Book Reviews

Running Away From Sunshine by Gwynn Marssen at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 14-June-2013

Book Blurb

Nobody knows why ER resident Jake Nichols left California to move to cold and dark Calgary, Canada. Nobody knows Jake hasn’t always been a silent loner. Nobody in his new home knows he is gay, and nobody needs to know, since he doesn’t plan to let anyone in… until he meets Gabriel Montgomery, the carefree hockey player with the big blue eyes who just won’t take no for an answer when it comes to opening up and accepting the possibility of love.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package "Make a Play".


Book Review

In Gwynn Marssen’s moving short story, 'Running Away From Sunshine', Jake, an emergency room doctor, has run away from the sunshine and surfing of California to the wintry cold and snowboarding of Calgary. Something happened six years ago in that sunny utopia, and Jake still hasn’t gotten over it.

Gabriel, a 22-year-old college hockey player, shows up, not for the first time, in the ER. It might be difficult to imagine what Jake and Gabriel could have in common, but they do share one major thing: a taste for danger, be it on the ice playing hockey, on steep slopes snowboarding, or in the ocean waves surfing.

One of Marssen’s many beautiful sentences says it all. This one gives us Jake’s reaction when he first sees Gabriel on the ice: “He made skating into an art form, the game into a battle, the moves into a dance—a violent dance in which he threw his body on the line without ever considering what he was doing to himself.”

So will Jake and Gabriel take their love of danger, and the intense sorrow it can bring, beyond the games young men play?

Can you tell I enjoyed this story?





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 55 pages/14010 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
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