Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Length: 27,000 words
Cover Image: Igor Madjinca
Photo Editing: Posy Roberts
Cover Typography: Natasha Snow
William Harris is a reserved man, private and guarded. He has no one to go home to. He’s never found a man worth sticking around for. He’s never been in love. And he’s convinced he’s happy with his lone-wolf life.
Nate Kelly is William’s opposite, social and easy going. He comes into William’s life as the elegant geisha Momo. When William realizes Momo is a man in drag, he’s captivated.
From their first date, William’s world changes. Nate is nothing like his usual type. And William soon finds out being with this carefree man means always being on display and attracting attention, which makes him want to retreat. He tries to keep Nate at arm’s length, but it’s no use. Nate’s transformed his life in a matter of months and keeps drawing him back in.
If they stand a chance, William has to be comfortable standing next to someone so at home in the limelight. Their future together and William’s happiness depend on it. Is Nate the man finally worth giving up William’s solitary existence? Is he worth sticking around for?
*Extensively reworked from the short story, The Measure of a Man.
This is the story of closeted accountant William who is a ‘two-dimensional cardboard cut out’ of a person, to quote the book and how he comes out of the closet and accepts himself once he meets Momo/Nate. The story is told entirely from his point of view.
Nate works part-time as a female Geisha (Momo) which is how the two meet when William attends a company function at a Japanese tea house. William is attracted to Momo but can’t understand why since he usually went for masculine men and not someone as overtly feminine as Nate.
The story moves at a steady pace and to be honest there really isn’t any conflict aside from inside William’s head, as his friends, his family and Nate’s accept him and Nate’s relationship. William is the one who has to get over his own prejudices for their relationship to blossom.
Well, there is one external pain in the neck in the form of William’s boss, Mermer. But Mermer is racist, sexist and homophobic so there’s no helping the idiot.
This reads almost like a coming of age story but without the angst you’d expect from that kind of story. Readers who enjoy contemporary MM romance will enjoy this.
Disclaimer: I volunteered to review this book.
Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is a Jill of all trades and master of the drill and paintbrush. She’s married to a partner who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep during her writing frenzies. Her daughter, a budding author and cinematographer, helps her come up with character names. For fun, Posy enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make regular life more interesting.
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