Thursday, May 25, 2017

Release Blitz Review: Equality by Helena Stone

(Dublin Virtues #2)
by Helena Stone
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre: M/M

Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?

Lorcan Barratt has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.

Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong?

When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a yes-vote cost them their relationship or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?

After reading Patience, I'm all gear up to read about Lorcan and Eric. They are both the respective bffs for the previous heroes, Xander and Troy. I enjoyed their Fantastic Four dynamic since last book and wondering what is the story for the other two guys.

From the beginning of Equality, Eric just came back for a three months long assignment and Lorcan was a nervous wreck awaiting his arrival. Their reunion is simply delightful and I enjoyed seeing how they both tip toeing each other, wondering how they should proceed in their relationship. 

Eric came from a very loving family and he isn't afraid to fall in love and fully embrace the new relationship with Eric without much fanfare. However, that is the total opposite for Lorcan. Lorcan worried too much, about his family, his community, and people in general. His family doesn't accept his sexuality and his conversation with them left me feeling homicidal. Although when it comes to homophobic and religious family members, they aren't the worst. 

I like the first half of the story, when both of them still wondering are their feelings reciprocated. And when they finally get together, I'm all giddy with happiness. The inclusion of Xander and Troy is also a nice touch, I love catching up with the guys. However, the second part of the story seems to drag a little with Lorcan's continuous issue with his internal dilemma, mostly dealing with his families in general. He seems to constantly be in a funk and it makes Eric question everything. The saving grace is Eric never once gave up on them and constantly by his side waiting patiently for him.

There is a referendum for same sex marriage that all the guys are invested in, especially Lorcan. I can see why is such a big deal for him to fight for equality. Although the story ended on a positive note with a HEA to boot, I'm feeling rather melancholy knowing till the day I die, my country will never legalize same sex marriage. And that just make me sad.

Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband. 

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