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The Night We Met Paperback – September 2, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
After 30-something author/editorial assistant Andrew Westlake, a self-proclaimed romantic, gets dumped by his boyfriend, Ted, a well-deserved wild night on the town throws him headlong into treacherous terrain in Byrnes's clever, compulsively readable first novel. Dismissing a broken heart and the bleak sales of his debut novel, Andrew attends a trendy gay nightclub opening on Halloween night in drag (as "Belle Bacall") and accidentally meets (and falls for) owner Frank DiBenedetto, a sexy, closeted gay man who is not only engaged to be married, but is an "underboss" in the Stendardi organized crime family. Despite warnings from friends, Andrew can't seem to tear himself away from Frank, even when Ted is mysteriously beaten up and Andrew becomes the prime suspect. Bad turns to worse when fiance Anna Franco catches her husband-to-be and Andrew in a hot postcoital embrace. Paranoia clouds the relationship as mob henchmen (and police detectives) stake out Andrew's apartment and keep watch over Frank's nightclub. A few close calls force Andrew to flee New York on a rather dramatic West Coast book tour, and upon his return he reconsiders his relationship with Frank. A rousing conclusion powered by mistaken identity, car chases, guns and narrow escapes sets the icing on this confection. The supporting cast-spicy best friend Denise; cocky, flamboyant co-worker David; and a host of murky mafiosi-is strong and the breezy dialogue exchanges are as authentic as they are hilarious. Byrnes adroitly combines a twist-filled plot, solid characterization, humor and steamy sex to create a nicely crafted, delightful debut that readers of any orientation will enjoy.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Andrew toils in a Manhattan publisher's office, struggling to find both recognition as a Major Author and Mr. Right. He discovers both in a single package, hunky Frank DeBenedetto, who has influence with bookstores and talk show hosts. Of course, the road to true love and success is never without its little bumps, like the fact that Frank is straight and engaged to Anna, daughter of "Crazy Tommy" Franco, a Mafioso. Then too, Frank thinks Andrew's a woman. Mere details! Passionately attracted to each other, the two come together--as man and man--only to be discovered by Anna, who's not pleased. Byrnes' charming debut romance romps through a few beatings and assaults, a police investigation, and chases by "Big Paulie." Anna's father escalates the tension between the two Mafia factions with a whack here or there to prove his point, and Andrew must be whisked across the continent on a book tour for his own safety while Frank stays in New York "to take care of things." A crowd-pleasing delight. Whitney Scott
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Top customer reviews
A worthwile book and one that you will probably recomend to friends.
As in some reviews I liked FBI hetter than Frank but Frank was > okay he was trying to find himself. Thougthere were a number of characters it was easy to remember them.
This is the story of a man blinded by rose colored glasses, a romantic who in a relationship is soo happy that he doesn't notice his lover isn't and is getting ready to leave him. Andrew is devastated, with some rye humor including a lol moment while he drowns his califlower in gravy and holds it down while imaging his ex's new lover! Well, Andrew's not a fast learner so the next guy his eyes meet turns out to be a prince of a different kind. But despite the wise-guys, homocidual ex-finances, danger to life and limb and his friends desperate attempts to help him and themselves Andrew refuses to give up his Love with confused, son-of-the-mafia Frank.
I liked it, but you expect a main character to learn and grow. Andrew doesn't seem to. He goes in to his romantic Love and it's little different, accept the for danger for bodily harm or death at the hands of Frank's Family connections, then his "example" relationship with the ex that left him. You can only say that his rose-glasses Love gave him the courage and determination to stay until he got Frank, and then to stick around despite all common sense and actually end up WITH Frank. And safe.
I really loved the beginning. Got tired as I continued to read to the end all in one night (I read it all in one night people, there's something to this book!)- so perhaps I'm a bit jaded on the ending, but I still feel there was no character growth.
Some great characters, like mystery writter Maragret and FBI Paul Waverly and like I said a wonderful openning. Things just went slightly down hill when Frank does the typical Mafia thing and has Andrew's ex beaten- bad. That kind of killed the comedy there and alot of the rye life humor as well as those rose-colored glasses blinded Andrew to his own life. He spends most of the story from that moment desperately trying to bag his man, despite his flaws, Frank needed him! And Frank WAS sweet.
Reading it I would occassionally imagine it as a movie, or even as a yaoi manga.
Read it- you decide!