REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: Arrows Through Archer
AUTHOR: Nash Summers
LENGTH: 309 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2017
After the loss of his parents, Archer Hart is consumed by grief. Each day, he struggles his way through classes, parties, and trying to put on a good front for the sake of his best friend. But at night, he falls asleep to the sound of gunshots ringing in his ears.
Mallory is a man fighting a war of emotions all his own. When his son invites his best friend back home to Banff over a college break, he’s happy for the company.
Some time during the late-night talks, subtle smiles, and long, long silences, the two men begin to find solace in one another.
But love isn’t always easy, especially when it strikes you straight through the heart.
Arrows Through Archer is a slow-burn romance with an age difference, first times, a happy ending, and no cliff-hanger.
Possible triggers/tags: grief, loss, age difference, family, mentions of suicide, recovery, hurt/comfort, homophobia
There’s a lot to love about this story…
The characters. Archer is man who lost so much and was left feeling lost and alone. He’s lucky in one way, because his best friend is absolutely on his side and isn’t willing to give up on him, even when Archer has given up on himself.
Mallory is a man who lost the only person he ever loved when his wife died. He’s just been drifting along until his son brings home his best friend and he recognises the pain in Archer’s eyes. Archer’s presence wakes something in Mallory, a feeling that was quietly pushed below the surface by the love he had for the woman he married.
Danny is both Archer’s best friend and Mallory’s son. When he brings them together, he just wants them both to feel less alone but he has no idea that he’s bringing two kindred spirits together.
You can’t help but feel for both Archer and Mallory. Their sadness is a palatable thing that leaps off the page at you. When they begin their slow dance, you don’t care about their age difference, you just want to see them make each other happy.
Of course there are bumps in their way, the age thing being just one of them and there’s more than a little heartbreak for them to work their way through.
Archer’s past has really weighed on him and I found myself angry with the people who’d made him feel so badly about himself.
The author does a great job of setting the story in Banff. It’s one of my favorite places in the world and it made me smile more than once imagine Ace and Mallory wandering around the town I love so much. Made the story come that much more alive for me.
I did have one big issue with this story and it’s more of an editing thing. There were no scene break indicators and more than once, I found myself lost as the story jumped from one setting to another. Sitting there trying to figure out if I missed something because the characters were suddenly in another place or time was annoying and it did detract from my enjoyment of the story. It’s like hitting speed bumps on what is supposed to be a smooth road.
However, the story itself was worth the effort and I highly recommend this story for one of those nights when you are curled up in a blanket with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and you like a little tears before your happy ending.