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A Good Neighbor by Clare London
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Sep 14, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary, m-m, romance
Read in September, 2009

Dylan is a thirtysome college professor living in small town America. He's content with his dull, predictable life and finds comfort and safety in the routine. Part of that routine is collecting his two 'aunts' from the nursing home and bringing them to his house for tea and cake. The story begins on one such afternoon where aunts Bess and Mitzi are doing their usual sly prodding and trying to fix Dylan up with one of the neighbourhood women, Josie. Little do they know that Dylan is already in a relationship with Josie's brother Neal. Neal is offered a job overseas and asks Dylan to come with him but Dylan is too tied down to his small town life and the safe, familiar world.

One of the best things about this short was the pacing. The start is very slow which may initially put some people off, but I suggest you persevere as the story moves from the genteel pace of tea with the aunts - representing the familiar safe world which Dylan finds comforting - into a fast paced, breathlessly hot sex scene - representing the excitement and thrill which Dylan finds with Neal. Then the story slows down again and I was treated to what Clare London does best: great characterisation. I found my sympathies for Dylan shifting as the story progressed. At first I felt sorry for him that he has to put up with a part time relationship with Neal, who works away for most of the time. However, after Dylan rejects Neal's request to come away with him, I realised that it is actually Dylan who holds up the relationship because he fears coming out in such a small town so instead treats Neal like a dirty little secret.

The story is very static which fits well with the style of the story which is mostly about character and less about action. Even the sex scene is there to show us something of Dylan and Neal's feelings for one another.

Overall, this was a delightful read and a great start for Clare at AA.
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Great review!

Jenre Thanks, Eyre :).

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