Firstly a confession. I'm a bit of a romantic at heart. And having spent years reading gay themed stories that end up tragically, as in those days gay people were seen to be in need of some ultimate punishment for being homosexual and against the so called norm, it is so gratifying to read a well written gay romance that has, as all romances must, a happy ending. Thank god for Anthony McDonald!
Years ago I found a book of his called Adam, which became an instant favourite of mine, partly because it was set in France, where I have lived, and partly because I fell for the main character (plus a few of the others, it has to be admitted!). Obviously this new one is a genre novel, so in weight and style is lighter than his other more serious works, but he has brought to it all his powers of characterisation and description and of place that you would expect from a master of his craft. Plus some very satisfactory scenes of a sexual nature!
To précis the story would be pointless; in this genre it is the journey that counts, and you want the two youngsters Mick and Tom to reach their goal of happiness, despite setbacks. Set in the garden of England, Kent, and Scotland, with one boy from a rich family and the narrator from a poorer one, this is an ideal read for anyone who likes to curl up and inwardly purr with contentment!
Just discovered on Kindle that there is a second novel in what is obviously going to become a series, Gay Romance on Garda, so no doubt that will be full of Italian heat and passion! Have to say too that I love the covers. They are also themed. If you look the Garda one up, you'll see what I mean. Clever silhouettes!
Thank you Anthony McDonald. All in all a five star read.