Saturday, October 27, 2012

IT’S SIMPLE, SIMON by Lee Brazil

A Naughty Nursery Rhymes Story
Publisher: Breathless Press
Date published: August 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-7101-129-7
Contemporary Gay (M/M)
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Self-Purchase

Simon Carter was determined to show his ex-lover/friend, Chase Garvin, that he has made a success of himself regardless of Chase’s lack of faith in him and the dreams he had. But when Simon comes home for a visit with a plan to rub Chase’s nose in it, he finds the man he once loved is a success of his own and still sexy to boot. Simon and Chase get reacquainted but Simon’s plan of revenge weighs on him and it takes one night for it all to come out. But Chase and Simon have issues to lay bare and to work out if they want to be together again. Can these two find a way to let the past go, heal the hurts it caused and let themselves believe in the love that is between them still?

Lee Brazil does a wonderful, sexy spin on the nursery rhyme, Simple Simon and does it in a way that is heartfelt and decidedly wicked at the same time. The story starts out with Simon, who has made a success of his life even as he dwells on what his friend and lover told him long ago, ‘that he had no ambition”. Determined to rub Chase’s nose into it, he devises a revenge plan that somehow does not go according to plan. Simon feels guilty after finally meeting Chase again and determined to show Chase he isn’t the boy he was, he finds himself falling for Chase all over again but past hurts have a way of coloring the present and for Simon, Chase hurt him deeply those years before.  I love the way Lee Brazil brings out the past relationship and what the characters are like now in the present. With the right amount of chemistry, love, confidence, compromise, love and hate, this is an author who delivers a very engaging story to fall in love with. The writing is tight, story flows nicely and the characters fairly jump off the page. This is an author who lets his characters take over and in the process, deliver a story that steals your heart in the end.

IT’S SIMPLE, SIMON is more than boy meets up with ex-boyfriend and falls into bed with them. It’s about letting past hurts heal, to forgiving even as you don’t want to and letting yourself see what you did to the other person and finding a way to fix it. Humor, sexy scenes that made me fan my face and a storyline that pulls at your heartstrings. Lee Brazil delivers a top notch retelling of a not so great nursery rhyme and gives it the heart it needs, in my opinion. If you enjoy a naughty twist your childhood nursery rhymes, then try IT’S SIMPLE, SIMON and settle in for an afternoon of reading pleasure. I can’t wait to see if this author does his own brand of storytelling on another nursery rhyme in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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