Author: A E Ryecart
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay Fiction
Falling in love was easy, making it work is the hard part…
There has never been a time when Rick Taylor hasn’t been out and proud. Hiding who he is and blending in is not an option as Rick lives his life by the mantra out and loud, stand out in a crowd. He’s poster boy gay with a capital G and that’s not going to change – for anybody.
When he accidentally outed himself, Matt Connell’s life went into freefall. Cut adrift from his family and the life he knew, Matt carries a ton weight of emotional baggage as he takes his first faltering steps towards living his life as an out gay man.
Neither should be the man the other is looking for, but when Rick opens his door to the cocky plumber with the beautiful green eyes on a freezing January morning, he knows his life will never be the same again.
Against every danger light that flashes, every siren that screams stop! and every dire warning from friends and family, Rick and Matt throw themselves into a passionate and all-consuming love affair. But as cracks start to appear in the life they are striving to build together, both are forced to as the question: can love on its own ever be enough?
This one was sort of a tough call for me. There were parts I enjoyed – like how very British everything was – and parts I almost hated, including a chunk of about twenty thousand words wherein the MCs had the same argument over…and over…and over again without growth or resolution.
Let’s start with the characters though. Rick is a perfectly normal gay guy who grew up moderately privileged in a nice part of London. He loves bright clothes and has no real concept of being in the closet or not being accepted for who he is. Matt, on the other hand, is a rugged plumber disowned by his strict Catholic family for coming out. It’s not exactly a unique premise, but one I enjoy when written well enough.
Unfortunately, a lot of the scenes where the class differences could be discussed in a productive or entertaining way were ruined by the presence of Matt’s “friend” – and I use that term really loosely – Zach, an insufferable jerk if I ever read one. Seriously, every time he opened his rude mouth without being asked I wanted to put my fist in it to shut him up.
Then we have Oona and Darren, the married couple in whose house Matt resides. Darren means well but is clumsy at times in his understanding of sexuality. Luckily for him, his wife is by far the smartest person in the book (and adorable to boot). I would have liked to see more women in the story to see if they were written as brightly as Oona was.
Plot-wise, the romance moves at a “blink and you’ll miss it” pace fueled by a lot of sex (which isn’t a complaint) and not a lot of actual conversation between the guys (which is a complaint). Unsurprisingly, the lack of communication causes problems at a much faster rate than they can be worked on or even shallowly addressed. I liked Rick and didn’t mind Matt, but I found it hard to root for them as a pair when they were constantly yelling at each other and storming off. I kept thinking…you are fairly sweet together! Stop fighting!
Overall I would say Loose Connection is a decent novel if you’re in a rut or have nothing to read, but not a book to drop anything else for.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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