~ 5 Stars ~
Review of NATE AND THE NEW YORKER, by Kevin Klehr
Contemporary Romance / M-M / Novella
* Copy provided by author for honest review. Copy also purchased on Amazon.com
Reviewed by Jaycee ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews, www.Talon-ps.com
Cameron has it all. He’s rich, lives in Manhattan, and even has a cross-dressing butler. But then he meets Nate, an Australian who’s bitter about love. Cameron is determined to turn this realist into a dreamer by sharing his world of classy restaurants, Broadway shows and fabulous parties. And while Nate’s friends see the makings of a fantasy romance, it’s Nate who has to learn that in order to open his heart, he has to face a painful secret.
So, lets just get the bottom line out of the way: this is quite possibly *the* best novella-length story I have ever read. Clinically speaking, it is the textbook presentation of the successful short story and all that should entail, but seldom does. Start to finish, beginning-to-fully fleshed middle, to ending-with-a-slight-but-interesting twist, this is the quintessential big story compacted beautifully into a short.
It would be a disservice to leave the analysis at the clinical level, because there is just heart-for-days in this journey with compelling main characters and full-bodied secondary friends and family. There is a melding of disparate worlds, made possible by a gentle letting-go of pasts best left…past. There is a resolution of souls, in this world and the next, and every last bit of it—heart and soul of it—is exceptionally, beautifully and believably accomplished with *zero* descriptive sex. And it is every bit as visceral a journey as any explicit story I’ve read.
I can’t recommend this 80-something pages of deep and abiding soul highly enough for anyone wanting a great little story, and/or anyone wanting to see how any story -short or long- *should be composed.
NATE AND THE NEW YORKER also received the following ratings:
ROMANCE FACTOR ~ 5 Hearts ~
TWIST FACTOR ~ relationships that are worlds apart-in distance, in social standing and even in plane of existence ~
BONUS FACTOR ~ Probably the finest novella I have ever read ~
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