In the Azure Noon (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: In the Azure Noon
Author: Mark C. Wade
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 24, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 169 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Oren had it all going on. He was set for a full-ride gymnastics scholarship until a tragic accident took his leg.

Now he’s trapped in a small tourist Maine town, and he hates the world.

Steve wanted to be an artist, but he never got his lucky break. After the unexpected death of his wife, he just lives day-to-day.

These two men, struck by tragedy, form an unlikely bond.

In the Azure Noon is an uplifting story about the power of love to raise us out of our darkest moments and become more than we thought we could be.

I really enjoyed the premise of the story with a disabled MC. After losing his leg, he’d lost his way and couldn’t find the path again until his boss, Steve, seemed to actually see him.

Their friendship helped to unlock something deep inside of him and he was able to repair something broken in Steve as well.

It was well planned and engaging, but I found the writing style to be a bit stunted and choppy. Some of the prose was beautiful, but the dialog seemed lacking in feeling and parts of the story seemed thrown in haphazardly instead of woven into the story line.

Both MC’s had interesting back stories and seemed interesting enough on their own, but I had a hard time seeing them together towards the end, even though it ended well.

All in all, it ended up being a fun, easy read.

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Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday