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Monday, March 5, 2012

Review: Freestyle Love by Marcus Lopes

Title: Freestyle Love
Author: Marcus Lopes
Publisher: Lazy Day Publishing
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
How Received: For Review
Rate: 4

Summary (as quoted from Amazon)
When it comes to one-night stands, Malachi Bishop has “rules”. No pillow talk. No sleeping over. No planning a future hook-up. First names only. It’s just sex, not a prelude to love. But when Cole Malcolm, a smooth-talking management consultant, woos Malachi into bed, the rulebook is tossed out the window.
The one-time fling leaves Cole reeling: Malachi is his first real shot at happiness, his “forever” man, and he’s determined to show Malachi just how good they could be together. But Malachi doesn’t believe in happily-ever-after, and dodges Cole’s play for his heart. After all, Malachi is still mourning the loss of Taylor Blanchard, whom he hoped to love forever. Then there’s Zach Brennan, a handsome twenty-five-year-old and student at the college where Malachi teaches. Falling for Zach could destroy everything he’s worked for, but Malachi can’t help himself.
Caught by love and in its betrayal, it’s a later affair with a beautiful stranger that changes Malachi’s life most dramatically. Now Malachi must confront his present and his past that bring into question the larger fantasies of home and his place in the world.

My thoughts:
Freestyle Love was a very good read. The story revolves mainly around two men, Malachi and Cole, who are both searching for a passionate love that most believe is only in the movies. Malachi is a successful writer and part time creative writing teacher, who is very happy with his job, but still can’t help but feel like there is something missing in his life. With a string of relationships that have been destroyed - the love of his life dying in a car accident, an unsuccessful relationship with a fellow writer, and a student whom was infatuated with him dying from a drug overdose - Malachi has pretty much given up on the notion of love. Cole is a consultant, and, ever since his dear brother Paul died, he has always felt alone. When Cole and Malachi meet at a local bar, they feel an undeniable connection - one that turns a one-night stand into a possible serious relationship. Fast forward four years later ,and Cole and Malachi are living together. The beautiful, passionate love they once shared has turned into silence and coldness. As they both run into previous lovers, their faith and loyalty in each other is tested … and they must decide whether to let each other go, or find a way to fuel the spark that once made their love so bright. I liked Cole and Malachi a lot. They were both smart, funny characters, who made me frustrated with their indecision while at the same time had me empathizing with the pain of their emotional baggage. I also really liked the secondary characters, such as Malachi’s sister Sarah, his best friend Shane, and his ex-lover Chad. They were all funny, witty, and absolutely essential to the story. Without them, Malachi - and Cole for that matter - would not have been able to realize that they were holding on to the past without really living in the present. Freestyle Love is a good book, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fast-paced, emotional, romantic read.

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