Monday, October 25, 2010


Title: Beauty
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: eXtasy Books
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ISBN: 978-1-55487-635-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Bruno Cannavaro and Freddy Goldman have been friends since childhood. In fact, Freddy saved Bruno’s life when they were in college. Bruno would do anything to help Freddy, including striking up a conversation with Holden Doyle, the man Freddy is engrossed in yet too shy to make the first move on. The problem is that Bruno is also attracted to Holden.

Beauty is a well-written poignant love triangle. The setting is New York. The characters are believable. The communication linking the characters is realistic. Bruno is a social worker in the youth protection department. Bruno and Freddy are more like brothers than best friends. Because of their non-sexual closeness, Bruno feels a responsibility to shield Freddy from any unrequited relationships. Freddy has an optimistic personality which allows him to misconstrue the emotional reality in relation to others. A musician since childhood, Holden plays with a rock band for enjoyment; his principal career is a paramedic. Holden is a considerate man who desires a long term relationship. There is one intimate scene with all three men. However, the story is more man on man intimacy. The emotional impact involves all three men. The exceptionally gifted D. J. Manly has created a fantastic saga that I enjoyed immensely.

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