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Monday, March 28, 2011

Actually, I’m Gay by Roxy Harte

Actually, I’m Gay by Roxy Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (140 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Fisting, public sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

The day after Colin MacNeill admits to his wife of nine years that he might be gay, he wakes up to find himself alone with his five-year-old autistic son, Kerrigan. It wasn't supposed to work out this way. He and his wife were best friends and his sexuality shouldn't matter. They should still be able to live under the same roof and raise their son together, right? What would be the harm if they both took secret lovers?

His day doesn't get any better when he has to take his son with him to the office and his boss suggests he take some time off...because obviously he has a lot to deal with, and bringing his son to the office isn't going to work out. His boss also takes the liberty of suggesting a summer camp for disabled children, and although Colin finds the idea of abandoning his child to the care of others abhorrent, he feels he doesn't have a choice. As a top-notch corporate attorney, he can't be expected to leave his clients hanging. Especially when the biggest case of his career is mere weeks away from trial. At least having his son at camp would give him time to locate his wife and try to convince her that his suggestion could work.

Meeting the camp's owner, Beau Delacroix, turns Colin's world upside down. His insane attraction to Beau is an impossible situation. The man is going to be working with his son all summer and an affair would be completely inappropriate. Besides, the ease with which Beau bonds to his son makes Colin feel like a hopeless failure.

Beau Delacroix never intended to become the director of Five Rivers, a summer camp for mentally and physically handicapped kids founded by his grandfather fifty years before, but he discovers too late fate has a sense of humor, putting him in the one place he never wanted to be only to discover he loves the camp and the kids. When the camps funding gets cut, he needs a lawyer and fast; Colin MacNeill seems like a godsend except for the fact that they can't stand to be in the same room together. And the even crueler twist of fate makes Colin MacNeill the hottest man he's ever come face to face with.

Can Beau get Colin past first impressions and convince him to help save the camp? One thing's for certain, it's going to get pretty hot at Five Rivers this summer...

Love can truly be found in the oddest places. Nothing portrays this fact more than this story about Collin and Beau finding love when neither of them was looking for it, but both of them needed it. Isn’t that how it seems to works? When you least expect something there it is waiting for you to grab.

The emotional development between Collin and Beau was great. They both brought something to the relationship unique to themselves which allowed their love to grow. Beau taught Collin how to care for his son, and Collin handled Beau’s legal problems. It made the relationship believable because it gave those more to base things on other than physical attraction. I could tell this was truly matters of the heart.

The writing style and description was up to par, though I was left feeling a little disconnected was during the love scenes as if something was missing. It may have been small details, but it was enough to pull me from the story. With that said, the physical connection was not the dominant trait in this relationship so it was easily forgivable because the emotional attachment took precedence in the characters' relationship so it also took precedence in my attachment to the characters.

Not only was the relationship development between the two main characters well portrayed in this story, but also the father-son bond that I got to watch bloom between Collin and Kerrigan. I loved the way Collin discovered who his son really was in this story. He also was willing to love Kerrigan and want to care for him even when it would have been easier to just give up. It was something that truly touched my heart and will stay with me for a long time.

With strong emotions and characters with limitless abilities to care for others this story tugged my heart strings and stayed with me long after the last page was turned.

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