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"He's a psycho." That's what Mike is told when he asks who the kid is with the dark swoop of hair and eyes that look like icebergs floating in milk. From that moment, it becomes Mike's mission to find out everything about this kid. The kid who can fight better than anyone, but doesn't want to. The kid who is the greatest artist Mike's ever met. The kid who only wants to be "He's a psycho." That's what Mike is told when he asks who the kid is with the dark swoop of hair and eyes that look like icebergs floating in milk. From that moment, it becomes Mike's mission to find out everything about this kid. The kid who can fight better than anyone, but doesn't want to. The kid who is the greatest artist Mike's ever met. The kid who only wants to be his friend during the lightest days of summer. The kid who tells him that being his friend at school will only ruin Mike's reputation. Regardless of what the kid tells Mike, he doesn't realize that summer is the best time--it has the most light--and it makes it easier for Mike to see who he truly is. And there's no way Mike will back off once he sees this kid for who he truly is.


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"He's a psycho." That's what Mike is told when he asks who the kid is with the dark swoop of hair and eyes that look like icebergs floating in milk. From that moment, it becomes Mike's mission to find out everything about this kid. The kid who can fight better than anyone, but doesn't want to. The kid who is the greatest artist Mike's ever met. The kid who only wants to be "He's a psycho." That's what Mike is told when he asks who the kid is with the dark swoop of hair and eyes that look like icebergs floating in milk. From that moment, it becomes Mike's mission to find out everything about this kid. The kid who can fight better than anyone, but doesn't want to. The kid who is the greatest artist Mike's ever met. The kid who only wants to be his friend during the lightest days of summer. The kid who tells him that being his friend at school will only ruin Mike's reputation. Regardless of what the kid tells Mike, he doesn't realize that summer is the best time--it has the most light--and it makes it easier for Mike to see who he truly is. And there's no way Mike will back off once he sees this kid for who he truly is.

30 review for A Surplus of Light

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shile

    Audiobook - 4 stars ✨ Story - 4.25 stars ✨ New author to me, this is definitely a start of something good. I will be reading more of his books. This is a beautiful coming of age story about Ian and Mike. Best friends who are trying to navigate the horror that is highschool, while trying to figure out what they are feeling for each other and deal with some family issues. The best part is that this read like YA.. No grown-up teenagers here. The writing is nostalgic, eerie, beautiful, sad-happy, simp Audiobook - 4 stars ✨ Story - 4.25 stars ✨ New author to me, this is definitely a start of something good. I will be reading more of his books. This is a beautiful coming of age story about Ian and Mike. Best friends who are trying to navigate the horror that is highschool, while trying to figure out what they are feeling for each other and deal with some family issues. The best part is that this read like YA.. No grown-up teenagers here. The writing is nostalgic, eerie, beautiful, sad-happy, simple without being too simple. 🤭 I don't think i make sense, but that is just how i feel. The characters are well fleshed out. I wish i got more of Mike's background, but that didn't deter me from knowing him. Ian was a very interesting complicated guy. I loved his directness. Overall, i ended up enjoying it so much more than I thought i would. Highly recommended to YA/NA coming of age story lovers.😍

