- Book Title: You Are the Reason
- Book Series: The Tav #2
- Author: Renae Kaye
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (August 7, 2015)
- Book Length: 240 pages
- Genre: Contemporary, Romance
- Reviewed by: Vicki
- Rating: 4 Star
- Posting Date: October 26, 2015
This is the second book by Renae Kay about couples that find each other in a small tavern. The first book is Blinding Light. It’s about Jake, a man that has several jobs including being a housekeeper and shopper for Patrick, who is blind.
You Are the Reason is about Dave, a man that has kept his masculine ways and was prejudice against the feminine-type gay men. He meets Lee at the tavern thinking she was a woman. She was wearing a dress and makeup and with a little help from alcohol, Dave didn’t see anything other than a woman. He was confused as to why he was so attracted to Lee.
This second book is cute, funny and by far the more cotton candy type book than Blinding Light. The characters were fleshed out and likable. There are several very funny scenes when Dave babysits Jake and Patrick’s new baby.
The difference between the two books is there is a lot more emotional scenes in Blinding Light. That fact doesn’t make You Are The Reason a bad book. It’s all about what your preference is on certain days. Some days I want the full gamete of emotions, including tears. Others days I need a good laugh. I do think there was a few missed opportunities to make the conflict mean a little more to me.
A Novel in The Tav series
Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays who are girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.
Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub. That’s where he meets Lee, cute from her cherry-red hair to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.
Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia and writes in five minute snatches between the demands of two kids, a forbearing husband, too many pets, too much housework and her beloved veggie garden. She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything.
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