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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Living on Air by Susan Mac Nicol is an engaging romance with a strong appeal to fans of LGBTQ themes. The only thing that keeps Cary Stilwell going is his highly paid job as an aerialist in a popular traveling circus, and apart from the applause and the accolades he receives, there is little that makes his life enjoyable. That is until he meets Rhys McIntyre, a man who has had his share of pain and tragedy. Once he was a passionate war photojournalist until his body was riddled by bullets and he left the front. Now on a new assignment, he finds himself in the circus to capture its inner workings. When he meets Cary Stilwell, he is irresistibly drawn to him. The only problem is that Cary is emotionally cold and distant, an individual who seems to carry darkness within him. Can he break down the walls Cary has created to guard his heart and win him over?
A compelling novel with sophisticated and well-developed characters. Susan Mac Nicol creates characters that are deeply flawed and convincing. They are real. Cary Stilwell looks like someone who has lived without living and is a man broken inside. Rhys has also suffered and thoughts of his tragedy are at the forefront, haunting him. It isn't easy to break through Cary's walls, but Rhys is relentless and his persistence determines what happens between the two of them. Living on Air is a beautiful story told from the heart and filled with unpredictable moments. The prose is strong and it features descriptions that capture details of the story and the plot elements without becoming a distraction from the events. A richly plotted story equally balanced with different elements of style. It is fast-paced and well-crafted to a satisfying conclusion.