Author: Grace Killian Delaney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/07/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Can love be found in seven minutes?
Heavy metal singer Stone Manson never acknowledged his attraction to men. But when he meets sexy cross-dresser Devon at a party and spends Seven Minutes in Heaven with him, he can’t deny his reaction. His confusion leads him to mess up—big time—with Devon, but after some soul-searching, Stone decides to do whatever it takes to show Devon he’s worth the risk.
Devon’s got a thing for hot, tattooed rock stars—just not the sexually conflicted and closeted ones. Stone’s persistence has Devon warming up to the idea of the singer in his bed, and maybe even in his life, until a threat emerges from Devon’s past. Now it’s Devon’s turn to trust Stone or both their lives could be in jeopardy.
I love discovering great new authors. Seven Minutes was a really good story and Grace Killian Delaney is an author I will be looking for more of down the road.
Seven Minutes is essentially a straight-to-gay story but is also so very much more than that. It begins with heavy metal singer Stone Manson kissing cross-dresser Devon at a party. The liplock turns him on in a major way and he is more than surprised by his attraction to Devon.
One of the things I liked about this novella is the progressive way Stone deals with the realization he isn’t totally straight. He doesn’t fight it, instead he deals with it head-on. There’s none of the usual “I can’t be gay” inner dialogue. The fact that Stone is traditionally masculine makes it even better that there isn’t concern about being seen as less than a man because he likes Devon.
Once Devon and Stone do get together there’s a lot of discussion regarding labels and how people identify. I think it was awesome how Stone just wanted to know how Devon identified when he wore women’s clothes. There was no judgment whatsoever.
There were some great lines in this story:
“I’ve no use for guys who need GPS to get out of their closet or are on the fence sexually.”
The sex scene was sweet and erotic and perfect for Stone’s first time with a man.
The one thing that dropped the rating was the addition of Devon’s stalker. The idea started out promising and could’ve made for an interesting angle but the way he is dealt with is so slapdash it was as if the author didn’t know how to end the subplot so she just tossed it out there with no real thought. That part of the story could’ve been left out without the overall plot suffering.
Regardless, I highly recommend this 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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