elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Best LGBT Romantic Comedy: Slam by J.L. Merrow

While I was reading this romance I was mentally comparing it with other books by the same author, and I was more and more surprised to find how sweet it was, to a level that, for the better part of it, the two main characters barely exchange kisses, not touching below the belt allowed. And considering that 22 years old Jude is unabashedly gay, out and proud, and he is all innuendos to 34 years old David, it was almost tender to see how David wanted to know him well before moving to the next step of sex.

Jude was a joy to read, he is a stereotype, but he is the first to say it; I was already imagining him as one of those boys whose coming out was, basically, non-existent cause he was always gay; he himself confirmed it, saying he realized he was gay not cause he was different, but cause all the other people weren’t gay, and isn’t that wonderful? Jude’s mom was able to give Jude so much confidence that he starts from the perspective that it’s the outer world that is different, not him; he, Jude, cannot be wrong, cause, he is too cool to be.

At first glance David seems an unlikable character, in the closet, not proud or courageous enough to claim his love for Jude, but, truth be told, I liked him a lot; he is very private, sure, but he isn’t shy in expressing his interest for Jude, to invite him out, to bring him meeting his friends. Maybe he is not ready to come out at work, but maybe till now he hadn’t to.

The cast of supporting characters is as good as the two main, with Jude’s Mom, Miranda, the mom that every gay boy should have; she was like that mom who bought a girl dress to her boy cause he liked it and she didn’t tell him it was for a girl. In a way, she would like to create for her child a world with genders and discrimination.

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619217155
ISBN-13: 978-1619217157
Amazon: Slam!
Amazon Kindle: Slam!

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Tags: author: j.l. merrow, genre: contemporary, length: novel, rainbow awards 2013, review

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