Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Broken Rules

Title: Broken Rules
Author: Jade Buchanan
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-341-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Jonah Chevalier arrives back in his hometown after a ten year absence to attend his mother’s funeral. Memories of rejection from his parents and his mandatory departure still haunt Jonah. After a reunion with Neil Brogan, Jonah becomes aware of a shared passion with his childhood best friend.

Broken Rules is the first book in the Broken trilogy. The well written friends to lovers’ romance takes place in Canada. The storyline illustrates Canada’s rich cultural diversity. The plot exemplifies that although same-sex marriage is legal, some people remain too steeped in religious ritual to actually open their minds and believing sexuality is a choice, rather than a natural fact of life. The characters are realistic.

Jonah is gay, socially passive in addition to being constantly besieged by the memory of mental abuse from his parents at a time when he is just beginning to discover his true individuality. Because of his parent’s rejection, Jonah utilizes that fear to currently justify concealing his sexuality. The friendship bond with Neil is Jonah’s comfort zone.

Neil has the ability to alleviate Jonah’s melancholy through laughter. Neil is an easygoing compassionate bi-sexual man. Neil is sexually out of the closet, as well as accepted by his whole family. Jonah’s self-appointed protector, Neil is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Jonah in his life. Together Jonah and Neil work through all the obstacles they face on their journey to a loving relationship. Jade Buchanan has created a marvelous saga packed with emotional dilemma, breathtaking intimacy and humor. Broken Rules is a superb model of devoted support overruling fear. I thoroughly enjoyed Jonah and Neil’s romantic voyage to happiness.

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