Thursday, September 9, 2010

Leather Nights


Title: Leather Nights
Author: Patricia Logan
Publisher: Torquere Books
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61040-034-3
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Jake cannot believe he has become just another statistic. Once a top contender in the mortgage business, Jake has lost everything, due to the economy. Hoping to make a better life for his kids and himself, he heads for Texas.

Cade has worked hard to make a life for himself and his daughter. Since he does not flaunt his lifestyle in anyone’s face, the town has more or less turned a blind eye to his being gay.

Patricia Logan’s Leather Nights is a very good book. While some may consider it a gay-for-you story, it is also much more. Both main characters are slightly different than the norm. They are mature men in their mid to late 30’s, who have dealt with many of life’s struggles. Jake has lost both his wife and his livelihood, within a short period of time. Cade had a rough childhood that caused him to be reckless at times. They also have responsibilities in their lives that at times take precedence over everything else. The author has done an excellent job portraying these struggles in a believable manner. That does not change when she throws in their growing attraction and feelings for each other, the feelings of three teenage children and the town’s growing discord.

Although Jake never really had a relationship with another man, I loved that he and Cade did not pussy foot around their attraction and instead grabbed hold to what they had with both hands. The author also addresses the issue of gay bashing, bigotry and hate in a way that may be a little too intense for some readers. There was more than one tense moment that left me holding my breath. I loved this story and it is sure to be one that I will read again and again.

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