- File Size: 1038 KB
- Print Length: 132 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Shine (March 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 14, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HA426NM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Danced Close (Portland Heat Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Kendall is a wedding planner, a genderqueer gay man who has found his niche and loves his work, bringing couples together and helping them plan their perfect wedding day. His favorite wedding cakes come from Vic's bakery, where Vic's new assistant Todd is learning the ropes. Kendall feels an instant attraction to Todd, and that feeling is mutual. When Kendall's partner for a swing dance class falls through, he asks Todd if he'd be willing to partner with him, in preparation for a charity dance fundraiser his mother is involved with. Kendall's last partner will be at the dance, and Kendall really doesn't want to show up solo.
Todd's attraction to Kendall is as much for his looks as it is for his character and his comfort in his identity. But Todd is a recovering addict and HIV positive. Though his viral count is low, since he found out he's limited his interactions to other HIV positive men and kept himself from getting in too deep. It's easy to be swayed by Kendall's easy manner and obvious attraction to him, though both are gun shy about getting too involved. When their attraction leads to a stronger emotional connection, will they be willing to take that next step together?
This is one of the few books I've read with a gender fluid character like Kendall, who embraces both his masculine and feminine sides. I found him to be very intriguing (he identifies as 'he') and appreciated that Todd found all aspects of his character to be appealing. There are several sweet and sexy scenes between them as they navigate a sexual relationship being mindful of the reality of Todd's status. The dance scenes are fun too.
Todd's past is the darker of the two, including his HIV status and drug addiction problems. He is in AA and goes to meetings regularly. Though these are serious topics, the overall feeling of the story is quite light and low angst. Todd lives with his grandmother, a lovely and caring woman who has supported him through his recovery. In contrast, Kendall is quite wealthy, with his own well furnished place. They are opposite in nature but complement each other well. The story takes place over several weeks, and we get some cameo appearances from other characters from the series, as Kendall is planning the wedding for Robby and David from Served Hot, the first book in the series. All in all, it's an enjoyable read with a satisfying happy ending.
The story does not delve into what the MCs deal with or think as a man with BIG ISSUE or a genderfluid man. It's all very shallow. There is literally more time devoted to the description and conversation about clothing than there is to the BIG ISSUE or how a genderfluid person navigates the world. These men MUST be more complex than Albert portrays them. Sadly, we don't get to find out.
If you're looking for a short, light story where real issues are underplayed, then you'll enjoy this. If you're looking for a book where men handle real issues and have real lives, this isn't it.
I feel like Albert used the BIG ISSUE and genderfluidity like a bow on a package: pretty to look at but serves no purpose. Using the LGBTQ flavor of the month without doing it justice.
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