26 September 2014

The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds by Charley Descoteaux

 All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….

Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor's Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.

Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee's the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and "home" isn't a four-letter word.

Warning this book contains descriptions of past assault.

This was a drama and angst filled tale of the “strange birds” finding love and acceptance together.  We read books about the “pretty people” meeting someone and falling in love, but it was nice to read a book about two men who are damaged being able to find someone to love.  Phil and Lee both evoked a ton of emotion from me.  I was pulling for them from the beginning but at times it was so hard to watch them work through their issues. 

Phil has many neuroses left over from a past assault and how he handles himself on a daily basis and how he has preserved through life was just amazing and inspiring to watch.  Whether or not we fit society’s description of a perfect partner we all deserve love and it was beautiful to watch these two men fight for their chance at it.


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