Author: Chase Potter
Publisher: Chase Potter Books
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/04/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Best friends since childhood, Danny Somers and Curtis Wyatt were inseparable until Danny broke their promise to attend college together, creating a rift between the two that time refused to mend.
Ten years later, their adult lives have veered apart, putting thousands of miles between them. Curtis has forged ahead with a life in their hometown, but when he loses his job and breaks up with his girlfriend, he’s left with nowhere else to turn.
Exhausted and travel weary, Curtis arrives at Danny’s secluded Vancouver Island home to find that his former friend is now… gay. And gorgeous.
When a short visit turns into weeks, the two men begin to find common ground once more. But even as Curtis is forced to revisit the decisions in their shared past that drove them apart years earlier, he’s confronted by a powerful attraction he can neither understand nor resist.
At last, a young gay writer who understands bisexuality. As I started this book, I was increasingly anxious that Chase Potter was going to pull a “gay for you” on me. But he came through. I am grateful.
Curtis and Danny, friends since the fifth grade, have not seen each other in a decade. That’s because Danny broke their adolescent pact and went off to college in Toronto, leaving Curtis behind. They haven’t spoken since.
Misfortune brings Danny and Curtis together on the opposite side of the country. After ten years, Curtis dials Danny’s mobile number, which is still burned into his memory from high school. In his desperation, he seeks the comfort of his old friend’s presence, even as he fears what else that might awaken.
It seems that both Danny and Curtis were lying to each other all those years ago in Thunder Bay. Danny ran away to escape the misery that his lies caused him; Curtis stayed put, but buried himself in his self-delusions, holding onto his anger at Danny’s abandonment as if it was the answer to all his problems.
Potter’s slow pas de deux between these two men might frustrate some readers who want a faster tempo and lots of facile emotion (don’t get me wrong, I love facile emotion). But Potter has calculated his slow burn to be an irritant. Danny and Curtis and the reader are all irritated by mutual misunderstandings and self-deceptions and a shared resistance to truth-telling. The author falls prey to a few clichés of the genre, but the emotional slow boil of these two men, and the beautiful metaphor of the title, carry the day.
Part of me, inured as I am to the rules and regulations of m/m romance, was annoyed by the not-so-subtle insistence on how beautiful and well-built these two childhood friends are, as well as by the fact that no one would ever suspect that either one of them was anything but straight. I gave this a pass here, because there is a purpose to it. Sissy boys have to deal with their sexual identity sooner than those who can pass. Sometimes denial is easier that dealing, and that’s at the core of this simple, powerful story.
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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