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- Publication Date: April 23, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JWECPYO
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I wish there had been books like this to read instead of all the Harlequin romance, everything is perfect and straight that I read growing up.
Her characters are real, and her writing is beautiful. She really GETS it.
I recommend this for ANY accepting, loving person looking for a gorgeously written love story.
It is a male/male story about a couple who is fighting against hate and striving for equality. There is a little bit of mature content, but it is still absolutely wonderful. I am just speechless. <3
The first sentence of the first paragraph of Chapter 1 expresses the theme of the book: "Acceptance; it is something that everyone should do for each other." What follows is the love story of two gay individuals at crossroads in their lives.
19 y/o Kasen Reed moves from his hypercritical mother to his apartment, supporting himself as "Cool Kasey," the late night DJ for the local radio station. Shy, Kasen spends his days perusing YouTube videos and carrying for his dog, Houston. Lonely, Kasen yearns for love, but knows finding a gay partner in a small Alabama town of Chartreuse is unlikely.
26 y/o Rowan Kelly, a veterinarian, leaves Boston after a two-year relationship ends. Settling in Chartreuse, he opens an animal clinic. Rowan, devastated by a failed relationship, determines to avoid future entanglements. He listens to "Cool Kasey" each evening, often falling asleep with the music playing in the background. One night, Rowan calls in a request, and then offers to bring "Cool Kasey" a meal. The men are surprised that they know each other from the dog park where their pets play.
A romance is born when the urbane vet introduces the rural DJ to life beyond Chartreuse. As they spend more leisure time together, their closeness becomes suspect--an older man with a shy teenager. Soon, they meet the bigotry of homophobic rednecks: gay slurs painted on Rowan's clinic, Kasen's apartment burglarized and trashed, and then physical attacks. During the New Year's celebration, the bigots--the chief of police and the fire chief's sons-- are exposed, and the town's citizens come to accept Kasen and Rowan's right to love whom they please.
It is a lovely story, and the author's intent is laudable, but the story lacks verisimilitude, the storyline too contrived, and poorly written. The characters-- Rowan, an idealistic vet; Toby, a homophobic, spouse abuser, and a man who sells himself to an older woman; Jessica, Kasen's former classmate and Toby's wife; Mr. Perkins, Jessica's father--are believable. The only character that lacks credibility is Kasen. The author would have you believe Kasen is a shy, shelter gay teen who has never ventured beyond the town of Chartreuse and only accesses YouTube on the internet. Really?
Even more distracting are the technical issues: poor grammar, no attention to punctuation, and the need for serious editing. Here are examples:
1) "Oh, yes," Kasen groaned in a breathless voice. His fingers tightened around the fabric of Rowan's shirt and he immediately grew rock hard. He pulled away to gaze down at the beautiful creature beneath him, licking his lips hungrily." This illustrates the careless use of the masculine pronouns: he, him, and his. A significant matter when writing an m/m romance since it involves two men. On first read, one might think it is Kasen's point of view. But no, the third sentence "he" refers to Rowan. A change in POV, I understand, requires a new paragraph. This paragraph construction reoccurs throughout the novel.
2) "Can I get you boys anything else?" She asked. "So, I hope Chartreuse is being good to you so far," He said. Capitalization of the pronoun following a statement is a recurring punctuation issue.
3) "The other man seemed to be just find-happy in fact." Inappropriate use of the en and em dashes is often, and leads to confusion, distraction, and annoyance.
4) Conveying physical responses to emotions seems limited to 1) rolling eyes and 2) biting the lower lip. The mannerisms confined to one individual might be character building, but applied to other characters speaks to a lack of inventiveness on the author's part.
Perhaps this is nitpicking, but I believe writers should adhere to good writing principles whatever the genre. Five stars and kudos to the author for addressing the topic of intolerance, but zero stars for careless writing, so an "Okay" recommendation.
This is a must read for every human being. It is not just a story about finding love in the smallest of towns, but it is about the acceptance of loving someone no matter who they are.
In the small Alabama town of Chartreuse, Kasen Reed has never known love. His father was not around and his mother was always critical of who he was. Finally able to move out of her home at the age of 19 into his own apartment and getting a job that he loves at the local radio station, Kasen is content. But he is missing the one thing he has always wanted; unconditional love.
Rowan Kelly is devastated by a nasty breakup and moves to the small town of Chartreuse as the local vet. The a last thing he wanted was a connection to another person. Afraid to open up, he built walls surrounding his heart.
A chance encounter at the local dog park has set them on a unconventional friendship. Are these two ready to accept love in the smallest of places? Can a town break down their walls and accept everyone's chance at love?
This was such a poignant story about not just finding love, but accepting that love. Everybody should have the God given right to love and be loved no matter sex, race, or religion. T. E. Ridener has done an outstanding job of creating a story not just about love but also about acceptance.
Being from a small town I know how small minded people can be, it truly makes me sad go read about what Kasen and Rowan went through. However their love prevailed. Rowan was a patient man while allowing Kasen to come into his own even more. Kasen always knew who he was, what he loved, however because of family issues, was a bit on the shy side.
This story bloomed, and captivated me... I enjoyed the way some scenes allowed you to unfold it with some descriptive words and the rest imagination.
Even if you don't think m/m is your style, I say one click now and try it out... you won't be sorry you did! I was gifted this book, yet loved it so much purchased my own copy for my library.
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