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#BookReview A Forbidden Rumspringa by @KeiraAndrews MM #Romance


When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?

In a world where every detail of life—down to the width of a hat brim—is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for exploration beyond the boundaries of their insular world. Isaac knows he’ll have to officially join the church and find a wife before too long, but he yearns for something else—something he can’t name.

Dark tragedy has left carpenter David Lantz alone to support his mother and sisters, and he can’t put off joining the church any longer. But when he takes on Isaac as an apprentice, their attraction grows amid the sweat and sawdust. David shares his sinful secrets, and he and Isaac struggle to reconcile their shocking desires with their commitment to faith, family and community.

Now that they’ve found each other, are they willing to lose it all?



Kay's Review

There are some books that grab you and keep you enthralled, making you turn the pages feverishly to see what happens next while also part hoping the story doesn't end. This is one of those books.

I have to admit I knew very little about the Amish lifestyle before I read this book. The author sets up the landscape very well. The detailing is astonishing and I have to give the author kudos for excellent research. Rather than sensationalism, this story is written from a perspective of respect for the Amish life.

I really connected with Isaac and the other young characters as they struggled to find themselves among the restrictive lifestyle and rigid rules laid out by their elders. I found myself asking: what would life be like if I wasn't able to ask questions, to learn knew things outside of the scope of my immediate community? To obey laws dictated by others unquestioningly. I knew I couldn't live like that and I really struggled to see how anyone else could.

And all these problems are magnified for Isaac and David, because not only do they have to live a restricted life but they are also having to come to terms with their love for each other among people who will never accept their love for each other. As I read this I was at the edge of my seat wondering how this was all going to be resolved. How could they ever make things work with so many things against them. Most of all, their own personal beliefs.

I wish I could tell you there was a satisfactory conclusion to this story. There isn't, yet. This book ends in a happy-for-now cliff-hanger of sorts and the next part of the story isn't out till 2015.

Overall, this is one great book. The conflict is heart-tugging and spot on, the chemistry between Isaac and David is off the charts and the writing voice is fabulous. Don't be fooled by the Amish setting. This is erotic romance. I just wished the final part is available now. Any how, this is highly recommended.



Disclaimer: The reviewer owns a copy of this book and bought a copy from here.




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An excerpt from A Forbidden Rumspringa

It was cool and cloudy, but sweat prickled down Isaac’s spine. He straddled a thick joist near David, each of them working silently on the frame, although Isaac gnawed his lip to keep from rambling nonsense. Why he was nervous he had no idea. It was probably the distance to the ground below.

He glanced up beneath the brim of his straw hat. A few feet away on the other side of a post, David’s head was bowed as he hammered, his hat covering his thick dark hair and the brim obscuring his face as he bent to his work.

Isaac’s gaze roamed. The black material of David’s pants stretched over his powerful thighs, and his forearms were muscular where he’d rolled up the sleeves of his gray shirt. Dark hair sprinkled his arms, and Isaac was gripped with the bizarre urge to sweep his hand over David’s bare skin. His breath stuttered.

In an instant David’s head was up, his light blue eyes fixed on Isaac. He was clean shaven since he wasn’t following church yet, and his lips were full, and—

“I was just—” Isaac waved his arm, tearing his gaze away from David’s mouth. His stomach dropped as he veered dangerously off balance, still holding the hammer and nails. He yelped, but then David had him, clutching Isaac’s shoulder with one hand and his knee with the other. Nerves jumping, Isaac tried to smile. The calluses on David’s fingers pressed against the base of his neck.

Isaac managed to croak out a word. “Thanks.”

David didn’t let go. “Keep the nails in your pocket and pull out one at a time. That way you can drop it if you need to and it’s not likely to hit anyone down below.”

“Right. Good idea.” He nodded vigorously. David still held him and Isaac felt as though his shoulder and knee were ablaze even though it didn’t hurt at all. “How did you do that so fast?” He nodded to David’s hammer neatly hooked onto the waist of his pants, where it had been in his hand only moments ago.

David’s lips lifted into a smile and a dimple appeared in his cheek. “Practice. Sure you’re okay?” He rubbed Isaac’s knee.

Sticky desire spread through Isaac, and he prayed he wouldn’t humiliate himself by tenting his pants. Lord, what was wrong with him? He breathed deeply, tearing his gaze away from those pale eyes as he shifted back on the joist and out of David’s grasp. “I’m fine!” He laughed like a braying donkey. After a few long breaths, he glanced back up.

David still watched him, but now there was something new in his gaze—a strange and wonderful shine that made Isaac feel unbearably hot all over. He couldn’t look away, and the moment stretched out, silence between them, and the sounds of work and men all around fading into the damp spring air.

Isaac licked his dry lips, and David jerked his head down again, his face hidden and his chest rising and falling rapidly. He plucked his hammer from his pants, and didn’t say another word as he went back to work.

Isaac realized he was clenching the nails in his left hand so tightly they’d almost cut into his palm. His fingers trembled as he tucked all but one into his pocket. 

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After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” You can find out more about Keira and her books at her website, and on Facebook and Twitter.



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