Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Aaron Bradley, Closet Detective

Title: Aaron Bradley, Closet Detective
Author: Timothy Owen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-476-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Aaron Bradley has walked around completely unaware of the real world for years, not understanding his place in his family. Not having had to work for a living because of his wealthy deceased parents hasn’t helped him either, and Aaron still doesn’t know what to do with himself. His friend Joe has been a big help to him as his sounding board, on what to change in his life, and now Joe needs a favor from him. Joe’s girlfriend Candice has been avoiding him and Joe wants to know why. After lots of badgering, Aaron agrees to follow Candice and in doing so, takes his first steps on the path into a life as a detective.

Now that he is focused on Candice, Aaron meets Bo, a waiter at a local restaurant, and finds that they are attracted to each other. Aaron is surprised with what he initially discovers and Joe wants him to continue following Candice to gather more information.

While Aaron is doing his surveillance of Candice, Bo sees Aaron and wants to help him out with the investigation. The next evening, Bo goes with him while he is tailing Candice and they find out what exactly her activities are. Aaron is not willing to be a participant in her break-in, and tries to get her to leave with them. In the meantime, Bo is gently encouraging Aaron to step out of his closet and to be true to himself and accept that he is gay.

I really enjoyed reading Aaron Bradley, Closet Detective. It’s a very nice story of finding one’s true self and learning who your friends are. There is a lot of humor in this story with some the characters’ antics, and it has a villain who is not who I thought it would be. Mr. Owens’ creativity in writing this well plotted book had me hanging on all the way to the end, trying to figure out who the villain was.

At first I thought Aaron was a just a pushover for people to use when they got ready, but then he started finding himself. I was cheering him on to drop the dead weight of the people calling him to fix their appliances for free. Once he got past his feelings of neglect from his parents and his dyslexia, there is no stopping him from being a free spirit. Bo proved to be quite the handsome pursuer for Aaron, but he had his own issues to deal with and Aaron did help him to be able to get past them.

Here I am at the end of the book, and I’m left feeling a little lost with the way the story ended. I wanted to know what happened to Candice, who was hiding out from the law in another country and Bo’s dilemma with his family; hopefully in a sequel? The author did a great job with this book, leaves me looking forward to reading more from him.

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