Angels of Mercy – Volume Two: Marco

The Fall of the Sforzas

by SA Collins

Marco - S.A. Collins - Angels of Mercy
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Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 746

Volume Two picks up the same day as the climatic ending of Volume One, only told from Marco Sforza's (Elliot's boyfriend) point of view. This is a character study series where each man in the tale takes the reader on an introspective journey of coming to grips with the horrors of homophobia in competitive sports and the consequences when those scenarios become violent. Part two of a three part series.

“L'amore della mia vita, Elliot Donahey, tu sei tutto per me; morirei se mi lasciassi. I’d simply wither away. You are my life; you are my love. Tu sei le mie stelle, la mia luna, l’aria che respiro, eternamente.”

Those words become a lightning rod for Marco Sforza, the man who seemed to have it all – looks, intelligence, charm, money, a certain degree of local fame as the star quarterback of Mercy High. But when his teammates beat his boyfriend to the brink of death, Marco will have to learn what “standing by your man” truly means.

How will these boys cope with Elliot's recuperation as well as find a way to bring justice for the heinous crime committed against him? Deception, lies and intrigue begin to thread their way into the boys’ lives as they struggle to just hold onto one another. All is not quite what it seems as we reach yet another climatic ending that will turn their whole world upside-down. The hate crime Elliot suffered was just the beginning of their woes. Is Marco and Elliot’s love for one another strong enough to see them through?

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Excerpt:

“Just stand there; you’re already sexy. You know that. Just stand there, stud.”

That got the warmest smile out of Angus. His eyes lit up the way only green eyes could. I know because Elliot made mine so bright they practically glowed.

I snapped a few pictures of him. In one of them, he had a sexy as hell smirk that if it didn’t go to Dan’s cock, then the boy simply wasn’t alive. I selected a couple of them and texted them to Dan’s phone with the caption: “Just met your future husband. Do the right thing.”

Within seconds of the send, my phone rang – Dan.

“What the fuck, Marco?”

“Yeah, I thought that’d get your attention.”

Angus just shook his head.

“You’re too much, man,” was all Angus said holding up his hands in surrender or he was just telling me he wanted no part of it. I wasn’t sure yet. I was hoping for the former.

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Stubborn. Just like Danny. I could tell that if these two got together it would be volatile, but in a hot and sexy kind of way. They would fuck so hard it might cause a tremor in the ground.

“Seriously, the dude is hotter than fuck, but really? You just thought you’d snap your fingers and I’d melt for him?” Dan bit out.

“Yeah, I did. I know I just met him, but he’s so amazing.” I practically cooed at him.

Angus kept shaking his head at how fucking out of the box I was being – right in front of him, no less.

“Yeah, okay. And he’s hella hot as fuck, too. I didn’t think I could find a ginger I’d like. But he’s a drop-dead stud, that’s for sure. But don’t you dare say I said that!” Danny practically shouted that last bit. Like that was gonna stop me.

“He thinks you’re a drop-dead stud. His words,” I said to Angus who blushed even further, which was saying something because of his flawless porcelain complexion.

He had the lightest dusting of freckles that were so soft that it just made his face so welcoming to watch. If Dan didn’t see any of that I’d take him to the damned eye doctor. They were both hurting and lonely. What could go wrong? Okay, only everything. I guess I shouldn’t put that out there. The universe tended to listen to me at all the wrong times.

“Marco! I am so going to kick your ass when you get home!” Danny growled.

“Yeah, yeah. I’m quaking from a ballet dancer getting all thug on my ass. You know you’re interested. You two would fuck so hard.”

“Dude!” Angus smacked his forehead with his hand. I’d just pushed him over the edge of where he was comfortable. Good, they both needed something to shake them up. Maybe that was me. Maybe, this could work.

“Easy, big guy. I got this,” I whispered to him, before taking my hand away from the microphone of the phone.

Dan was practically screaming into the phone.

“Marco, goddammit, this is so whacked! He’s got to be so embarrassed that you did this! Jesus, give the poor guy a break, will ya?”

“Only if you do something for me,” I said very casually – as if we were talking about what fruit to buy at the market.

He sighed, “What?”

I turned to Angus, lifting an eyebrow and smirking with as evil a look as I could muster.

“No!” Angus said holding his hand up to stop me from what he knew I was going to do.

