- Book Title: Northwest of Normal
- Author: Laura Gomez
- Publisher: Loose Id LLC (July 7, 2015)
- Book Length: 206 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romance, Contemporary, HEA
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: July 20, 2015
I found this storyline fresh, it brought with it some comedy, drama and romance. I really had to chuckle a little when right off the bat I found Ben in the backseat of his car just waking up and overhearing a conversation going on between the 2 carjackers about having killed someone.
Character development was sensational. I really enjoyed learning about each of the characters when the POV dictated it. The POV also flushed out the characters only as much as that particular scene warranted. For me this is the best of the best way to bring a character to life and give me a 3 dimensional feel for what they look like. I saw each character as the other characters saw each other, which really added to the realism of the story.
The story flowed along really well, the story is a drama wrapped up in mystery and topped off with romance. As the reader I never knew the fate of Ben, I was never able to tell what was going to happen next, the author kept me on the edge without tipping anything off. Randall was the wild card and the real conspirator behind what led our group cross country, he isn’t the smartest and the book description of redneck really fit him well. His younger brother Murphy was with Randall out of duty as a brother, it is Murphy’s softer side and sexy good looks that drove Ben’s lust towards Murphy. Bearing in mind this is a fantasy I really fell into the foreplay that was the beginning or the testing of the others sexuality, in the case of Ben and Murphy. As walls are let down, and Ben and Murphy become closer, the story takes a little different tone. It goes from a kidnapping to a romance and the author does this by removing Randall from the trio at just the proper locations to allow Ben and Murphy to get closer, but leaving Randall right on the periphery so I wouldn’t let my guard down. In Ben and Murphy’s case, they never knew when he would be coming back through that door.
Like I said earlier the romance building was like foreplay so when the sex happens it was good. As the reader it came at just the right time in the story for me, it was well written and the characters were as ready for it to happen as I was.
The old saying goes “All good things must end” and as such so must the story. The author left me comfortable with the outcome and how Ben and Murphy were able to get their HEA. There are a couple of holes in the story but they don’t impact the story that the author was trying to tell so I’ll just have to let those go unanswered.
Why did I give this book a 5 Star rating? For me the author gave me a realistic but unconventional gay romance that was told so well that the story flowed without hiccups. The characters were well rounded and Laura’s characterizations and style of telling me about her characters was for me, perfect.
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On a solo road trip home from college, Ben wakes up to find his car stolen, with him still lying in the backseat. Driving his car are two redneck brothers on the run from the police; Randall – a terrifying thug with a gun, and his little brother Murphy – a sinfully beautiful man with the bluest eyes Ben’s ever seen.
Being captured by a killer wasn’t part of Ben’s plan. Nor was falling for Murphy. His tough exterior hides someone sweet, vulnerable, and dangerously sexy. But this redneck can’t be gay, can he?
Tied to Murphy with his wrists bound, forced to share a motel room and even a bed night after night, Ben’s not sure he wants to escape anymore. He and Murphy slowly turn from enemies to secret lovers. Secret being the operative word. If Randall finds out he’ll kill them both.
But it’s hard for Ben to keep quiet when he’s having the most amazing sex of his life with the man who might just be his one true love.
Laura Gomez is from Buckinghamshire, England. She writes contemporary gay romance novels about offbeat men, with plenty of romantic angst, steamy sex, and happy ever afters.
She has an arts degree and an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London.
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