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Still Novel

Novel: Still

Author: Mary Calmes

Genres: Romance, Divorce, Second Chance

Released: 2013

Part of Book Series: Standalone

Summary: What happens when two men who have been together for seventeen years fall out of love? Sivan Cruz, a set director in San Francisco, and Walter Wainwright, a big shot Bay Area lawyer, find out the hard way. Walter loves Sivan with all his heart but rarely talks about it, and Sivan needs to hear the words. The language of the love they have shared for so long, that has enabled them to build a life together and raise two children, stops working. They become—still.

When Sivan asks for a divorce, Walter doesn’t know how to say no. They separate, but while Sivan sees the relationship as over, Walter sees only a temporary setback. He has never lost his passion for Sivan and decides he has to say something before he ends up loving his husband in silence for the rest of his life.


Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.

I’m a big fan of books that feature a married couple as the main characters in a story. They were somewhat rare and Still immediately made it to the top of the list of my recommendations.

Although their involvement was such a whirlwind, Walter and Sivan took the time to build their family before they tied a knot. Seventeen years was a long time and even with how strong their love was, sometimes doubts and insecurities managed to find a way through the littlest cracks. The couple sadly agreed to a divorce and went their separate ways.

I gave this book a big point for showing that even established couples had their own problems. It was sad to see how two people followed the path of separation, but Walter and Sivan was very mature about it. I had to say that Sivan was rather hasty in his decisions, but sometimes, words do speak louder than actions, and that was what Sivan was looking for.

Walter, with his ego and pride didn’t really help matters and for him to give up and started seeing other people just to prove that he was fine with them being apart was a juvenile move.

Thankfully, this book was about second chance and accepting your partner’s strengths and weaknesses. It also conveyed that regardless what the situation was, if your partner was the one, they would stand by you no matter what. Walter and Sivan had those, so even after their long separation, they could never really destroy the love they had.

I wished this book could have been longer (because I loved this couple a lot), but everything the author wanted to present was all in there. It was a break I needed from reading books with common chronology of meet-fall in love-marriage (and the bed scenes are hot too!) Do give this book a read because two men in love, what more would you want from an M/M Novel?

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A former otaku, I have retired from manga and anime and found my love in M/M novels. I have a soft spot for angst with happily ever after, but a little critical on cliches. I like uncomplicated stories, a little hint of mystery and crime as well as something that is not too heavy on the drama.

I read and write mostly in English. Unfortunately, since I started late with my English studies, I am still working on it. I'm pretty much well versed in context, but don't count too much on my grammar.