Novella Review from Robert Coles
Let me start this review by pointing out that I received this book at about 12:15am and started reading it with every intention of falling asleep quickly. When I approach a book I usually know whether I love it or hate it within the first few pages. I did not fall asleep, and I did not stop reading until the last teasing quote.
K. C. Beaumont, thank you for writing a novel that includes sex without making me feel like trash for reading it. A job well done to you, ma’am. I’m especially thankful that Ms. Beaumont was able to give a 25-year-old homosexual male a character that is relatable, honest, and pure rather than stereotype him as trashy. In fact, the main character Bryan is stated at one point as going through a dry-spell that lasted almost a year. The entire story is told through Bryan’s perspective, which adds a human aspect to the character that is quite refreshing.
Probably one of my favorite characters in the book is Bryan’s older sister Chloe. Her character is recently widowed and has what the reader can only assume is the most adorable 5-year-old named Wyatt. She also was diagnosed with Lupus, and her younger brother Bryan has moved in to help her with bills and his nephew. When you find out that Bryan, who is in school to become a Surgery Technician, dropped out of his pre-med program to get a job at a grocery store when his brother in law died, you gain even more respect for the already likable character. Chloe is witty, sarcastic, and humorous, and I don’t want to give anything away, but she’s also very supportive, which came as a huge shock to me since I assumed the story was set somewhere in the south. We’re never really given the location, but I pictured Tennessee the whole time.
Another great character is Aaron, but what makes him truly a great character is how the author establishes who he is. She uses rich adjectives and a charming description that show both the Military aspect of him (and thank goodness a gay soldier was finally portrayed in a positive “I’m serving my country proudly” kind of way) and the softer, more gentle side of him. There is one particular scene in the book where he shows his rough and tough exterior when defending Bryan that almost made me stand up and clap, even though it was 1:00am when I was reading it. My dog would have given me some weird looks for sure.
As for the storyline, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a love story. Boy knows boy for several years and is secretly in love with him, boy falls asleep in other boys car and accidentally gives away that he’s gay, and other boy admits he feels the same way. You know, a true American love story.
As for the sections of the book that are a little more “NC-17,” they don’t take away from the story at all. In fact, they add so much into this 21st century love story that by the end of the scenes you understand every bit of Bryan and Aaron’s tensions, as well as why Bryan says the things he says in his brilliant and clever thoughts the author weaves into the story.
In all honesty, it kept me captivated, and at times, I was worried about the final outcome. Everything seems perfect, and there are subtle clues that problems will arise, but the author keeps your attention and makes you feel like these characters are alive. By the end of the book, I cared about what Bryan and Aaron were going through, and I was pulling for happy endings all around.
The only negative thing I can say about this story is that it was too short. Will there be a sequel? I don’t know. But I do know K.C. Beaumont has a great future in writing.
K.C. Beaumont resides in northwest Louisiana with a sweet man who pays her bills and two small people who continuously call her “Mama.” In addition to being a professional child wrangler and clothes ironer, she is an avid fiction reader, a sometimes fiction writer, and a horrible cook. Visit her website to see other great titles.
(From two authors on behalf of another: We all get a bit more money from each book when it’s purchased from the publisher. Since we’re not JK Rowling, every little bit helps.)
Robby Coles is a Franklin, TN native, and lover of all things wordy. He works for Inbound Marketing Agents as a Content Marketer, and writes about marketing and social media networking. Personally, he enjoys reading excellent books and writing honest reviews. He also writes his own blogs about living gluten free, as well as his blog of personal thoughts on writing, marketing, life, and everyone around him. Robert has a dog named Stella (she’s much cooler than him) and is about to promote the hell out of all of his social media networking sites. Connect with him!