Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Getting Real

Author: Christiane France
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN: 978-1-61124-401-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

For the first time in his life, TJ Delaney is facing a financial dilemma. His father is holding TJ’s car, allowance and credit cards until TJ is gainfully employed. Cole Labelle also has a dilemma; only Cole’s problem is how to cut the apron strings metaphorically choking the life out of him. TJ and Cole finally meet at the office building where they are both employed. The initial sparks between them soon evolve into a budding romance. 

Getting Real is a charming new beginnings story. The characters are credible. Although TJ knew of his father’s struggles to succeed in life, TJ had not given much thought to actually working to survive. Being a college dropout with no work experience, TJ realized his chances for finding a job were very slim. Fortunately TJ’s hobby was considered a marketable skill for one company. TJ’s new office was located in the building managed by Cole. TJ and Cole are very attracted to each other. However, TJ is openly gay and Cole is deep in the closet. With the help of TJ, Cole is able to gain enough courage to make a fresh start. Nevertheless, Cole’s courage does not extend to actually telling his family he is gay.

Christiane France has illustrated an interesting social point of view in this happy for now enjoyable saga. Even though Canada has legal same-sex marriage, not all of society accepts it. Cole’s family considers being gay as a humiliation that is devastating to the long-established family image.