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William hasn't felt like he has fit in anywhere since he told his family he was gay. His twin brother didn't help matters and only after William moved away did things get somewhat easier for him. He keeps himself wrapped up tight at work and doesn't rock the boat. Then, he meets Momo at a work function and realizes she's really a man. He's highly intrigued, and Momo gives him her number.
Nate, aka Momo, is comfortable in his skin. He's very likable character. He sees the real William and is patient with him as William works through his own issues. Their relationship moves slowly and surely. William has a lot of hangups that he needs to deal with. Until he does, he is highly conflicted and almost ruins the best thing that happened to him.
It was wonderful to see William become a stronger person, willing to stand up for himself and others. It was nice to see William's twin brother support and defend him as well. The William at the end of the story was confident and happy.
“Does anyone ever really get another person?” Nate asked. “Everything they get is still filtered through their own lenses.”
I’ll second that! And it is not always the first impression that counts… Sometimes you have to take a closer – not to say a very close – look at somebody to see what makes him tick, to see through his facade. Regardless of the fact whether he is wearing an actual disguise or not.
William Harris and Nate Kelly meet during a company event at a Japanese teahouse…where Nate works dressed up as a Geisha named Momo.
William is the first of his colleagues who recognizes the man behind the drag and although Nate normally is so not his type, both men feel an instant attraction for each other, which they pursue over several dates until it turns into something deeper despite their differences.
How is the saying? Opposites attract and this also proves to be true in this nice short story.
William leads some kind of double life.
During the day at work, he is an uptight, reserved man who cherishes his privacy and who rather keeps to himself.At night he is someone who likes clubbing, doing hook-ups in back rooms or taking them home. No relationship, nothing permanent, no strings attached. He himself is completely amazed when he feels attracted to Nate/Momo and even more surprised at himself when he makes a spur-of-the-moment decision and takes him up on his offer for a date.
Nate is out and proud. Flamboyant, comfortable in his own skin and his surroundings.
He has no problem with being in the center of attention……and that is exactly the crux of the matter… Wherever Nate shows up, there will be attention and William, accustomed to hiding his true self, has to come to terms with accepting himself, with being in the limelight as well, if there ever will be a real chance for both of them.
I don’t know the – much shorter – previous version of this book The Measured Man, so I cannot assess to which extent the story has been altered or extended. Momo: My Everything is nicely done, even if a bit clichéd regarding William’s sexist, unlikeable boss, acting like a jerk. I have to admit that it was maybe a bit too sweet for me, though, and I would have liked there to be more drama. It is told solely from William’s POV and for me, it would have been more enjoyable to get to know more about Nate’s thoughts and feelings.
What I loved about it, though, was the fact that despite there was – for a short story seemingly mandatory – insta-love or in this case ~attraction, both men did not jump into bed with each other on their first date, not even on their second. There was a lot of getting to know each other, before they act on their attraction more thoroughly, so to speak ;-), and that was really refreshing for a change.
I will leave it to the author herself to have the final word, to describe this book perfectly.
This is a story about falling head over heals in love. It’s a story about transformation. It’s a story about shattering boxes people try to place us in. But more than that, it’s a story about learning to love yourself.
An ARC of Momo: My Everything was kindly provided to DirtyBooksObsession in exchange for an honest review.
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The book as a whole had so much promise...
I loved the characters and the storyline/plot,
but with the book only being 95 pages long I think the author cut out a lot of scenes and stuff that I think are really important.
For example: in books I love some of my favourite parts are "the 1st kiss" (swoon) and also "the 1st sex scene"... you know when the two characters finally come together and connect physically, emotionally and mentally.
Due to short length the author kind of skimmed those scenes, which really ruined the book for me
Here is an example from the book which will show what I mean:
"In the end, seeing him won out over what "my type" supposedly was.
And it won day after day.
It won out when I finally brushed my lips against his oh-so-plush mouth and tasted him through the fruity tang of his lip balm...
.... None of that mattered when I took him home weeks later with less than pure intentions and pressed him into my bed.
It absolutely didn't matter as I devoured his mouth and he returned my kisses with even more intensity.
It didn't matter as our clothes were thrown to the floor, and I saw his naked flesh beneath me for the first time....."
Do you see what I mean??... I prefer my books to allow the reader to experience it along with the characters, I like to read all the emotions and feelings the characters are feeling during these scenes.
I just didn't like that we skip all the details, we just get a quick summery and then the story moves on
I really enjoyed everything else about the book
I love William and Nate... but the story is told in Williams P.O.V and I would of loved to read of the scenes in Nate's P.O.V, Nate is a really interesting character and I would of loved to get in his head.
Due to the few things I've mentioned, I do recommend this book... its a good little read and I enjoyed it for the most part.
But beware if your like me and love to read the "1st kiss" etc.... you will be disappointed by this.
Overall: I give Momo, My Everything 3.5 stars
It definitely could of been a 5 star if we had just gotten the scenes :(
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