Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Title: Home
Author: William Neale
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-213-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Lucas Reed, a Cleveland, Ohio advertising executive, stood by his father’s open coffin, wishing he could have avoided this Southern custom of standing constant vigil beside the dearly departed. Lucas had been banished from his boyhood home for the past five years after he had told his father he was gay. Finally, only one person remained in line - Rogan James, the former high school bully and now Moorestown, Tennessee deputy chief of police who had once made Lucas's life miserable. Lucas was expecting Rogan to hurl one of his trademark insults or taunts. However, Rogan surprises Lucas with a long overdue apology.

Home is a well constructed love story with developed characters. The storyline illustrates the painful rejection by some of the small-minded Baptists residing in Moorestown. When Rogan’s sexuality is exposed, guys who used to go fishing with Rogan now have something else to do when he ask them. He no longer gets invited to poker nights or bowling. Rogan hid his true desires for Lucas by having sex with lots of girls. Rogan has actually loved Lucas for years except he was afraid of social intolerance and remained in the closet. Lucas was attracted to Rogan. However, he could not put up with Rogan’s harassments. Adding another layer of drama is a Moorestown newspaper reporter who is secretly obsessed with Rogan. In the reporter’s delusional mind, Rogan belongs to him and Lucas is an interloper.

What I found impressive is that Home expresses the messages that love does not have a gender plus being gay has nothing to do with a person’s ability to do a job well. William Neale has created a fantastic romance saga that I greatly enjoyed.


William Neale said...

A belated thank you for what I believe is the first review of my new novel. It is both gratifying and encouraging for this new author to have received such a positive critique. I much appreciate it and will always remember "my first." Thank you!
William Neale

Chocolate Minx said...

You are welcome, HOME is a wonderful story.