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If the Author truly wanted to create a love story from the background of these two characters, he could of at very least drawn out the conflict in a much more realistic manor and time frame. In reality Rogan would have had to work much harder to earn Lucas's forgiveness. Also how believable is it that Rogan, a completely closeted gay man in a small town would so easily embrace being in LOVE with a man and be willing to walk away from his entire life in a short 24 hour time frame, without any real concerns about being ousted and the consequences that would follow.
Finally do not get me started with the ridiculous sex scenes. This author insults in my opinion all gay men. If we really wanted to read such detailed unrealistic TRASH, go buy a sleazy porn magazine at the local convenience store. Maybe I am wrong but I do not think most readers are looking for material to masturbate to.
I read m/m romance novels because I enjoy good and interesting story lines, that just happen to revolve around gay men. I would like to think that in the end a gay couple can survive after facing all the many trials and troubles we all face in today's world, but sometimes I do not want the end results of these characters to be too perfect. Life is not perfect and it is because of stories like this that too many gay men have unrealistic expectations when it comes to dating and relationships.
Don't waste your time on this one.
Here's a quote:
"Every time he'd begun to feel the initial wave of fatigue coming on, a whole new explosion of energy would assert itself from somewhere in his depths."
"Every time" means more than once but "initial wave" would be the first wave and how many firsts can there be? Too many adjectives and adverbs can be a bad thing. Less is usually more in a description.
"He handed Lucas a generously poured highball glass of scotch." Too much information. "He handed Lucas a scotch on the rocks" or even, "a drink" is sufficient. The main characters have three of these drinks during the next 4 hours, and both are still upright and conversing normally. I had to revise my perception on the author's "generously poured highball glass" to keep them upright and lucid. Or maybe the author does not know what a highball glass is, and is not a drinker.
"Rogan choked on the sip of scotch he'd just taken."
No possibility that the reader could misunderstand anything here. Wanted to be sure the reader didn't think the choke was from anything else.
Little is left to chance in this book:
"What would be waiting for him there? Would his co-workers and friends now ostracize him? Would people laugh at him behind his back? Would he be so hurt and disappointed with their reactions that he would retreat back to the life he'd had before Lucas, regressing to his lonely closeted existence?" No chance for the reader to think anything here, it's all provided. You need only read. You don't even need to feel, because the feelings are provided in the descriptive fashion.
Lucas Reed has reluctantly return to his little hometown in Tennessee to handle his recently deceased father's funeral and affairs. To say he wished he didn't have to is an understatement since Lucas' homophobic father banished him from home when he came out to him as gay. He want to get it over and done with so he can go back to Cleveland. During the funeral he finds himself face to face with the high school bully Rogan James. To his surprise, Rogan apologizes for his behavior during their schooldays and soon the two men bond over a bottle of scotch. As it turns out, Rogan has been in love with Lucas since school and so their love story starts...
I enjoyed this story, it was well-written and exciting in places. The sexscenes were HOT and the happy ever after-ending was somewhat satisfying. Downsides was that most of the characters was rather flat and one-dimensional and the story predictable in parts.
This story examines two guys who were on the surface arch enemies but in reality with so in love with each other. Given the distance of location and time, their desires no only lessen but blossom over the course of the novel.