September 25th, 2011

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Finding Mr. Wright (2011) directed by Nancy Criss

When an ambitious, serious-minded talent manager is forced to attend a wilderness therapy retreat weekend to save his disastrous, Hollywood-starlet client's career, he has no clue he is about to fall unexpectedly head over heels for her new, awkward, fun-loving life-coach.

Director: Nancy Criss

Writer: Jake Helgren

Taglines: Boy Meets Girl. Boy Helps Girl. Girl Helps Boy Get Boy.

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Storyline: Not only is Clark Townsend one of the hottest young men in West Hollywood, but he has successfully managed to turn his best friend and first client Eddy Malone—a talented, eccentric party girl—into one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. Now, after buying a new condo, Clark throws a dinner party, inviting friends and colleagues, including Eddy’s domineering publicist TJ—a black lesbia...n quickly losing her patience with Eddy’s wild ways. With TJ comes longtime friend Pearce Wright—an awkward, spiritual, down-to-Earth life counselor, who is smitten with Clark at first sight. Clark, however, is far too wrapped up in Eddy to notice, especially when Eddy pulls an offbeat stunt that almost kills her career, and forces TJ to drop her as a client indefinitely. In an effort to win Clark over, Pearce propositions TJ, offering his services to Eddy in return of TJ giving her a second chance. TJ reluctantly agrees, and Clark is thrilled to oblige Eddy’s time in exchange for a second shot with TJ. Without Eddy’s consent, Clark agrees to let Pearce take them all on a weekend wilderness therapy retreat, in hopes of helping Eddy gain a new perspective on her life and career. That weekend, a motley crew of Clark and Eddy's closest friends trek to a cabin in the Angeles National Forest, where Pearce hopes to not only give Eddy a new outlook, but convince Clark of one as well—one that involves a romance between the two of them.

@Amazon: Finding Mr. Wright 2011)

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Cast (in credits order)
Matthew Montgomery ... Clark Townsend
Rebekah Kochan ... Eddy Malone
David Moretti ... Pearce Wright
Jason Stuart ... Phillip
Scotch Ellis Loring ... Geoffrey
Edward Gusts ... Cooper
Rasool J'Han ... TJ
Keye Chen ... Goldie
Evan Miller ... Gage
Cameron Cash ... Sam
Ryan Anthony ... Steve

Clark and Pearce

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Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction (3° place): The Third Buddha by Jameson Currier

I was a little afraid to read this novel due to the wrong assumption it was sad and full of angst; how could have not been? A brother who is searching for his lost relative among the ruins of the World Trade Center, a lover who is searching for his lost partner in the Afghanistan war zone, we are too used to the tragic news about these two events for me to expect something else. To add weight to my worries, on the first scene Teddy is having a one night stand with Stan, a foreign-service officer just back from Afghanistan where he practically abandoned his lover, Ali, despite the clear love of the boy, and above all, the big danger he is in.

But slowly, very slowly, I started to see glimpse of hope in the story of Teddy, Jim and Ari, and also Stan; first of all they are all connected together, Teddy is brother with Pup, who was lover of Ari, who is now partner of Jim, who is helped by Stan who has a one night stand with Teddy… it’s like the circle of life, but in the end it’s not so strange after all. The gay community of New York City is big but strictly interconnected and it’s not the first time I happen to meet, in different circumstances and different place and time, people who know each other. I always joke that when people know I live in Italy they ask me if I know someone living in Rome, when I live in a completely different city… but with the gay community of New York City is not so strange to ask that question, and often the answer is an affirming one. So it’s not strange that Ari, who lived in NYC, knew Pup, Teddy’s brother, and it’s not strange that Teddy, at a dinner night at Pup’s friends, meets Stan; it’s not strange that Teddy and Stan, even if they don’t know it, are connected through Ari and Jim.

