Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Gallery on Main Street


Title: The Gallery on Main Street
Author: Christiane France
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-419-8
Genre: Gay / Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Martyn Cole is not a happy camper. He was expecting to inherit his uncle’s portion of the gallery, but he didn’t anticipate there being stipulations. Stipulations that make it impossible for him to walk away without losing everything. When he confronts his new partner, Simon Deschamps, he soon discovers that Simon had a hand in the arrangements and the strong feelings he already has for the man seem to kick him in the head like a pack mule. What is a gay man to do, when he’s not sure if the man who makes him harder than diamonds is interested, or for that matter gay, himself?

Christiane France brings us love and discovery in The Gallery on Main Street, and tells this story in Martyn’s point-of-view. We take a ride through the gambit of emotions Martyn must travel before he finds love and a commitment with Simon. The men have known each other for a while, which provides a stable background to build the story on. I appreciated this fact because sometimes the “I fell in love instantly” concept is quite unbelievable. From listening to Martyn, I believe it was easier to dislike Simon instead of allowing his true emotions to take root, and perhaps fear of Simon’s reaction dissuaded him from jumping headfirst. The realization of daily contact and no true alternative means of escaping seemed to be an undeniable motivating factor. The men built false impressions of one another, but as they spent time together, they saw the truth for themselves. In a matter of months, this love affair is firmly established and while we don’t watch their every move the couple makes, we glimpse enough to understand their attraction. There were times when I wished I could climb into Simon’s heart to examine what existed there, but his no-nonsense approach to their relationship and adept manner of expressing his affection for Martyn clearly took care of that in a matter of moments.

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