Title: Succumbing to His Fear
Author Name & Publisher: River Mitchell (Via Star Wings Books)
Publication Date & Length: February 26, 2016 – 185 pgs
After a life changing event makes Alfie the legal guardian of his estranged step-siblings, as well as a chance meeting one drunken night, he finds his world turned upside down when he discovers that everything he thought he knew about himself was catastrophically wrong.
Before meeting Alfie and his family, Fear was content with his casual hookups and one-night stands, purposefully keeping everyone at an arm’s length. As Alfie comes into his burgeoning feelings, a curveball shakes the two men, threatening to destroy Fear and his new found chance at happiness with Alfie.
With everything thrown into turmoil, Fear decides to fight for those he loves, Alfie and his family included. Will they be able to survive the collateral damage around them, or will they lose everything?
4.5 Fearless and Laughter Stars
Do you joke when you are nervous? Well, Alfie sure does and he will keep you laughing throughout the whole story. The things he says will make you laugh out loud. He must have gotten his humor from his mother, Sheridan, who as a secondary character was brilliant, fun-loving, and at times stole the show. She is a mom that all moms should take after.
I was engaged in this story and read it in one sitting. My heart was a little saddened at the beginning from Alfie’s story and especially the letter from his father, but as soon as the little Nuggets, aka, Griffin and Lily come into the story, I started to feel the love and my heart was constantly being filled. Griffin at times, broke my heart with his fear of losing people he loves but Lily balances it by bringing in the classic kid no-fear one-liners like –
“Wow you’re big. Are you a cuddle monster? Like Sully?” Lily was asking 6’8” Fear that when she first saw him. His response? “I have no idea who Sully is, Angel, but I do love to cuddle.” At that moment I laughed and fell in love with Fear. How could I not?
Fear was just that, a cuddle monster, and a protective teddy bear behind his big tatted up frame, especially if you were lucky to be the few who were in his circle. He was never good with expressing his emotions in words, but definitely could in actions. Alfie just got him. He understood Fear. Fear thought Alfie’s “word vomit” as Alfie calls it when there is silence was perfect.
These two were complete opposites of each other, yet were amazing together. The compassion, respect and love that they showed each other was heart warming. They never pushed each other and let the pieces fall together naturally. River Mitchell wrote a brilliant story bringing these two men into each other’s lives. There was suspense and at times, I found myself holding my breath. There were twists throughout the story that kept me reading. There was sweetness and romance and found myself awing more times than not.
There was deep understanding and I wish everyone could find that in everyone else. There was humor and I was laughing out loud that at times I looked around to see if anyone was watching me even though I was alone.
Whether you believe in soulmates or not, River Mitchell had Alfie express it the best as Alfie had always been straight before meeting Fear, but felt that immediate connection and knew he was the one for him.
“If you felt it, you felt it…Labels were for people who needed to define everything so they could make sense of it for themselves. I had always preferred to just live my life and let everyone live theirs.”
My only thought that could have made this story better would have been more physical description of the characters. I had a difficult time trying to make a mental visual of a complete Alfie and Fear, aside from their eye color.
Overall, I would recommend this story to everyone. This story has a little bit of everything in a good storyline that touches all the emotions. The secondary characters were just fabulous and added a lot of depth. I am looking forward to what River Mitchell will write next and will most definitely grab it to read.