Gerry s Lion Viral Book STARSAshavan Doyon is one of the best writers I ve come across when it comes to creating main characters who are still grieving the loss of a deceased husba
Gerry's Lion Viral Book 4.5 STARSAshavan Doyon is one of the best writers I’ve come across when it comes to creating main characters who are still grieving the loss of a deceased husband or lover.We meet Gerry as he boards a familiar cruise ship, needing to spend his Christmas in the place he feels closest to his husband who passed away. Adam was the absolute center of Gerry’s life, his soul mate, his forever love. Now that he’s gone Gerry’s just going through the motions of living, making no effort to move forward with his life. But then he meets Leo. All it takes is a few hours spent together and Gerry concedes that this is a man that he doesn’t want to let slip away.My heart broke for Gerry, who falls for Leo while still deeply mourning his first husband. He tries to force himself to be ready for a new relationship when he recognizes a man he could grow to love. I truly felt his pain and confusion, while at the same time I wanted to kick him for what he was forcing Leo to accept and deal with so the two men could attempt a relationship.I loved the messed up complications that were their families. Not only did the men have to face both homophobic families, there was also the addition of Adam’s family to deal with, who were closer to Gerry than his own. Yes, both men had raging homophobes in their family trees, but there was nothing stock standard or boring about them. They weren’t just reused cliché’s but well developed and interesting characters. I particularly enjoyed the way the story of Leo’s family played out.An unexpected perk of the book was the amount of page time given to Gerry’s art. It wasn’t just a vague background occupation, the author made him an artist so by god he was going to be an artist. I actually found it all very interesting, specifically the way Gerry’s art was used to show us Gerry, show us how Gerry felt about Adam and how he felt about Leo. I honestly wish that some of those paintings actually existed for me to see.While much of the book had me feeling sad, at the same time it was a sweet love story. Every facet of the story was written with depth and attention to detail.Reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews. Gerald Tanner lost the piece of his life he loved most, his husband Adam When faced with the prospect of another Christmas with a family who thinks he s better off now that Adam is gone, Gerry decides instead to revisit the memory of when they met, and boards a Christmas cruise on the Sunrise He s not expecting to meet Leo Ystrabov He certainly never imagined the couragGerald Tanner lost the piece of his life he loved most, his husband Adam When faced with the prospect of another Christmas with a family who thinks he s better off now that Adam is gone, Gerry decides instead to revisit the memory of when they met, and boards a Christmas cruise on the Sunrise He s not expecting to meet Leo Ystrabov He certainly never imagined the courageous young man would challenge him into feelings of desire and the possibility of a love that isn t his precious Adam.Leo Ystrabov doesn t quite know how to handle the shattered heart Gerry presents so hesitantly But the offer is precious, and Leo can t resist However, with two families none too eager to accept them and a lot of baggage on both sides, their relationship faces an uphill battle Leo will have to find his courage to be the lion Gerry sees in him.. A viral Book Gerry's Lion REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE4.5 StarsThis was quite a difficult book to read and not necessarily for the reasons you may think.Gerry is grieving and his grief his all-encompassing and very ugly. Not only did he lose his partner, he had to sit by and watch him slowly fade away. He had no support from his own family who dismissed his dead partner Adam for years, blaming him for Gerry being gay. He is still very close to Adam’s family but doesn’t want to further their sadness with his own. His outlet was and still is his painting, his latest canvasses bring to life the death and his sorrow for everyone to see and leave him with a constant reminder.In a move meant for him to start living again he books himself onto a cruise over Christmas, something he did with Adam for over a decade and from the minute he steps on board the ship the reminders are almost like flashbacks of their lives together. When he is approached by Leo and asked out to dinner he grabs the invitation like a life raft, anything to keep his thoughts in the present.Leo is vivacious and fun but lives with own personal grief and is severely lacking in self-confidence. Their relationship is curious from the start. They fall for each other very quickly, in fact throughout the book their relationship moves forward at a fast pace, but it is no way easy. There are certainly 3 people involved even if one of them is dead.Gerry is quite often difficult to like even if you can understand why he does things the way he does. I found myself flipping through emotions with him often. One minute I was sorry for his grief but the next I wanted to shake him for being so selfish. Leo’s patience knows no bounds where Gerry and his ghosts are concerned but it felt like he was selling himself short a lot of the time.This isn’t an easy read but it is a beautiful and compelling story. Gerry’s love is hard and unrelenting for the man that is currently in his life and the one who can no longer be here. The trick is going to be to find a way to nurture both.There are an abundance of great secondary characters and side stories in this book, mostly family, but really it’s a very sweet love story with a lot of heartbreak but also a lot of hope.