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Bridges by M.J. O’Shea Review

Title: Bridges

Author: M.J. O’Shea

First published July 4, 2011

37 pages, ebook

Rating: 3.88


In Bridges by M.J. O’Shea, Dallas and Brooklyn have been enemies since third grade. However, when they end up working together at the same store during summer break, they realize they might have more in common than they initially thought.

As they spend more time together, Dallas starts to see Brooklyn in a different light and realizes that he might actually be his perfect match. This enemies-to-lovers story is a heartwarming tale of first love and unexpected connections.

With themes of high school, summer romance, and discovering oneself, Bridges is a must-read contemporary gay romance novel.

About the Author

MJ O’Shea is a lover of music festivals, paintbrushes, and flower crowns. She finds joy in the simple things: rainstorms, a warm cup of tea, a day at the beach, and vibrant colors.

Above all else, MJ enjoys a cozy evening with a good book.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, MJ still resides there and cherishes it. However, her heart yearns for adventure, which she satisfies by incorporating her dreams of far-off lands and remarkable individuals into her writing.

Occasionally, even the most intrepid of travelers must return home, and MJ is no exception.

Editoral Review

Bridges by M.J. O’Shea is a poignant and touching story about two men who are brought together by fate and find solace and redemption in each other’s company. O’Shea’s writing style is emotive and captivating, drawing readers into the world of her characters and allowing them to empathize with their struggles and triumphs.

The book follows the lives of James and Cole, two men from very different backgrounds who meet by chance and begin a journey of self-discovery and love. James, a successful business owner, is grappling with the fallout of a failed marriage and the loneliness of his isolated existence.

Cole, a struggling artist with a troubled past, is searching for a way to overcome his demons and find his place in the world. As the two men form a deep and abiding connection, they must confront the societal prejudices and personal insecurities that threaten to tear them apart.

O’Shea masterfully weaves together themes of redemption, forgiveness, and self-acceptance, creating a narrative that is both thought-provoking and moving. What sets Bridges apart from other romance novels is O’Shea’s skillful character development.

James and Cole are fully realized individuals with flaws and vulnerabilities that make them all the more relatable and endearing. Their interactions are genuine and nuanced, capturing the delicate dance of two people learning to trust and love each other.

However, the book does have some limitations. The pacing can be slow at times, and the plot structure can feel formulaic in places.

Additionally, the book shies away from exploring some of the more complex and controversial aspects of the LGBTQ+ community, such as issues of race, gender, and representation. Despite these shortcomings, Bridges is a worthwhile read for anyone looking for a moving and uplifting love story.

O’Shea’s writing is richly detailed and evocative, transporting readers to the rolling hills of wine country and immersing them in the lives of her characters. The book’s themes of self-discovery and forgiveness are universal, resonating with readers of all ages and backgrounds.

In conclusion, Bridges is a well-crafted and emotionally resonant novel that will appeal to fans of the romance genre. O’Shea’s nuanced and empathetic portrayal of her characters make this book a standout in its category, and its themes of redemption and self-acceptance are timeless and relatable.

I give Bridges four out of five stars, based on its engaging writing style, memorable characters, and universal themes.