What I was not expecting, and that I love of this novel, is that in the end, all of them will find the romance they are searching; sure there is no miracle in this story, the WTC was a real tragedy, and many common men become heroes and victims on the same day. But after the tragedy here it comes the romance, and who survived the pain of losing a dear one, after dealing with the aftermath, has the chance to have a some kind of happily ever after, maybe with a bittersweet aftertaste, but nevertheless with hope. Even for the one I had less prospects, Stan: he seemed a nice guy, during his night with Teddy, but the way he ran away with the tail between his legs leaving a desperate Ali waiting for him, when he had no intention to go back, well, he didn’t come out like a romance hero… but don’t get fooled, and wait until the end of the novel before condemning him.

The novel is highly emotional, and it’s not “easy”; don’t start it thinking to read a smushy romance with perfect heroes loving each other among the tragedy, Jameson Currier has never opted for the easy way. And even if he is telling a romance, be sure that between the lines he is also teaching you a lesson, and so with the romance you have also to accept, and welcome, the lesson: it’s a little price to pay to be a better reader.

Amazon: The Third Buddha
Amazon Kindle: The Third Buddha
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions; First edition (August 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984470727
ISBN-13: 978-0984470723

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Top 100 Gay Novel: The Price of Temptation by M.J. Pearson

I’m deeply regretting to have not read this book before, this is exactly like one of those historical romances I eagerly read when I was a teenager and so loved. There is the dashing scoundrel, and as often it happens he has a wise old aunt who is holding the purse strings; she deeply love her rake of a nephew but she wants for him to settle down for the good of the title but above all for his own happiness. There is of course a vain lover, more interested to that purse than to the gentleman, and there is of course the innocent soul who happens to step into the mouse’s trap totally unaware. And in this case mouse is the appropriate definition since this is like Stephen, the Earl of St. Joseph, nicknamed Jamie, the shy historian who was supposed to be his nephews’ tutor before the tragedy of losing them and their parents to a shipwreck. Jamie insinuates not only in Stephen’s house and in the life of all the household, but with his good heart and innocent behaviour, also in the heart of the handsome earl, even if the man has a lover, Julian, the Golden One, that is way prettier than the little country mouse Jamie.

As often it happens, there is also a secret in Jamie’s past that makes him probably more suitable to Stephen than Julian, and if this wasn’t an homosexual affair, it would have probably ended in Stephen marrying Jamie, but as it’s, what we can expect is for them to live happily, and scandalously, ever after in sin. How that is possible in England at the end of the XVIII century? (the date you can guess from a reference to the madness of King George and the taking of the throne of the Regent) the answer is simple: wealth and nobless. Not only Stephen has a title, his aunt is also one of the wealthiest women of England and manage the purse strings of more family other than Stephen’s; when the ton tries to ostracize his nephew, she is ready to emulate Jesus Christ and his “who sinned cast the first stone” speech, letting the people be aware she knows secrets and she is ready to spread them.

Once you overcome the homosexuality is illegal issue, what remains to the author is two men and their love story, mostly played inside the walls of Stephen’s house, and so in a safe environment. It’s true that Jamie entered that environment unaware of Stephen’s particular bed choices, but the author is also ready to let the reader know he is not so against the idea; now don’t get me wrong, Jamie is completely, totally innocent, and he wouldn’t dare to face Stephen with his sexual preferences, but upon witnessing Stephen’s encounter with his lover, Jamie remembers how he had feelings for a young seminarist, feelings that were quite similar to what he should have felt instead for a young girl. With such realization slowly comes also another epiphany, he can easily fall in love for mylord, if only that was not an impossible dream: Jamie doesn’t want to end being the plaything of a lord, and if he loves a man there is no other chance.

I really enjoy Jamie’s character but also Stephen; he was not your usual scoundrel, he didn’t redeem only for the sake, of the chance to fall into bed with Jamie, Stephen was already a good man, enough to look at his strange household, made up from castoff of other noble families or worst, from the streets. Jamie fits well among them since he basically assumes the role of the lady of the house, a role he fulfil perfectly in each aspect if not the one of sharing the bed of the lord of the house. Role even Stephen starts to wonder why it’s not covered by the lad, so that he starts a slow, but steady work of breaking down the young man’s defences.

Amazon: The Price of Temptation
Amazon Kindle: The Price of Temptation
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications (September 30, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0971708932
ISBN-13: 978-0971708938

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