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Shining in the Sun (original 2017; edição 2010)

por Alex Beecroft

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Alec Goodchilde has everything a man could want--except the freedom to be himself. Once a year, he motors down to an exclusive yacht club on the Cornish coast and takes the summer off from the trap that is his life. When his car breaks down, leaving him stranded on the beach, he's transfixed by the sight of a surfer dancing on the waves. The man is summer made flesh. Freedom wrapped up in one lithe package, dripping wet from the sea. Once a year Darren Stokes takes a break from his life of grinding overwork and appalling relatives, financing his holiday by picking up the first rich man to show an interest. This year, though, he's cautious--last summer's meal ticket turned out to be more pain than pleasure. Even though Alec is so deep in the closet he doesn't even admit he's gay, Darren finds himself falling hard--until their idyllic night together is shattered by the blinding light of reality.… (mais)
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Título:Shining in the Sun
Autores:Alex Beecroft
Informação:Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (2010), Kindle Edition
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I had some trouble rating this book. On the one hand I really enjoyed it and before I knew it I had it finished. But on the other hand at times the MC's really irritated me...

It is very well written "cinderfella" story; rich businessman meets and falls in love with a very poor surfer boy from the wrong side of the tracks. So, slightly cliche yes, but with a distinct British 'voice' that makes the cliches seem to disappear. The indecisiveness of both MC's was what annoyed me slightly. There were times I would have gladly reached in and given both of them a good shake and told them to grow up. But even with that I truly enjoyed the journey of these guys.

I believe the ending was a little rushed, and I would have liked it to maybe have been handled slightly different. But perhaps that's just me not really wanting the story to end once the characters had found their backbones... ( )
  ShazOV | Feb 10, 2021 |
3.5 stars, rounded up.Moving story about a rich man (Alec) and a poor man (Darren) who are both suffocating in their respective lives. They are both desperately unhappy and both feel powerless to do anything about it. Both see the summer as an opportunity to escape, even if only for a little while, the individual misery of their usual lives. It's a story of how they learn to be brave together and escape that misery and find their freedom for more than just a month. It has its flaws (Alec's first line to Darren is terribly cheesy - it was probably meant to be, but still), but I was caught up with the imagery and the story. I was struck by the poverty and desperate sadness of Darren's life and the feeling, despite his money of utter suffocation and vulneratibility in Alec's life. I didn't really understand the character of Alec's mother. I appreciated that Alec's fiancee was charming and lovely - if he were straight he would have been very happy with her. I do wonder how Alec and Darren will fit together for the long term - after all, they are from completely different worlds - but I was happy enough to go along with the fairy tale. Favourite Quotes: ...a faint citrusy palate-cleansing tang, and the thought and taste came together into a moment of renewal, of newness. It was a wrong feeling for summer - more of a spring feeling, a start to the year, resolution making, this-time-it-will-all-be-different hope. He shook it off, disconcerted. It was summer he had here, distraction, escape. Not hope. Especially not change.and this one: He looked like a man who was turning into paper, folding himself into origami angles, fragile and friable and prone to crumple. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, I liked the melancholy tone of most of the story and it was, for the most part, beautifully written. ( )
  Kaetrin | Aug 13, 2012 |
3.5 stars, rounded up.Moving story about a rich man (Alec) and a poor man (Darren) who are both suffocating in their respective lives. They are both desperately unhappy and both feel powerless to do anything about it. Both see the summer as an opportunity to escape, even if only for a little while, the individual misery of their usual lives. It's a story of how they learn to be brave together and escape that misery and find their freedom for more than just a month. It has its flaws (Alec's first line to Darren is terribly cheesy - it was probably meant to be, but still), but I was caught up with the imagery and the story. I was struck by the poverty and desperate sadness of Darren's life and the feeling, despite his money of utter suffocation and vulneratibility in Alec's life. I didn't really understand the character of Alec's mother. I appreciated that Alec's fiancee was charming and lovely - if he were straight he would have been very happy with her. I do wonder how Alec and Darren will fit together for the long term - after all, they are from completely different worlds - but I was happy enough to go along with the fairy tale. Favourite Quotes: ...a faint citrusy palate-cleansing tang, and the thought and taste came together into a moment of renewal, of newness. It was a wrong feeling for summer - more of a spring feeling, a start to the year, resolution making, this-time-it-will-all-be-different hope. He shook it off, disconcerted. It was summer he had here, distraction, escape. Not hope. Especially not change.and this one: He looked like a man who was turning into paper, folding himself into origami angles, fragile and friable and prone to crumple. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, I liked the melancholy tone of most of the story and it was, for the most part, beautifully written. ( )
  Kaetrin | Aug 13, 2012 |
3.5 stars, rounded up.Moving story about a rich man (Alec) and a poor man (Darren) who are both suffocating in their respective lives. They are both desperately unhappy and both feel powerless to do anything about it. Both see the summer as an opportunity to escape, even if only for a little while, the individual misery of their usual lives. It's a story of how they learn to be brave together and escape that misery and find their freedom for more than just a month. It has its flaws (Alec's first line to Darren is terribly cheesy - it was probably meant to be, but still), but I was caught up with the imagery and the story. I was struck by the poverty and desperate sadness of Darren's life and the feeling, despite his money of utter suffocation and vulneratibility in Alec's life. I didn't really understand the character of Alec's mother. I appreciated that Alec's fiancee was charming and lovely - if he were straight he would have been very happy with her. I do wonder how Alec and Darren will fit together for the long term - after all, they are from completely different worlds - but I was happy enough to go along with the fairy tale. Favourite Quotes: ...a faint citrusy palate-cleansing tang, and the thought and taste came together into a moment of renewal, of newness. It was a wrong feeling for summer - more of a spring feeling, a start to the year, resolution making, this-time-it-will-all-be-different hope. He shook it off, disconcerted. It was summer he had here, distraction, escape. Not hope. Especially not change.and this one: He looked like a man who was turning into paper, folding himself into origami angles, fragile and friable and prone to crumple. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, I liked the melancholy tone of most of the story and it was, for the most part, beautifully written. ( )
  Kaetrin | Aug 9, 2012 |
I love the old fashioned romances, the type where a prince charming is coming to save the virgin damsel, I have even a tag for them, only that, being this a gay romance, it’s a “cinderfella” and not a “cinderella” story; and well, here the damsel is not even virgin, far from it, but the prince charming is perfect, with his slightly resemblance with a notorious English actor of romantic comedies (is this the moment where I confess my secret passion for Hugh Grant? Between him and Colin Firth I don’t know why I didn’t move in England to find one prince charming myself…)

