A Rose is a Rose


Title: A Rose is a Rose
Author: Jet Mykles
Genre: M/M contemporary romance
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Length: Short Novel
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Jenre

Summary Review
A sweet opposites attract romance with a couple of engaging heroes.

THE BLURB

When his latest sugar daddy drops him like yesterday’s news, Carson’s got more than a bruised ego to deal with. He’s broke! No designer clothes, no baubles, and while he loves his job with the burlesque show he needs to pay the bills.

Should be no problem. Carson’s young and pretty, so it should be no trouble finding someone new to pick up his tab.

Instead, he finds Eddie. The superintendent of Carson’s apartment building, Eddie couldn’t be further from Carson’s usual type, financially or physically, but his gift of a single red rose touches Carson’s heart.

For the first time, Carson doesn’t want to be just a kept man.

To live the life he always thought he wanted, he needs to find a new sugar daddy. But how can he part with the support of someone who seems to really love him?

THE REVIEW

I’m a huge Jet Mykles fan and so was thrilled when I saw that she had a book out in time for Valentine’s Day. This story follows the lovely Carson who works as a entertainer in a Burlesque show, whilst also enjoying the attentions of a wealthy sugar daddy. When Anthony decides he’s had enough of Carson, things stop going so well for the man and he begins to realise how much he depended on Anthony’s benevolence and influence. Whilst feeling rather sorry for himself, Carson meets the superintendent of his apartment building, the taciturn Eddie. They’re very opposite in terms of lifestyle, but somehow they work together. That doesn’t mean that Carson can commit, not when he’s got bills to pay and an expensive life to maintain, something he knows that Eddie can never provide for him.

What I found most surprising about this book is the risk that the author has taken with Carson. Let’s face it, he’s not a particularly nice man. He’s vain, self-indulgent, selfish, spoiled, completely oblivious to the feelings of others and bursts into tears whenever things are not going his way. He’s been brought up by a similarly selfish mother to believe that life should be handed to him on a platter, preferably by a rich man. It could have been so easy to not like Carson and to have no sympathy for him whatsoever. Fortunately we meet Carson at a crossroads in his life, and a point at which he’s about to get his eyes opened to a lot of truths about himself and those around him. This means that we go on a journey with Carson, one where he emerges a much better person and I delighted in taking that journey with him. It also helps that Carson is actually a very engaging man. He’s lively and fun – one of the main things that attracts Eddie to him – and I liked being in his head, despite wanting to smack him around the head a few times. That smacking happened to him anyway, and I got a great amount of satisfaction seeing Carson brought low, before he was able to pick himself up again.

In comparison to Carson, Eddie is rather overshadowed, but I think that is the point of the story. Eddie is the quiet one who provides unconditional support for Carson, and even allows himself to be trampled on in the process of Carson ‘finding himself’. I would have liked more from Eddie, a better indication of his feelings and perhaps a little more background on him, other than just living and growing up in the apartment complex. Having said that, his quiet nature and steadiness was a perfect foil for Carson’s flightiness and tendency for the dramatic and I was happy with the way the book ended, confident in leaving them to their HEA.

Another part I enjoyed reading were the descriptions of life in the Burlesque show, the actors and dancers who take part and the back stage drama, love and general cattiness which takes place. In some ways it’s a shame there wasn’t a bit more of that in the book, as I found it all rather fascinating. The character of Eddie’s mother, and indeed Carson’s mother too, were well characterised and gave me an insight into the heroes and why they act as they do.

If I have any niggles about the story, it’s in the way that the story skips forward at the end. I would have liked to have been with Carson during that time and seen his development, rather than just get the finished product presented to me at the end. However, that is just a tiny niggle in what was a very enjoyable story.

Those of you who love opposites attract stories are going to be very pleased with this book. I found it to be a wonderfully romantic read with a hero who changes for the better because of the love of a genuinely nice guy, and would recommend it to all those who are looking for a great romantic read.

12 comments

  • I enjoyed this a lot also because Carson is the type of man you don’t see a lot in m/m romances. It is fun for a change

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  • Sounds really good! I’ve always liked ‘opposites attract’ story lines and having enjoyed reading Jet’s previous books I look forward to reading this one too.

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  • I also enjoyed this story , it was like you stated a nice romantic read.
    I liked the characters and wouldn’t mind a sequel.

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  • Hiya, Jen. 🙂

    The blurb for this story seemed interesting the first time I read it, but not enough to spur me to buy the book.

    Having read your review, I’ve moved this one to the top of my buy-list. We usually have similar tastes and seeing as you liked it so much, you’ve persuaded me to give it a try.

    Not sure if I should thank you or not. My wallet’s already crying. LOL

    ~Tis

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    • Hi Tis

      I autobuy everything buy this author so I have to confess I didn’t even read the blurb :).

      I’m always happy when someone buys a book I recommend so I’m not sorry at all about the state of your wallet ;).

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    • Hi Val

      Carson did get better at holding in the tears as the book progressed. It was a good way to show that he was starting to become more mature in the way that he dealt with his life – so don’t be too put off by it :).

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  • I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book after your glowing review Jen. I love Jet’s writing, and these characters seem to be well suited particularly because they are opposites.

    Thank you for this. A Rose is a Rose is on my weekend reading list. 🙂

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    • Hi Wave

      Yes, I thought Jet did a good job in showing that despite their differences they worked together.

      What a treat you have in store for the weekend :).

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