Author: Lee Benoit
Length: Novella (64 pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press (30 July 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Haven Tucker tore up his coal country roots so he could live his life as a gay man. Then he shut down his Leatherman lifestyle so he could pursue a medical career. Now the former Vietnam Army medic is working as an ER nurse in Boston where he’s about to meet his future.
Tadeo is an Argentine dancer on the wrong side of his country’s Dirty War who’s stranded Stateside with a brand-new baby. Official channels won’t help him keep his son with him and stay safe. Enter the singularly attractive Haven and his unique brand of problem-solving. The pair tries to keep their mutual attraction in check as evil forces mass on all sides to tear Tadeo and his son apart — and away from Haven.
Can Haven’s past ride to the rescue, before Tadeo’s present destroys their future?
This novella originally appeared in Torquere’s Bedside Manner anthology.
Product Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4243
Review: This is a wonderfully paced book about the lives of two gay men in the 70s (I think it’s about mid-70s). It is the story about Haven, ER nurse/ex-army medic who had served in Vietnam and Argentinean dancer, Tadeo, who find each other and love in not the best of circumstances. Both men are discreet with their homosexuality, though Haven is ever so slightly less cautious.
However, they both need to look over their shoulders, either fearing losing their jobs or even their lives.
The way the chapters are set up means that there is some overlap in the story between chapters. Each chapter is either from Haven or Tadeo’s POV, but it is wonderful to be able to see the relationship between the men develop and from both POVs.
It’s an interesting journey, one that shows the world pre-AIDS/HIV awareness.
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