- Book Title: Desdemona Darkly: When Mickey Met Hugh
- Author: Matt Ortiz
- Publisher: Mathew Ortiz (January 23, 2015)
- Book Length: 155 pages
- Genre: Gay, Family, Romance
- Reviewed by: Warren
- Posting Date: June 9, 2015
Matt Ortiz has done it again. He has written another really fun and different story that captures you and just keeps taking you along with it. His writing is easy to read, but good enough to hold your attention, and good enough to not want to put the book down.
Desdemona Darkly is a sex toy business, full of characters that are people most of us would find fun to be around. Both the males and the females that work there make this story so much fun.
The story doesn’t all revolve around the business though. Desdemona Darkly is owned by Mickey, who is the business end of the partnership, and Dag, his ex-boyfriend, who is the beauty, the one who does all the schmoozing and hustling. They have been apart for quite some time. But Mickey is having problems meeting a man who will be what he wants.
Mickey meets Hugh, a big Scot who is a business man himself, working with the Customs Service. The two meet when a shipment desperately needed by DD is held up in customs for incomplete paperwork by the Chinese that make the product.
Hugh is a man onto himself. He’s a kilt-wearing hunk of a man who immediately makes an impression on Mickey, as well as the other male employees of DD, and the feelings are reciprocated. Oh, and Hugh is divorced with two twin boys.
Desdemona Darkly, then, is the story of the developing relationship between Mickey and Hugh, and the problems they go through with Dag, who is one of those people that want what they can’t have, and is determined to win Mickey back, even though Mickey won’t forgive Dag’s cheating. Dag still is convinced that he can win Mickey back, and tries to cause problems between our two heroes.
And the twin boys are also a real handful, and full of surprises that just add a whole different dimension to this great story. Their mother has accepted the fact that her ex is gay, and has moved on to another man, who is a minor character, but seems like a good guy, accepting, honest, and dedicated to her and the boys.
There are some great laughs, as well as a few tears, lots of frustration and therefore some roller-coasting of emotions. In total, I really liked the story. As I said, it moves right along, and is well-written enough to keep you interested in what is going on. I thoroughly enjoyed Desdemona Darkly, and look forward to Mr. Ortiz’ next novel. Each one seems to get better and better.