Touch the Sky by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn
Review by Lauren
Source: personal copy; all opinions are my own
Official Summary (add to Goodreads): 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.
Review: I’ve owned a copy of Touch the Sky for a while now, so I was really excited to finally make some time to read it. I loved that Lucas and Gabriel met each other online and formed a strong connection. As someone who has mostly grown up on the internet, I know that you really can make great friends with people across the world. Lucas and Gabriel could talk about being gay, dealing with their respective families, and more. This is all before Gabriel disappears and now five years has passed and the two are face-to-face for the first time.Touch the Sky - an #mmromance that focuses on an online friendship turned more #ontheblog Click To Tweet
I thought the authors did a good job developing Gabriel and Lucas’ relationship once they meet in person. They were best friends, but it’s been years, and both of them have things they now have to share with each other. It’s not easy – even though they are both attracted to each other and craving the friendship they once had. Touch the Sky also deals with mental illness, which I love to see in books because it’s a stigma that needs to be broken. I thought it was handled really well in the book – there is definitely not a case of love curing all or even being enough to make things better. There is so much more at play than just a relationship, and I will definitely read the next book in the series (it’s a companion novel, so it focuses on different characters – but readers meet one of them in Touch the Sky).