  2. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    This book is so damn perfect. First the writing will pull you in. Then it's the characters. Not just the main characters but every character that the author lets you get a glimpse of. Then it's the unexpected events that happen in the book. Then it's the way the story unfolds some of the most unexpected things that stabs your heart. And the slow burn romance will burn you. But it's just not about this beautiful young romance. It's about fighting for the ones you care about; fighting for yourself. This This book is so damn perfect. First the writing will pull you in. Then it's the characters. Not just the main characters but every character that the author lets you get a glimpse of. Then it's the unexpected events that happen in the book. Then it's the way the story unfolds some of the most unexpected things that stabs your heart. And the slow burn romance will burn you. But it's just not about this beautiful young romance. It's about fighting for the ones you care about; fighting for yourself. This story is about standing up for yourself and the few others who are invisible to the rest of the world. This story handles bullying and domestic abuse. So trigger warnings for these. The description of friendship, fine line between romance and friendship, and then romance have been done exceptionally well. Character development is just damn amazing. The later half of the book is something I didn't expect when I picked up this book. I knew already it's going to be one of my 2020 favorites when I was just into 30 percent of the book. The second half of the book genuinely surprised me. It made me cry because my faith in humanity has been restored. I will always root for Ian and Mike. I ended up liking the bully Carson. Even the kid he bullied, Kevin. This is such a wholesome story. I couldn't help feeling the 'I-am-reading-a-good-Manga' vibes while I was reading the first half of the book. All that talking about sketches and young school love with all that good writing. Sometimes I felt like I was in a beautiful dream while reading the whole book as most of the interaction between the two main characters took place in the woods or some secluded places but dreamy places with nature at its beautiful best. This is just my kind of book. And I ended up crying too much towards the end because the whole book has been so beautiful. It made me whole again. Damn. I need a hardcover editor's collection please.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laxmama

    Wow I what a surprise, I picked this one up and finished it in a day full of emotions well told looking forward to see what else I can read from this author

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eliott Griffen

    It's been a month since I've read this book. I couldn't write a review immediately after reading it because this book hit some deep personal places. I was broken for days. And still sometimes I just get lost in thinking about it. This is one of those books you can reread million times and never get enough, I know I will. It is beautifully written. Like poetry. This is the book you didn't know you have to read. Seriously. This is something you need in your life. If I could I would hit 5 stars mult It's been a month since I've read this book. I couldn't write a review immediately after reading it because this book hit some deep personal places. I was broken for days. And still sometimes I just get lost in thinking about it. This is one of those books you can reread million times and never get enough, I know I will. It is beautifully written. Like poetry. This is the book you didn't know you have to read. Seriously. This is something you need in your life. If I could I would hit 5 stars multiple times. Just read it. You can thank me later.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    3.75 stars**

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I went into this book not really knowing what to expect, but I'm happy to say that this was a very good read! The longing you guys, the longing! It was described so realistically, it was so well done. I really liked Ian and Mike, the two main characters. Even though I was suffering because of the way things were, I understood why this was all happening. This obviously didn't stop me from rooting for them so bad. Overall I really enjoyed reading about Ian and Mike's relationship and their Summers I went into this book not really knowing what to expect, but I'm happy to say that this was a very good read! The longing you guys, the longing! It was described so realistically, it was so well done. I really liked Ian and Mike, the two main characters. Even though I was suffering because of the way things were, I understood why this was all happening. This obviously didn't stop me from rooting for them so bad. Overall I really enjoyed reading about Ian and Mike's relationship and their Summers together. I totally recommend this read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    David

