Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Title: Shadowboxing
Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0360
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

The setting is a west coast gay friendly community known as Arbor HeightsThe key elements of this highly emotional plot are sexual identity discovery, friendship evolving into lovers and horrific family secrets.

The main characters are Wayne Hightower and Erich Villalobos, who are co-workers. Both men are well-mannered decent guys with well-suited personalities.

Wayne is convinced that it was his duty to marry a woman and have children. He never questioned his parent’s plan for his life and did everything he could to find the right woman. However, Wayne was rejected by every single woman he dated because of his one little problem; he was not attracted to women. Wayne discovered this flaw in his character when he visited a gay bar with Erich. Intrigued by the amorous display of men kissing, Wayne realized he had never felt that with a woman.

Erich does not broadcast that he is gay at work, but he admits that he is gay when asked. When Erich invited Wayne out for a drink, it was merely as friends. Because Erich and Wayne clicked as friends, they spent more time together. After a time, their friendship escalated into a sizzling romance.

Shadowboxing is part of the Arbor Heights series. This enjoyable poignant installment illustrates an example of extreme homophobic actions that I found distressingly realistic of the brainwashed hypocrites in the world today. I was incensed by Wayne’s parents but overjoyed by the happy ending. 

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