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I'm actually in the middle of this book right now, and as I write a couple of outstanding review on other books, I find myself wondering why I'm still listening. The story vacillates between tender, intimate moments of self exploration and pages and pages of pedestrian, mundane and boring detail. Almost every moment of the protagonists' day is explored in detail, but when you finally arrive at the moment he and "the object of his affection" finally hit the sack, it's suddenly the next morning.
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In the first 25% of the book, the bulk of the narrative is setting up Zach. He’s a doctor. He’s insecure. He likes hot men.
The middle 50% is a little relationship building between Zach and his new lover, Sergio. He meets Sergio at the gym and then later the pool. It’s a slow build – the first date goes on for pages and pages – but their banter is witty (if a little corny) and their coming together is sweet (the sex is fade to black essentially). There is a lot of Zach’s professional world – his bigoted supervisor, his friends, the kids he meets/treats, the medicine. Zach feels a lot of conflict because his social world is totally isolated from his professional one. While he is insecure socially, he’s very secure professionally. This really represents his main dilemma.
The last 25% is the best part of the book. He and Sergio are falling in love and it’s really sweet. There is a “come to jebus” moment when Zach essentially denies Sergio and the two break up, but when he is essentially forced out of the closet in order to do the right thing, he realizes he has been hiding in there for no good reason.
In the last few pages we see a new Zach, he’s friendly, open, honest and free to be in love and a good doctor.
I think that this is a really, really good book in need of a good editor. It’s too long. It’s too involved (though the medicine is interesting, it’s distracting and pulls you from the love story). I almost want to label this gay fiction rather than gay romance. There is so much more about Zach evolving as a person, as a doctor and as a gay man and his interactions with Sergio are really just a piece of that puzzle. Since the romance is fade to black essentially it doesn’t satisfy in that area like many other m/m books do.
So… as a m/m book I’d give it a 3/5 stars, but I’d bump it up a little as gay fiction to a 3.5 or even a 4.
Randy Fuller does a solid job. I didn’t like his “Sergio”, it felt awkward and forced, but for the most part he fades into the background and lets the story tell itself. He isn’t my favorite narrator, but I wouldn’t avoid his works in the future.
I give his narration 3 of 5 stars
3 stars – It was good
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