- Reviewed by: Scott Burkett
- Print Length: 41 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing; First Edition edition (March 5, 2014)
- Book Provided by: Amazon Verified Purchase
- Posting: M/M Book Review, Romance, Sunday Shorts
- Author: Kathleen Lee
I started this book and then put it down. I picked it up again the next morning and decided to finish it, I’ll explain why at the end. Kathleen did a wonderful job of telling a gripping story in just a few pages. Gabe and Malcolm were best friends, both gay and also business partners. 10 years ago they made a pact to never cross the “friend” barrier line, the pact stayed in effect until the time that this story takes place. Gabe had never been in a relationship with anyone up until this point, he did have an “buddy” relationship that ended each time after the sexual act. Malcolm had been with Kevin for the last few years and they have ended their relationship. So that leaves our main characters unattached, and so the story begins.
Gabe is a pretty complex character, he doesn’t do well being around others and is written as being very withdrawn. The Author writes him pretty mysteriously, to the point where the reader tries to figure out what it is that Gabe is hiding or just not telling us, as he is also the narrator. Malcolm is your pretty average guy. Gabe refers to himself as the Dark and Malcolm is the Light. This statement becomes reality for the reader towards the end of the book. We find out about Gabe and it really is Malcolm that saves Gabe from himself.
This book is really good and I’ll definitely being reading Kathleen Lee again. There are a couple of things that I want to make note of. The first; don’t confuse the reader by labeling the incorrect character in a description. (I did send a message to the Author so the error could be fixed) This is when I first put the book down, it really put me off. The other is that I personally like a more descriptive telling of what the characters look like, it allows me to better visualize what I am reading, in my head.
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Finding happiness is just as easy, and difficult, as letting go…
The only good thing Gabe ever had in his miserable life is Malcolm. Having met in college, they were dorm mates, friends, and now business partners in a marketing web design business. Except from day one, Gabe has had feelings for Malcolm that go way beyond the best friend line. Until one night a moment passes between them, and suddenly Malcolm starts seeing Gabe as more. But Malcolm is from an upper-class political family and Gabe grew up moving from one foster home to the next. Where Malcolm is light, Gabe lives in darkness. Pain is his only indicator that he’s still breathing. Yet Malcolm begins to strip away Gabe’s hurt, layer by layer, until the choice becomes his to accept happiness, or to stay with the path that has always kept his heart safe.