Book Name: Tangled Mind
Author Name: Posy Roberts
Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and loyal Brony, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
For years Beck Lund has taken care of his volatile boyfriend Brady, always putting Brady’s needs above his own and walking on eggshells to keep the peace. After Brady overdoses on heroin, his death devastates Beck. Thankfully his best friend, Timothy Kallis, finds him the help he needs. Beck slowly starts to recover and moves in with Timothy to get back on his feet, but he’s oblivious that Timothy is secretly nursing romantic affection for him.
Beck focuses on his own healing for the first time in his life. After months of challenging his codependent tendencies and learning how to stand up for himself, Beck finally starts to trust his gut and hopes to one day love again. Timothy is patient throughout, taking care of Beck in ways no one ever has. But if Beck can’t recognize Timothy’s affection for him, it might be too late for them to move beyond friendship.
Categories:Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Before I had a chance to shut the front door, the sound of Brady choking on his own vomit pierced my eardrums. I was in our bedroom within seconds to witness him take what ended up being his last breath. Immediately I rolled him to his side to help him clear his airway. He flopped onto his back.
Abdominal thrusts. I slapped his face and shouted his name.
I followed the directions the dispatcher gave me on speakerphone, putting my effort into every motion as tears ran down my face.
“The paramedics are on their way. Do you hear the sirens yet?”
“Yes,” I said as I used my full weight to come down on Brady’s torso, trying to dislodge whatever particle had stopped all air from moving in and out of his lungs.
Nothing helped. He just stared up at me with glazed-over eyes and refused to breathe.
“Goddammit. Don’t you dare leave me like this!”
I blankly watched as the paramedics swarmed into the bedroom, shooing me away so they could assess Brady’s condition, and I saw the grim looks on their faces when they realized what had really happened. The frenzied activity ceased, and their demeanor changed the second they found the syringe, spoon, and lighter.
REVIEW OF TANGLED MIND
My rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
When Beck fails to revive his boyfriend Brady from a heroine overdose, their long strange trip of addiction and codependency has not ended.
Beck struggles to understand Brady, even as the undertow of grief and depression pulls him under. His friends tell him he is better off, that he should have left Brady long ago, but he loved him, and he finds those types of statements only cruel.
Beck almost doesn’t recognize himself anymore and his depression and grief take him to group therapy. Untangling the behaviors and destructive self-talk, holding his life now up to the filter that was Brady, is a slow and painful journey.
The only solid person in his life is Timothy, who is unwilling to give up on Beck. When Beck has to sell his house due to financial issues, Timothy takes him in. What ensues is the long slow burn of romance beneath Timothy’s care of Beck. Timothy gives Beck what Beck gave to Brady; his love, his patience, and understanding but fortunately with far sweeter results.
This is a dark and angst-ridden story, but I happen to like that.
INTERVIEW WITH POSY ROBERTS
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Red Dirt Heart 3 by N. R. Walker. It’s a great series with beautifully flawed characters who all have such great love and respect for each other. I can’t wait for the 4th book to come out, which just so happens to be January 9.
Who are three of your favorite authors? Why?
I don’t really have favorites. I skip around and read a lot of stories by various authors. I’m more of a lover of stories. Looking at my entire life, I’d have to choose Shel Silverstein for showing me strange possibilities, J.K. Rowlling for creating a world that felt so real I’m sure it exists somewhere, and Judy Blume for opening my eyes to sex scenes in books. I read Wifey when I was 10 years old and my life was forever changed. 🙂
What is a typical writing day for you?
I no longer have a typical day because I’m now a homeschooling mother. I have to sneak in writing while my daughter is busy with her lessons. If I could create an ideal day, I’d get 1,000 words written before I even wake my kid. I’d write more while she’s occupied with lessons and then edit in the afternoon. My goal in this dream world is to write 3,000 words a day and to take the weekends off entirely. I rarely take entire days off.
What is your writing space like?
I have my own room, the smallest bedroom in the house. It overlooks my backyard and houses a lot of crafting supplies in the closet. I recently remodeled it creating a fairly minimal space where I could escape into my head and feel clear to write. On the wall I have character boards for all the important information for my work in progress, and I plan on putting up 3 bulletin boards so I can have even more room to plan.
What are some of your hopes for 2015?
I hope to publish my current WIP, make a decision on my evil day job, and get healthier. I also hope to write more regularly rather than in fits and starts.
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