Justin South – Sam & Paul

paul & Sam

Author: Justin South
Reviewed by: Susan65
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781301917310

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 




Paul & Sam is a MM romance murder mystery. Their story is plot intensive, with a degree of psychic chemistry, as the following brief description indicates:

19yo Paul lives a lonely, tormented existence. One night he meets Sam in extraordinary circumstances. He discovers Sam hero-worships him for saving his cousin’s life after a cowardly beach incident two years earlier.

Blinded by infatuation for his hero and devastated by the recent death of Tim, his twin brother, Sam passionately pleads to Paul to become his partner. While deciding, Paul is drawn into Tim’s psychic maze of cryptic messages. What is Tim’s influence? Does Tim empower Paul to identify the culprit who caused his cousin’s near-death? Can Paul decipher Tim’s cryptograms to solve the mystery surrounding his passing?

Follow Paul’s journey to love and happiness. Share the passion as two young men overcome insecurities and develop their innate strengths. Admire the kindness and generosity of Sam’s family as it assists others less fortunate. Deliberate the madness of revenge leading to the exposure of evil judicial corruption and a suspenseful court case.


Review:  I am not really sure how to rate this book. It is written very eloquently and almost poetically. The words, the descriptions, and the storytelling are told with a very upper crust, highly educated flair. At one point I compared the writing to high school classics…and a little Shakespearean, but with farts. Strange, but true.

So my 3 star rating has nothing to do with the quality of the writing. My main issues were twofold: The story line and plot were a little unbelievable and unrealistic, and the style of writing was a little over the top for my personal tastes. I was never able to relate to the characters, and felt like I was being read to instead of living it with them.

I loved the premise of a murdered twin brother (Tim), who from beyond grave psychically offered clues to the twin left behind, Sam, and his new lover, Paul. The mystery was not very mysterious to the reader, it was easily figured out from the get-go…you are just along for the ride while the rest of the family puts the pieces together.

I believe that there will be many who adore this kind of romantic prose, but for me it just didn’t work out that well.




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