Saturday, May 16, 2009

David’s Dilemma


Title: David’s Dilemma
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-513-3
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

David Delaney’s life and home is in turmoil. His bigoted, homophobic father has Alzheimer’s and is no longer able to care for himself or live on his own. The diagnosis leaves David with no choice but to move his father into his home, shoving himself into a cycle of loneliness and fear that his father will wander off or set the house on fire.

Detective Travis Hart has just broken up with his much younger lover, and he’s feeling more than a little unsettled…and dare he say, old and boring. When David comes into the police station to report his father’s disappearance, the lonely detective has to fight his attraction to the distressed man. Travis wants a lasting relationship, but doesn’t want a quick-to-blow-over rebound hook-up. He wants a long-term commitment…he wants companionship, love, and forever.

Both men realize they aren’t ready to start a relationship, so they begin the friendship both men need. With multiple phone calls, they share their lives, listening when the other needs to vent their frustration; whether it’s David because of his father’s deteriorating condition or Travis and his cop job. Over a period of weeks, their attraction changes and their friendship morphs into the love they long for. The question is whether their new relationship can survive an event they never expected, or will it separate them forever.

David’s Dilemma is a well-crafted, entertaining and heart-warming romance between two men who are looking for a loving and committed relationship; yet, it’s so much more. It’s also a realistic depiction of the pain, guilt, frustration and anger an individual experiences when a family member becomes dependent, due to a debilitating illness such as Alzheimer’s, and the child becomes the caregiver.

Ms. Lorenz did a wonderful job expressing David’s Dilemma…a dilemma thousands of people deal with every year. How to best care for a loved one who can do longer live alone, or take care of their needs safely. Should they live at home, and when is the right time for placement in a professional care facility? These questions and others are thought-provoking concepts most individuals would prefer not to contemplate, but Ms. Lorenz tackles.

Watching the relationship between Travis and David’s relationship grow slowly from friends to lovers was a joy. Just as watching David Sr. spiral further into fear, anger and delusions was sad and all too real. So, get ready with the tissues because you’re going to need them with this intriguing tear-jerker. The emotional and physical intimacy…the attachment between Travis and David is intense, passionate and just what the two men need to fill the void in their lives. They need each other as much as they need to breath.

If you enjoy a well-written story with likable, interesting characters that nearly jump off the page, you will, without a doubt, enjoy David’s Dilemma as much as I did. Keep up the good work Ms. Lorenz. I look forward to your next release.

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