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Aug 13

Review Day Tuesday: Positive by Tia Fielding

“I love you,” he whispered. “We’re happy. We’re together. One virus won’t change it. You know that, right?”

Title: Positive

Author: Tia Fielding

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pub Date: August 14, 2013

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance, Mystery/ Suspense

Length: 204 pages4 1/2 Stars

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Even after a decade, the life that journalist Brent Walsh and Milwaukee homicide detective Shawn Mackey have made together is far from boring. But when a new case cuts a weekend getaway short, they aren’t quite prepared for how it will impact their personal lives. Suddenly there’s too much to juggle: Shawn will be working the case of the sharpshooter who is trying to infect random people with HIV, Brent needs to cover the story but fears a conflict of interest, one of Shawn’s colleagues is attracted to him, and Brent sincerely needs to mend the painful break with his childhood best friend, Ollie, and heal their broken hearts.

Though the case comes to a close, it’s not the end of their troubles. Shawn and Brent still face a past of old white lies, a present possibility of inviting another man to their bed, and a future with children, not to mention health issues and national fallout from the case. It’s enough to make them want to run away—until they realize they have to face those challenges head-on so they can get on with the life of love they’re hoping for.

 Dreamspinner Press 

Review:

Brent is Poz (HIV Positive) while his life partner, Shawn, is not. The current case that Shawn is working, and Brent is torn up over, centers on a series of attacks using HIV+ blood by an unknown sniper. As the story continues, you find out how Brent became Poz, and how that guilt taints the life he and Shawn have, along with their possible future. You also find out not just who the “bad guy” is, but, I at least, could even see the twisted logic behind the ‘why’.

There are many twists and turns throughout the story, but they serve to both enhance the readers experience and to help these partners embrace their life and love as a happily married couple. Watching as Brent and Shawn grow as a couple, overcoming fears and forgiving past hurts, was a special treat. The two men are hot, loving, sweet, and truly perfect for one another,—when they aren’t letting their own fears get in the way, that is.  

Positive is an engaging story that pulls you along with great characters as they work through not only a bizarre series of attacks, but in their personal lives as well. I recommend this book to any who love a bit of a twisted mystery, a good romp in between the sheets, and true self reflection and growth.

*Despite the M/M/M tag on Dreamspinner’s website, there’s only one scene of M/M/M (which is HOT!) The book is M/M with a long-time, committed relationship in the center. So don’t let the M/M/M scare you! 🙂

About the Author:

Tia Fielding is a 30-year-old Scandinavian. She is a self-proclaimed “queer girl”, lover of everything pretty, witty people, words, cats, sarcasm, autumn, and caffeine.

She uses her nights with her head in the clouds and her feet on the coffee table, right next to her laptop. Her days? She uses those by sleeping way too much.

Tia started writing stories early on, almost as soon as she learned how to write. The early stories about horses and ghosts have changed into romantic tales about people in love. She stopped writing at some point in her late teens and early twenties, but began again a few years ago, after finding fan fiction. Tia is not ashamed of her past of borrowing other people’s characters, but has found creating her own much more satisfying.

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Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe is an out and proud omnisexual/bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life but writing has always drawn her back – no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life.

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