I can understand a man like Kipp being carried away in the moment and doing something reckless like his affair with Robin but it didn't sit well with me, nonetheless. Too real, perhaps, and I prefer my gay romances to be a little more escapist. Certainly, to be one where I don't start wondering how I would feel or react if I were voting. It did pull me out of the story and the ending was far too pat.
Robin was also too immature throughout much of the story and signs of his starting to turn around came only at the end and too suddenly. Kipp's wife gave in far too easily and was dismissed in a single paragraph at the end?
This all made for very uneven pacing so all I got out of it was a lovesick 40-plus senator lusting after a boy and the hell with everything and everyone else.