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Combustion by Daniel W. Kelly
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Nov 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: glbt

This was a fun romp of a book with the added tone of a light horror movie. Deck, a bearish detective with a specialty of investigating the supernatural, is called to the town of Kremfort Cove - which some are starting to refer to as Cremation Cove, given the spontaneous combustions that are plaguing the gay men of the city.

Deck is a loveable lunk, a big guy with a bit of a scarred heart and a frustration with his own belly, and a propensity to fall in lust at the drop of a hat. And boy are there hats dropping in Kremfort Cove. The panoply of fetishes and body types and roles and combinations thereof are quite numerous. It was a pleasant change to have so many of the characters not be slim, toned, white guys falling in love with other slim, toned, white guys. I enjoyed that variety, though in places I had to chuckle at poor Deck's inability to continue investigating for more than a few moments before he's sidetracked by yet another opportunity to probe deeper. Or be probed deeper. Or both.

The story shifts from a light mystery to a run-for-your-lives horror and the ride is lighthearted (and sweaty). It's a fun book, whether quickly devoured or nibbled a bit at a time, and likely to make you grin quite a bit before it takes a turn for the darker near the end. That's not a criticism, mind - I quite liked where the story went (even if I did want to beat Deck over the head once or twice for missing a cue due to his propensity to be distracted by pretty much everything with testosterone). And the very ending effectively surprised me. I didn't see it coming, and I feel as though there is more to be told of Deck's story.
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November 17, 2012 – Shelved
January 17, 2013 – Shelved as: glbt
February 20, 2013 – Started Reading
February 20, 2013 –
February 25, 2013 – Finished Reading

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