A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan
Published by: Samhain Publishing on February 14, 2012
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
Lord George Albert Westin (“Wes”) is incredibly shy and introverted. His stutter often makes people look down upon him, including his own family. He tends to stick to himself and his garden. But when he hears of an exotic orchid that he needs to see, he ventures out to the home of a fellow gardener. It’s there that Wes meets Michael Vallant. Wes is drawn to Michael immediately, but there are many things about Michael he doesn’t know. Not only is there the issue of Michael’s profession, but there’s a much darker secret that connects them. Can Michael help Wes come out of his shell more? And can Wes help Michael work through his past? And will Wes believe Michael if he tells him the truth?
A great and well-written historical. These two connect in a seemingly unexpected way, and the story that connects them through their history is even more out of the ordinary. I enjoyed their interactions even though their relationship developed in a rather unorthodox way. In some ways, I’m still not sure how I feel about the interactions with Wes’s family, but it does play into the history of both men. Overall an interesting read.
Dear Mister President by Adam Fitzroy
Published by: Manifold Press on May 1, 2010
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
When Air Force Colonel Chad Ryan thwarted an attempt to assassinate the President of the United States, he was just doing his job. So the offer to join the White House staff that comes his way is completely unexpected. It’s even more unexpected that his job seems to involve becoming friends with the entire First Family. But if that’s what President Douglas Kearney expects, Chad will comply. It’s easy to admire a man who is as confident and handsome as Doug, after all. But as the two spend more time together, Chad begins to pick up on some signals that make him wonder if the two might become more than friends. But if they do, what will that mean for Chad? For the President? For the President’s family? For the country?
Hearing the concept of this book, it’s very easy to write it off as something that could never happen. How ridiculous, right? But if one takes a moment to think about it, it’s certainly within the realm of possibility. And the way the author has constructed this story, it definitely reads as believable. And now I find myself wondering when we’ll see a gay relationship in the White House. It should only be a matter of time, after all…
Island Doctor by Sue Brown
Series: Island Medics, Book 1
Published by: Dreamspinner Press on January 11, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
Jeff Martin is a general practitioner in a rural community on the Isle of Wight. He enjoys working with his patients, but he’s been living a split life. No one in the area knows he’s gay. And the girlfriend he goes to visit in Manchester every weekend is actually a man. But when Jeff discovers that his boyfriend has been cheating on him, he realizes it’s time to rethink how his personal and professional lives connect. He’s reeling from his decade-long relationship coming to an end, but he still can’t help taking notice of Cameron Gillard, the great grandson of one of his favorite patients. Is Jeff willing to be out in his community? Can Cameron really be what he needs? And can he ever truly trust a man ever again?
This is only the second Sue Brown novel I’ve read, but I can safely say I am a fan. I fully expect to be rushing out to get the rest of the books in this series and in the series that comes before it as soon as I get a chance. The characters are written well and the story is one that kept me reading. There were moments when I wanted to reach into the book and shake both of these guys, which is often a positive in my book!
An Ordinary Boy by Brian Centrone
Published by: Seventh Window Publications on February 23, 2013
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
Tom Grove is looking forward to his first year of college. Among many opportunities, the one he can’t wait for the most is the chance to explore his sexuality. He’s read online about how much easier it is to be gay and find a guy on a college campus. But things aren’t exactly as easy as Tom expected. And for someone who isn’t used to being out, the idea of when and how to tell those close to him has Tom thrown for a complete loop. Can Tom survive despite his hot but straight roommate, the campus gay club, his overbearing mother, and his best friend who seems to keep disappearing for weeks at time?
Talk about a wild ride. This went in so many directions that I never expected when I first picked it up. And the twists kept right on coming as I worked my way through the book. But every one of those twists seemed to work, and they helped bring the story to a great conclusion. Tom’s journey feels authentic and I found myself engaged as a reader right to the end…