4 starsM/M Romance

Touch the Sky (Free Fall #1) by Christina Lee, Nyrae Dawn

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Free Fall Series #1
Christina Lee, Nyrae Dawn
Fiction, M/M Romance
March 23rd 2016


Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.

Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.

The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.

ARIANNA’s Review

3.5 Stars!!

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‘Touch the Sky’ is the story of Lucas and Gabriel, two boys who try to find their way back to one another. Even if the story was not exactly a second chance romance story, at times it felt like it was and if you’ll give it a shot you will find out why. I’ve read several books by Nyrae Dawn, but I’ve never read Christina Lee’s work before. In the past I enjoyed many collaborations between many authors, so I was excited to find out what these two will deliver. Well, they deliver a very sweet story, equally heartbreaking and heartwarming and overall well written. A story about love and friendship, ‘Touch the Sky’ was told in dual POV, which I enjoyed because this was Lucas’s story as much as it was Gabriel’s.

Lucas and Gabriel never met each other, more exactly never saw each other face to face. From the moment they met on an online chat room they simply clicked. They were different, but very similar at the same time. Both of them had some problems at home and both of them felt alone then. When they started to exchange emails, neither of them had expected to find in the other a good friend. They became the best of friends, talking about everything and anything, making plans to see each other soon and move to Hollywood. Unfortunately their plans were wrecked. Something happened with Gabriel making him stop all communication with the other boy.

“Is it like this for everyone? I wonder. The first person they let in, is it like they permanently have a hold of them? Are they eternally engraved into their worlds?”

Five years have passed since Lucas talked with Gabriel. Lucas moved in Hollywood after all…alone. He tries to forget about his stupid immature decisions who got him in trouble with the law and also forget about his mother’s addiction who almost destroyed him. Gabriel left his home to move to Hollywood because he simply needed to breathe, to live his own life away from his controlling parents.

Both have never forgotten about the other, but when they finally meet face to face nothing it is like they had expected. Both of them changed in some way and on top of that Lucas never forgave Gabriel for the lack of communication. Time passes and they eventually start a tentative friendship, reconnecting with each other, friendship that slowly becomes so much more.

“That’s my heart right there,” I say, closing each of his fingers into a fist. His eyes snap open and he looks down at his hand. “I give it to you freely. You’re the only one who’s ever had it anyway.” ~Gabriel

I liked this one, but I can’t say I loved it. I felt like something was missing. What exactly? I really don’t know. But I know that some aspects of the story felt a little too rushed for my liking. Personally I would have preferred Gabriel’s illness to be the main focus of the story, or at least this aspect to be as important as the relationship between the two boys.

The story was fast-paced, maybe at times a little too fast-paced. I can’t say I liked very much the relationship development between Lucas and Gabriel. I liked the connection between them and everything, because there certainly was a connection, but I wanted to read more about the two of them together as a couple.

I think both MC were portrayed really well in a very realistic way. Gabriel was a character I felt deeply for from the start. Despite everything, he was strong and also determined to somehow fight the reality, his disorder. The fact that he took responsibility and how he did it was truly admirable. I liked the way the authors dealt with his illness. Lucas’s past was sad as well. He was a great character – sweet and supportive with Gabriel, he became everything the other boy needed.

“You make me feel like…” Lucas says against my lips, barely coming up for air as his lips capture mine in another powerful kiss.
“Like what?” I gasp, attempting to catch my breath.
“Like things might be okay.” He pulls back to stare into my eyes. “You make me wanna try for more.”

I liked the ending and I was happy for these two, but I would have preferred a HEA more than a HFN ending, so an epilogue would have been really welcomed.

Overall, a good read!

“He’s good. We’re good. As long as we hold on to that, hold on to each other, we can make it through anything.”