Something About Trevor by Drew Hunt
Published by: JMS Books on June 29, 2010
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
Paul is in a bind. His house has flooded…again…and he needs a place to stay. It’s just that there aren’t many options for him to choose from. Except Trevor. And Trevor’s a nice guy, but he’s gay and rather obvious about it. And it’s not that Paul has a problem with gay people, he’s just not sure he’s comfortable staying with one in such close quarters. But when all other options exhaust themselves–and as Paul realizes he is maybe being just a bit unfair to his colleague–he takes Trevor up on his offer for a place to crash. What Paul doesn’t expect is that he will learn a lot more about Trevor and about his preconceptions of gay guys than he ever thought he would. Of course, he also doesn’t expect that he’s about to learn something even more unexpected about himself…
This is a charming and entertaining read. Some of Paul’s reactions, especially early on, are a bit humorous. And it is interesting to watch his journey as he starts to come to some unexpected realizations. With our identities being self-constructed based on social influences, it is easy for us to think that our own experiences are universal. But not everyone gets to the same place in the same way, and stories that help us see the perspective of another person help to enrich the ways in which we view the world. That’s probably a bit deeper analysis than the author intended, but I kept it brief–especially for those of you who are just in it for the steamy scenes, of which there are a few to keep you interested…
Title: Infected: Prey (Infected, Book 1)
Author: Andrea Speed
Published: June 24, 2010
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (re-released by DSP Publications)
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Roan McKichan is an ex-cop turned private detective who is infected. Infected with a virus that essentially makes him a werecat. And, of course, society is wary of the infected and they’re actively discriminated against in many circles. But when a series of murders occurs that appears to be a spree committed by the same cat, Roan–and his partner, Paris–find themselves caught up in the investigation. And truth of it is something that will change their view on what it means to be infected completely.
Which then leads into part two of this story in which Roan and Paris investigate a series of murders of infected people that appears to be connected to the Church of the Divine Transportation, a cult that worships the infected.
I really wanted to love this book. I feel like the concept is something with a great deal of potential. The problem I found is that it drags quite a bit, especially in the first half. There are some twists to keep a reader interested, and that keeps it engaging enough to be worth a read.
Title: A Vintage Affair
Author: Josh Lanyon
Published: June 22, 2010
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
An old Southern plantation. Wine. Murder. An attractive closeted private investigator. Family drama. Elements that make for a great read. When Austin Gillespie arrived at Ballineen, he certainly didn’t expect an eventful visit, but he definitely ends up with more than he bargained for.
Josh Lanyon is definitely an expert storyteller. He develops very strong characters and creates worlds that almost leave you wondering if there’s more than a hint of truth in the story. This one is no exception. It’s an m/m romance that doesn’t skip or avoid the complicated bits, which I definitely appreciate, but it also delivers everything a romance novel should. Highly recommended.
Title: Insignificant Others
Author: Stephen McCauley
Publication Date: June 8, 2010
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review: Richard Rossi, an HR professional at a software company in Boston, seems to be doing well in life. His job is stable – and he’s being considered for a promotion – and things are going well with him and his partner, Conrad. But when Richard discovers a text message on Conrad’s phone just prior to another of Conrad’s business trips to Ohio, he finds himself wondering if things are quite as ‘together’ as they appear. But does Conrad have what Richard refers to as an ‘Insignificant Other’? And, as Richard examines the choices he’s made and the truth of his own life, what does it mean to him if his suspicions are true.
McCauley’s first-person narrative is definitely an interesting read. There’s a definite reality to Richard that I found easy to relate to (even his distaste for President George W. Bush, which comes up more than once) and an interesting development in Richard’s character over the course of the book that seems natural and not forced at all. The writing is broken down into small sections (I wouldn’t say chapters because some are as short as a page or less and others are a few pages long) which make it easier to follow the shifts in Richard’s thoughts and feelings. This format did throw me just a bit at first as I was unclear on timelines, but after I was few pages in, I had little trouble following along.
It’s definitely an interesting commentary on doing what’s expected versus what we want and finding a way, no matter where you are in life, to be true to yourself. A recommended read.