Author: Taylor V. Donovan
Publisher: MLR Press
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb: Kevin Morrison had it all. A house he worked hard for, a loving wife, and three beautiful children. But it wasn’t until his marriage ended that he realized what the void he’d felt almost all his life meant. Coming out as a gay man at thirty-six is not an easy feat, but he is determined to be true to his heart. Meeting a man who shares his values, and is good with his children would be a bonus, but when the guy arrives in a uniquely wrapped package, and has very specific handling instructions, Kevin needs to decide if he’s up for that kind of love.
Obsessed with order and symmetry, and a paralyzing fear of germs, Cedric Haughton-Disley has lived with isolation and loneliness as long as he can remember. Desperate to be normal, he makes some much-needed changes in his life. If he can commit to his treatment, he might very well be able to procure some quality of life… even if that’s all he can get, as finding love and having a relationship are only possible in Cedric’s wildest dreams. But when a chance encounter leaves Cedric wishing for more, he decides to take a leap of faith, and pursue the guy he wants.
Together the two men make an unlikely match. Cedric needs organization, and Kevin represents chaos. In order to stay together they both need to compromise, but will they be able to deal with Cedric’s issues and the potential disaster, or let it break them apart?
Review: This book had the same emotional impact and roller coaster action as Taylor’s other reads; however, in this one there was little suspense and the action was mainly internal between the two men.
And oh my god, was there ever a lot of compromise and change.
Kevin had a lot a lot a lot of his own issues. Luckily, his relationship with his ex-wife was relatively amicable and his children were doing okay with the split. He was a little more concerned about how he was going to come out as a gay man to his children and his family–especially his dad and brothers.
It was daunting because he was also trying to work on a new career for himself, one that would take him away the family construction company.
It’s going to get bumpy for Kevin–segue to Cedric. On a daring visit to an adult store that advertised male on male videos and more, Kevin stumbled into an uncomfortable yet completely amazing encounter with a total hottie. Unfortunately, he escaped without said hotties name, so bumping into him on a job site was extremely embarrassing.
Cedric. Oh how to explain the delightfully forbidding Cedric. He seemed to have every sensory and emotional issue listed in the DSM-5. Being a friend to him would be difficult. Being his lover/partner?
Oh God, no!!!!!
Apparently Kevin is a glutton for punishment. Ms Donovan somehow blends the impossible into doable as Kevin takes on not only the societal pressure that occurs when coming out–he takes on a germaphobic, obsessive compulsive madman that makes the term high-maintenance a compliment! I loved this book and I want to nominate Kevin for sainthood. Read it!