    When they both just 'know'. Ian had a tough time growing up, and Mike's home life is negligible. So a real friend is important to them both. They gravitate toward each other quickly after meeting the summer before high school. Most of this story occurs down at the local creek where the high schoolers hang out to cool off from the Texas heat, and for the social environment. It is still not a world where Ian and Mike can feel open. So they wander off to the nearby woods to talk while Ian sketches. When they both just 'know'. Ian had a tough time growing up, and Mike's home life is negligible. So a real friend is important to them both. They gravitate toward each other quickly after meeting the summer before high school. Most of this story occurs down at the local creek where the high schoolers hang out to cool off from the Texas heat, and for the social environment. It is still not a world where Ian and Mike can feel open. So they wander off to the nearby woods to talk while Ian sketches. They become invisible to each during the school year. Their summer meetings might be in mornings, afternoons, evenings, or even after midnight down by the creek. Ian is the smartest one, taking advanced classes, yet retaining a troublemaker label. Thus they don't end up in classes together. Even at lunch, Ian's common sense forces them to remain sitting apart. Mike was a more popular kid that still did well at school. They would look forward to that first day of summer, and the wooded area by the creek. Their 'tough' and 'cool' personas, respectively, disappeared when they were alone. We learn early in Ch 1 during a time-jump starting the book during high school senior summer, that Ian has sights for Columbia in NY, while Ian is focused on in-state college. Ch 2 then begins the linear story as they meet at the creek the summer before high school at age 15. There was a lack of any other substantial characters in this book. We hear almost nothing about the nine month long high school years. The author is very consistent about focusing strictly on the incredible trust and friendship these two boys develop. There is conversation, some hugs and kissing. The story stays true to the mature side of Ian wanting to 'wait'. They have many beautiful moments together just being best friends. There are no lies between them. I like the way this book balances not getting cheesy with local real/perceived homophobia. The inner thoughts conveyed by Ian and Mike are not soapbox statements about society, but rather focus on their thoughts about each other in the current moment, and then their desire to see each other the next time. Chapters alternate (approximately) by POV, with each chapter titled either Mike or Ian, per POV. Maybe a slight trigger warning for the fist-fights Ian has with his drunk father, and even with another kid in school. They are short, but enough description to feel the pain. I might score this book in the 3 to 3.5 for literature. It has a very first-book feel to the text. But it is a story I'd like to re-read per the talks and walks between these two pure friends. It is a short book, which I happened to buy (since it was not available at my local library). I feel certain that I will read this again. Heck, I'm already re-reading passages! My net 4.5* rounds this into 5* territory.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisazj1

    4.5 stars. While I wish I’d gotten a deeper look at their lives *except for Ian’s home life, I got quite enough of that 🤬*, what was between Mike and Ian was warm and lovely while still twisted up with longing. I loved their relationship and I liked who they were, apart from each other. This was beautifully written and so resonant with all the different emotions the two were dealing with, there was quite a lot of tugging on the heartstrings. I loved the ending, though there was one small heartfai 4.5 stars. While I wish I’d gotten a deeper look at their lives *except for Ian’s home life, I got quite enough of that 🤬*, what was between Mike and Ian was warm and lovely while still twisted up with longing. I loved their relationship and I liked who they were, apart from each other. This was beautifully written and so resonant with all the different emotions the two were dealing with, there was quite a lot of tugging on the heartstrings. I loved the ending, though there was one small heartfail, I was happy with how bright the future was. 🥰 Thanks once more to Sugarplum the snowflake dancing elf, aka Roger ❤️, for the awesome book, I loved it! **** Look what I got from Sugarplum the snowflake dancing elf! *hugs book* Thank you so much, I can't wait to read it! xxx

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leaf of Absence

    Perfect for a chilly Sunday afternoon. Dreamy and romantic, a little sad, (view spoiler)[warm and gooey at the end. (hide spoiler)] Perfect for a chilly Sunday afternoon. Dreamy and romantic, a little sad, (view spoiler)[warm and gooey at the end. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Beautiful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Travis Beaudoin

    I can't think of another book that so honestly captures the ache of longing, especially between two characters who let, at least temporarily, the outside world keep them apart. I grew up not unlike SURPLUS's Mike (so of course this review is skewed to reflect my own experiences) and the idea of having an Ian-figure as a young man unlocked a lot of feelings that I don't always let myself explore. SURPLUS centers on two young men who are always in proximity to each other, but who only grow their r I can't think of another book that so honestly captures the ache of longing, especially between two characters who let, at least temporarily, the outside world keep them apart. I grew up not unlike SURPLUS's Mike (so of course this review is skewed to reflect my own experiences) and the idea of having an Ian-figure as a young man unlocked a lot of feelings that I don't always let myself explore. SURPLUS centers on two young men who are always in proximity to each other, but who only grow their relationship in the summers. Taken literally, the premise is a little strange (although Connor makes it work). I read it, though, as a representation of what it's like to grow up full of feelings that you have been taught are inappropriate, if not wicked. When can I touch? When can I be honest? When can I relax? When can I be myself? The limits on Mike and Ian's relationship aren't exactly that. Ian explains why he makes himself unavailable for three seasons each year, and they make sense in the world Connor creates. Even so, I found myself as frustrated as Mike during their separations. The nights at the creek and the days sketching in the woods are so beautifully described and so emotionally raw that the winters felt unbearably cold. This is not to say that the story is heavy, per se; it's no more so than a lot of YA fiction, and certainly no more so than life itself. What I am saying is that Connor creates a beautiful, almost mythically inscrutable character in Ian, then shades him in over time, letting us learn him and fall in love with him as Mike does. Along the way, we experience the joy of finding that person who lets us live without apology, but only after both characters pay a lot of emotional and social dues. This is a lovely book, and I'm afraid my review misses out on a lot of the humor and sweetness that exists between Mike and Ian. It's a book that made me think, and made me remember, but it's also a book that I really enjoyed. I highly recommend it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dean Cole

