Title: Arrows Through Archer
Author: Nash Summers
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 14th 2017
Reviewed by: Ele
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
This review will make more sense to you after reading the book. I choose to keep it as spoiler free as possible, because I want everyone to experience it the way I did. But I’m telling you beforehand that this is my favorite Nash Summers to date, and I highly recommend it. But know that here be ghosts.
“One morning I woke, but the two halves of my heart did not.
This is a story about grief. But it’s not just about that. It’s about the things that were left unsaid. About not knowing. About finding some hope and contentment that will keep you afloat, only for it to be snatched away from you again. About finding LOVE.
“Around him, the world continued. Around me, the world must’ve continued as well. But it didn’t feel like it.[…]
He might’ve still looked like an angel, but even from a mile away, I would be able to see the devil on his shoulder. Archer.”
Mallory’s hung ups and the way he acted in the first part of the book resonated a lot with me. I can only imagine being in his place. But even if I blamed him for…things, he would have won me back in the second part of the book. He was amazing.
The narrative structure and the POV change are brilliant. The time jump and the way it is depicted on page is brilliant too. The writing is evocative, sometimes raw, sometimes almost lyrical. There is tons of UST and slow burn. And TONS of feels.
If you ‘re looking for daddy kink, look elsewhere. If you ‘re looking for light and funny (like Maps), that’s not your book. I won’t lie, this is a not an easy read. But easy reads don’t leave an impression on me, and this one slayed me.
Arrows through Archer is about the journey to love another person and yourself. I’m happy that Archer reached both destinations in the end.