LOVING SAMUEL by Martin Delacroix
Loving Samuel by Martin Delacroix
Erotic M/M Contemporary
Reviewed by Nannette
Nick and Samuel met on a Costa Rican surfing trip when they were teenagers. Their vacation fling felt like more, but neither of them was ready for it. Time, distance, and personal problems keep them apart. Even if they conquer those obstacles, will Nick’s fear of commitment and Samuel’s psychological problems keep them apart forever?
Loving Samuel is a deep story told with little intensity, making it fall a bit flat. The environment Nick and Samuel grew up in molded them into the adults they became. Nick’s views on relationships are very skewed as a result of the people that surrounded him, and Samuel’s parents and then his long-term ex-boyfriend reinforced his mental illness. Nick and Samuel are likeable, if dysfunctional characters. Samuel’s personality and struggles with mental illness are endearing. Loving Samuel has a happily ever after, and it’s nice, but both characters’ struggles are glossed over in favor of a shorter story with an erotica feel.