    I was introduced to Chase Connor’s work through the excellent ‘Jacob Michaels Is’ paranormal gay romance series, and I’ve been keen to read his other books ever since. A Surplus of Light (excellent title) is a beautiful coming of age story about Mike and Ian, two teens slowly falling in love over summers set by a creek in a small town, and it certainly did not disappoint. Like Chase’s other books, the writing in A Surplus of Light, if it’s the interior monologues of the characters or the vivid des I was introduced to Chase Connor’s work through the excellent ‘Jacob Michaels Is’ paranormal gay romance series, and I’ve been keen to read his other books ever since. A Surplus of Light (excellent title) is a beautiful coming of age story about Mike and Ian, two teens slowly falling in love over summers set by a creek in a small town, and it certainly did not disappoint. Like Chase’s other books, the writing in A Surplus of Light, if it’s the interior monologues of the characters or the vivid descriptions of the setting, is competent and harmonious with a touch of the poetic. Characters are well realised, often adorable, and dialogue is authentic. The sweet, sometimes unrequited and painfully uncertain push and pull of youthful homosexual love and sexual attraction is depicted with skill and an understanding of the nuances of love and life. I have read the ebook and listened to the audio version of this book, and both experiences are well worth your time. The narrator of the audio book does an excellent job with his softly spoken, almost monotone narration that really suits the tone of this story, which is told from the teenage characters’ perspectives. I particularly love a scene at the creek with bat pups, which is a perfect example of the fruits of Chase’s beautiful imagination. This boy can write! Highly recommend this title, both in word format and audio.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chase Hackett

    From early on, this little book and its two narrators won me over. Completely endearing. c.t.h.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tiash .

    Deepest desire forming into a delicacy! A Journey of character development, mutual fonding and respect with a perfect sprinkle of romance! One of the Most healthiest relationship ever written in the history of MM romance. “When didn’t you love me?”  I asked. “When I didn’t know you existed.”  He replied.  “Once I knew you existed, there wasn’t a time that I didn’t love you.” Send help! I'm dying from over sweetnesses! First of all I loved the characters! How they met to how they respect oth Deepest desire forming into a delicacy! A Journey of character development, mutual fonding and respect with a perfect sprinkle of romance! One of the Most healthiest relationship ever written in the history of MM romance. “When didn’t you love me?”  I asked. “When I didn’t know you existed.”  He replied.  “Once I knew you existed, there wasn’t a time that I didn’t love you.” Send help! I'm dying from over sweetnesses! First of all I loved the characters! How they met to how they respect others privacy and deep down root for the fidelity! It's sweet and age appropriate! Ian and Mike! Ian is gay whereas Mike is struggling to understand his sexuality! He has an instant crush on Ian but both of them doesn’t want to ruin their friendship too. Over the top Ian's mysterious behaviour (which definitely makes sense) gave the story an extra dimension! Extra props for dual pov depiction (personal preference, okay!) Hey I'm team Iaike/Mian (!) [ignore my crazy ship name!] They are so damn perfect for each other!... But. But.. But... (From Now on, rest will be the spoiler part and I'll explain why I gave it 4 star! So if you haven’t read it yet, Don't read the rest! And Yes I do recommend it!) #SPOILER_ALERT (view spoiler)[ I hated the the way It did not explore everything properly. It easily could be as good as CMBYN if they background stories were treated properly (and How I wished for that to happen). IAN's dad is abusive and alcoholic and is not a good person! That’s all we knew about his dad! Their relationship and how hard to tackle those and hide those from the rest of the world, how hard It's to pretend the bad boy in front of the world, IAN's mental struggle, these are just a small fact mentioned very lightly in the story! And It's written on dual pov, so it would not be much of a hassle to explore those from his pov. which could have make the characters more engaging! (hide spoiler)] Lets be friend on Instagram

