- Book Title: Turquoise
- Author: Rain Carrington
- Publisher: AAS Publishing (December 7, 2014)
- Book Length: 350 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romance, BDSM Lite
- Reviewed by: Warren
- Posting Date: June 11, 2015
Yes, I highly recommend this book. Turquoise is a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I screamed and yelled, and I had real trouble putting it down to eat or sleep. Ms. Carrington has added another winner to her collection of stories.
The story goes from 2002 until the present. It covers the life and adventures of two Jicarilla boys, Angel and Garcia, their gang of friends, their families, and some evil characters to add to the fun.
The boys have known each other since early childhood and are inseparable. And their relationship is one of those that scare. Angel’s dream is to get off the reservation as soon as he graduates from high school. Right after graduation, with only a very short notice, he announces that he has been accepted at a school in New York City and is leaving in two days. The pain that Garcia feels, the betrayal and the anger make the departure terrible. (This is one of the places I cried.)
Angel moves to New York full of hope and excitement, and at first things go really well for him. He acclimates to the city, has friends, and is becoming an amazing artist. But things don’t always go as hopes and dreams do, and Angel finds himself in an extremely difficult position with a wealthy man and his servant, and this includes very bad things happen to him.
But fate has a way of helping people, but not always in the way that is happy. Angel’s step-father dies and he gets called home for the funeral. And this is where the family and friends determine that Angel is in real trouble and needs help. The friends, the gang, bond together and take a road trip from New Mexico to New York. (This is the part that had some real laughs in it.) They are going to help Angel get out of trouble and to support him during the process.
A word about the turquoise: The turquoise is the medium that Angel uses his artistry to make jewelry, and is also the stone that carries through the story
showing the bond between Angel and Garcia from childhood. Angel makes and gives Garcia a turquoise cross earring. It is important to the story.
Now I have a few things to say about the writing and the story. Ms. Carrington has obviously done some real research to write this book. There are several parts of the story that had to have been something she learned about, such as the traditional wedding, and the funeral process. She also really tells the story of life on the reservation, and the decisions that each person must go through in their lives in regards to living on or off the reservation, and how traditional or modern the person decides to become.
As in all her books, it grabs you from the beginning, and takes you on that roller coaster I mentioned in the beginning. I feel like I learned something reading Turquoise. I feel like I know these guys personally, and felt each up and down that they experienced, each emotion they were feeling. The sex is hot, but scary in places.
I highly recommend this book to all. It is a stand-alone, even though it is part of the Enchantment series.