Mardi Gras by A. B. Gayle
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (65 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe
Fifty year old American novelist, journalist and blogger, Damien, has arrived in Sydney for the 2010 Mardi Gras Parade. Damien is traveling incognito because in a recent blog he criticized the relevance of the parade and bemoaned the fact it had drifted so far from its roots as a commemoration of the Stonewall Riots—the first time the fairies fought back.
He is met at the airport by Simon, a young Australian who has been asked to look after him and give him a real "Taste of Australia."
Set against the backdrop of Sydney and its world-famous, colorful Mardi Gras, the two men find they have a lot more in common than either at first realize.
This story pulls you in right from the beginning. Damien a fifty-year-old journalist flies to Sydney to cover the Mardi Gras celebration. A young man named Simon meets him there to escort him to the parade. The two hit it off right from the start. Being older and out of the game, Damien is not sure just how to react to Simon. Plus Damien is more than aware of their age difference. When things start getting heavy Simon runs for the hills and when Damien learns why, he is not so happy. Hopefully these two can work things out before it is to late.
I enjoyed watching the relationship build between Damien and Simon. Simon may be young but he is a smart man and his feelings run deep. Damien is a mature man who has seen and done many things in his life. He has lived through a lot but he can still be misled and hurt. As we see when he finds out that Simon is not who he thinks he is. The two make a great couple. Each man has his own past and problems to get through before they can start to enjoy their newfound attraction.
The author has interspersed many tidbits about the gay movement throughout this book making you think as you enjoy and read this book. While there is a physical attraction in this book the story revolves around the men’s minds and ideas more than their sexual relationship. The two men banter and debate about the world and its acceptance of the gay community. It is more about a coming together of minds and body. I enjoyed the debating and the ideas and philosophies that the two men had about the acceptance from the world.
Fast paced and well written this is a book that should not be missed. It brings many ideas and questions to light while it gets its message through to the reader and I do hope that many readers will understand it.