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Take the Lead

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  81 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Popular college professor Gabriel Galan has a job he adores in Boston, a hot young lover, and a buddy who goes along on pub crawls and Star Trek nights alike. But Gabriel wants more. When Gabriel's stubbornly independent father needs help managing his Parkinson's disease, Gabriel takes on more than he bargained for, and his smooth-cruising life is about to take a sharp tur ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published June 27th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 26th 2011)
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First of all, it needs to be said that this is NOT a romance. This is gay fiction with the tiniest bit of romance at the very end. You see, Adam, the love interest, isn't even introduced until half-way through the book, and Gabriel is dating someone else for the first 3/4 of the story. In fact, Adam only appears twice (very briefly) before they go on one date at the very end of the story. After reading almost the entire story without any romance between Adam and Gabriel, I was really looking for ...more
Mel Bradley
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Author: Johnny Diaz
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Word Count: 72,439
Published: 2011
Fictionwise: $6.99

This book was a bit frustrating – although I did read it all the way through. It is NOT, I repeat, NOT, a romance, erotica, m/m read of any sort. Instead, you waste around 160 pages on a superficial “crush” – and that’s extending the description, interplay and passion between the characters, until the real partner is introduced. And even then, it’s SO surface level and rushed, that’s it not worth a
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq-fiction
Take the Lead is a male version, oops, scratch that, a gay version of a chick lit book. It's a light, easy breazy story, that covers everything from family, friendship, search for love, and the little tiny details in everyday life of the main character, popular college professor, Gabriel Galan.

Gabriel is 35-years old professor in Thomas Jefferson College, Boston. He muses about his lack of relationship ("Cupid, if you’re out there, I’m here and waiting to be struck with one of your arrows. Faceb
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Take the Lead provides a snapshot into the life of Gabriel, a journalism professor at Boston University. The story, told in first person present, follows Gabriel through several months of his life, as he struggles with aging, family illness, romance, and life in general.It should be noted that, while the story includes romantic themes, this is not necessarily the main focus of the story. As a result, I would hesitate to call this a romance, and I find the blurb misleading in that respect.

Gaby Franz
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debo reconocer que cuando leí el resumen de esta novela no me llamó mucho la atención. Pero como Johnny Diaz era un autor que nunca había leído le di una oportunidad. Y sólo puedo decirles que amé esta novela.

Ha llegado a mis manos en un momento en mi vida en el que me hizo revivir muchas cosas pasadas con mi padre. Desafortunadamente falleció hace casi dos meses y sentí en carne propia muchas de las vivencias de Gabriel, el protagonista de esta fantástica historia.

Un relato muy humano, muy real
Jun 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in two minds about this book. On the one hand I like the voice of the main character. He sounds likeable, cute and not overly complex. On the other hand I'm supposed to believe that he is a 35 year old English professor at a renown Boston college and I don't.
Then there is the clumsy style - overwriting, constantly repeating itself, telling instead of showing. After having been told a dozen times that Gabriel is the most popular, most talentet, most crushed upon, most #*§$& teacher at col
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Reviewed by Kerri: At times I discover a book that impresses me. This is one of those times.

Mr. Diaz is a talented author who managed to weave a story that was both delightful and meaningful at the same time.

I loved Gabriel from the very beginning. He's perfect in just about every way, but he has a vulnerable side which makes him human, and real to the reader.

The Parkinson's subplot did lag at times and I found myself skimming through some of it. However, it was very informative.

I would definit
Elisa Rolle
This was a very nice read, but it was not really a romance… or better it was more different romances in one story. It’s basically the life of Gabriel Galan, Cuban-American college professor who is now living in Boston; when the story starts he is single, but he has one important relationship in his life, the one with Nick, his buddy-friend. That between Gabriel and Nick is not a sexual bond, they really care for each other, and even when Gabriel is in a love relationship, he still hangs out with ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Johnny Diaz books are usually about a Cuban American that is transplanted to Boston from South Florida, has family and love life issues. They are not complicated books, but nice bedtime quiet time reading that doesn't take a lot of effort. I like books like this. The story moves along nicely and the characters are likable.
Nicole Dennis
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Though I loved the story, I wish there was more with Gabriel n Adam. It seemed a little rushed at the end and the last chapter felt very abrupt and tacked on. It sort of threw me out off. I had to backtrack a couple of times before finishing it.
Still, Gabriel's story is wonderful.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
very good, a little bit of a beach read, but still very good, good characters, and fun, interesting insights into people
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, light-hearted read about a gay Cuban man in his mid-30s in Boston. Our narrator is Gabriel Galan who is finding it hard to date in a college town where he teaches journalism to college students.
While looking for love in Boston, Gabriel "Gabrielito" has to figure out how to help his dad in South Florida. His father has Parkinson's disease. Gabriel discovers a dance class for people with Parkinson's disease in Boston and believes it can help his dad. But Gabriel also develops a cr
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, contemporary, d-n-f
Went meh after about the 1st 3 chapters, tried the end and that was no more gripping.
May 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
he is cuban-american I GOT THAT ALREADY ! damn it was like a broken record :(
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May 30, 2012 marked it as smut-mountain-tbr
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Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.5 I kind of liked the narrator's "voice", but it just didn't hold my interest
Feb 20, 2013 marked it as hell-no
Soooo much telling. *groans*
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Johnny Diaz is a Cuban-American author currently writing contemporary gay and Hispanic fiction. He is also a features reporter at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. Before that, he was a reporter at The Boston Globe for 10 years where he wrote Business features about New England media and articles about pop culture, style trends, Hispanic-related stories and Boston neighborhoods. P ...more
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