Title: Misplaced Affection
Author: Wade Kelly
Genre: New Adult Romance
Length: Novel (380 pages)
Publisher: Wade Kelly Books (January 1st 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Clichés are overrated and loving the boy next door may not be as genuine as the love Flynn sacrifices along the way.
Knowing he’s gay and acting on it were two separate notions to Flynn Brewer until he’d met Keith, his first boyfriend, in high school. Before then, being gay wasn’t as real as the pain of living day-to-day. Flynn’s fear of coming out to his religious best friend Zach in their conservative community destroyed his relationship with Keith, but Flynn rationalized his avoidance and bottled up the truth until it was regrettably too late.
Zachary Mitchell was the perfect son and role model as far as the outside world could tell. Active in his church while attending college, Zach had a personality that could sell anything, do anything, or be anything. Except, he couldn’t sell the truth to himself. Just when he was ready to reveal his internal conflict to Flynn and expose the darkness lurking in his heart, and in his “perfect” family, Zach met a girl and got sucked deeper into his chasm of deception.
Caught in a living Newton’s Cradle of his own design, Flynn must choose between idealistic childhood fantasy, or a tempestuous passion that could ignite the very air he breathes.
Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Misplaced-Affection-Wade-Kelly-ebook/dp/B00R1E8MT4
Review: Misplaced Affection is the story of three young men… Flynn, Zach, and Keith, as they navigate their way through childhood, high school, love, loss and ignorance in an effort to find themselves and where they belong. Or more importantly, who they belong with.
Flynn Brewer lost his mother and his brother when he was still a child. Raised by an emotionally absent father since, he connected on a deeper level with his neighbor and best friend, Zach Mitchell more than anyone else. Flynn realized he was gay and that his feelings for Zach went beyond just friendship early on, but fear of losing that friendship and being ostracized by his friends if he came out kept him in a closet of sorts.
Keith Leppo never hides his sexuality, but he doesn’t wear it like a badge either. When he and Flynn start to explore being more than just friends, all Keith wants to do is shout it from the rooftops that Flynn is his. He is extremely jealous, likes to be in control, and hates the bond that Flynn shares with Zach instantly.
Flynn is adamant about his anonymity though and refuses to acknowledge he and Keith are anything more than friends, and Keith is surprisingly okay with that when it comes to everyone, except Zach.
The story unfolds in three parts from each young man’s POV, so parts of the story are told multiple times, but through a different set of eyes. That was one of my favorite things about the story, getting to watch a specific event unfold from three different vantage points gave the story depth and variety.
As the story progresses you learn more about each character on a personal level, and something that Keith did or said while you were inside Flynn’s head that maybe pissed you off, took on new meaning when you saw it through Keith’s eyes, or even Zach’s. And you may think that this set up would be tedious, repetitive, but I assure you it is not. Each point of view is distinctly different and crucial to the overall fell of the story.
I laughed, and then I cried, I laughed while I was crying and I tell you right now that laughter through tears is my favorite emotion. There is something to be said about an author that can take you to such an emotional place that you are snot slinging, chortling while your eyes are glued to the page, trying to anticipate if you should grab a drink next, or a tissue!
Wade Kelly is like diet Amy Lane, very in sync with her ability to bring the angst and emotional outbursts to any story she writes. Three-dimensional characters, flawed, believable, with a strong storyline, and fantastically driven secondary characters to give the overall feel of the book some spine.
Definitely a must read! Required reading materials include a full bottle of vodka and a new box of Kleenex though, be warned. An angsty and emotional story about finding your way in life, and being who you are regardless of the consequences.
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