  15. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    5 stars audio and story. I tend to stay away from YA stories but I am happy I listened to this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pablito

    This little saga of mostly summers together by a creek near a small town, "the armpit of Texas," is a magically painful coming-of-age Romance between two boys, who are worlds apart on the same page. Should you be looking for a slow-burn love story that practically demands you finish it on the same day you start it, look no further. And even if you aren't, you may want to take the plunge with Mike and Ian some midnight to discover what the creek and the Strawberry Moon and the pen of Chase Connor This little saga of mostly summers together by a creek near a small town, "the armpit of Texas," is a magically painful coming-of-age Romance between two boys, who are worlds apart on the same page. Should you be looking for a slow-burn love story that practically demands you finish it on the same day you start it, look no further. And even if you aren't, you may want to take the plunge with Mike and Ian some midnight to discover what the creek and the Strawberry Moon and the pen of Chase Connor have to reveal about friends who are really lovers in the summer light. Chase, I loved it, but you could still use a better copy-editor.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Really enjoyed this one. Surprisingly beautiful and arresting love story. Solid slow burn, but very erotic and sexual at the same time. The relationship is really worth the read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sakina Carter

    Well wasn't that just the cutest thing. This book was short, sweet and perfect. Mike and Ian were adorable and watching them come into their own was so damn sweet. Their story takes place over the course of four summers. I was so happy that these two got their happily ever after. So cute. Well wasn't that just the cutest thing. This book was short, sweet and perfect. Mike and Ian were adorable and watching them come into their own was so damn sweet. Their story takes place over the course of four summers. I was so happy that these two got their happily ever after. So cute.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bob S.

    I’m not sure what the message is in this story. Maybe it’s “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. In any case, this is both a coming-of-age and a love story like none I have read before. Mike has fallen deeply in love with Ian but is frustrated with his aloofness. Ian is perceived as the bad boy at school but it’s an undeserved reputation. He also has feelings for Mike but keeps Mike at arms distance for years while he works out his own life’s problems. I love Chase Connor’s books. The books of I’m not sure what the message is in this story. Maybe it’s “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. In any case, this is both a coming-of-age and a love story like none I have read before. Mike has fallen deeply in love with Ian but is frustrated with his aloofness. Ian is perceived as the bad boy at school but it’s an undeserved reputation. He also has feelings for Mike but keeps Mike at arms distance for years while he works out his own life’s problems. I love Chase Connor’s books. The books of his I’ve read so far are have been intelligently written with identifiable characters that touch my heart.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie

    This will be one of my favorite books of this year, of that I’m sure. It is beautifully written, full of emotions, with no explicit sex, yet there’s so much tension and also love. Lots of love. I adore this book. You’ll never regret reading it, I promise.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ross

    Wow, I didn't know it would be so deep This was a Damn good book. The story and characters surprised me. Even though you want it to go a different way in the end it makes sense why it didn't but man my heart hurt while I was reading. Wow, I didn't know it would be so deep This was a Damn good book. The story and characters surprised me. Even though you want it to go a different way in the end it makes sense why it didn't but man my heart hurt while I was reading.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chellabration

