REVIEWED by Caroline
AUTHOR: Louise Lyons
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 134 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2017
Matthew Langford is told on his twenty-first birthday that he has a twin. After the initial shock, he quickly realizes this is why he always felt part of him was missing. His search takes him 200 miles to Devon, UK, where he meets fraternal twin, Tremaine Wheal.
The pair discover many things in common, and quickly become as close as if they’d never been separated. But when they share a moment in a nightclub, each realizes there is more between them than having shared a womb. Panic sets in and they part. Once again their separation brings loneliness and pain.
Eventually, unable to stay away from each other, they tentatively move forward together as lovers. But secrets don’t stay secret for long, and discovery and questions threaten their happiness.
This is a taboo story featuring twins.
I have read quite a few twincest stories in the past and generally they feel risqué and a bit naughty. Usually the first word that springs to mind both in my review and when shelving a twincest book is taboo and although that word can certainly be applied to Separation by Louise Lyons. It’s not the first word that I thought of when I had finished reading this time though. No, this time that word would be romance – Separation by Louise Lyons is definitely a romance.
Matthew Langford is a bit of a spoiled only child who lacks direction in life and is currently floating along on his parent’s dime. For his twenty first birthday he is given another car and the surprise declaration from his parents that when he was adopted he was actually a twin and his brother remained with their biological father. The agreement at the time of his adoption was that he wouldn’t be told any of this until he was twenty one – then it would be up to him what he wanted to do with the information. For a young man who has spent his life feeling that something was missing Mattie jumps in his car and sets out to find his twin.
Tremaine Wheal, Tam to his friends, hasn’t had the cushy life that his twin Mattie did after he was adopted but he did get to grow up with his father who he loved dearly. Tam was eighteen when his father died so has known for three years that his other half is out there somewhere but lately his hopes for finding him have taken a back seat as his life hit a difficult period and his energy is taken up with just getting through the day.
When they meet a few things happen: there is excitement as they compare their past and present experiences, there is laughter at some of the coincidences they share and there is a moment in a nightclub that they are aroused around or because of each other and both young men panic and try to forget what happened.
Tam and Mattie connect really quickly and not just as siblings. They may be long lost twin brothers but realistically they are strangers who both happen to be gay men and who are instantly attracted to each other. Feelings between them are muddled and initially strained but it becomes clear that they absolutely need to be in each other lives – the difficulty is deciding what that will mean and how they will navigate it. I liked the direction the author took the story and the way the heavier issues weren’t just glossed over. Separation is romance that pushes society’s beliefs and I would highly recommend it.