Title: Who Better Than Canyon?
Author Name & Publisher: DC Juris (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 20, 2016 – 17,549 Words
When Canyon’s ex-lover, Robert, dies, he leaves behind a last request that Canyon take word of his passing to Simon, an old friend on the east coast. Canyon reluctantly agrees, and soon finds himself falling for Simon, despite the nagging belief he shouldn’t, and his guilt over his part in the accident that claimed Robert’s life.
Simon knows something Canyon doesn’t — Robert’s death wasn’t an accident, but a suicide, and Robert’s intent was for the two men he left behind to come together. But Robert’s plan didn’t account for two things: Simon’s disbelief that anyone can truly love a soon-to-be-cripple, and Canyon’s staunch decision that the next man he gives himself to will give him a wedding ring first. Can Canyon and Simon set aside their own issues long enough to see what lies between them, or will they both miss out on their happily ever afters?
Previously published by Breathless Press
This is a book about losing one love to find another love around the corner when it is the last thing that you expect to find.
Canyon is heartbroken, feels guilty, and a lot angry in my opinion at Robert his ex boyfriend that passed away. He blames himself for the two of them fighting and him leaving angry and getting in the car accident. Then his anger builds even more when Robert ask him to deliver the news of his passing and a letter to Simon, a friend of Roberts that he did not even know.
I believe that Canyon is going through all the stages of grief that one goes through when they lose someone they love but I believe that having Simon around to help when he is hurting given Canyon something to focus on and also something to help him get over his grief quicker. Even though I do not think that a canyon is looking to fall for anyone else, especially so quickly that adds another layer to his already growing reasons he believes he should feel guilty and that he is betraying Robert.
Simon has his own issues that I believe he has never dealt with such as his health issues and the anger he feels about his health slowly declining. But I also believe that Simon uses his health issues as a crutch to keep people at bay for fear of rejection.
Both of these men have issues that they need to face or they will lose each other and the amazing type of love they could have together. And I believe that the number one thing standing in their way is FEAR. They are both scared of being alone but they push people away and end up that way anyway. They have to decide if being together is better then the fear that they both feel or if they would rather not risk getting their heart broken. They have a tough fight on their hands and I believe that once they decide that love is worth it they will be an amazing couple.
Great book. I really enjoyed the whole story line and the way it all played out.
This book was super short, honestly the blurb tells you all you really need to know. There wasn’t a lot of chemistry between Simon and Canyon nor were there any sex scenes either, probably because the book was so short and these two had more issues to deal with. Canyon had his heart stomped on by his now dead lover, Robert, who happened to have been married to a woman at the time of his death. Simon was previously with Robert before he was with Canyon. Robert seemed like a total jerk and both men were with him for several years. The story just didn’t work for me without chemistry I just couldn’t get into it.
This is my first book by this author and it was pretty good. The authors writing style was excellent and that made it a very easy read. This was about a man who was trying to start over after the death of his lover, who he felt responsible for that death. I loved how the author brought together Canyon and Simon, but didn’t like the way the story went 100%, but that is certainly the author choice in the way their characters talk to them. However, I do feel that this was just too short of a story. The author manages to touch on some very important points but some of it was just not very detailed and I really felt that Canyon deserved more page time. Overall it was a very enjoyable read and I would definitely read more by this author.
Canyon leaned back in his desk chair with a sigh and rubbed his tired eyes. An online search of Pratt’s Hollow, New York, his destination in two days, hadn’t revealed much. A small coastal town, founded back in the 1600’s by Elijah Pratt — making it one of the oldest cities in the country — it boasted an economy based mostly on agriculture, but at the same time the residents seemed rather proud of the new Target that had moved in two months ago. Front-page news. They did have a tiny airport, though its website didn’t even give any details about what terminal he’d arrive at.
At least it wasn’t New York City. He had no desire to go gallivanting off to the hustle and bustle of a place like that. Canyon sighed. In truth, he had no desire to go gallivanting off anywhere. And who was this Simon, anyhow? What significance did he carry to Robert? What kind of important friend never even called or wrote or visited? And why the hell was it suddenly his responsibility to carry out some assuagement of Robert’s guilty conscience? What if he just said no? Who, beyond Paul and Natalie, would even know or care? Never saying no to Robert had gotten him into this heartache in the first place.
Well to hell with Robert. To hell with Paul and Natalie, and whoeverthefuck this guy was he was supposed to go meet. To hell with everyone, for that matter — the family that had turned their backs when he’d come out, the friends who had called him a coward when he hadn’t demanded Robert leave Natalie right away, the other friends who shook their heads and called him pathetic for his stranded little life out here in the middle of nowhere. “To hell with you all,” he whispered.
But the words needed more than just a whisper. “You hear me?” Canyon raged, gasping as emotion constricted his chest. “To hell with all of you! I don’t need any of you!” He shoved his chair back from the computer desk, upending it, and rushed to the pantry, grabbing one of the large plastic bags he used for recycling. Slinging the bag in the air to open it, Canyon went from room to room, filling it with Robert’s things. That stupid lumberjack-looking shirt he’d left at Canyon’s two years ago. Three paperback Louis L’Amour westerns. The brown stained coffee mug he’d never allowed Canyon to wash because it was seasoned just right. All of it. Every shred of proof that Robert had even been there.
Canyon flung the front door open and trudged out onto the porch, kicking over the flowerpots full of now-wilting pansies that Robert had planted. He tied the bag’s handles together and tossed it out onto the lawn. Let the animals have it. Or the neighbors. Or the garbage man, for all he cared.
Halfway back to the door, Canyon stopped. Off in the distance, thunder rumbled. Thunder. Which meant rain. Which meant Robert’s things would get wet. He sighed, shoulders slumped in defeat. Goddamn Robert anyway. Canyon turned and retrieved the bag.
Romance author, sci-fi fan club Captain, cosplayer, reigning Queen of Monkeyland, and random menace. Yep, we’re talking about DC Juris. She’s a cupcake-making, football-watching, rubber-duck-collecting, drag-show loving, full-of-fabulous-with-a-capital-F kinda gal. She’s also an ordained minister and an amateur photographer. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing, you can find her in her favorite chair watching Star Trek and Supernatural repeats on Netflix, or surfing the web for porn. Er…research. Surfing the web for research. She may speak softly but she lives and loves loudly. Just ask the neighbors. ::wink::