consumed by grief. Each day, he struggles his way through classes, parties, and trying to put on a good front for the sake of his best friend. But at night, he falls asleep to the sound of gunshots ringing in his ears.
Mallory is a man fighting a war of emotions all his own. When his son invites his best friend back home to Banff over a college break, he’s happy for the company.
Some time during the late-night talks, subtle smiles, and long, long silences, the two men begin to find solace in one another.
But love isn’t always easy, especially when it strikes you straight through the heart.
Possible triggers/tags: grief, loss, age difference, family, loss, mentions of suicide, recovery, hurt/comfort, homophobia
Arrows Through Archer by Nash Summers slayed me. It’s a story about death, depression, patience, hope, and love. It’s about Archer, a young man who his still grieving for the parents he lost and the brother who disowned him, and Mallory, Archer’s best friend Danny’s father. Mallory lost his wife years ago but still hasn’t completely moved on- he misses her. Neither man was searching for love but found it in each other.
-The tone of the story. Nash Summers’ writing here has a quiet, melancholy, poetic feel to it that I love. The tone and pace matched the characters and their story perfectly.
-The characters. They were fleshed out and experienced character growth as the story progressed.
-Relationship development. If you’ve read my reviews you know I love a slow burn, and this is one of the best I’ve ever read. From the start, their relationship never felt paternal; Archer has been through so much that he’s an old soul at heart. Theirs was a friendship that grew into more, and while those feelings were growing, they stole my breath.
-Angst. This story was emotional and packed a punch at times, but it never felt so overwhelming I thought about taking a break.
-The time lapse. When you read it (and you all need to), you will know what I mean.
-The climax was perfectly executed. There’s nothing I hate more than a drawn out, overdramatic conflict- not so here.
-The end. They’re in it for the long haul, and I would love to read a Christmas novella-I practically salivate at the idea.
Do I have any negatives? I don’t; this was perfect.
There’s no way I could do this book justice in a review. It’s beautiful and heartfelt and one you should read and experience for yourself.
This is going on my Top Ten for the year. 5+ Stars!
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