I’ll tell you why I chose this book. The cover. Look at that thing. I do have a preference for all things culinary so that too was a contributing factor.
Title: Devon Cream
Author: Jet Mykles
Publisher: MLR PRess
Rating: 2.5-3 out of 5 Stars
From the Publisher
When Steven helps his neighbor Devon move into the studio apartment upstairs, he can’t help but drool. And that’s all. Devon is straight and totally off limits. Knowing, though, doesn’t stop the desire Steven fights every time the two men are together, which is a lot since Steven has decided to take Devon under his wing until the young man can get his life together.
So a guy moves into a building… sounds like a sitcom, huh? It kind of reminded me of one too with Patty being the crazy neighbor next door that has no boundaries and is all up in everyone’s business. Patty, I liked. She has no filter and says a few things that made me cringe, but I generally gravitate towards those big personality people. It’s not that I didn’t like Devon or Steven per se I just found them sort of sad.
Let’s start with Devon. Devon is a 22 year old “not gay” guy who can’t get himself out of bed on time to go to work without his mommy and mooches off Steven. He was failing his classes at college so his parents cut him off and, basically, told him it was time to grow up and move out. Steven is a 31 year old chef who hasn’t been in a relationship for 8 months and is immediately besotted with Devon, so he allows him to mooch and mothers him. I found this to be a bit depressing for a relationship’s beginnings; dripping with desperation. That coupled with the inexplicable focus on their “age difference” which, frankly, confounded me. When did 31 become over the hill?
The conflict in Devon Cream is similar to pretty standard in the M/F genre. It’s rife with self-martyrdom and illogical reasoning i.e. I can’t be with you because #insert artificial rationale here#. However, I know many many people who enjoy this trope; so take my pickiness with a grain of salt.
My only other qualm is Steven being a chef. I love cooking and chefs. I’ve read many, many cookbooks, talked with chefs, etc. so I know being a chef is full-time job. It’s 18 hour+ days, getting up at 4 a.m. and bustin’ your ass in a kitchen for hours on end. Yet Steven is able to be home AND cook dinner for all of them every night?
The dialogue read authentic and organic. There are no egregious spelling or grammar errors. I liked the chef aspect and the GFY story arc. I think the time jumps facilitated the relationship nicely while also dodging the instalove plot device so many have trouble accepting myself included.
Devon Cream is more of 2.5 star read for me personally, but I don’t think the book’s overall rating should suffer because it’s not my cuppa which is why I’m giving it 3 stars.
Where to Buy
I would like to thank Aspen Mountain Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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