Mateo has known Gavin Hughes since high school, back when they were both still in the closet. He knows Gavin is a decent guy. And he can't deny the attraction between them, even though Mateo is in a committed relationship. So why the hell is Mateo so terrified of him? And why is Gavin standing in his office, swearing that he needs to make amends? Because of the nightmares.Mateo has known Gavin Hughes since high school, back when they were both still in the closet. He knows Gavin is a decent guy. And he can't deny the attraction between them, even though Mateo is in a committed relationship. So why the hell is Mateo so terrified of him? And why is Gavin standing in his office, swearing that he needs to make amends? Because of the nightmares. In his dreams, Mateo keeps reliving the life of a young man who was born a century ago. A young man with good reason to fear Gavin . . . or the man Gavin once was....
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Contrition by Miri Thompson is a short, charming little book about three men (yes, three) who, through the guilt of one, find themselves in a rather unique position.Upon reading the summary of this book, I thought it would be filled with mystery and question about the after-life, as well as conflict, drama, all tied up with a neat resolution. That was actually not the case. Contrition is a cute book, but it is very shallow and left much to be desired. After I finished reading, I couldn't help but think that it was too short. I was left unsatisfied with the conclusion and with the plot as well. The main story driver, Mateo and Gavin's shared dreams, starts the book as front and center, and serves as a nice plot device. However, it is quickly abandoned in favor of the relationship between Mateo and Gavin. It could have easily been replaced by some more mundane and more shamelessly forgettable reason for Gavin's approach. The issues that could be addressed here, such as the characters' religious beliefs, are dismissed in an environment of acceptance and tolerance which is perfect for real life but makes poor story-telling. The characters start out unique, but half-way through the book all but Mateo start blending together in a joint personality of acceptance and love. All the other characters clearly felt like they were there just to be a supporting cast to the main character's growth, filling their roles neatly and smoothly without any real bumps.If you're looking for a short, fluffy book to read when you have a few hours to kill or on the bus, then Contrition is definitely something you might want to look for. The reading experience is also slightly enhanced by having a strong knowledge of religion and economics, but it's not required to enjoy. In the end I definitely don't regret reading it. The writing is clear and error-free, without too much that doesn't really need to be there. I would have been pleased if this had been used as an opportunity to create a true love story spawning two different life-times, to address questions of existentialism or even to reflect on religious doctrine and human nature. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Contrition is a novel with an intriguing premise. Religious studies Professor Mateo has been haunted all his life by vivid dreams set in another time and place in which a man smothers him to death. At high school, he encounters the man of his nightmares, in the face of fellow student Gavin Hughes. He promptly throws up. Years later, Gavin Hughes shows up in his office, confessing to having vivid dreams and memories of the same events that have haunted Mateo. They share vivid recollections of having been young soldiers in Spanish Morocco on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. Mateo was in the wrong place at the wrong time as a coup was being planned and Gavin accordingly eliminated him. Gavin acknowledges his guilt for what he did and offers to make amends to Mateo for robbing him of his life in a previous incarnation.While the first part of the story brings up powerful questions of guilt and redemption, of how much responsibility you can carry for an act you committed in another life and another time, the second part leaves these issues behind to some degree and focuses on the romantic and domestic drama of how Gavin can find a place in Mateo's life alongside his lover Alex. Are Mateo's doubts about whether he can have a relationship with both Gavin and Alex about his Catholic faith, already stretched by his acceptance of the possibility of reincarnation, or are they down to simple jealousy and insecurity? This is an intriguing and original story, based on a powerful premise. It's also a fun and sometimes sexy account of how a couple welcome a third man into their relationship. The contrast between the otherworldly and portentous questions raised at the beginning of the story and the down to earth working out of relationship dynamics that form the bulk of the narrative is perhaps a little disconcerting. Gavin however is a supremely practical and pragmatic character and having accepted that he owes Mateo a life it is in the here and now that he dedicates himself to making amends by doing his best to makes sure that Mateo's current life is happy and successful.
A delightful m/m to m/m/m story with some sexy heat as well as thoughtful discussions of history, politics, religions and the afterlife. I very much enjoyed the journey, although I found myself wishing that one of the central characters (Gavin) had been explored with a bit more depth. Matteo was a most interesting MC.