elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Best Gay Fantasy (3° place): Moonspun by Lee Benoit

The first thing to surprise you for a Loose Id novel is that it’s not that sexy; now don’t get me wrong, I love Loose Id’s production right for that reason, they are able to bring you good sexy stories, stories where, readers like me, don’t get tired reading sex scene since they are not recreational activities, but essential elements of the story. Well Moonspun is more on the fairy tale level, the sex is there but it’s not essential, in a way that, sometime, I had to go back re-reading some scenes to understand if our heroes did something or not, and giving that they are living together since more or less the day after they met, it’s quite strange that they didn’t consume their love immediately after that.

The second side of the story that I liked is the paranormal shade of it that never becomes so centre stage to overwhelm the love story between Jamie and Tomas “Spider”; as the blurb itself tells, so no spoiler here, Spider is a very special weaver, he is forced to weave by the moon, and indeed his complete name is Tomás Tejedor de Luna, moon-weaver. Tomas believes this is a “mission” of some sort, something his grandfather passed to him and that he will have to pass to someone else; he strongly believes his weaving have a meaning, even maybe telling the future, but sincerely, both his works than his grandfather’s ones can be simply the output of a very gifted master weaver. And the force that pushes Spider to weave with the moon can be simply self-suggestion, something that he brings upon himself since he wants it.

I’m not telling that the story Lee Benoit created is not true or unrealistic, I’m telling that it was so much true and believable, and that it seems possible. And I really liked the realistic side of it intertwined with the magic, a magic that was not pushing, a magic that felt ancient and homely.

The love story between Jamie and Spider was sweet and tender, again it was a mix between pink glasses romance and day-to-day life; it was love at first sight, and both Jamie and Spider felt pull into it almost without having the chance to think. But once they were together, every piece felt in the right place, and they moved together like in the same flow, taking the same rhythm, sharing everything, and learning everything, even love, even sex, together. There was not teacher or student, only two young men without near relatives and the strong need to build a family together, a family made by the two of them, and maybe a parrot, a cat and some other pets.


Amazon Kindle: Moonspun
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 21, 2010)

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle

Cover Art by Anne Cain
Tags: author: lee benoit, genre: fantasy, length: novel, rainbow awards 2011, review, theme: multicultural, theme: virgins

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