Title: Storming Love: Earthquake — Gabriel & Avery
Author Name & Publisher: Ann Anderson — MLR Press
Publication Date & Length: July 6, 2015 — 56 pages
Loneliness has been Gabriel’s companion since his parents’ passing, growing with each sibling that leaves home to start their own life. When a big earthquake hits Alaska, Gabriel finds himself taking in Avery, his two daughters, and their grandmother and relishes not being so alone. Yet, Gabriel feels a spark of recognition he can’t explain about Avery, but more than that, he likes the company and wishes he could have a deeper relationship with the man. But when the small family has their new home, what could make Avery want to stay?
I also liked how Gabriel was kind of hesitant because he had no real experience. He’d given so much of his life to taking care of his siblings, and I thought the idea of exploring “empty nest” in a twenty-something was really interesting. It was refreshing to see a character so emotionally self-aware, and I appreciated how he understood his own need to take care of people. I also loved how that need ended up being fulfilled in a way that was unexpected for him.
My only hesitation is that it felt a bit disjointed at times, and there were some parts that seemed like the could have been better researched. It felt a bit like too many words were wasted on insignificant things (like replacing towels) and not enough where it counted. Some of the writing was a bit cliched, especially during the sex scene. Other than that, this was a cute story.
Ann Anderson enjoys long walks through wooded areas, hunting zombies, and stealing treasure from space pirates. Only the first happens in real life. Besides allowing her imagination to run rampant, Ann loves editing and is glad she’s been able to make a small career of it while following through with her other passion of writing. Her cats can attest to both passions as they enjoy knocking the laptop from her lap and claiming the space as their own whenever Illinois weather drops to a reasonable degree.