- Book Title: Devin December
- Author: Kate McMurray
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 23, 2015)
- Book Length: 109 pages
- Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: December 27, 2015
Some of the greatest rewards are achieved by accident. This is the case with this book, I accidentally “one-clicked” when setting up the New Releases post and I thought that instead of returning something I didn’t necessarily want I would take a chance and read it.
Let me tell you why I wasn’t that interested in the book in the first place. I thought it was going to be about the famous movie star whisking the hard working man around on his jet, setting him up in his LA mansion and keeping him buried away until their secret was found out. I’m happy to say that my preconceived notions about this book were in err. The author chose to deal with this relationship in a more realistic manner, where there were real emotions, more realism in the setting and the characters were well rounded and felt natural. The story was also helped by Andy controlling the pace of the story and the relationship. Andy didn’t get caught up in the Devin that was on the screen, he learned about the man underneath the ‘Star’ persona, he learned of his desires, his shortcomings, his family and who Devin really was. It was this man that Andy cared about.
Okay here comes the BUT, can Devin give up everything he has built in his career to come out as a gay man and embrace Andy? This is where the meat of the story is, it is in the conversations between Andy and Devin that drew me into the story and into the lives of these characters. It was these conversations that dealt with the real life uncertainty of their future together that grounded the story and kept them grounded, the story was more engaging with them sitting in an apartment in Queens eating thai on a card table, then it would have been sitting poolside in some cold mansion in LA. I think the author did such a phenomenal of bringing out what was in the characters minds and thoughts. I’m really happy that she did not go with the glitz and glamour aspect of Devin’s character and she concentrated more on the character as a man. Such a splendid job!
I sort of teetered on the ratings fence for this one, the story should have been an easy 5 star but the ending was a little abrupt and it could have been helped out with an epilogue. With an epilogue it would have been an easy 5 star, no epilogue I would have rated it 3.5 or 4 stars, it ended abruptly and it left me a little ticked off, I wanted those last few hundred words to wrap up the book. As you may have noticed I did give it a 5 star rating because I found an epilogue, it was on the author’s website and the link is below. Even though it wasn’t included in the book it left me with good feelings and a smile, which I like to get from every book I read. I actually feel a bit sorry for anyone that reads this book and doesn’t know that there is a proper ending out there somewhere.
(Do NOT read this epilogue first, it will spoil the book)
DEVIN DECEMBER: EPILOGUE
A freak blizzard strands flight attendant Andy Weston at LaGuardia Airport on Thanksgiving. Tabloid reports about Hollywood It couple Devin Delaney and Cristina Marino breaking up in spectacular fashion keep Andy sane. And then Devin Delaney himself turns up at the gate Andy is working. Against all odds—and because there’s nothing else to do—Andy and Devin begin to talk, immediately connect, and, after Devin confesses the real reason he broke up with Cristina, have a magical night together snowed in at the airport. But the magic ends when Devin boards his flight home the next morning, and Andy assumes it’s over.
Then Devin turns up on his doorstep. Andy is game for a clandestine affair at first—who could turn down one of the hottest men on the planet? But he soon grows tired of being shoved in Devin’s closet. As Christmas approaches, it’s clear that this will never work unless Devin is willing to make some big changes. Devin has a holiday surprise in store—but will it be enough?
Kate McMurray is an award-winning author of gay romance and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She has served as President of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter of Romance Writers of America. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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