Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Leo: All That You Are

Title: Leo: All That You Are
Author: Jamie Craig
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-60272-725-0
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Since moving to Los Angeles, Gage Kimball’s life has changed dramatically. He’s made a few friends who accept him for who he is, he’s making money playing his guitar regularly in public and he has a wonderful boyfriend he’s crazy about. His peace of mind is shattered with the unexpected arrival of his youngest brother, Ben, with the horrifying news that their father is suffering from cancer—and Ben wants him to come home to Salt Lake City.

Gage is still hurt and angry with the way his parents treated him when he told them he was gay, but it doesn’t lessen the worry he feels for his father and what might happen to him. Christopher is worried about the reception Gage will get from his family, so he agrees to accompany his beloved when he returns to his family home. Will the parents who disowned Gage welcome him back into their lives or will they reject him again, overlooking the wonderful man he’s become?

Leo: All That You Are is the newest release in the Boys of the Zodiac series and is my new favorite. It’s a sequel to Taurus: All That You Do and features lovers Gage and Christopher as their new relationship grows and meets new challenges.

I like these interesting men and the author did a very nice job further rounding out their personalities and relationships in this release and once again, her storytelling drew me immediately into their story. She wove a tale of love and understanding between two passionate and caring individuals and then she interjected pieces of information regarding Gage’s past that I’d wondered about. I loved the manner in which Gage and Christopher came to lean and depend on each other for support; each drawing strength from the other. All these things and their sizzling chemistry kept me fully engaged and wanting more.

The secondary characters are numerous. Some were previously introduced, such as Rev, but with the new characters, she truly excelled. There are numerous Kimball family members, some accepting, loving and supportive of Gage, and others far from it—namely brother, Brett, their parents and a group of overzealous bishops. These people and their vicious, anti-gay attitude I found emotionally ugly and unfortunate but realistic examples of modern day hate-mongers. But they certainly do make great literary villains.

For those of you who love a sweet and tender happily-ever-after, I can guarantee you’re going to love this one. Read and enjoy!

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