Length: 61,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Across town, Mark, a teacher and single father to James and his sister, Frankie, meets Steve at a bar for what both believe will be a quick hookup. Mark doesn’t see any reason to tell his kids about Steve or press Steve for details about Steve’s adopted son…. It’s just sex between them. Isn’t it?
Two very different love stories grow side by side, each hidden from the other. But all of that changes at a family barbecue, when Mark decides it’s time for his kids to meet Steve and for him to meet James’s boyfriend, who none of them realize is Steve’s son, Dylan. The inevitable explosion means the two couples have some explaining to do to soothe the hurt feelings of their families—and lovers.
My Rating - 5 Stars!
Helix is a great read by Anna Martin. I fell in love with this one immediately. And damn, just check out that cover!
Two men start dating at the same time their sons start dating? Yes please! I appreciate the way this was written, it's developed well and at a good pace. There's a lot going on and it's all handled in good fashion.
Everyone has some issues. The dads and both kids. Mark's been raising his teenage twins by himself for most of their lives. Steve's been alone since he adopted Dylan 6 years ago, focusing solely on Dylan's welfare. Steve adopting a teenager melted my heart. I love what he asked for when he wanted to adopt. He's impressive with his compassion and willingness to help. Dylan's past isn't an easy read, leaving him with some mental scars. James is still confused by his sexuality, and meeting Dylan moves things forward.
I adored every second of the romance between the two middle aged men. That is always a favorite of mine. The exhibitionism is Hot! In general, the chemistry between them is amazing, but the desire for public sex is even hotter.
As for the heat level of this one, damn, just damn! James and Dylan have some hot moments, but holy moly, Mark and Steve are downright smoking together. Seriously hot!
As with any Anna Martin book I've read, I'm impressed with the story, in both it's writing and it's uniqueness. Anna is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. Anytime I pick up one of Anna's books, I am left riveted and so damn thankful for having read it.
Helix involves a long estranged mother, ex abuse, foster care, and more. It's complicated as the two dads are dating while their sons are dating. The story is one of second chances, both at romance, and in life.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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