Title: Blood & Milk
Author: N.R. Walker
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2016
Heath Crowley is an Australian man, born with two different coloured eyes and the gift—or curse—of having premonition dreams. He also has nothing left to live for. Twelve months after having his life upended, his dreams tell him where he needs to be. So with nothing―and no one―to keep him in Sydney, he simply boards a plane for Tanzania. Not caring if he lives or dies, Heath walks into a tribe of Maasai and asks to stay. Granted permission, he leaves behind the name and heartbreak of Heath and starts over with the new Maasai name of Alé.
From the day of his birth, Damu has always been an outcast. The son of the chief and brother to the great warrior leader, Damu is reminded constantly that he’s not good enough to be considered a man in the eyes of his people. Ordered to take responsibility for Alé, Damu shares with him the ways of the Maasai, just as Alé shares with Damu the world outside the acacia thorn fence. But it’s more than just a cultural exchange. It’s about trust and acceptance, finding themselves, and a true sense of purpose.
Under the African sky on the plains of the Serengeti, Heath finds more than just a reason to live. He finds a man like no other, and a reason to love.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
Having read The Spencer Cohen series by this author, I jumped at the chance of reading another one of hers. WOW!!! What an amazingly sad, tender, hopeful story. There is everything here, from the pain and anguish of a tragic hate crime, to the depths you go go when you don't think you've got anything else to lose. There is also friendship, and gratefulness, and love. Yikes, seriously, this book is simply amazing.
I loved the fact that these characters are not the 'norm'. Life isn't all peaches and cream for Heath, he has lost his partner, his family have disowned him, he is as low as he can get. Damu is an outcast in his tribe, and yet he isn't unhappy with his place. Seeing the relationship develop between these two is a feat of tender humility.
I am wary of saying too much as I really don't want to give out any spoilers, but I will say that this is without doubt, one of the most original and fulfilling books I have read. Absolutely loved it and highly recommended.
* I received this book from Enticing Journey Book Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *
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N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.
She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.
She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…