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Grit by William Maltese & Jardonn Smith

There are some Gay novels that is difficult to classify as romance, and for this reason I think, in this last period where Gay Romances are overlooked by all a series of readers, can be the hunting place for them. Grit comes from a couple of authors who are specialized in basic, and dirty, sex, a sex without “frippery”, sex that the more romantic romance readers can maybe don’t understand, but if some of them want to give to this story a try, I think they maybe can be surprised… or maybe they will hate me to direct them to this story, but in any case I think it was worth the try.

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.


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Amazon: Grit
Amazon Kindle: Grit
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (December 2, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608201228
ISBN-13: 978-1608201228

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


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
William Maltese
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh, Elisa...
My dear...

It is always SUCH a pleasure to have you pick up one of my books and review it (GRIT, written with Jardonn Smith no exception), in that, if many readers simply can't/don't "get it", you, invariably always "can" and "do". But, then, maybe it's just that right-on insightfulness of yours which makes you and your site so popular with readers and authors alike.

That you are, also, on occasion, in your reading and reviews, capable of drifting into subject matter beyond the more stereotypically "accepted" norms is to your extreme credit, and it is appreciated by those of us who, on occasion, do venture to write outside the stereotypically accepted norms.

William (Maltese)
Apr. 16th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
Re: Ahhhh, Elisa...
Thank you William, you know that I will always have a special place in my journal for you, and so I will always, always approach your books with an open mind. And without execption in doing so I have a nice experience.
Apr. 15th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
Maltese & Smith
Very good, I like these two authors, William Maltese and Jardonn Smith writing about steamy sex, what could be better?


Apr. 16th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
Re: Maltese & Smith
I think this one Mick you will like, it was an interesting setting aside from steamy sex ;-)
Apr. 16th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Thank you, Elisa. As always, you found good things in our book I had not considered, and you give readers information so they know what to expect if they buy the book.

It is why writers and readers alike have made you and your LJ their daily habit.

Apr. 16th, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)
LOL, I maybe find in your books things you didn't think you wrote ;-) But that is my oddity!
William Maltese
May. 1st, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Top Ten Referrals
Was, of course, delighted to find GRIT (with Jardonn Smith) in your top-ten referrals for last month. It's always such a pleasure to have my name (and one of my novels) appear anywhere on your fantastic site! I'm sure Jardonn feels just the same!
May. 1st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Top Ten Referrals
and it's always my pleasure to have you or Jardonn on my page
May. 2nd, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
re: Top Ten Referrals
Elisa, William is wise to feel how he feels, and he is correct to assume I feel the same. My name on your site? Yes, please. Anytime. Anywhere. And thank you!
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