This is the story of 4 men, 2 couple, Wilton and Gaither, Bobby and Dan, two couple that are at the opposite, experienced and daring the first one, tentative and a little scared the second one, but all of them will find their right happy end.
While young Bobby and Dan should be in a way more dear to the romantic reader, they are discovering their love for each other (be careful, I’m not saying this is a roses and chocolate story, but at least they are young (and I think pretty) enough to be of interest for that type of reader), I had a special “love” for Wilton and Gaither. All the opposite from pretty Wilton was probably my favourite of all of them: the one who makes the engine of a beginning of the century train work, Wilton hasn’t had an easy life, but now he is good, he has an home of his own, a good job, and I think that he would like to have also a good man by his side. But Wilton, even if he doesn’t let it out, I think has a wrong idea of himself, like that, since he is not pretty, and rough, and on and on in his mind with the lesser quality in him, he always picks men in need of something he has (money) and not exactly searching for that thing he would like to give for free (love).
Involved with Gaither, a some sort of police officer, in the search of a missing Dan, the two have the time to explorer a relationship that they only quickly tasted before, and Wilton will find out that Gaither is not a man who let himself fooled by Wilton’s rough exterior, that he is able to see the good (and somewhat kind) man inside.
The sex, both between Bobby and Dan, than above all between Wilton and Gaither is, as I said, basic, and in Wilton and Gaither’s case, even extreme. I’m not saying it’s kinky, even if the more experienced Wilton and Gaither play a some sort of BDSM ante-litteram relationship. Sex in these types of stories is a must, even since, truth be told, readers are not really searching for romance when picking up these books… and that I think is the nice surprise I was saying above, finding happily ever after, and even a glimpse in what was, apparently, a long and satisfying relationship is even more nice.
From what I can tell, also the setting, a beginning of the XX century America is good, there was really the feeling of a society that was on the edge of a big change, even if remembrances of a recent “wild” past were still there.
Amazon Kindle: Grit
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (December 2, 2010)
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