Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens, to teaching in one of the city's most queer-friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.
Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can't forget the feel of his best friend's hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don't stay easy for long.
When Michael's world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for 20 years.
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Caution!! Unpopular and dissenting opinion ahead.
I really didn't like much about this story. Well, that's not really true - I liked the writing, I just didn't like the main character, Michael.
I don't know if it's because the story is entirely from Michael's POV and Michael is self indulgent, self absorbed, and obtuse.
Maybe because he treats a twenty year friendship with Nunzio, and frankly Nunzio himself, with such callow disregard.
Maybe because he doesn't seem to provide any guidance for his younger brother while simultaneously condemning him for his life choices.
His constant whining didn't help. The angst that seems, largely, to come out of no where, which led to a completely self-indulgent spiral, kind of threw me. I don't know. I have to be honest, by that point my sympathy had dried up for the character.
Do I empathize with his situations? Yes. Did I understand where much of his guilt and angst came from? Yes. Do I have any sympathy for it? Nope.
Anyway. If this was just about narration I'd give at least 3.5 Stars for it. The audio was good. Good enough to keep me interested in seeing where this train wreck went. Rusty Topsfield did what he could, but I wasn't feeling the story and that bled out to mar my enjoyment of his performance. Sorry, Rusty.
It's well written for all I want to give only 1 star for all the bullshit, but the narration deserves more. Also the sex was awesome, which was another reason I stuck it through.
I can't say if I'll continue with the series. Someone mentioned book two is largely the same, and I don't think I can go through all this again. We'll see.
- Belen "I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres."