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- Print Length: 399 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 18, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0187XN1ZW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It’s well told, it's not about that, and honestly? Lots of times it does feel real, like I can totally believe people would behave like that, no problem. But talk about passive-aggressive behaviour. Everyone involved seemed like the biggest douchebag ever and then they’d make a point of proving me right. And then some.
Most of them I still think they are insufferable bastards even after I’m done reading. I didn’t get but a few lines at the end to indicate otherwise and they didn’t feel like anywhere near enough…
This story just didn’t work for me and that’s OK (T_T)
I’ll keep on reading ^^
Let’s start with the characters though. Rick is a perfectly normal gay guy who grew up moderately privileged in a nice part of London. He loves bright clothes and has no real concept of being in the closet or not being accepted for who he is. Matt, on the other hand, is a rugged plumber disowned by his strict Catholic family for coming out. It’s not exactly a unique premise, but one I enjoy when written well enough.
Unfortunately, a lot of the scenes where the class differences could be discussed in a productive or entertaining way were ruined by the presence of Matt’s “friend” – and I use that term really loosely – Zach, an insufferable jerk if I ever read one. Seriously, every time he opened his rude mouth without being asked I wanted to put my fist in it to shut him up.
Then we have Oona and Darren, the married couple in whose house Matt resides. Darren means well but is clumsy at times in his understanding of sexuality. Luckily for him, his wife is by far the smartest person in the book (and adorable to boot). I would have liked to see more women in the story to see if they were written as brightly as Oona was.
Plot-wise, the romance moves at a “blink and you’ll miss it” pace fueled by a lot of sex (which isn’t a complaint) and not a lot of actual conversation between the guys (which is a complaint). Unsurprisingly, the lack of communication causes problems at a much faster rate than they can be worked on or even shallowly addressed. I liked Rick and didn’t mind Matt, but I found it hard to root for them as a pair when they were constantly yelling at each other and storming off. I kept thinking…you are fairly sweet together! Stop fighting!
Overall I would say Loose Connection is a decent novel if you’re in a rut or have nothing to read, but not a book to drop anything else for.
I really liked this story of a plumber and a posh boy set in London. As an American who once lived in the UK for a couple years, I enjoy reading about gay life issues in the modern UK. I think this author did a great job bringing us the story of Rick Taylor and Matt Connell, and I was very easily able to relate to their story.
Move this story back 30 years and Matt and Rick could be me and my partner. I was the conservative construction worker, gay, but not loud about it guy, and my partner was the peacock, with his loud, colorful, and out there outlook on life. I wish Matt and Rick luck, because we’re 30 years later and I’m still dressing in conservative plaids and khakis while my husband recently wore canary yellow shorts and a bright purple polo shirt to a New Year’s party. So trust me, I get these guys!
The characters in the book were well developed, including the background characters who made up both men’s circle of friends. They each had very few friends, and both had some pretty hefty issues in their backgrounds which made them slightly broken.
My only slight complaint on the book would be it might have been a bit too drawn out. I loved the book up until about 33% when I realized there was still 66% left to go. Then it seemed to drag just a little for a good portion of the rest of the book. There were sections that went quickly, but some seemed to be a little too overly detailed, in my opinion. Others might disagree.
That said, otherwise I really liked the book. I think the author very accurately caught the story of someone going through a major change in their life with Matt’s character, and very well portrayed the difficulties of a new relationship when the two men in the relationship are so totally 100% opposite. It was quite funny, based on my own background I sided with Matt almost all the way through the book. I’d venture to guess if my husband read it that he would side with Rick all the way through. That to me is the sign of a good author…when different people reading the book can walk away with different viewpoints. Kudos on the writing.
I’m not going to do any spoilers, but there is a happy ending for those of you enjoy that sort of thing. I recommend this book to any of you who, like me, enjoy a longer read. The book is quite long for this genre, and maybe a bit detailed as I mentioned above. But bottom line, I enjoyed it. My advice it to give it a try…I think you will also enjoy it.