Title: Angel Voices
On a frigid winter night, college freshman Will stumbles into the shelter of a church during choir practice. His father has just discovered that Will is gay, and has beaten him and thrown him out of the house. But right now Will’s interested only in getting warm.
Will’s college roommate Quinn is a soloist in the choir, which is practicing for a Christmas program. He discovers Will in the church—and his friend’s condition. Will, who has grown up in a repressed environment, including church school, an abusive father and a passive mother, is taken aback by Quinn’s enthusiasm and determination to take care of him.
Does Will have a future after all, especially one that will include Quinn?
Author: Rowan Speedwell
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: November 26, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance, New Adult
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The blurb for Angel Voices offered up quite of potential for a nice Christmas read. You have Will stumbling into a church after his father beat him up, discovered by his roommate Quinn. There’s history about Will’s less than caring past as well as a hint of a possible romance between Will and Quinn. And, well that’s it. Still holiday stories tend to end happily, so even though I am not a fan of them, I figured at 56 pages, it wouldn’t be wasted hours if I didn’t like it.
Hmmm, what to say. There’s nothing memorable about the story. So yes, Will gets beat up by his religious homophobic father. Somehow Will managed to stumble several miles in the cold until he finds the first open place he can get into which required no cash. Turns out it’s a church and lucky for Will, his college roommate happens to be a member of the choir. Quinn finds Will all beat up *GASP* “What happened?!” “I’m fine. No don’t call my parents” and passes out. So of course, Quinn helps Will and takes care of him.
Angel Voices had a nice beginning. Lots of potential could have occurred in story at this point but then it just slipped back into a predictable pattern of roommate crushes, loving family vs not so loving, love heals wounds, yada – yada – yada. Not too much angst to be had, everything happens in a nice little checkbox format, skipping to a HFN ending. I’m sure if the story had been longer, it would have played out much better so I’m not going to hold the length against it. However, there were a few of items I found irksome with one primary one that just had me saying no – the sex scene, specifically the timing. You honestly want me to accept, 24 hours after getting beat up by your father, Will is physically able to get his bow-chica-wow-wow on? I could buy into almost everything else, but not that.