Title: Sky Full of Mysteries
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Genre(s): SciFi Romance
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?
That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.
Where has Rory been all this time? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into the heavens? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.
Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.
Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars….
Holy crap. I read this book in one day, in one fell swoop …. and I needed to let it settle through my brain before I wrote a review. I loved “Sky Full of Mysteries” as the plot draws you in bit by bit, like the slow pull of the line as a master storyteller steadily reels you in. And I hated “Sky Full of Mysteries” perhaps because there is no right answer and no entirely happy ending, just as there is no right answer in life. I mean, the answer to the universe may be 42 after all, or maybe it’s all a series of possibilities, of chance, of different paths.
I won’t reiterate the blurb here, but suffice it to say the plot is absolutely compelling and holds your interest every page of the way. Reed does a beautiful job of creating characters with emotional depth, flaws and foibles. I love how Reed contrasts Cole and Rory’s sexual sizzle at the beginning of their relationship, and the rich sustaining passion of the 20 year partnership Cole and Tommy share. My only small niggle in this tale was Rory’s mother’s reaction. I didn’t quite understand her rationale (don’t want to do a spoiler here).
Without giving too much away, the last quarter of the book and the ending is … difficult. By framing this story as science fiction / paranormal / “aliens took him up in the spaceship,” I believe Reed allows us to take a look at our own ideas about love and its possibilities. Do we go through life carefully guarding an inviolable part of ourselves wondering “what if?” What if, in the giant flowchart of our lives, we had picked Door B rather than A? What if that first love, with its heady blend of infinite possibilities and incredible sex, worked out exactly the way you hoped and dreamed? What if karma or the universe gives us the gift we truly need, although we may not want it when we receive it? What do we do with the possibilities we are handed in this life?
The writing here is stellar, with a plot that takes us on a path we may not be ready to traverse. I think readers will either love or hate the ending but I highly recommend “Sky Full of Mysteries” and give it 5 stars.
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