December 13th, 2011

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Glen & Tyler’s Honeymoon Adventure by JB Sanders

While I was browsing October Gay and Lesbian releases on Amazon, I stumbled upon this book; I didn’t know the author, it was a self-published book, so I didn’t know either the publisher, but if an author is willing to pay for an original cover art from Michael Broderick (author of a coffee-table art book for Bruno Gmunder) then he has to be pretty confident of his own work. So I bought the book and since the story was too nice, I also decided to read it as soon as I had my hands on it (sorry to my thousand books long reading list).

As in an old fashioned Hollywood comedy, Tyler has to marry before his 25 years birthday to inherited the trust fund from his grandfather. But even if Tyler had plenty of girlfriends, no one is readily available and so Glen, Tyler’s best friend since they were teenagers, and current roommate, proposes him. Now you are thinking, Glen is gay and in love with Tyler… yes and no. Glen is a “gay for you” type of guy, meaning that he fell in love with Tyler 10 years before, but he wasn’t ready to admit it. Until the day Tyler had insignificant relationships, Glen had not the feeling to risk losing him and it was enough. But now that Tyler has to marry, no way Glen will let someone else get his guy. Since nothing is against the event Tyler is marrying a man, and they are living in Vermont, in less time than thinking it, Glen and Tyler are married and when the judge says Glen can kiss Tyler, Tyler has an epiphany as well: he is in love with Glen.

The first part of the story is very much comedy and roses: everything is perfect, Glen and Tyler are in love, Glen’s family support them, Tyler inherits 36 billion dollars (yes, that is right, he is the 4th richest man in the world) and they exchange as marriage gift hockey teams. They spend their time having fun, meeting gay guys, and mostly doing nothing. It was fun but I was wondering how the author was supposed to fill the other 2/3 of the book. And then the book took a romantic adventure turn, with someone threating Glen and of course Tyler becoming the knight in shining armor protecting his damsel in distress (even if the damsel is built like an hockey player and probably weight 1 and half his knight).

Sure the story is not serious, sure it’s naïve and funny, and no, despite all the threats and dangers, no one will get harm, not even the villain. This is more like a young adult romantic comedy than a real thriller, and even if it’s not specifically aimed to a YA target, giving the amount of sex (almost none if not some “talking about it”) and the light tone of the whole, I would say maybe the actual target can include also some teenagers… it’s good for once to have a light and funny story, sure not realistic, but so romantic.

Aside from that, I think this sugar and honey story will also appeal to the more adult reader who wants a break from reality. It’s like reading one of those glossy magazine, with all the fashion and design pictures on them: only one out of 1000 could really relate to them, but nevertheless it’s nice to dream. Glen and Tyler are not rich, they are well far more than rich; they have a penthouse in NYC, an island “near” Long Island, another one in the Caribbean sea, plus probably an home in every major city, in and outside the US. They own planes and ships, banks and hospitals, and more important than that, 2 professional hockey teams, but in the end, they like to cook for each other and for their friends when they have them at dinner. And then they are stupidly in love, and the author has already planned book two in Scotland and book three in Paris (see attached picture for reference), just the right way to hook me to this series.

Amazon: Glen & Tyler'S Honeymoon Adventure
Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: lulu.com (October 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1257851454
ISBN-13: 978-1257851454

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Cover Art by Michael Broderick

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On the Prowl by Mykola Dementiuk

I often notice that Mykola Dementiuk doesn’t give a name to his main character, like in this case. Beginning of the 1960s, a man is living in a rooming house in New York City and prowling the neighbourhood under the Williamsburg Bridge. I don’t think he is specifically searching for sex, maybe more for “inspiration”, some fantasy he can use later on to masturbate alone. But during one of his prowling session he meets Chica, a transgender Puerto Rican girl. She is beautiful and she is nice to him, more nice than everyone else before, even if it’s clear she is aiming to his, few, money. But it doesn’t matter, it’s like a dream taking life, the man thinks he has finally found love, someone he could share his lonely life. Doesn’t matter that Chica is prostituting herself, doesn’t matter that she will basically do everyone on her path, for money or protection, she is a dream to the man’s eyes… but a dream can fade as soon as the blink of those same eyes.

Knowing Mykola Dementiuk, I was fully expecting the feeling of the story and the development, but it seems to me this time he was a little more “kind” with Chica; sure she is not your good girl next door, she is a gold digger, and I’m pretty sure that as soon as the money are gone, also the girl will follow soon, but I didn’t feel in her the same “bad core” as I did for similar characters in some previous stories by the same author. Chica is probably at a stage she could be still “saved” by love if given a chance. And the man will lost his heart to her, and everything he has, but at least he will have the memory of her.

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Amazon Kindle: ON THE PROWL
Publisher: Sizzler Editions (November 11, 2011)

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