In Blood & Milk by N.R. Walker, Heath Crowley is hurting and looking for a reason to live. Under the African sky on the plains of the Serengeti, Heath finds more than just a reason to live. He finds a man like no other, and a reason to love. This post contains affiliate links.
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Blood & Milk by N.R. Walker
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Title: Blood & Milk
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: BlueHeart Press (June 23, 2016)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary
Length/Format: 1180 KB/ 262 pages
Heat Rating: 2
Star Rating:4 1/2
Heath Crowley is an Australian man, born with two different colored eyes and the gift—or curse—of having premonition dreams. He also has nothing left to live for. Twelve months after having his life upended, his dreams tell him where he needs to be. So with nothing―and no one―to keep him in Sydney, he simply boards a plane for Tanzania. Not caring if he lives or dies, Heath walks into a tribe of Maasai and asks to stay. Granted permission, he leaves behind the name and heartbreak of Heath and starts over with the new Maasai name of Alé.
From the day of his birth, Damu has always been an outcast. The son of the chief and brother to the great warrior leader, Damu is reminded constantly that he’s not good enough to be considered a man in the eyes of his people. Ordered to take responsibility for Alé, Damu shares with him the ways of the Maasai, just as Alé shares with Damu the world outside the acacia thorn fence. But it’s more than just a cultural exchange. It’s about trust and acceptance, finding themselves, and a true sense of purpose.
Under the African sky on the plains of the Serengeti, Heath finds more than just a reason to live. He finds a man like no other, and a reason to love.
Blood & Milk Review:
I will be honest and tell you that I bought this book several weeks ago but just haven’t been drawn to read it until now. Why? It was just a little too different from my normal M/M romance books. I wasn’t sure if I would like a book set in a tribe in Africa. Why did I buy it then? Because N.R. Walker is a fabulous author who’s other books I have really enjoyed! So, I took a chance on this one and I am incredibly glad that I did! Blood & Milk by N.R. Walker was truly an astounding and moving story that I really loved.
In Blood & Milk by N.R. Walker, you start out meeting Heath, a broken man living in Australia who’s partner has been killed. He is struggling to find a reason to live and just can’t let go of his lost love. One night, he has a vision. This is not something totally new to him and he decides to follow it through and see where he ends up. He honestly could care less if he lives or dies so he follows his vision all the way to the Maasai tribe of Africa where he finds Damu.
The author does a phenomenal job of setting the scene of this story. From the animals on the plains of the Serengeti to the rituals that the Maasai people follow, I was totally engrossed in this story. I could practically feel the heat and hear the flies buzzing. The desperate need to keep his budding relationship with Damu quiet because discovery meant certain death. It was just incredibly well written and obvious that a ton of research went into setting the stage for this romance.
I loved Damu and was truly amazed at how peaceful he was given his situation in the tribe. There is a history there that you just have to read to understand but he is such a gentle soul despite his rocky upbringing. He loves teaching Heath (or Ale as he is now known) about life in the Maasai tribe and I was happy to learn right along with his rapt student.
I am so glad that the story ended with what I think was a realistic sounding ending. It wasn’t picture perfect for a while. They had struggles to get through before they got their happily ever after. But, you do get that and where they finally ended up had me smiling because it was just so perfect for them.
You really need to read Blood & Milk by N.R. Walker. It is a truly unique story with characters you will love and a setting that is vivid and engaging.