Title: Touch the Sky
Author: Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
Rating: 4 stars
I wanted to read this as soon as I heard about it – I love both Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn so I couldn’t wait to see what they came up with together! Christina Lee writes both m/m and m/f romance that I’ve enjoyed a lot. Nyrae Dawn writes young adult and more adult romance under her pen name Riley Hart which I love.
Touch the Sky is the story of Lucas and Gabriel who were online friends and support systems for each other when they were both going through intense times in their teen lives and both dealing with trying to come out to their families. After losing touch with each other for years and then finding each other again it’s hard for them to reconnect after all of the years in between and everything they’ve gone through.
I don’t know what I expected from this book but this wasn’t it. I didn’t necessarily think fluffy going in but maybe light-hearted would be more accurate? That is not the case here at all! But that’s not a bad thing. Gabriel is dealing with some heavy mental health issues throughout the book, which in turn makes Lucas deal with them as well. I thought it was fascinating to see a relationship deal with something like this head on and watch how Lucas is trying to both handle his depression but also not keep it from Gabriel. Having Gabriel’s point of view of his struggle in dealing with Lucas’ depression was a really great and unusual aspect that is not included in many books that I’ve read.
I think having New Adult books that deal with depression straight on like this is important. Seeing yourself reflected in books is always one of the most important things that can happen right along with seeing yourself reflected in characters on televisions so that you know you’re not alone in whatever you’re going through. Don’t get me wrong, the romance between Gabriel and Lucas is there, it’s strong and hot; but I was just more interested in seeing this aspect of the book play out.
COVER DESIGN: Natasha Snow
PHOTOGRAPHY: Giovanni Dall’Orto
RELEASE DATE: 03.28.16
AMAZON US: http://amzn.to/1MHjbEX
AMAZON UK: http://amzn.to/25oGoY7
AMAZON AU: http://bit.ly/1SbDVGP
About Christina Lee:
Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn’t until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I’m addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.
About Nyrae Dawn:
Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.
She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes, but also have big hearts.
Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read.
Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.