Monday, May 17, 2010


Title: Aloes
Author: Chris Quinton
Publisher: Manifold Press
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ISBN: 978-0-9565426-1-8
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Perry decides to surprise his longtime boyfriend and shows up at home early. Unfortunately for Perry, the surprise is on him and it’s not a good one. Soon, Perry’s life becomes one change after another, leaving him wondering if that’s a good thing or not.

Aloes starts off with a bang, one that not only turns Perry’s day into a living hell but also grabs the reader’s attention. A story about starting over, Aloes shows the struggle Perry goes through as he comes to gripes with being single, deciding what changes need to be made in his life and how soon to start a new relationship. There are many secondary characters in this story, two of whom would make good romantic partners for Perry, yet it is Drew that readers, as well as, Perry will see is the better choice.

The author also uses this time of change to introduce a little bit of mystery into the story. As someone goes after Perry, each new character becomes a suspect, and I was constantly wondering what would happen next and who would turn out to be the bad guy. The author uses just the right combination of romance and mystery when putting this story together so that neither element is cheated.

It was because I found this an interesting story that I was a little disappointed in the ending. It ended so abruptly that I was shocked and went back to see if I missed something. For me, it seemed that there was still more story that could have been told. Hopefully this means we will see more of Perry and Drew at a later time.

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