Title: Until September
As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.
Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan’s left with an impossible choice: get the family he’s always wanted, or respect Margie’s wishes and convince Archer to give parenting—and his heritage—a chance.
To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer’s reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children’s future is on the line.
Author: Chris Scully
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Genres: Male Male Romance
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It is pretty rare for me to struggle when I have to write my feelings and thoughts down. How can I really give Until September the review it deserves?
I must admit that when I began this book, I was like Archer: being judgmental. Even though I am gay, I never wanted to read any male/male novels. Boy, that book turned my world upside down. Imagine seeing a 37 year old guy sitting on a bus and crying his heart out while reading; well that’s me. I thought I was in for a light fluffy ride, I was totally wrong.
Chris Scully did a wonderful job by including aboriginal culture and current issues throughout the book. It is an excellent way to bring awareness on a situation that is not discussed enough. That being said, it is a love story, not a social/political essay.
Archer is aboriginal, he was bullied, sexually abused and he blocked love from its life. All that matters for him is sex, sex and more sex. When he is not thinking about or doing sex, his focus is on his career. He is not likable at all and doesn’t care about it. Ryan is completely at the other end of the spectrum. He is a sweet and gentle soul that would do anything for the sake of a family and just to be of service. His heart is huge, but it is also his downfall, not being able to protect himself enough. This is a story of those 2 realities colliding when trying to do the best for Dillon and Emma, two adorable children left behind when Marguerite died. Characters are all strongly built. I like them all, especially silly Dilly and Archer.
This is also a story of hope, redemption and soul searching. This is a story that is inspiring and touching. It tackles a lot of current affair in our society: same sex marriage, same sex adoption, aboriginal rights and most of all our own judgment towards the others and how we hold on to it and close our heart. Language is crude and for mature readers. Sex scenes were explicit but construct with finesse and it served the story well. The attraction between the Archer and Ryan was magical and love with all its subtleties was present all the way through. Passion has a lot of way to show up in life, this story is one of them.
I recommend this book, in fact that is a must read and it is the best that I read this year. I surely hope that the author would write a second book with Ryan and Archer. I already miss them!!
Hello! I’m Chris Scully. I’m thrilled to welcome you to my Until September blog tour! Join me at various tour stops, where I’ll be sharing some of the background of this novel, my thoughts on writing, and more. Comment on each stop to be entered in a drawing for a $20 Riptide gift certificate. Thanks for joining me on the tour!
About Chris Scully
CHRIS SCULLY lives in Toronto, Canada. She grew up spinning romantic stories in her head and always dreamed of one day being a writer even though life had other plans. Her characters have accompanied her through career turns as a librarian and an IT professional, until finally, to escape the tedium of a corporate day job, she took a chance and began putting her daydreams down on paper.
Tired of the same old boy-meets-girl stories, she found a home in M/M romance and strives to give her characters the happy endings they deserve. She divides her time between a mundane 9-5 cubicle job and a much more interesting fantasy life. When she’s not working or writing (which isn’t often these days) she loves puttering in the garden and traveling. She is an avid reader and tries to bring pieces of other genres and styles to her stories. While her head is crammed full of all the things she’d like to try writing, her focus is always on the characters first. She describes her characters as authentic, ordinary people—the kind of guy you might meet on the street, or the one who might be your best friend.
Although keeping up with social media is still a struggle given her schedule, she does love to hear from readers.
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