Review of Wish You Were Here by Asta Indonea.

Wish You Were Here

Asta Idonea

Dreamspinner Press

8 February 2017

Novella/Contemporary/Paranormal

Heat Rating: 1

The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.

My Review

4.25 Stars

I`m having trouble writing this review—not because I hated the writing or couldn`t find anything good to say about the story, but anything I want to say would have a tendency for spoilers and I don`t like talking about content in my reviews.

If one is looking for a contemporary romance with a HEA, this story isn`t for you. You will be disappointed, maybe even get angry.  However, if you can handle the chance of a not-so-happy ending, please read this story.

It`s more about the main character`s journey through life and loss than any romantic attachment. It`s about relationships, which the author sculpts keenly.  It`s about sometimes getting what you need, but not necessarily getting what you want. It`s a about timing.

I wish I could find words and phrases to explain this story without giving it away. I guess readers, with open minds, will just have to read it for themselves. It`s worth it.

 
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Author Bio & Links

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Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

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Rainbow Snippet for February 11, 2017

Well, another week and another snippet! This week I thought I’d introduce another character in Ned Ericsson’s Mages of Haleron, one of his works-in-progress: The character is Roniie’s mother, and through her description we get to know a bit about what makes Ronnie who he is:

Ronnie’s mother Lady-Mage Krista-Helena of Kaleros was now Mother to the Mage-Queen of Haleron, Meld-partner to the late Mage-Master Jarro of Kaleros and a Senior Secular Mage in her own right. She was one of the very few Melded Mages ever to have survived the death of her Meld-partner. She was said to be one of the more formidable personalities in the Kingdom. No one knew that better than Ronnie did. She was very disappointed that someone who could be considered one of the more powerful Mages ever—or would be if he ever melded with anyone—would have the audacity not to be able to meld with anyone, yet. It was an embarrassment, an abomination, a treasonous rebellion to the honor and history of one of the most influential and Powerful Mage families in history.

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Rainbow Snippet for February 5, 2017

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This week’s snippet is from another published Wayward Ink Publishing anthology, called Collars N’ Cuffs. The short by Eddy LeFey is titled Switch.

Daniel tilted his head. His voice was soft. “I’ve been wanting to meet you for a while. I’d intended to do it as a submissive and not a Dominant, because I knew you’d be uncomfortable with it. Today was for Thomas. We never expected you to show up. Although, maybe we should have. I know your uncle is proud of you.” Daniel raised a hand. “Can I touch your face, please?”
Robert nodded.

For my review of the other stories please click here

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Rainbow Snippet for January 28, 2017

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It’s the time of week for another snippet. This one is taken from Eddy LeFey’s Wayward Ink Press  anthology Age Is Just A Number story titled Alpha and Omega: the Claiming
“I bit you just enough to make a claim. You are young. I don’t want to make it permanent, yet. I have some questions. You need to answer them truthfully. Understood?”
I nod vigorously once again.

“Your Heat is close. Isn’t it?”

 

It’s a vague one, but I like it, so…

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Rainbow Snippets for January 22, 2017

Hello Snipetteers!

Another week, another snippet. This one is an Eddy LeFey short story Through the Front Door in a Wayward Ink Publishing anthology titled Mix n’ Match:

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I look into Thomas’ dark eyes. His reserve seems tempered with sadness. I can see his
lower lip quiver a little. I believe he knows that I know what this is about. It can only be one
thing. “Gary outed me. Didn’t he?”
Marisse steps closer to me, her arms outstretched. “Yes, he did. It’s not that bad,
though.”
I start to breathe more rapidly, because I realize something. I can feel a tear forming in
the corner of my eye, again. It’s been happening a lot lately. “Are there pictures?”
The idea behind the anthology is interesting: stories with relationships coming from different backgrounds, cultures or races. To see my review post of the other stories click here
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Rainbow Snippet for January 14-15 2017

Hello snippeteers. This week I’m going to feature a snippet from one of Eddy LeFey’s published works. This one is from a story called The Emperor’s Slave in the Wayward Ink Publishing anthology Men in Uniform.

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Timothy remained silent. He had to say something. Everyone seemed to be waiting with bated breath. What does one call an emperor, anyway? Timothy sighed and made a decision. He was a slave. He would address him as such. He went down on his knees and spoke. “Master…”

If you like this story please look up the other stories in this anthology. In my opinion they’re quite varied, good for several different tastes.

You can find other snippets for this week at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

You can find my review of the other stories and where to find the anthology at

Review of Men in Uniform Anthology by Wayward Ink Press

Rainbow Snippet for January 8, 2017

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This week’s snippet is from Ned Ericsson’s Jeremy’s Story.

In this one, Amanda, the student-protagonist is introduced for the second time, and we see the beginning of what Jeremy is going to have to deal with.

When he was on the street, after his mother died, many people would look right through him while he lay sick and frozen on the sidewalk. If he could deal with that, he could certainly deal with an arrogant, self-delusional girl with a superiority complex.

He turned back towards the front of the line and waited for his turn. Moments later, he felt a poke at shoulder level and turned around to see Amanda snickering. “Jeremy, I have to ask you. Were you gay before you met Jeffrey, or did he turn
you?”

Are you kidding me?

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