Loving Luke (Calling Anthony Parker, Bk 2) by RJ Astruc ~ Book Review by Queue

LovingLukeLGTitle: Loving Luke (Calling Anthony Parker, Bk 2)

Author: RJ Astruc

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/12/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult


Peter Fritz has developed a morbid streak during the school break, and Anthony Parker and his best friend Rafe wonder why. They soon learn Peter met a boy named Luke on the Internet, and Peter and Luke had an online relationship before Luke died of AIDS.

Parker and Rafe turn to the Internet to learn more about Luke. There, they find many more questions than answers about their friend’s online relationship—and Luke himself.

My View:

Loving Luke is a story about a young man being catfished. In light of a recent controversy in the m/m community a well-written story about the subject would’ve been nice to read, unfortunately this story only skims the surface of the subject.

There’s nothing really deep here and I never connected with any of the characters. This is the second book in a series and I didn’t read the first book so my enjoyment of the story may have been altered by that. It’s possible I would’ve cared about the characters if I’d read the first book.

The main characters here are Anthony, who is gay, and his best friend, Rafe, who is straight. Anthony has a crush on Rafe and Rafe knows and doesn’t care, I suppose this was dealt with in book one since it’s brushed over.

Anyway, Anthony and Rafe have a friend named Peter who’s dealing with the loss of an online boyfriend named Luke. Anthony first suspects then proves Luke wasn’t real and Peter was tricked by a woman.

This is an important issue not just for young adults but also for us grown-ups as well. A deeper POV and/or telling the story from Peter’s perspective might’ve allowed for a more honest tale.

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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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