Wednesday, May 2, 2012

For The Living

Title: For The Living
Author: L. A. Witt
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61124-269-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Jay Warren has a secret. He’s gay and the guilt of not telling his wife is driving him straight to the bottle. For months, he’s tried to confess the truth and just when he gets up his courage, she’s killed in a car accident.  

Working as a funeral director means Scott Warren sees people grieving every day. When he offers to help a distraught Jay, he doesn’t expect to hear the widower’s guilt over being in the closet. It’s surprising how much they have in common and in a few short weeks, his empathy and concern blossoms into a deep emotion Scott didn’t expect. Are Jay’s feelings sincere or is he using them as a distraction for his grief? What’s the truth? 

For The Living is the newest release by L.A. Witt. Some readers may have problems with the idea of a funeral director getting involved with a grieving husband but since their friendship progresses slowly, it works.  

The story’s filled with guilt, anxiety, pain, drinking and Jay’s near crippling emotional fear of confessing to his family that he’s gay. I’m happy to say the author handles these issues with finesse and care. Jay and Scott make a good pair and they have a lot in common. I like Scott a lot. The guy’s caring and thoughtful and oftentimes, I thought he was a saint for putting up with Jay’s wishy-washy attitude toward their relationship. The middle of the book is full of this and at times I wanted to scream to get on with it. Still, I can’t deny the chemistry between these two. It’s intense…sizzling hot and passionate.  

I really appreciate that Jay’s wife, Misty was a good person instead of a shrew. We learn a lot about their courtship and marriage over the course of the story and meet the in-laws. There are parts in these sections that are more predictable than others, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy them. The conflicts with Misty’s family are understandably angry and those where Jay tells his family that he’s gay are heart-wrenching.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and felt it was well thought-out and nicely written. The emotions are handled well, the pace flows smoothly and the personalities of the characters are well developed. If I could have wished for anything, it would have been some resolution of Jay’s relationship with his mother-in-law. It was left dangling and would have made a great scene.

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