Title: The Story of Love (Loose Connection Urban Love #2)
Author Name: A.E. Ryecart
Publication Date & Length: May 15, 2016 – 220 pgs
No strings. No names. No repeats. Archie Jones and Zack Lorrimer-Grant’s ground rules have always kept them safe – until now.
Getting down and dirty with anonymous hook-ups is a game Archie and Zack have always played. It keeps life fresh and exciting and everybody’s having fun. Aren’t they?
Archie isn’t. The hook-ups stopped being fun long ago. It’s a game he wishes he’d never started and he wants to stop playing. Now. Right now.
The men keep Zack’s fear at bay. Fear that without them, Archie will realise Zack alone will never be enough to make him truly happy.
Terry Franklin isn’t a hook-up. He’s far more dangerous, and Archie is determined to do whatever it takes to keep the man out of their bed and out of their life.
Where Archie sees a threat, Zack sees a kindred spirit. Terry is the lifeline Zack never knew he needed, but this lifeline could mean the death of him and Archie…
The Story of Love is the second in the Urban Love Contemporary Gay Romance series but can be read as a stand-alone. If you love your MM romance laced with angst and high emotion and your MCs complex, multi-faceted men facing up to and overcoming challenges against all the odds, A E Ryecart’s story of Archie and Zack will leave you breathless.
This is not your typical love story In my opinion. It is a story about love, anguish, trust issues, betrayal, hurt, and maybe just maybe a happy ending if the two characters can get to the point to where they can communicate with one another.
Everyone believes that Archie is the perfect boyfriend. That he goes along with having a third in his and Zach’s relationship when all along it was Archies idea in the first place. I do not think that Archie is a bad person but I do believe that he has lost perspective of his relationship and even though he says he tries in it, I do not think that he actually does. He just goes along with the flow for the most part but when Zach makes suggestions such as going away together Archie always has other things hat are more important. I think that Archie wants his and Zach’s relationship to be better but he is scarf to communicate it with Zach and I also believe that it is easier for Archie to assume the worst of Zach then it is to actually trust that he would not betray him.
Zach is miserable. That I can tell from the start. He is not happy with the way things are going with him and Archie and when he tries to talk to Srchie about it, it ends in a fight and then they make up as if nothing has happened. And there lies one of the problems. Nothing is being fixed and it festers between the two of them and eventually turns them apart.
This book is full of accusations, mistrust, misunderstandings, pain, and heartache. But it is also full of hope and love. This was a great book with a lot of truth in it. Loved this read and look forward to more by AE Ryecart in the future.
I’ve always told stories. I used to tell them to myself, but with the discovery of a whole tribe of like-minded mm readers and writers, I’m now telling those stories to the world.
One of my favourite places to write is the café at the gym. An early morning swim, then settling down with the laptop and a strong coffee, surrounded by energy and music, is my idea of a good time. I’m easily pleased.
I live with Mr R just outside London, near to a lovely historic town jam-packed with good pubs and cafes.