Author: ZA Maxfield
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: PL Nunn
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/10/2009
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Rory might just be a simple southern boy from St. Antoine’s Parish Louisiana, but he knows what he wants. He’s been in love with the girl of his dreams, reclusive and mysterious artist Ran Yamane, since junior high school. And now he has the chance to meet her. He’s going to chuck everything and travel 1,500 miles to Anime Expo in Long Beach to tell her, and no one and nothing is going to stand in his way.
Ran Yamane is not a girl, but he gets that a lot. People come to him with teddy bears and chocolates and disappointment by the truckload. He’s trusted fans in the past and been tragically wrong. So when he meets Rory he’s understandably wary, but resigned. What he’s not prepared for is his magnetic attraction to the young man, Rory’s apparent willingness to overlook his gender, and the fact that their lives are both thrown into chaos when his number one fan (and psycho stalker) shows up to get revenge.
I can’t count the number of times I have been told that I simply “must” read Drawn Together by ZA Maxfield. I have started and stopped reading in the first chapter more times than I care to think about. Even when I decided to finally bite the bullet and read it for this Retro Reads spotlight, I had to make myself sit down and read it. In short I had a mental block against this book.
I have to say, having finally persevered… that mental block was completely and totally unwarranted. This story was fabulous. As I said before, it took some getting into. The first chapter didn’t grab me. However, just like there is something about Rory that wouldn’t allow Yamane to walk away from the straight fan, there is something about Drawn Together that just kept me turning page after page.
In all honesty, it wasn’t even the chase that kept me turning the page. It was all about the interplay between Rory and Yamane. I found myself rushing through the few scenes that were not from one of their points of view. I found myself needing to get back to those two. I knew they would eventually triumph over the baddies. Let’s face it, this is a romance novel, there was no question there. But learning how they would find their happily ever after became and imperative.
I think there are some people in this genre that can relate, at least a little, to Rory. There are probably some that can relate to an extent with Yamane, as well. However, whether or not you can relate directly to either character, you will be charmed by both of them.
This book isn’t perfect. As I said before, there are some scenes from minor character’s points of view. I am not a huge fan of scenes from the antagonist’s point of view. However, my love for Rory and Yamane superseded my lack of excitement about those scenes.
I there are also a few times background information for Yamane is thrown around without context, so I couldn’t fully assimilate the information into my mental picture of the character.
In the end, however, Rory charmed me just like he charmed almost everyone he met.
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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