Author: Michael War
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
A thirty-six year old IT professional and married for ten years, Greg knows he’s not the young, hot and exciting stud he used to be. But he didn’t think he was so outdated that he would come home to find his husband screwing a younger man on their living room sofa.
Stuck living with his ex, completely lost when it comes to the drastic changes of the dating landscape, it feels like he’s going to be outdated and alone forever. The only bright spot in his life is Kellan, the hunky bear who frequently flirts with him. But even that is dampened by Kellan’s mixed signals, leaving it unclear if he really wants Greg at all.
It’s almost painful to read how poor Greg allows himself to be used as a doormat. He catches his longtime partner screwing a young airheaded man in his own living room, and he’s still stuck living with his cheating lover. He’s also clueless and feels hopelessly outdated when he attempts to stick his toe back into dating waters. The clubs are too loud, and he’s not knowledgeable about how today many gay men meet in an internet and virtual world. This story is cute at times, and it’s impossible to not feel pity for Greg, and to simultaneously want him to buck up and tell cheating Tim to go away forever.
As much promise as this story has, unfortunately the editing quality isn’t perfect (there’s an odd switch from first to third person that doesn’t seem intentional), which detracts somewhat from the quality. Also, the author doesn’t seem to know which characters on which to focus in the story. Cheating scum Tim and his squeeze Charlie (who is admittedly sort of adorable) receive an inordinate amount of attention as characters, while lovable bear Kellan, who is Greg’s new love interest, oddly receives less. Since this story is about Greg’s struggle to start over after Tim’s betrayal, this character focus feels misplaced.
This author definitely has promise, and I am optimistic that with more experience will flesh out some of the challenges obviously faced in Outdated. I plan to keep my eye out for this author’s future works.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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