Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Loving Vicente

Title: Loving Vicente
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-708-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Vicente is a rather shy man who comes from a rigid Mexican-American family that doesn’t approve of homosexuality. That doesn’t stop him from working two jobs to provide care for his wheelchair- bound father, but it does interfere from him having any kind of a personal life. Getting the chance to date William, a man who tutored him in high school, is Vicente’s dream come true. 

After graduating college, William Fortin accepts a job as a forensic scientist in his hometown, allowing him to be near his family. It also gives him the opportunity to get reacquainted with his high school crush, Vicente Vasquez. It doesn’t take long for William to realize that Vicente is the man of his dreams, but can he offer his new lover a life free of financial worries without making him lose his self-respect? Can Vicente deal with his traditional family learning the truth?  

Loving Vicente is release six in Serena Yates’ Men of Riverside series and it’s a nicely written story of two men getting together after years of separation. Although it can be considered a standalone, reading the books in order will provide a greater understanding of continuing character relationships. 

Vicente and William have well developed personalities and I liked both immediately. William is a typical absent-minded professor and Vicente is a hard-working blue collar kind of guy. Both have drive and ambition and while different in many ways, make the perfect counterparts to each both, inside and outside the bedroom. I really enjoyed the build up to the relationship…how Ms. Yates expressed their mutual nervousness when they meet after so many years. It was well done and I could almost feel their anxiety vibrating off the page. Be assured that when they finally get past their apprehension, its blistering hot sex all the way. 

The homophobic family situation with Vicente is tense and sprinkled throughout the story. While his obnoxious brother, Felipe, is seen often, the wheelchair bound father, while mentioned frequently, doesn’t really make an appearance, which I found strange. Felipe does make threats, turning into the villain of the story, so by the end of the story, he’s become a real danger to both Vicente and William. Ms. Yates does a nice job with the action packed scene where our bad guy gets his just desserts, and manages to bring multiple characters into the satisfying resolution while doing it.  Enjoy.

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