    Wow'ed! This was everything I never knew I needed. Ian and Mike's story was a sweet light dose of perfection admist the crazy time of 2020. I enjoyed their push and pull, and diving into a past of friendship, love, obsession? (I mean there was totally obssesion!) and the mending of a broken person... One of my favorite snipet in this novel was Mike and Ian's convo on brokenness from Mike's POV "I'm still.. broken" his lips moved against my ear again. "I'll put myself back together. For you." "Put Wow'ed! This was everything I never knew I needed. Ian and Mike's story was a sweet light dose of perfection admist the crazy time of 2020. I enjoyed their push and pull, and diving into a past of friendship, love, obsession? (I mean there was totally obssesion!) and the mending of a broken person... One of my favorite snipet in this novel was Mike and Ian's convo on brokenness from Mike's POV "I'm still.. broken" his lips moved against my ear again. "I'll put myself back together. For you." "Put yourself back together for you" I whispered back, breathing in the scent of his hair that lay against his face. Also I love their HEA! 😍 Easy read. You'd want to binge this one!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marci

    Reading this felt like falling down a deep dark hole that now being finished with it, I am reentering this realm and being reacquainted with the sun. I have emerged feeling for certain that to forget this story would be near impossible. It was a completely engrossing and all consuming experience for me, nothing could distract me from the yearning and the anticipation. To quote my favorite singer on this planet, miss Taylor Swift, "everything is brighter now." For me. For them. Mike & Ian's love Reading this felt like falling down a deep dark hole that now being finished with it, I am reentering this realm and being reacquainted with the sun. I have emerged feeling for certain that to forget this story would be near impossible. It was a completely engrossing and all consuming experience for me, nothing could distract me from the yearning and the anticipation. To quote my favorite singer on this planet, miss Taylor Swift, "everything is brighter now." For me. For them. Mike & Ian's love story can be felt in two of Taylor's songs: Daylight & August. I will never be able to listen to those songs without thinking of this book and for that I am grateful. It is a coming of age tale of bravery and first love amongst other things and I believe it is well worth your time. <3

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Review to come (but ya’ll this story? Amazing.) How did I not review this yet? I read a lot. And by a lot I mean I am always reading (even if I don’t always post reviews on here, because..Ya’ll I don’t need everyone to know what I’m reading..) But this book? I will gladly stand on a mountain and sing odes to it. or more likely stand in front waving the book telling you YOU MUST READ THIS! And stare at you until you do. I am that awkward about this book. It is so lyrically beautiful. So heartbreakin Review to come (but ya’ll this story? Amazing.) How did I not review this yet? I read a lot. And by a lot I mean I am always reading (even if I don’t always post reviews on here, because..Ya’ll I don’t need everyone to know what I’m reading..) But this book? I will gladly stand on a mountain and sing odes to it. or more likely stand in front waving the book telling you YOU MUST READ THIS! And stare at you until you do. I am that awkward about this book. It is so lyrically beautiful. So heartbreakingly real that it took my breath away. It fed my soul. Mike and Ian meet the summer before their freshman year of HS at the local swimming spot (if you’re either southern, or from a small town you get the emotional resonance of the local swimming spot. I am both so I was feeling the feels) Mike is sunshine and all-American boy next door perfect. And you can’t hate him for it, because he really is that nice. Ian is living in the shadow of his father and older brothers legacy of making big kinds of trouble. He is a gifted artist and student, but as small towns and small minds are...ain’t nobody seeing that. And he’s just too goddamn over it to bother correcting their assumptions. Ian is my kind of character. Weary, self-contained, guarded, sarcastic..honest. (And lord depth? Oof he’s got it) He is imo a perfectly built character. They meet odd. Both kind of circling the other. Mike openly curious, Ian optimistically guarded. Their friendship is equally as odd. First, it exists only during the summer, ending promptly at the next school year begins. And Ian seems to want to shield Mike from the stigma of being associated with him. Those of us who are old enough to have spent our summer outside, running the streets/woods/whatevah with (mostly) unrestrained freedom remember how those days felt. How full of possibilities they were. They were magic. The story bounces from the past to the present with alternating POV’s (that this works so well is a testament to the talent of Chase Connor) ending with their final summer after graduation. And you feel deep in your tortured soul the push and pull of these two over the years. I will not spoil with more... You must go on this journey for yourself. But I will assure you the ending is as deeply satisfying as you want it to be. Out of the THOUSANDS of books I have read. Ian Chambers is easily in my top 20 male characters. And top 50 of any and all genders. He shookth me. Also I would like to give the author a high five for the new cover art. Loads better.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tiffaney

