Title: Dawn to Dusk
Series: Lover’s Journey, Book One
Author: Alina Popescu
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novel (over 50000 words)
That first encounter with Robert in rural Romania at eleven. A summer spent together in the same setting a year later. Their first text exchange in high school. The first sexual experience. The first heartbreak—the second and third and fourth chance. The point of total breakdown and the despair of failing. More love than anyone could have warned him about.
No matter how much time passes, no matter how different their paths, every meeting brings Edi and Robert closer together. Those stolen moments shine brighter than any. Yet loving Robert is not easy, not when Edi wants to be true to himself and is met with dishonesty. Or when Robert keeps parading new conquests and ignores Edi more often than not.
Edi has always loved Robert, but he must decide if his journey leads to or away from his childhood friend. Is it true love or is Edi just unable to let go?
“Are we going to pick Robert up?” Traian asked when he saw I was heading straight for the station.
“Nah, he’s busy at his aunt’s.” The lie came easier than I thought.
“And you aren’t with him, helping and trying to bust him out?”
I groaned at his teasing words. “We’re not joined at the hip, man.”
“Sure you aren’t.”
I ignored him and focused on my destination. We rarely headed this way. The station was where we returned. We usually walked in the opposite way. Village center, church, turn left and go down to the creek. Walk along the creek all the way to the railroad bridge. Climb up, make it to the forest. Then follow the road back into the village, passing the train station.
Not today though. Sticking to our normal route would have meant passing by Tatiana’s house. If Robert was outside, he could have seen us. The thought of him tagging along made me sick to my stomach.
I didn’t want it to seem I went out of my way to avoid him either. So we turned left at the first crossroad. There was no asphalt on this road, just a high sidewalk along a ditch that traced the dusty road. Dried up, beaten ground with random rocks sticking out, molded to the shape of cartwheels traveling through here. The occasional hoof imprint and piles of horse and cow shit also adorned it. There were little to no trees on the side of the road, which meant we trudged through the burning early afternoon sun.
“Going by the cemetery?” Traian asked.
I nodded and kept walking. It was as good a reason as any. And why not stop by, say hi to my great-grandfather?
When we got to the cemetery, I changed my mind. I didn’t want to go in. What was the point? See the beaten up wooden cross and the flowers Grandma took such great care of? Feel guilty once more for my fading memories of the man everyone revered as if he were a saint? Which he probably was.
Great-Grandpa loved his wife, to the point of worshipping. He was some sort of medical technician, although I never understood what that term meant. I knew he’d been trained on the front, during the Second World War. It was more than a nurse and less than an MD. He’d adopted my grandmother, one of the many starving and abused orphans the war had created. And he’d love all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with a dedication I envied.
This book really lets you get to know the characters. Their thoughts, feelings, ups and downs.
Since it follows them from childhood to young adult you see relationships start, fail, and restart.
I won’t give too much away, but there is one character that even though you may feel for him, you will still want to at least whack him round the back of the head, if not punch him outright.
The writing is wonderful and just what I have come to except from Alina. You just think you know where the story is going to go, when she turns the tables and it goes in a completely unexpected direction.
I really hope that the story will be continued as I really want to see the characters get their happy ending eventually.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I8FG8P4
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01I8FG8P4
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01I8FG8P4
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01I8FG8P4
Prizes: 1 x $10 WIP Gift Card, 1 x $5 WIP Gift Card, 1 x ecopy of Br0th3rly (Famous on the Inernet, Book One).
About the author
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com