Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cocktails

Title: Cocktails
Author: Jeff Erno
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-77111-191-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, (light) BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Dutch is not fond of flying, but this trip to New Orleans was necessary. Also, the trip proves to be the beginning of life changes Dutch never expected to make before he met the charismatic Rustin.  

Cocktails is a heartwarming romance illustrating “coming out” gay men. The characters are creditable. Dutch’s life is torn between hiding his true nature, meeting his manipulative mother’s expectations and dealing with the grief associated with the loss of his beloved aunt. The amorous feelings Dutch has for Rustin gives Texas rancher Dutch the courage he needs to finally step out of the closet. In some ways Dutch had become a replacement for his father. By running the ranch, Dutch’s mother could escape responsibility and blame for any failure. Dutch was so buried in duty it took a little New Orleans magic to open his eyes.  

Even though Rustin was in the closet in small town Michigan, he never lost sight of his dreams. When opportunity knocked, Rustin answered by announcing he was gay to his parents, then promptly moving to New Orleans. Dutch and Rustin are a good match; Rustin provides the emotional support Dutch needs while Dutch provides the stability of a relationship Rustin desires.

Jeff Erno has created a wonderful saga that, on the whole, I enjoyed. 

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