Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bottoms Up

Title: Bottoms Up
Author: Etienne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-235-1
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Chris loves his life in the Navy.  Not only does his job as a RN First Assistant mean he is able to help people, but being in the Navy also gives him his pick of one night stands.  When the Navy sends Chris to Jacksonville, Florida, he isn’t happy but plans to make the most of it.  One good thing about the move is that it allows him to reconnect with Mickey, his best friend, and all the benefits that friendship entails.  When Chris gets some unexpected news, it’s Mickey he turns to and soon, things are never the same.

Bottoms Up, the first book in the About a Bottom series, is also part of the Avondale Stories world.  If you are looking for a story heavy in romance, this is not it.  While there is a romantic element to the book, it is more of a background effect.  Instead, Bottoms Up lets you hang out with Chris as he sows his wild oats, faces a serious medical issue and professes his love for his best friend Mickey. 

Like the author’s other books, Bottoms Up is a fast paced story that covers an extended period of time, yet the author has a way of writing that keeps you from feeling as if the story is dragging.  The author is also very detail oriented so when the topic of Chris’ illness and related treatment comes up, the reader will have a clear understanding of what will happen.  I liked that the author ended this book with an afterword acknowledging when and where he took liberties with reality.

While Chris’ illness is an important part of this first book, it is not the only thing the story is about.  Many previous characters show up and I love the way an instant friendship seems to develop between all of them and Chris and Mickey. 

Of course there are some hardships.  I cannot believe the surgeon that worked on Chris, or how his superiors handled the matter afterwards. For such a young man, Chris has, and continues to face, some difficult challenges.   Then there is the way in which this story ended.  

Bottoms Up is another well written novel by this author, one I am sure his fans are sure to love.  If you have not yet read anything by this author, then this is a great book to start with.

1 comment:

Etienne's Stories said...

Thank you so much for those kind words, and for "getting" what I was attempting to do. It was difficult, writing a story that revealed the medical details of what happened to a guy I've known for thirty years, especially when I've known him for so long. You have to admire a man who's dealt with medical problems such as his all these years, without turning bitter.