Author: John Wiley
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Wayward ink Publishing
Its summer and three friends from Ohio graduate college, ready to start making their way in the real world.
Rhys; the eternal optimist who wants to be an actor and moves to Los Angeles.
Erick; the career man, seeking money and position who moves with him.
And Joey; the aspiring artist, who for the love of his girlfriend, Cheryl, stays behind in Ohio.
While attempting to follow their dreams each must face their share of personal and professional obstacles. Each is tested. Will they lose sight of themselves?
Will old friendships fall apart and new friendships form?
ERICK CLIMBS into the truck and shuts the door. “So you don’t like them then?”
“I can’t help it!” yells Rhys. “It’s chemical or something. Gays and lesbians just don’t get along. It’s like… vampires and sunlight… cats and dogs… penises and vaginas. They just don’t fit!”
“Um, actually you’ll find they do fit together quite—”
“Okay. Eww, enough. I saw that porn about the girl with all the moles in Paris you eye-raped me into watching.” He buckles his seatbelt. “I still have nightmares.”
They drive down the road in silence. A few minutes later Rhys sighs.
“What?” asks Erick.
“How are we going to get home?”
“Your car,” says Erick.
“You mean the one that vanished at the casino?”
“So we’re talking about it now?”
“No!” Rhys leans his head back. “We aren’t off to a good start. But at least we had some adventures on the drive out.”
“I know.” Erick turns into the Mover and Groover parking lot. “But let’s just get this dropped off so we don’t have to pay for it.”
They get out of the truck and walk to the door to the office. Erick tugs on it, but it’s locked. “Dammit! We’re gonna have to pay an extra day now.”
“Maybe not,” says Rhys, pointing at the sign on the door. “It looks like they’ve gone out of business.”
“Do places really go out of business within three days and have no idea it’s going to happen?” Erick turns to Rhys, who is standing over by the truck, on his phone, nodding.
Rhys hangs up. “I just called the office and the company really has shut down. We can keep the truck! It’s really convenient actually, like in a TV show.”
“Sweet! That means if we run out of money and can’t afford rent we can live in the back of the truck. It’ll be like The Boxcar Children… only in a moving truck… and we’re not children. We can be the Moving Truck Men!”
Rhys shrugs. “Or we can drive home now instead of hitchhiking.”
“That too.” Erick climbs in. “Let’s rock and roll.”
Okay, so I’ve gotten into the habit of elaborating on the things I know some readers really dislike about novels out of the way first. I dislike authors getting bad reviews for stupid—and yes I said stupid. It’s my opinion and my review. I can say stupid if I want—reasons.
The story is written in the present tense. If you simply can’t stand that, don’t read this book, although you’d be missing out.
The book has several points-of-view (POVs). Some of the POVs are those of secondary characters. They are generally delineated by chapters or clearly defined breaks. I would describe the POV as semi-omniscient. If you don’t like that kind of thing, or if your ability to concentrate is that of a three year old, don’t read this book.
The main gay character is not your typical testosterone filled, guy crazy, alpha male. Some people would call him weak. I’d call him a realistic depiction of one of the myriad types of gay people that exist… in reality (We all remember that place, right?). If his “weakness” is going to offend you enough so you DNR…. Don’t start reading this. The author shouldn’t have to deal with a one or two star review for trying to portray a real person.
The book does have straight characters both male and female and the heterosexuals do interact with one another semi-romantically, as they do in real life.
This is not a typical m/m romance so don’t expect it to be and don’t rate it as such, please.
All righty then, now that the stupid reasons are dealt with, here are two other sticky points. These ones aren’t stupid.
The first is a warning. There is a date rape situation described in the book. It could be a trigger for some. It was a bit for me, especially considering the nonchalant way some of the characters dealt with it. I think the author treated the subject in a realistic way, but some readers may take offense.
The second is the interaction between a gay male character and a lesbian. They seemingly don’t get along. It’s a stereotype, but it sometimes does happen, although I don’t agree that it should. Some readers may take offense to this as well.
I’ve spent a lot of time on this story because I think it’s worth it. To me, this is not an m/m romance novel. It is a vignette of romances, gay and straight. It’s a coming of age story. In truth, if I had to categorize it in one box, it’s a bromance novel. The main story depicts the reactions of a gay guy and a straight one who start a life together after college. Each reacts to their new circumstances differently, with consequences galore.
The novel may seem to go all over the place, but so does life. I think it was brilliantly written. There are characters I just love, and some I hate. There are some I started to like, but grew to dislike. I was disappointed in a few, and I should be disappointed. They deserve it. It’s life. Sometimes, people disappoint.
I’m giving this novel a lower rating than I want to because I can’t recommend this to everyone. There are valid reasons why people wouldn’t be able to read it, and I recognize that.
To those whose reasons fit in my stupid category, don’t read this either.
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About the author
JOHN WILEY is currently a barista that hates coffee, but is really good at making it. When not writing, he likes to expose his cat to as many Christmas movies as possible. Just like his life, his biography is a work in progress.