Friday, December 28, 2012

A Slice of Love

Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1-62380-079-6
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Marcus knew it would be hard to make a go of his bakery, but he did not realize just how hard it would be.  When he tells one of his friends about the troubles he is facing his friend comes up with the perfect solution, Gregory.  Gregory needs a second job, but landing the first was hard enough and he’s not up to facing any more rejection.  When a friend tells him of a possible job in a bakery, Gregory is willing to give it a try. 

A Slice of Love is the newest book added to the A Taste of Love series and I was a little surprised by the appearance of one of its main characters.  Fans of this series may remember that we were introduced to Gregory in A Serving of Love, where he was introduced as Sebastian’s ex.  To say he was a jerk in that story would be an understatement and I wondered how the author would be able to turn this cheating jerk into a character that I could end up caring about.  The author did a great job on this point and it was not long into A Slice of Love that I was hoping things would turn out for both Marcus and Gregory. 

These two men were made for each other.  Gregory is living with HIV and one of his many worries is that he will never again feel the love of another man.  There is vulnerability about Gregory now that causes the young man to come across shy or uncertain at times.  The regret he feels about his past actions come across realistically as does the way he is dealing with his disease. 

Marcus is a hard working young man who is trying to live out his dream, something that is hard for him to do since the death of his friend to AIDS.  He feels a tremendous amount of pressure to succeed, worrying about letting those who have helped him down.  He is also trying to deal with an overbearing father whose approval he continues to crave.  Being a military brat myself, I can honestly say that the way The General acts rings true to life, as does the relationship the men have.   

When Gregory and Marcus meet, there is an instant connection.  Although the men’s relationship moves fast, the author does a great job touching on the topic of safety when it comes to their sex life.  Even though the men each have family issues that are on the mend by the end of the story, they also have a ‘made’ family and I enjoyed seeing them all come together to help the men out when needed. 

A Slice of Love does not just center on Marcus and Gregory.  It also touches on many topics dealing with HIV that have found their way to the news over the last few years.  That, even in this day and time, some people are still ignorant about the disease is sad, and I like the way the author works to bring some education on this topic across without appearing to be preaching. 

A Slice of Love was a good addition to this series and I am sure Mr. Grey’s fans will love it.

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