Blog Tour #Review – Wish You Were Here by Asta Idonea

Title:Wish You Were Here

Author:Asta Idonea

Genre:Gay Romance, Paranormal


Publisher:Dreamspinner Press


The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.

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Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon AU


I went into reading this story without bothering to read the blurb or any book details. I’ve read quite a few Asta Idonea works, so I just delved right in. Boy, was I surprised! Maybe why I am such a big advocate of just reading stories or watching movies without knowing anything about them.

Wish You Were Here is a bitter-sweet story of love, loss, and healing. It’s told in an elegant, touching style, and although there are clear tensions between Oakley and his parents, there’s not a lot of blaming going around. Mourning is treated as what it is – pain, hurt, denial, a mix of feelings that leave you a little lost, and force you to find your way out of it and back to yourself.

Bobby was my favorite character in the book. He’s sweet and caring, and when you start to figure out what’s going on with him… well, it will break your heart a little. Despite that, I am so happy I read this and wholeheartedly recommend it.


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About the author

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

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