    Told through alternative POV. This is a story of two very different boys Ian and Mike who over the course of summers fall in love. Achingly powerful and slow burning. Some minor editing issues but it did not take me out of this beautiful story. I would have also loved to see more into Mike's family like we did Ian's. Told through alternative POV. This is a story of two very different boys Ian and Mike who over the course of summers fall in love. Achingly powerful and slow burning. Some minor editing issues but it did not take me out of this beautiful story. I would have also loved to see more into Mike's family like we did Ian's.

  26. 4 out of 5

    anna

    3/5 stars. This book would have been a solid 4 star read for me if it wasn't for the blatant lack of editing. The first two paragraphs alone would leave you hammered if you took a shot every time the author used the word "creek". A revised version of this with less repetition would help this book tons. 3/5 stars. This book would have been a solid 4 star read for me if it wasn't for the blatant lack of editing. The first two paragraphs alone would leave you hammered if you took a shot every time the author used the word "creek". A revised version of this with less repetition would help this book tons.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linh Tran

    Very Good! Just Ian and Mike in their own isolated world of a Podunk town in Texas. I like how Mike sensually observed Ian which in a way is so sexy and gratifying to me than reading sex acts in most YA gay stories. Smartly written coming-of-age romance.

  28. 5 out of 5

    ivy

    This is the most beautiful relationship I have had the pleasure of reading. Edited to add: I read it in one sitting, there was no way I could tear my eyes away from that beautiful romance. Chase writes dialogue that has you holding your breathe and sighing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Just beautiful.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Calla

    A SURPLUS OF LIGHT is a beautifully written story of summer and friendship. I've never been to Texas, and I've never experienced the lazy, small town summers described in Mike and Ian's world, but Chase Connor was able to transport me right there... the heat, the sun, the woods, the creek, wisteria, wildlife, kids spending their summers together. It's all portrayed quietly and colorfully. Mike and Ian have a friends-to-more story that's based on a mutual love for each other, as well as an unfalte A SURPLUS OF LIGHT is a beautifully written story of summer and friendship. I've never been to Texas, and I've never experienced the lazy, small town summers described in Mike and Ian's world, but Chase Connor was able to transport me right there... the heat, the sun, the woods, the creek, wisteria, wildlife, kids spending their summers together. It's all portrayed quietly and colorfully. Mike and Ian have a friends-to-more story that's based on a mutual love for each other, as well as an unfaltering respect for consent. Through the years (the story spans eight years), they have their ups and downs--Ian's home life is especially trying--but they learn that together they can face anything and everything. I loved their progression as the summers passed, and my heart ached during the times they were apart. Their story is told from alternating point of views, but I felt more connected to Mike's POV as he navigated his feelings for the complicated Ian. Reading Ian's point of view helped understand his restraint and complexities, and let us see Ian's heart and love for his friend, Mike. I picked up A SURPLUS OF LIGHT on Kindle Unlimited, and the ebook contains a bonus chapter, which was a wonderful surprise! I highly recommend this book for fans of a slow burn, friends to lovers romance, where the emphasis is mostly on a deep friendship and a mutual respect. Can't wait to read more by Chase Connor.

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