Touch the Sky by Christina Lee + Nyrae Dawn

Posted November 14, 2018 by shooting in Book Review / 12 Comments

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.

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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).

12 responses to “Touch the Sky by Christina Lee + Nyrae Dawn

  1. I thought this sounded like a emotional romance, but the inclusion of the mental illness theme really just makes this all the better. I love the idea of romances where romance isn’t the cure all, but the first step really.

  2. Touch the Sky sounds amazing since a lot of the world we live in now is a bit of a global village – chances are, a lot of us have someone we know through the internet, and it’s really fun to see it depicted in novels as well. Plus the inclusion of mental illness, which I also believe is something we need to break the stigma of.

  3. This sounds like a good read, I like stories where relationships are formed on the internet, like you, many of my friends are internet friends. I’m glad you enjoyed this book!

  4. I love when books can touch on mental illness in a real way. Not like a story all about that, but when it’s in another story realistically, the way it often is in real life. It’s very impressive.

  5. I want to read some M/M romance next year. I donlt read much romance that’w why I still have a list to set up as goals.
    I like the meeting online element. I’m very curious about those dynamics and the mental illness is definitely an added bonus!

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