Gabriel "Angel" Loveday was a soft porn gay actor. In the eighties he did all you would expect from a porn actor, sex, drugs and... well, maybe not rock and roll, but for the other two, plenty and more. Something happened, we don't know what, and 20 years later he is a widowed single dad of a teen son. With the money made in the past he has bought a little cottage beach front in Santa Monica and a indie bookstore on Redondo Beach. He seems to have a pretty nice life but he is hiding: hiding from his past and hiding from his true nature, to not tell to his son who he was and who he still is, he chooses a celibate life. But the past is not ready to be left behind: at the same time when a high school mate of his son tells the true to the boy, someone begins to stalk Angel at home and at work. Little things escalate to an almost raping using a rape drugs.
Billy Sharpe is a police officer: he is assigned to a property crime and he sees a dream comes true; his youth idol, Angel Loveday, the man who was in his dreams for years, is living only few miles from him. And he has the chance to meet him. Thinking to use an excuse to meet the man, Billy finds himself in love and involved in a bigger case than expected.
As always Hauser's characters are not simply to love. Even if Gabriel is now a good father, he is not a perfect man; he made some bad mistakes in the past and he is not facing them now. He tends to hide behind a wall of glass, thinking that ignoring the problem will made it disappears. And he has a big ego: oh, he is repentant for making that movies in the past, and he doesn't like when his past draws him attention from ugly strangers, but when the attention arrives from an handsome cop, well it is another matter... Still, maybe, trying a bit you could like Gabriel, he is so ready to love and so easy to love...
Who I find really difficult to classify is Billy. He makes and says all the right things. He is ready to fall in love of the real Gabriel after loving him like a fan. He is always here to protect him and he never disowns him, he also puts in danger his career to protect the man he loves. But he does some things, say some things and he doesn't show any compassion for a troubled kid... Maybe this is the real life, maybe how Billy acts is like every good cop should act. Maybe what I was expecting from him is a romance thing, and reality is not a romance. Maybe this is the reason why I don't like to read the newspaper with the horror of every day life and I prefer to lose myself in a romance.
The strenght of a G.A. Hauser's book is all in this: you close the book and stop reading it but you can't stop your mind from thinking on it.
P.S. to Lee Rowan: you made a cameo appereance in Angel's bookstore!
Amazon: Love You, Loveday
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Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 13, 2010)
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