Dan caught on at about the same time.

“Marco, don’t embarrass him further! Goddammit!”

“Yeah, yeah. Here he is. His name is Angus.” I grabbed Angus’ upheld hand and slapped my phone into it. “Talk!”

COLLAPSE
Reviews:SamJo on Rainbow Gold Reviews wrote:

Angels of Mercy Volume 2 picks up right where Volume one ended. Elliot has been beaten and left for dead. Elliot’s mom has found him and he is now being transported to the hospital. Marco is completely devastated and blames himself for what happened. He loves Elliott with all his heart and will do anything to protect him.

SA Collins did a fantastic job writing Volume two of the Angels of Mercy Series. This book was told by Marco, which I enjoyed very much. The love Marco has for Elliot is phenomenal. It is what most of us dream of having one day. Witnessing Marco as he sees Elliot broken and almost dead was heart breaking.

I love how strong Elliot is and how he fights for what he wants. His recovery isn’t easy, but he’s determined to get his life with Marco back to the way it was before the attack.

The love they share is very sweet. However, there are times it gets hot and heavy as well. When these scenes happen they are written in explicit detail. The sex may be steamy, but it is the story of how these characters grow and lean on each other makes my heart soar.

There are quite a few secondary characters in this book that impact Marco and Elliot’s story. Some of them you cant help but love, like Danny. I really enjoyed watching Elliot and Danny interact with one another. There are also a couple characters that I wanted to slap or worse. Overall, I was able connect with all of them easily, even the ones that made me want to spit nails.

Just like in volume one, there is a lot of drama thrown at this couple. Which causes several different emotions to expel. On more than one occasion, I wanted to toss my iPad across the room. There were also times, when I was in tears for what these young men were going through. However, the best times were the sweet tender moments that Marco and Eliot share, which I couldn’t help but smile at.

Volume two also ends with a cliff hanger. Fortunately, there is no reason to wait. Phoenix In the Fire, a companion book in the series, is already released. I know for me personally, I will be reading it soon. I can’t wait to see what happens next as their story continues on.

Wendy on Goodreads wrote:

This is the second book in the series and you will want to read the first book if you haven’t already in order to get the most from this story.

This story picks up the same day that the last book left us with the cliffhanger of the century and it was worth the wait.
Marco has everything all in order and he is ready to set up the next stage of his life. He and the love of his life, Eliot have been accepted to Stanford College and Marco’s new team mates are accepting of his being gay. He has great friends and more money than he will be able to spend in several lifetimes. He may have an unconventional family (and that plays a big part later in the story), but he knows that they love him. He is on his way home from a meeting with his new football team to begin this new chapter in his life and is ready to celebrate with Elliot, when instead he comes home to his worst nightmare.
Elliot has been terribly beaten and is barely clinging to life.
This story is completely from Marco’s point of view and gives a unique and very realistic perspective of the trials and thoughts that he goes through. From being the high school’s favorite jock, to being a young gay man who is subjected to the worst that he could be put through.
Marco is one of my favorite characters ever. He is steadfast in his love for Elliot and the life that he wants for them. He never wavers in that, even when things get tough once Elliot begins the healing process.
I know that this is a character study and not a romance, but Marco has to be the most romantic character that I’ve ever read. It’s like getting the best of both worlds.
There are so many different family dynamics that play out in this book as well. Things that were just hinted at in the first volume of Angels of Mercy come to light at the end of this book.
I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I love these boys HARD!


About the Author

SA "Baz" Collins hails from the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives with his husband, their daughter and wonder of all wonders, a whirlwind of a granddaughter. A classically trained singer/actor (under a different name), Mr. Collins knows a good yarn when he sees it.

Mr. Collins specializes in character study work. It is more important for him as an author that the reader comes away with a greater understanding of the characters, and the reasons they make the decisions they do, rather than the situations they are in. It is this deep dive into their manners, their experiences and how they process the world around them that make up the body of Mr. Collins' work.

This is Mr. Collins foray into writing but, as with all his creative endeavors, he leaps right in and figures it out as he goes along. It's been a winning combination thus far so why break a working formula?

Baz also runs the popular WrotePodcast with Vance Bastian and roving reviewer Jayne Lockwood. Released weekly on Friday, it is available iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Soundcloud and other points of distribution across the net.


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