Posts Tagged ‘lgbt’

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

October 8, 2017

I’m always reluctant to write about a book I’ve just finished. It takes some distance – and maybe even a reread – to write somewhat objectively. But then I get on to other things and I don’t make it back around. So, I’m just going to start making some notes about things I like. And perhaps I’ll get back to some things later with more thoughts.

I really enjoyed Gentleman’s Guide. Read it yesterday in essentially a single sitting, which is not always possible but a good sign when I have the chance. Interesting, well-developed characters. Some of the plot twists surprised me (again, a good thing). Author (@themackenzilee) took a not-very likeable character and turned him into someone worth reading.

Definitely worth a read.

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Bitter Legacy by Dal MacLean

September 24, 2017

bitter legacyOthers have written excellent reviews of this book here and here. I agree with both of them – Bitter Legacy is one of the best books I read last year. And it still holds up. Just reread it this weekend, and Maclean deserves to be read by fans of angsty romance. Now, if only the author or publisher would give us some details about the next book. Twitter is vague, but sounds like mid-2018 before we’ll have a new offering from MacLean.

Bone Rider by J. Fally

December 3, 2013

Gay romance, extraterrestrials and mob connections combine to make this the funniest book I read all year.  I loved Bone Rider!

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

December 15, 2009

It is Dade Hamilton’s last summer at home. He’s ready to leave everything behind: the small town where he grew up, his parent’s disintegrating marriage, and everyone who reminds him of same, including the boyfriend who can’t be gay but can’t leave Dade alone either. Wouldn’t you know that this is the moment Dade makes some of his first real friends ever, including falling in love?

Burd has written a very readable, realistic coming of age story that anyone who has ever agonized over what to do about a relationship (that one both wants to keep but needs to leave) can relate to. His characters may be recognizable but they are well-developed and readers will enjoy getting to know them (Dade, Lucy, Alex) while aching for others.

Others have commented on the sub-plot with the missing girl. Either I don’t get what Burd was hoping to accomplish with her or he doesn’t succeed with it; but it is a small enough part of the book that it didn’t interfere with my overall enjoyment of the book. I particularly like that the sexual orientation of some of the characters is not the point of the book – it just so happens that some of the characters are not hetero. This book is for high school and up.