Monday, October 11, 2010

A Realistic Romance

Title: A Realistic Romance
Author: Andi Anderson
Publisher: eXtasy Books
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ISBN: 978-1-55487-662-4
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

At 32, Merrick is soon to be a has-been in the music world unless the new reality show his agent insists on turns things around. When he sees the picture of Sammy, his soon-to-be-roommate, Merrick knows he will have to work very hard to keep his attraction for the man under wraps.

A Realistic Romance is a sweet, fast paced romance centered around a soon-to-be-has-been musician and a geeky librarian. Both Merrick and Sammy are sure to grab the readers hearts but for totally different reasons.

Merrick is a hard broiled rock star who has always hidden his sexuality. His need to find someone to love and his fear of losing his career is understandable. When he inadvertently hurts Sammy, the anguish he feels comes across realistically. Sammy is a bookworm who loves his job at the library. He is out and does not apologize for being gay. His effervescence is the perfect foil for Merrick’s standoffishness. The chemistry between the two men is intense and it is easy to see that they have formed a strong connection in just a short time.

Although I loved this story and will be reading it again, I thought it could have stood to have a little more conflict thrown in. The men are supposed to be filming a reality show about a gay man and a straight rock star forced to spend several weeks together, 24/7. What few obstacles the men did face were too easily overcome and you would have thought that the producers would have stepped in a lot earlier than they did.

The author does a wonderful job wrapping A Realistic Romance up and although I would have liked a little more conflict in the story, I have no problem recommending it to anyone who loves the m/m genre.

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