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Stage Whispers Paperback – May 18, 2014
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I have never, ever, written a review of a book before but this one impressed me so much that I felt I must add to the other 5 star review of this book to make more than a few readers aware of the importance, and strength, of this book and its writing. The following is something I wrote on an Amazon discussion board and basically says it all for me regarding this book.
"I loved this book so much that when it was over I hit the (Kindle) "Go To" button - went to the beginning and started reading it all over again. Yes it was slow - a most wonderful, leisurely, relaxed story of love between two men that began unprecipitated - lost its way somewhere along the path of life - and then was found again at the end.
I did not finish this book with a "wow"; rather I ended it with a feeling of pure perfection and admiration of writing style and characterization. So much so that I wanted to hop on an airplane and go visit the cast of characters (and there were many) who I felt I knew and wanted so much to be able to share in their camaraderie.
The writing style was lovely, lyrical at times, but most impressive - so very literal that I had to stop and reread various passages along the way. This is not a skill that I have often seen in the m/m genre (JL excepted) so when it does arise, I applaud it.
Anyhow, to make a long review short - this is my "perfect" book in the m/m genre. It now is first before Adrien and Jake and then, Jake and Tor. This book won't work for a lot of you, but it sure works for me."
Most MM Romance authors are pretty good. They also, mostly, stick with formulas. Someone's got to end up near-death in a hospital, a family has to toss their teenager into the street, one of the two men has to refuse to accept the fact that he's gay.
If that's what you're looking for, this is not the book you want to read.
If, on the other hand, you're looking to read first-class literature by a world-class writer, then I recommend this book most highly.
Nothing is formulaic in this book. The characters are deep and well-developed - even the secondary characters, of which there are many. There is some sex, but the book is not about sex, it is about two men, one an older established actor, the other, a brilliantly talented younger one, starting in the traditional mentor/youth relationship and ending up, finally, sharing the love of a lifetime.
The characters are so engaging, you won't want the book to end. Idiosyncratic, well-read and well-spoken, they bring life to every page, even when nothing much happens. Admirable in their dedication to the theater (and film), vulnerable in their personal relationships, always balancing success against art, you will take this journey with them, every step of the way, rooting for them, and they will not disappoint.
There is no question in my mind that Mr. Fitzroy is a great author, and his books a great gift to M/M romance readers.
My only regrets were that it's a little long-winded and I would have appreciated more grit to balance out the cosiness, but that's personal taste.