Give Yourself Away By Barbara Elsborg

Samhain Publishing Presents


One guy intent on caution. One an adrenaline junkie. Love could be one risk too many.
March is determined to lose the numbness that accompanies a history of loss and blame. Desperate to feel something—anything—the adrenaline junkie base jumps off cliffs, soars on hang gliders, and embarks on dangerous sea-borne rescue missions. But any release he feels is fleeting, and when you play Russian roulette with fate, eventually you come crashing down.
No matter how hard Caleb tries to forget his past, a dark shadow is always behind him. When a bizarre turn of events results in him being trapped in a sea cave, Caleb wonders how his mantra—safety at all costs—could have failed him. On the point of drowning, he’s stunned when March surfaces in the cave.
March’s disregard for the rules saves Caleb’s life but gets March into a heap of trouble. Not least of which is the guy shivering in the boat next to him. March tries to ignore Caleb but it’s already too late. Together, they take small, awkward steps toward love. But Caleb’s past is waiting to sink in its claws…and this time, it could drag him to his death.
Warning: This book contains difficult flashbacks of child abduction and sexual violence, but also the incredible perseverance of two men who never give up on love—or each other. Bring your tissues and a heart that believes in the resilience of the human spirit.

I can’t say much more than the blurb – there are other reviews out there that give away a bit more of the story if you want spoilers – but I can say this: Caleb and March are tied to each other in ways you can’t imagine and their love is abiding.

Barbara Elsborg has given us a heart-breaking story about childhood devastation, loss and it’s repercussions. She holds nothing back and tells the readers all they need to know and some they wish they didn’t.

I don’t think it’s possible to guess how someone will react to trauma of this proportion – so it’s anyone’s best guess how “realistic” this is… but if FEELS real to me.

The “coincidence” factor may bother some – but in life there are some absolutely amazing coincidences and implausible or not – this is the story of “what if?”

Fair warning – this is a dark, dark story, so be prepared for it and embrace it – the end result is a bright, sunshiny day and worth the adventure.

4.5 of 5 stars


Copy Generously Provided by NetGalley for Honest Review

Reviewed by Morgan

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