Author: M. Jules Aedin
Publisher: Loose Id
Buy Link: Buy Paper Planes Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Layne
Photographer Stuart Grange was happy with his suburbanite life until his partner was killed in a plane hijacking. Now he’s suddenly the face of gay rights in America and trying to deal with his new responsibility while coping with his overwhelming grief. He’s got his hands full without the complications of a new love, but his heart’s not waiting for him to catch up.
Commercial pilot Dustin McDonough knows what it’s like to deal with loss. He has his own set of scars, physical and emotional. He’s trying to give Stuart the time and space he needs to be ready to move on, but he’s in love for the first time in years, and he’s determined not to lose again.
I fell in love instantly and totally with the characters, and story of M. Jules Aedin’s Paper Planes. Ms. Aedin tackles the oft-asked question, when is it appropriate to move on after a devastating loss, and blends that emotional subject with the very pain of loss and uncertainty of new love.
Stuart Grange has lost his lover and is thrust into the limelight, doing speaking engagements on his life and loss as a gay man. Moving from airport to airport, he’s really doing his best to cope under the pressure and scrutiny. He’s exhaustion is evident, as is his growing disillusion with the public appearances. He wants to help, wants to do his part, but can’t help feeling a little taken advantage off. Ms. Aedin writes Stuart as immediately sympathetic, but not at any time does one feel sorry for him. He’s strong and capable, going about his life, missing his lost lover.
His attraction to pilot Dustin McDonough is surprising to Stuart, but I liked that he’s not at all horrified by it. The slow transition from long distance friends to long distance lovers was well suited to the story. Nothing felt rushed about the way these men fell in love. They’ve both known loss and pain, and take nothing for granted. Though this story was written in first person, I didn’t feel left out of Dustin’s head. Ms. Aedin made it so the reader didn’t need anything else to get the emotion, the love. The sex…ah, the sex. While hot and delicious, it remained tasteful and true to the story line, and its characters.
This eagle-eyed reviewer may have sniffed out a couple more stories waiting to be told. In fact, word from a very credible source has at least four more in the works. I can’t wait to delve back into Ms. Aedin’s writing world. She’s already made it that I didn’t want Paper Planes to end.