Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Review – Tony and Ryan © Michele Montgomery

Tony & Ryan

Author: Michele L Montgomery

Published: Michele Montgomery

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Tony and Ryan are not your typical gay couple. Although they are American, they are trained government agents living in Italy, and they’re on the lam. They are fugitives who are hiding from the very agency that trained them. Tony is 30, a physical trainer with a linebacker’s build. He fears no one, and takes very seriously his responsibility of protecting his boy Ryan. Ryan is young, only 20, and a gentler soul. He’s far more soft-spoken than Tony, and he’s often overly trusting.

While vacationing in Napoli, Ryan is brutalized by a group of four thugs—gay bashers. They beat and stab vulnerable, young Ryan, and leave him for dead. When Tony returns to find his boy in this condition, it nearly crushes him.

Laden with guilt for not being there to protect Ryan, Tony begins the arduous task of helping his boy heal. Will he ever be able to get Ryan to forgive him for not being there? Will he ever be able to forgive himself? And will Ryan ever again be the loving, gentle soul that Tony once knew and loved?

Ryan’s eyes flew open, his heart pounding in absolute fear at the unexpected forcefulness of someone’s hands yanking him off the bed. For several moments, his mind froze in alarm and disorientation. What in the hell was going on? Realization hit him like a brick to the side of his head. This wasn’t Tony playing a game. "What the fuck!"

© Michele Montgomery 

My thoughts

TONY AND RYAN is a 58 pages read that is a first for me, first as in this is the story of one of the characters from a main book that has not been released as yet. Yup, new for me.

The blurb sums up most of what is in the book so  I wont go through all that.  I read this book because I had a wonderful time with Ms. Montgomery first book and as such it was no hardship to read TONY AND RYAN. The book starts off with a rather sweet gushy scene between Tony and Ryan the two main protag and by the time I was a few pages in I was confused, why? – because right from a few pages in I could feel that this is or should be a middle book or a book that ties up loose ends from a main novel.  I had to step back from it and go fuddle around on Ms. Montgomery’s blog to get any info that she had there about the book.

Tony & Ryan are two characters from a series I've been working on for more years than I care to say. For the longest time I had a heck of a time connecting with Ryan, until I explored his hidden side. He's 1 of 4 brothers. He's an orphan. He's an undercover agent on the run.  [..]

© Michele Montgomery – The story behind TONY AND RYAN.

So back to the book, TONY AND RYAN moves from those sweet scenes right into gay bashing territory within the blink of an eye and the bulk of the remaining  few pages are spent with Ryan trying to deal with guilt and confidence issues while Tony  is trying to be there for “his boy” and taking things at the pace that Ryan sets.

I will honestly say I had a lot of niggles with this book and they all stem from the fact that I knew nobody in the book, they weren’t built up enough and with new people being introduced or referred to, it only add to that spacey feeling.

If you can get beyond that, I thought Ms. Montgomery style came through well – despite me only reading one book by her – her same angsty plotline is there in this book, her attention to the aftermath and what happens to the person left behind after a crime is well thought out. 

I also thought the author captured the intensity that goes along with crime of this nature really well and even the struggles of family and lover to deal with their love one who is determined to take the path of least resistance were some of the best scenes in the book for me. 

I was going to give this review a miss, but the book is out there – so I thought why not.

On the whole the book left me intrigued to read the main novel, as enough things are alluded to and the unknown back story of each of the people introduced just feels like something I really want to read.

Once the main book is released I hope the author revisits this body of work, as there are some definately missed opportunity here. Firstly the book is set in Italy which so few m/m books are and I got nothing of the place, It would be nice to see what she does with this idyllic setting as a backdrop for this intensely angsty plotline. Second there is no two ways about it – this book needed  to be longer to deal with the raft of issues that the author brought into play within this book.

All in all a quick read that was over too soon and left me wanting a whole lot more…

11 Speak To Me:

Chris on 17 August 2010 at 15:46 said...

I have this book, but there were so many errors in the first pages that I can't get beyond them.

Cecile on 17 August 2010 at 16:18 said...

Is being left wanting more and good thing or bad??

And ouuu... to many errors (Chris)?

Well, I wanted to hop on over here to see what you had going on honey!! Hugs to you and I hope all is well!

Blodeuedd on 17 August 2010 at 18:18 said...

I do like it when books makes me want more :D
Hm, 20, and already an agent

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Dr J on 17 August 2010 at 19:21 said...

I can relate to your feeling about this read. When I encounter these kinds of short stories or even full length novels, I often find myself just sitting there holding the book and trying to figure out if there is something more I can read--the index, table of contents, a hidden prologue -- hope this author feeds our need to know more. Thanks for the good review.

Lily on 18 August 2010 at 03:05 said...

I read this one a while back. Totally agree with you. And like Chris said there are a lot of errors although I read it anyways.

Erotic Horizon on 20 August 2010 at 22:23 said...

@Chris...

I will admit I didn't pick up on those.. **must go look***

Hopefully once the main book comes out you will give it a try...

:)

Erotic Horizon on 20 August 2010 at 22:25 said...

@Cecile..

Hey hon..

Left wanting is always good - it's now up to the author to meet my expectation.

hugs hon...
:)

Erotic Horizon on 20 August 2010 at 22:26 said...

@Bloedeued..

"Agent at 20"

yup - and there were other things like that, that I am really keen on finding out in the main book..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 20 August 2010 at 22:29 said...

@Dr j..

Couldn't have said it better - not sure how good a marketing ploy it is - but there is enough intrigue there for me to check back...

so something worked...

:)

Erotic Horizon on 20 August 2010 at 22:30 said...

@Lily

Going to go read that entire first part again - glad you got through the entire thing...

:)