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One for the Gods (Peter & Charlie Trilogy #2)

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First there was Charlie and Peter.

Their love affair broke a lot of conventions... but it didn't break them all. For Peter and Charlie are in love -- with each other -- and with Martha. And Martha is passionately in love with them both.

From St. Tropez to Athens to Mykonos, this powerful, moving novel follows their devastating triangle of romance and desire through a world o
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 25th 1996 by Alyson Books (first published January 1st 1971)
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Dec 02, 2012 Rory rated it really liked it
Gordon Merrick is the dirty, fetishg loving, Jackie Collins cousin to the more highbrow works of Armistead Maupin. Which means it is melodramatic, filled with sex and two impossibly good looking leads.

I loved it.

Honestly though--the works of Merrick live in a strange twilight world of fiction--one of the first series about gay men, a successful series and written by a straight man. This is second in the Peter and Charlie series started in "The Lord Wont Mind" and follows the two lovers through G
Jun 07, 2011 reed rated it liked it
Makes you wish you were rich and sailing around the Greek Islands having drama with your hung gay lover.
Dec 11, 2015 BookLuva28 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although I was a bit indifferent, if not to say agitated by the overwrought information on sailing, One for the Gods adequately earned it's rightful place as the second installment for this overlooked, underrated trilogy. Gordon Merrick manages to take the reader on a voyage of human nature that is both savage and complex in it's raw emotion. I was worried that along the way, the plot would be lost on me with it's somewhat exhausted take on another man's Odyssey, but it managed to divert itself ...more
Suzanne Stroh
The saga of Peter and Charlie continues. The war's over and they're on the French Riviera....wearing next to nothing....and going to parties where real Matisses and Picassos hang on the walls. If only Peter would stay indoors!

More great scenes of sex and love... with some pretty girls and great sailing thrown in. This is the second book in the trilogy, and I think it's the best of the three. This was cutting-edge for the 1950s, and if you like retro and gay and packed with great, big, raw, um, i
The sequel to The Lord Won't Mind catches up with Peter and Charlie in 1950 in the South of France and charts a turbulent few months in their relationship, including an interesting yacht trip to the Greek islands. I found the sequel much more enjoyable than the first story, maybe because the emotions felt more real. Although the dialogue still sounded odd and in my head, they sounded like Bertie Wooster. But written in 1970/1, you've got to hand it to the guy, it's seriously racy stuff.
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Sep 21, 2014 Mike Adams rated it liked it
Another cheesy classic in the genre of over-the-top gay affairs with rich hung "beautiful" men. Gosh, what glorious trash.
Jul 23, 2015 Ambre rated it it was ok
I have to wonder why fictional gay relationships always have to include sanctioned infidelity. I don't generally like it. At least in this book it wasn't all massaged into inertness, with the "it's just sex" line. Basically this entire book was a run-up to a preordained confrontation that, when it happened, was pretty anticlimactic. I will say that the characters are engaging. These two cause each other a lot of pain in the stories, so it is kind if hard to see the elapsed time between them as ...more
Terence Carlisle
The novels of Gorden Merrick are delicious trash, full of glamour and explicit gay sex -- manna from heaven for one timid gay adolescent in the 1970s whose heart would pound in fear as he handed them over to check out clerk at B. Dalton Booksellers in the local mall and would be up all night reading under the covers with a flashlight.
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Son of a stockbroker, Merrick studied French Literature at Princeton before becoming an actor on Broadway. Prior to WWII he landed a role in Kaufman & Hart's The Man Who Came to Dinner and even became Hart's lover for a time. Due to a hearing problem he had a draft deferrment but served in the O.S.S. rising to the rank of Captain for his service in France. His first novel, The Strumpet Wind ...more
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