Friday, August 12, 2011

Forgiving Jason

Title: Forgiving Jason
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-604-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Window washer Steve Jacobi is determined to be financially independent of his family. He’s always known he’s bisexual but hasn’t ever found a man he was interested in enough to approach. He spends his time working but when he saves up enough money and goes car shopping, his world turns upside down on meeting Jason Fortin. 

Jason loves being a car salesman and he’s good at his job. He’s always been gay but never met a man he’s willing to come out of the closet for, which changes when he gets to know Steve.  Their relationship quickly blossoms into something serious and he’s ready to take it to the next step.  When some of the guys Steve works with attack him, Jason backs off in fear to protect the man he’s coming to love. Can Steve forgive him for his actions for will it drive them apart forever? 

Forgiving Jason is release five in Serena Yates’ Men of Riverside series. While this isn’t exactly a gay-for-you story, neither Steve nor Jason has ever felt attracted enough for another man to do anything about it before. This makes for some bewilderment and confusion on both their parts…all of which is cute and sweet to watch as they explore their mutual desire. That’s just two of the things Ms. Yates created with the personalities of Steve and Jason that are so endearing…she also made them into believable people you want to know more about. 

The secondary characters are few but important, whether I’m referring to Steve’s older brother or the bigoted villains who attack Steve late in the story. This event is what causes Jason to make a unilateral decision that almost destroys their relationship. The author handles his attack well, showing the senseless homophobic hate without sensationalizing what they did. She also did well in bringing Jason and Steve back together in a realistic manner, and at a pace I could believe, and it was done by gasp…communicating with each other like adults. Saying and showing you’re sorry and meaning it goes a long way and not enough authors write it well for their characters and Ms. Yates does both. 

I like Jason and Steve as individuals and a couple and hope to see more of them in the future. Watch for the next book in the series, Loving Vicente, coming in September.

1 comment:

Serena Yates said...

Thank you for reviewing my book, Dragon Minx. I'm glad you liked it. :-)