The Companion is Poetic, Thought provoking and Beautiful

The Companion by Lloyd A. Meeker
reviewed by Mike
(Summary by Author)
Shepherd Bucknam hasn’t had a lover in more than a decade and doesn’t need one. As a Daka, he coaches men in the sacred art and mystery of sexual ecstasy all the time, and he loves his work. It’s his calling. In fact, he’s perfectly content—except for the terrors of his recurring nightmare and the ominous blood-red birthmarks on his neck. He’s convinced that together they foretell his early and violent death.

When Shepherd’s young protégé is murdered, LAPD Detective Marco Fidanza gets the case. The two men are worlds apart: Marco has fought hard for everything he’s accomplished, in sharp contrast to the apparent ease of Shepherd’s inherited wealth—but their mutual attraction is too hot for either of them to ignore.

Shepherd swears he’ll help find his protégé’s killer, but Marco warns him to stay out of it. When an influential politician is implicated, the police investigation grinds to a halt. Shepherd hires his own investigator. Marco calls it dangerous meddling. As their volatile relationship deepens, Shepherd discovers his nightmares might not relate to the future, but to the deadly legacy of a past life—a life he may have to revisit before he can fully live and love in this one
The Companion
    This was a great story.  Very thought provoking!  This author has an almost poetic writing style that is very enjoyable to read.  Even the romantic scenes in the story were done in a very beautiful, almost reverent fashion.  Some of the ideas the author speaks of in this story are fundamentally simple, yet infinitely complex.  The same as you would observe in nature.  I think the way the author included things such as past lives and other mysticism was beautifully done. I enjoyed going along this journey of personal growth for Shepherd.
    There are so many mysteries about life and love and ourselves we just don't understand.  Some of us accept that.  Some actively seek to discover those answers.  Some think they've mostly answered these questions.   The true beauty in personal growth is there is always room for farther growth.  We meet Shepherd at a point in his life that he feels he's answered a lot of those questions.  Yet answering more of them leads him on a completely different path.  Our main character is truly a beautiful, soulful, and honest person.  Yet sometimes we don't see the truth right in front of us.
    After tragedy strikes, and the authorities get involved, we meet Marco.  Instantly there's attraction.  But it's when these two decide to act on it that Shepherd realizes he might have things wrong.   

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