Author: Keelan Ellis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/15/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Ethan Daniels, host of a popular conservative cable news program, has never thought of his bisexuality as a problem, even though he has never acted on his attraction to men. Since his divorce, his desire has become more acute. When he meets Charlie Woods, his daughter’s first grade teacher, they have an instant spark, but Ethan hesitates to act. His contract is up for renewal, there are already rumors swirling about him because of a brief encounter from his past, and the last thing his employers want is for one of their stars to come out publicly.
Charlie avoids romantic entanglements because he prefers living on his own terms. He keeps love and sex completely separate, never seeing anyone more than a few times. Hooking up with a closeted celebrity like Ethan seems safe from emotional involvement, even if they have to keep their fledgling relationship secret.
The last thing they expect is to fall in love, but their strong mutual attraction moves them both to make changes neither of them thought they wanted or needed.
Ethan is living the worst of both worlds, he’s divorced, he’s moved cities and he’s doing a job that that he loves – he reports and interviews on a cable news programme for a company who’s politics he despises. Then he meets Charlie, who is out and proud and his daughters teacher.
Ethan and Charlie are immediately attracted to each other, and begin to date, but Ethan fear that being in the closet, with no plans to come out will damage their relationship; and Charlie’s friends agree, and how they negotiate this is the crux of the book.
This is really good view on what it’s like to be queer in the middle of your Country, not the accepting metropolis or the hating religious small towns – but the middle. It’s also a story of what happens when you loose yourself a little bit.
Ethan is great character, and for once his relationship with his ex seems.. normal, she’s not hater nor is she determined to get back together with Ethan. The relationship between Ethan and Charlie also feels so real, they navigate issues like coming out, moving towns like adults – they talk to each other. Really enjoyable.
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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