5 Stars for Amber by T. Strange – @TqStrange #M/M


Title: Amber
Author Name: T. Strange
Publication Date & Length: January 15, 2014 – 52pgs


Anthony was a painter until he lost the ability to see color. Worse than color blindness, the edges of objects and people blur together, making it almost impossible for Anthony to interact with anyone or anything. After retreating from the world for decades, he sees a glimpse of yellow that leads him to a musician, Teague. At first Anthony is frightened and overwhelmed by the color, but he can’t stay away from Teague for long. He finds the courage to confront Teague and explain his unusual problem and Teague’s role in helping him. To Anthony’s relief, Teague believes him. Very quickly, they both suspect that getting the colors back is more important to Anthony than his relationship with Teague. If Anthony pushes too hard, he’ll lose Teague, and possibly the colors, forever.

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I admit that when I began reading this, I didn’t have high hopes. It began a little oddly, and it was hard to tell where it was going at first. The author’s style is very poetic with a lot of metaphors, and I was concerned that it would become hard to read. Instead, it was exactly the opposite. Once I was a few pages in, I couldn’t put it down.

This is one of the most wonderful short stories I’ve read in a long time. It’s sensual, beautiful, and emotional without being overdone. By the end, and despite–or perhaps because of–the happy-for-now ending, I was in tears.

The tension between what the main character thinks he wants (to regain his ability to see color) and what he discovers he actually wants (love) is beautifully woven into all Anthony and Teague’s interactions, from the mundane to the erotic. They are an exceptional pair, their own people yet highly relatable.

It will take me some time to process the layers and subtleties of the story. Far from being a bad thing, that makes this work masterful. It’s a must-read for anyone who enjoys taking a deeper look at the complexities of life and relationships. However, for some people, that may be a turn-off, particularly those who simply want to read a good story with a happy ending.

Because of the short length, I was able to sit down and read the whole thing at once. Rather than leaving me wanting more, I finished the story fully satisfied. It is an excellent stand-alone piece. I hope to read more from this author.

I give it 5 stars.


Amazon: http://amzn.to/1t5MnhA
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1m61YaN
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1oZNUVm
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1BnRDky


T. Strange is the author of several works, all published with Torquere Press. She and her wife live somewhere on the Canadian Prairies. When not writing, T. likes to spend her days gardening, watching movies and riding her horse. One of T.’s favourite possessions is a rainbow squid hat named Dr. Squiddington.


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Author’s Website: http://tqstrange.blogspot.ca/
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