Author: A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 210 Pages
At a Glance: There are some parts of Mirrors that will reflect kindly in my memories.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Troy and Aaron Mayer, identical twins separated at the age of two, lived wildly different lives. Aaron struggled to take care of their alcoholic, gambling-addicted mother, while Troy, raised by their father, experienced a life of luxury. After years of silence, Troy asks to see Aaron. When Aaron arrives at his brother’s boat, he finds his twin dead by suicide. In his farewell note, Troy offers Aaron his car, his money, and his life of riches.
On the run from loan sharks, Aaron slips easily into this mirrored life. But everywhere he turns he discovers somebody Troy devastated, including his handsome husband, Dave Alvarez. Pulled into his brother’s life of crime, Aaron is set up for a fall, but he’s too strong to shatter.
Review: I’m not too sure how I feel about A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly’s Mirrors, so I’ll start with what I did like about this book:
The writing was smooth—not choppy or overly dramatic—and the plot was interesting enough that I felt compelled to continue reading to see what would happen next. Aaron was likable and I really felt for him, growing up with an alcoholic mother. This woman was a real sleaze when it came to parenting—stealing your kid’s identity is a real low.
I liked Dave too, but the guy was a glutton for punishment. How many times did he catch Troy cheating on him? And still stuck around because he loved the guy! I must say that Aaron was a vast improvement over Troy, although it must have been devastating for Dave to find out he wasn’t sleeping with his husband, that he’d unintentionally cheated too. It’s that moment where one perfectly understands the why someone is soooo POd!
As for the things I didn’t like about Mirrors:
Troy! Yes, the guy gave new meaning to sludge-bottom thinking and actions. What happened to him was karma hitting back. Still, I kind of wished that there had been more interaction between the twins, Troy and Aaron. It’s a shame the parents kept them apart growing up, something that would leave Troy thinking, “Things could have been different,” rather than what eventually did happen. Way to go, Daddy! He wasn’t much better than the mother when it came to nurturing his children.
I also felt the storyline was a bit rushed when Aaron and Dave reunited, and I wish there’d been more written about that, but all in all, there are some parts of Mirrors that will reflect kindly in my memories when I come across it again in my vast library.
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