Title: Newton’s Laws of Attraction
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Ben, Rory
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Erotic Romance
Rory was Ben’s oldest and best friend until senior year of high school, when they confessed they’d harbored feelings for each other all along. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness until Ben chose closeted popularity over true love… and he’s regretted it ever since.
Eight years later, Ben is out and proud and teaching art at the same high school he graduated from. When he learns the chemistry teacher is retiring, he’s excited to meet her replacement until he finds out the brand new teacher is none other than Rory Newton—the first love he’s never quite gotten over. Despite a painfully awkward start, it doesn’t take Ben long to realize he’ll do whatever it takes to win Rory back. But it’s starting to look like even his best might not be enough.
As always with Ms. O’Shea’s work, once I start, I have to read it in one sitting to the end. There’s so much emotional turmoil and loving devastation that I feel a physical need to find out what happens next.
Though this has only two sex scenes, the sensuality and desire here are visible in every line. I feel Ben’s love and regrets breathe off the page, sympathizing him—even when I felt he was being too masochistic and letting Rory sort of walk all over him. I mean, at some point you have to stop apologizing and fixing things. For your own sanity.
We get the story solely from Ben’s point of view. Rory is a dream, a fantasy, the missed chance, the goal of Ben’s life and need for forgiveness. Rory’s love is a bittersweet benediction, a torment that sends Ben into the whirlwind, reaping a bitter harvest of his past mistakes.
As usual, Ms. O’Shea’s writing is excellent, evocative and captivating, a feast for the senses, an emotional journey toward happiness. I can’t get over how totally alluring the words are, how they shape into a new world, one so visceral and painful, sensual and beautiful it takes my breath away. The pace was never bogged down, never stilled needlessly or rushed to excess.
This is a deeply character-driven story of redemption and unending love. The plot is predictable but I didn’t care because Ms. O’Shea imbued the two men with such heartbreaking emotions they became real—and damn near broke my heart along with their own. Thankfully there’s a happy ending!
Highly recommended for all who love the M/M genre.
Reviewed By: Susan