Sunday, December 22, 2013

#9 of 2013 - Vacant by Evelyn R. Baldwin

Vacant [Adult version]Vacant [Adult version] by Evelyn R. Baldwin
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published February 23rd 2013 by Mayhem Erotica

Ethan Parker gets up every day, surviving the only way he knows how—alone. Orphaned as a child and forced into the child welfare system, he knows better than to depend on anyone but himself. He’s learned trust is a word used all too often, but rarely earned. Ethan believes that his best chance for maintaining a simple and solitary existence is to live by a simple mantra: Don’t get involved. Keep things simple. Take care of yourself! When a young woman moves in next door, Ethan is forced to reevaluate his beliefs. He tries to keep his distance, but his new neighbor’s infectious smile and outlook on life leave him struggling with the decision of living the life he knows, or taking a chance on the unexpected. As Ethan develops a relationship with his new neighbor, Emily, he realizes nothing is simple and learns that life is about more than just surviving... it’s about living.

**This version contains sexual content only suitable for adult audiences.

Read for the Vacant Book Tour, March 15-29 Hosted by CBL Book Tours
Review Originally Posted Here: March 20, 2013.

Most Endearing Book I Read This Year.

I have a confession to make I agreed to, and began, reading this book without reading the description and without a real clue as to what it was really about. And considering that I chose the adult version, there was A LOT of blind faith going into this.

I picked the "adult version" because this was never a YA blog, but unfortunately the adult books I've been given to review sucked, so I was never able to embrace the whole "I read a wide variety of books."
(In all technicality I never even said this was a book blog.)

Another thing to take into consideration is that I did see that the main character is a guy.
A new adult book, with sexual content, with a male main character...
Hindsight that surprises me a little, way out of my normal reading zone.

But if I had a guarantee that all books would be as half as amazing as Vacant I'd willingly continue to blindly pick them.

You know those books that you feel like they just go on and on? Or the short ones that leave you wishing there was more?
Well, to quote Goldilocks, this one is just right.

Not that I wouldn't mind if it were longer, it does span quite a few years in a very short time, but it's kind of like the cliff notes to their relationship. We don't need every detail, every kiss, every fight, every "I love you." It's the simplicity and the little we do get that makes it special.

No one word can define this story, there is just so much said - it's a definite must-read.
Ethan doesn't just learn that life is about more than just surviving or even living it's about loving.

9 Months later:
I still have moments when I think of Ethan and Emily's relationship.

As my arm swings with the rhythm of my feet, I brush Emily's fingers with my own. It’s an innocent accident, though the sudden warmth in my chest is anything but. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to keep up this ruse, playing her brotherly protector. While Emily has never spoken about boys in her class or voiced interests of the romantic sort, I know it’s inevitable. She has blossomed into a beautiful creature who has no idea of the devastation her beauty wreaks upon me and, surely, the boys around her. Her smile is infectious, and it’s only a matter of time before a suitor comes knocking at our door. I kind of feel sorry for the poor boy, as my first time meeting him will most likely be ugly. I’m a fierce guardian where Emily is concerned, not just because it’s my duty to protect her but because seeing Emily with another guy will end me.

I want to reach out and take her hand in mine as we walk, but I don’t. I have calculated the difference in our ages. Five years doesn’t seem all that much when she is twenty and I’m twenty-five. However, she is seventeen and still a minor, which is the only important difference, no matter how hard my libido begs to differ. I have to prepare for her to have romantic feelings for someone her own age, not a twenty-two year-old guy who has to act like her older brother.

Sisters rarely hold hands with their brothers.

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