Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pisces: From Behind That Locked Door

Title: Pisces: From Behind That Locked Door
Author: Pepper Espinoza
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-61124-071-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Being a gay man is Utah is difficult enough, but add young and overweight and it’s even worse. Jay isn’t interested in going to a club and thinks he’s not attractive enough to catch the eye of another man, anyway. To alleviate his loneliness, he spends hours studying, knowing it’s pointless to waste time daydreaming about something he’ll never have. That changes when he meets, Stephen, the new director of the campus GLBT center, with whom he promptly falls in love.

Jay knows he doesn’t stand a chance with a gorgeous man like Stephen but hoping to see him outside the center, goes to the university gym. His plans works better than he ever hopes and soon finds himself with a new workout buddy, lunch partner and friend. When their new friendship moves into kissing and more, Jay doesn’t know whether he can trust Stephen at his word. Stephen could have anyone. Why would he want Jay?

Pisces: From Behind That Locked Door is the most recent release in the Boys of the Zodiac series, this one by Pepper Espinoza. It’s a well written and plotted story of one man’s journey of growth and discovery and for a variety of reasons, is my new series favorite. The flow is smooth and while it’s not a rollercoaster ride of speed, the pacing is such that it keeps the readers’ interest from beginning to end.

Jay isn’t the typical romantic lead in any genre – he just doesn’t fit the usual mold – he’s totally unconventional in his physical attributes, outlook on life and confidence level. Yet, he’s an awesome guy whose pain and unhappiness can make you cry, or at least sniffle a little, and it’s here that Ms. Espinoza excelled. Her expression of Jay, his attitude, background and the people making him miserable are vividly described, creating a scenario that could have stepped out of the real world. Don’t get me wrong, Stephen’s a wonderful character too, but the backbone of this story rests firmly on Jay’s shoulders as he grows into the strong, more self-assured individual he deserves to be.

I loved that even though Jay started off trying to slim-down/lose weight for Stephen, in the end what he did, he did for himself. Even his most cruel abuser was made to see herself for what she was in the end, making for a satisfying ending on that front, as well. Read and enjoy. I know I did.

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