Starting from the assumption you shouldn’t speak bad of the dead, I shouldn’t say that I really disliked Ben; he is Kurt’s detective partner and Davy’s domestic partner, but despite him being the connection between them, Kurt and Davy never met before. Actually, Kurt didn’t even know Ben was gay and that he was in a committed relationship with Davy. We should probably think twice before disliking Ben, he had probably his reason to be so deep in the closet, and after all, Davy was with him for more than 10 years, and he was devastated by Ben’s death. So, yes, I can tell there was good in Ben, but how he forced Davy to stay in the closet, how he basically severed all their friendships, could have caused Davy’s own death if not for Kurt.
At Ben’s funeral, Kurt realizes not only that Davy is Ben’s lover, but also that he really needs help. Kurt becomes Davy’s guardian angel, and from the proximity, and from the chance of knowing Davy’s in a very intimate way, Kurt starts to realize his feelings for Davy are deeper than friendship. I liked that they didn’t fall into each other arms too soon and too fast, it was really natural how Kurt’s feelings evolved and matured. There was not really an epiphany, more a moment when Kurt admitted what was already a reality. I really loved the reaction of Kurt’s catholic family, that was really the meaning of being family.
Of the two, maybe it’s Davy that was the one doing more mistakes, he jumps to the conclusion before giving Kurt the time to explain himself; on the other hand, Davy is also able to admit his own mistakes and to search help to understand them, so in the end, he redeems himself and becomes the right match for the very nice character that is Kurt.
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Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 18, 2011)
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