Author: Cecil Wilde
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/08/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Trans*
On the search for a cup of coffee before the guest lecture he’s giving, Tom spies a tired, half-frozen young man who looks even more in need of coffee than him. On impulse, he buys the man a cup—but an attempt to strike up conversation ends in the young man walking off, seemingly put off by Tom Walford—the tabloids’ favourite billionaire—buying him coffee. But when he reappears in Tom’s lecture, all Tom knows is that he doesn’t want the man slipping away a second time.
Agreeing to dinner with a man he only knows from internet gossip columns isn’t the wisest decision Cin’s ever made, but he wants to like the infamous Tom Walford and he can’t do that if he doesn’t give the man a fair chance to be likeable. Which he is, almost frustratingly so, to the point Cin wishes maybe he hadn’t been so fair because he never had any intention of getting attached to Tom, who seems to come from a world far too different from his own for anything between them to last. Little does Cin know, they’ve got a lot more in common than he imagines—including their shared discomfort with their assigned genders, and all the complications that go with it.
I am in love with this book. This was the most thought provoking romance I have read in a long time. This was more than a story of a trans man and his genderqueer lover. It was a “journey of gender-related discovery” as the author has one of their characters so perfectly state. It was a story of self acceptance and it was beautiful.
The thing that grabbed me the most was how much this story really made me think. Made me question not only myself but my actions towards others. Made me seriously consider the concept that kindness goes a long way because you never know what a person is dealing with on the inside. Outward appearances are just that, appearances and most often do not reflect the person as a whole.
The next thing that amazed me about this story was how well it was written. The way the sentences were structured and the word choice was so fluid and easy to read. It had an air of intelligence, yet it felt so natural, as if the author was writing exactly the way my brain needed to read. Often times, things felt almost lyrical as the author artfully worked sarcasm into almost every facet of this tale. I have come across few books lately that I can honestly say I felt were well written both technically and artistically. This one definitely stands out from the rest.
The final thing that captured me was the relationship between Cin and Tom. It is what I would refer to as a playfully antagonistic romance. It was full of snark and banter, and yet was one of the most intense and whole hearted love stories ever. These people were perfect for each other and with each other and I can honestly say I felt moved by their connection. To have two obviously imperfect and struggling people see nothing but perfection in the other actually made me tear up from time to time. That two people could support each other no matter what, without expecting anything in return, has become a foreign concept in today’s greed driven world. This romance was refreshing and utterly fantastic.
This book gives me hope. Hope that the author was writing this from some sort of personal experience (whether the author’s or someone close to them). That there is something to hold out for in the romance department and that the many tales of divorce and heartache are not all that exist in this world.
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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