- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 452 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
- Publisher: Createspace (29 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H06UFK2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,504,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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However, the way this story is written does not make for a good fit into the romance genre. Specifically, I mean the viewpoint inconsistencies and the ending. It probably won't please most romance readers.
First, there is the viewpoint. We romance readers are used to getting deep third-person viewpoint. This creates closeness between us and the character. Here, the viewpoint drifts between third-person and omniscient statements like, "He bathed Kurt in the tub, soaping Kurt's smooth limbs and shampooing his chestnut hair," or "Like many men of that era, Queeg wore a straw fedora, tipped backward a little." This jerks the reader out of Kurt's viewpoint because Kurt isn't going to be thinking at an emotional remove like that, and it gets distracting.
Second, about halfway through the story, the two main characters choose to do something stupid and illegal just for kicks. I just could not care about them after that. Most romance readers are going to want sympathetic characters.
Third, that ending. No way could you call it happy. Not Happy For Now, and especially not Happy Ever After. It is a realistic ending. It is the expected consequence for the stupidity of the main characters' actions. But it probably won't please most romance readers. Also, fair warning for some readers: the viewpoint character endures ongoing rape from the villain in two places in the story. This is described in graphic physical detail, but not to be erotic. Rather, it has a cold detached quality with no emotions described.
So the book does not exactly work as a romance. But the main character's thoughts are so strongly of romance and of how much he loves his boyfriend that mainstream readers might find it too romance-centric. It is a book that seems to fall into the cracks between gay romance and gay fiction. Probably the best audience for this book will be readers of gay fiction (not romance) who appreciate gritty historical fiction. But even they might find the characters' questionable choices and inevitable end to be a downer. (Note: according to the author, this book was previously published under the title Convict Ass and has been rewritten.) The author writes very well, and though this one didn't work for me, I would try something else written by him. (Free copy received in exchange for an honest review. Review written for Blackraven's Reviews.)
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After getting out of jail for arson, young Kurt lands a job, finds a seedy apartment (better than a cell), and falls in love with the defiantly-out Eli (this is in 1965 redneck western Florida). It's Kurt's first experience of love with another man and Eli's tenderness begins to wipe out the memories of the jailhouse rapes he suffered from his cellmate, the aptly-named Harold Grimm.
But just as the two boys are pondering moving in together, Mr. Grimm shows up, moves in to Kurt's rooms without so much as asking and takes possession of him again as if they were still in prison. It's up to the two boys to figure out how to get him out of their lives -- and they come up with a plan.
The writing is very good and the pace is quick; I wish the book were longer. The two main characters are flawed but sympathetic. I'd love to see a sequel.