A Guest Review by Raine
Summary Review: Superficial coming out on holiday thrills.
Blurb: When David invited his best friend along on vacation, he never expected them to fall in love…
Spending four days in a tropical paradise with Jack is a dream come true. For years, David lived a lie and denied his attraction to Jack. Now that they’re together in an isolated Caribbean resort, however, he finally sheds his denial and admits what he really wants—to be Jack’s lover.
Jack is more than willing to introduce David to the life he has always fantasized about. Their sizzling nighttime encounters confirm David’s long-hidden desires. But what will happen when they leave the resort? Will David sacrifice everything to start a new life with Jack? Or will he go back to his old ways and risk losing the best friend he ever had?
A writer with several books to her credit, this is Kelli A. Wilkin’s first gay novel, and I found it very lightweight. I have read two exceptionally good ‘coming out ‘ novels recently and perhaps this suffered in comparison. David has been attracted to his gay best friend Jack for years and after a break up with his girlfriend is finally thinking about acting on his interest. He and his girlfriend were meant to be going on holiday together, so he invites Jack to go with him instead, ostensibly to not waste the trip.
David seemed very immature for a man in his early thirties. I found the dialogue between the two men unconvincing, the language clumsy and perhaps more appropriate to two much younger individuals. Consequently, for me, the book never came off the page. Rather it lip-synced its way through a coming out story, using over-emphasised gestures to conceal a lack of real emotion. David and Jack worked their way through what felt like a tick box list of gay sex: hot dream sequence – check, first blow job – check, first 69 – check…you get the idea.
I found Jack a more sympathetically-written character, his personal concerns about his life added realism to his role in David’s drama. However some of the supporting characters felt superficial and coarsely stereotypical in their attitudes. The hedonistic holiday setting and short timescale gave a heightened urgency to the story, which followed a predictable path. This consisted of lots of sex, emotional hiccup, outside threat, and reconciliation.