Saturday, January 12, 2013


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: December 2012
ISBN: 978-1-62380-107-6
MM, Holiday
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher


Ben’s an electrical tradesman and his blue-collar job offends his highly educated lover. Rick doesn’t permit Ben to do or say anything that may be construed as low-class. Nor does he permit public displays of affection. Ben tries very hard to please the man he loves, and works extended hours to give them the type of home he wants.
However Rick gets the opportunity to change to a better university and he leaves Ben, promising to keep in touch, but refusing to leave his new address. Ben struggles to remain strong, but the pain of missing Rick is intense. Finally one day, he locates Rick’s new address and sends him a greeting card. Unfortunately he gets the address wrong and the card is answered by Jason.
Jason is sympathetic toward Ben and writes back. So begins a wonderful friendship.

Tinnean has written an unusual story of people at first only seen through Ben’s eyes. What we know of the other players in the drama is how Ben sees them, and Ben is a gracious and forgiving person. He also is unaware of some important facts.
Gradually as the story progresses we visit the POV of other characters and develop our own opinions, and a more rounded assessment of the various characters. But everything is not yet black and white. Then again, the world itself isn’t black and white either.
Through this interesting means of their greeting cards to each other we get to know Ben and Jason so much better—their humor, their attitudes, even their hobbies and families.
There are a couple of excellent laugh out loud lines, and a few moments when we want to high five the characters for finally seeing through the mist.
All in all, this’s a great story, well written and I’ll be looking for other books by this author.
Note: The people involved are in male/male relationships, but this is a sweet romance, not an erotic one. Any sex takes place offstage.

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


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