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ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield
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Oct 06, 11

bookshelves: m-m, read-in-2011
Read from October 05 to 06, 2011

ePistols at Dawn is the perfect example of why I love the m/m sub-genre-- you just won't find a story like this in mainstream romance.

Both Kelly and Jae are difficult characters. Kelly has OCD and agoraphobia, which seriously impact his life. It's not just something that's mentioned once and never comes up again. It's a real problem in his life. At one point he even has a panic attack during sex. Jae works for a tabloid, The Adversary, that delights in outing closeted gay celebrities. He doesn't believe in that himself, but doesn't see a problem working for a paper that does. He's not a bad person, he just seems not to have examined the hypocrisy of it.

Also, throughout the story Kelly lives with Will, a 20 year old former rentboy that he adopted like a pet from a friend the year before. Will works for Kelly, they have come to love each other a lot, and they have sex, but they both acknowledge that the other is not "the one". It's a complicated relationship, one that changes over the course of the story, and something that Jae has to wrap his head around. And it's something that you'd never find in m/f romance.

The biggest problem between Kelly and Jae, though, is one of trust. Jae is a tabloid reporter on a story. Kelly is a man with secrets. Over the course of the story Jae uncovers two of the biggest secrets, and they both have to figure out how to live with that.

This was a fantastic story, and I only regret I didn't read it sooner.
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