Author: Emery C. Walters
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Rating: 1.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/22/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Paranormal
It’s Sky Morgan’s 22nd birthday. He’s unemployed and just had an awkward dinner with his dad. There wasn’t even any cake, and Sky loves cake. Angry and morose, he decides to go out for a drink and randomly chooses the Grotto, a nearby gay bar.
The Grotto’s clientele is different from the rest of society in more ways than one. However, they are very kind to Sky. He has a most comforting chat with Everest, an old drag queen, who is the first person ever to understand how awkward family can be. And then she introduces Sky to Slade, a mysterious and attractive young man. The chemistry between them is instant.
But is Slade a young man? He’s more different than just being gay. Just how different, Sky finds out during daylight hours far below ground. As Sky’s feelings towards his new friend mount, he learns they have more in common than he could possibly imagine.
I spent most of the book thinking WTF and definitely not in a good way.
Blue Sky starts with a massive info dump regarding Sky, the main character, and his parents, information not totally pertinent to the main story and could’ve been worked in much more unobtrusively.
It’s Sky’s birthday but he’s also out looking for a job, so he decides to stop by a bar. After an odd and unrealistic conversation with his phone, he finds a bar and goes in. But it’s pitch black. Then someone asks if he’s a cop, then someone asks if they can take his car. And he says yes.
He stays for a drink even though all that just happened and has a conversation with a couple people. In the dark. He even opens up to the complete strangers about his family life. There’s several pages of conversation about nothing in particular and certainly not about the main plot, which at this point hadn’t made an appearance.
I suppose some of the dialogue is meant to be funny, but it’s more annoying than anything. And repetitive.
My grandma sent me pistachio cookies, homemade of course, and I hate nuts. I fucking hate nuts! I’ve hated nuts my entire childhood.
One of the people at the bar is a cute guy named Slade who comforts Sky as he whines…I mean talks about his life. The bar owner invites Sky to go to freshen up upstairs and sends Slade to help him and says:
“Happy birthday to you, go have a good screw, and when it is over, and you’re no longer bent over, come tell us, please do!”
I don’t know what to complain about more; the run-on sentence or the unrealistic dialogue.
Sky and Slade end up in a mysterious room that couldn’t possibly exist in the bar. This doesn’t bother Sky in the slightest though and he and Slade have sex, or so I assume, because it wasn’t shown. There wasn’t even a fade to black. The next paragraph after Slade and Sky touch each other is:
Suffice it to say two hours later, Sky was happy, had had a great birthday, and was in love. He felt like he’d known Slade forever, and maybe, he had—or would.
Not that showing hot sex is a good way to show two men in love, but not even writing the scene doesn’t work either. Are readers supposed to just go along for the ride and not ask how or why Sky and Slade are in love? I certainly didn’t buy the (literally) insta-love.
Believe it or not the rest of the story is even more unbelievable and makes even less sense. I won’t ruin the so-called surprises in the story just in case someone does decide to read it. But I wouldn’t recommend it.
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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