Shining in the Sun respects all the rules of the cinderfellas stories, but it manages to be original thanks to its characters, that don’t play along the rules. Prince Charming is Ptolemy Alexander St. John-Goodchilde, Alec for short, who is a very wealthy, very shy, mommy boy City of London businessman; a perfect fiancee on the side, an ordinary life for 11 out of 12 months per year, his only rebellion is to take the month of August all for himself, and sailing without purpose on his yacth, the Lady Jane. This year though there was an impediment, and he is waiting for his car to be repaired in some Cornwall tourist trap seaside village when he meets cindefella Darren.

Darren is the neglected son, the one his father left with his grandmother when their mother fled, the one who is now taking care of the ailing woman in the only way he knows, selling his body to rich men. But at least he fouls everyone, and himself, telling that he is in love with those men, that if they hurt him it’s only because it’s their way to express that love, that he is capable of taking care of himself and his grandmother, at least since the day he awakes in an hospital. Like Alec, also Darren has the month of August out, out of his obligations, out of his fears, and if in that month he really sells himself for money, well, then he can always say that it’s only for a month, that he is not really a whore.

Alec doesn’t cruise Darren for sex, and when he sees him, the educated man that is in him makes all sort of classical comparison to prove to himself that is interest for Darren is something ethereal and pure, but he is also quick to use his money to chain Darren to him for at least one afternoon, that then become a night. And even when he is shown the reality, he is quick to find a reason, Darren after all came back, if he has stolen his money, it wasn’t for himself, Darren is proud and sincere, he is the same perfection he saw surfing like some mythical creature.

And Darren is all wounded pride, he is jumping like a spring, or like someone pocked in a place that hurts, because you know that what they said it’s true. Darren is not like those old fashioned heroines who would prefer to die rather than losing their innocence to the hand of a villain, Darren is more like those soiled doves, working in some brothel, but only to maintain an aging mother, or an helpless baby, or some other innocent creature.

Of course Alec is naïve, of course he knows that if not for his money he would have not met Darren; and of course Darren is far from being innocent, and he is interested, and weak, right until the last chapter. Does this make them less perfect characters? I think that indead this makes them the most interesting thing of the novel. Personally I have always found those virgin heroines quite boring, and the perfect hero a bit presumptuous. Who cares that Alec and Darren’s happily ever after depends on Alec’s money? If this means that Darren will have to care not more for money and that Alec has bought his perfect future, well, it will mean also that for once money bought happiness.

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Alec Goodchilde has everything a man could want--except the freedom to be himself. Once a year, he motors down to an exclusive yacht club on the Cornish coast and takes the summer off from the trap that is his life. When his car breaks down, leaving him stranded on the beach, he's transfixed by the sight of a surfer dancing on the waves. The man is summer made flesh. Freedom wrapped up in one lithe package, dripping wet from the sea. Once a year Darren Stokes takes a break from his life of grinding overwork and appalling relatives, financing his holiday by picking up the first rich man to show an interest. This year, though, he's cautious--last summer's meal ticket turned out to be more pain than pleasure. Even though Alec is so deep in the closet he doesn't even admit he's gay, Darren finds himself falling hard--until their idyllic night together is shattered by the blinding light of reality.

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