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Mini Blog Tour #Review and #Giveaway – Surfacing by A.L. Bates

Title: Surfacing
Author: A.L. Bates
Series: The Ariel Series, Book Two
Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Length: Novella

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


A few weeks following the events that concluded DEEP, Book One: The Ariel Series, Captain Joel Riley is struggling to adjust to his new relationship with his medic, Sean, and when a face from Sean’s past sets out to destroy Joel and his ship, Joel faces an impossible decision: Sean or Ariel.

Sensing Joel’s dilemma, Sean makes the decision to leave. He does so knowing he must confront his past and the abuse he suffered. Subjected to the same trauma again, this time at the hands of his brother, he uses the strength Joel taught him to take his future into his own hands.

For Joel, life without Sean proves unbearable and he comes to the realization that he needs more than just his ship. He sets out to bring Sean back… whatever the cost.

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When I finished reading the first book in this series, Deep (read my review here), I actually was hoping there will be more. A.L. definitely didn’t disappoint with surfacing. I loved reading along and seeing Joel and Sean adjust to their relationship. The blissful end to the first book is followed by the reality of their situation. Joel knows nothing about being in a relationship, and isn’t really sure he wants to depend so much on someone else. Sean has deep wounds and a past that come to haunt him, taking turns, or hitting at the same time.

His new relationship is not the only thing changing on the Ariel, and Joel has a hard time coping with it all. When Sean’s family comes crashing in, trying to destroy Joel and get their runaway money maker back, things get dark and dangerous, fast. Whether or not Joel and Sean will find the strength they need to survive it all and keep loving each other… well, that’s the tricky question.

Surfacing keeps you on edge, and characters have to deal with more from chapter to chapter. As the Ariel surfaces on Titan, the world comes crashing in and their problems increase with blinding speed. With existing issues still being worked on, it seems like everyone will be crushed under the weight of it all. Definitely a great read and an extremely interesting science fiction world! Totally recommended to everyone who enjoys scifi or gay romances in general.

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Deep AL BatesFleeing from a troubled past that left him feeling tarnished and used, Sean finds work as a medic aboard the deep sea mining ship Ariel, on a distant planet.

Under the leader ship of the infuriating, yet charismatic, Captain Joel Riley, Sean settles into his simple, but dangerous, new life. It’s a life he soon comes to love; albeit one in which he conceals his sexuality and avoids intimacy.

But Sean’s new world is turned on its head when an old face threatens to expose him for the man he used to be.

With Joel’s help, will Sean learn to come to terms with his past and become a man he can be proud of?

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About the author

A.L. BATES has a keen interest in Sci-fi and adventure novels and enjoys writing stories with strong characters in imaginative backgrounds. Although an avid writer, Deep is the first published novella by A.L. Bates.

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Writer, traveler, coffee and book addict, and also founder of EyesOnBooks. I've loved books all my life and now they are a huge part of my work. I have been blogging for about twelve years and have worked as a PR and marketing consultant in the IT&C field before shifting all my focus to books and authors.

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