Seven Minutes by Grace Kilian Delaney (Natalie’s Review)

Seven Minutes by Grace Kilian Delaney (Natalie’s Review)

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Title: Seven Minutes

Author: Grace Kilian Delaney

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: December 7, 2016

Genre(s): Gay Contemporary Romance

Page Count: 60 pages

Reviewed by: Natalie

Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Can love be found in seven minutes?

Heavy metal singer Stone Manson never acknowledged his attraction to men. But when he meets sexy cross-dresser Devon at a party and spends Seven Minutes in Heaven with him, he can’t deny his reaction. His confusion leads him to mess up—big time—with Devon, but after some soul-searching, Stone decides to do whatever it takes to show Devon he’s worth the risk.

Devon’s got a thing for hot, tattooed rock stars—just not the sexually conflicted and closeted ones. Stone’s persistence has Devon warming up to the idea of the singer in his bed, and maybe even in his life, until a threat emerges from Devon’s past. Now it’s Devon’s turn to trust Stone or both their lives could be in jeopardy.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. It had a great premise. Crossdresser meets rock star and sexy times ensue! Well, it didn’t necessarily go that way. I think had the story been stretched out a bit, and certain aspects fleshed out, I would have likely given it five stars.

Stone Mason, rock star, is at a party in Vegas with his best friend, Matty.

Stone has just broken up with his girlfriend Violet after having been with her a few years. I think eight to be exact. Stone who is in his early thirties, was also married previously and divorced. Noooo mention of being bisexual with the exception of a story back in high school of Stone getting into a fight with a guy because he thought Stone was hitting on his boyfriend. Ooookay. It seemed to me like that was tossed in with no real thought. I mean Stone hadn’t even looked at gay porn until he met Devon.

Devon has accompanied his BFF (with benefits) to the same party as Stone. The group is playing an adult version of seven minutes in heaven. Of course when it’s Stone’s turn to roll the dice, and he has to choose who to have his seven minutes with, Devon is the lucky winner. At first, Stone mistakes Devon for a woman but then he realizes he’s attracted to Devon despite him not having “feminine parts.”

What didn’t I enjoy? The accelerated pace.

Short stories like this don’t give the MCs a chance to unpack and explore their feelings in depth. It’s like, OH I’M BI? LET ME WATCH SOME GAY PORN, AND STRAIGHT PORN AND RUB ONE OUT AND SEE IF I GET OFF WITH BOTH.

Really?

This guy was married to a woman and in a long-term relationship with a woman for eight years and never once did he consider himself bi? Except for that one time back in high school when he was sort of attracted to a dude?

No.

I also didn’t enjoy the insta-love aspect between Stone and Devon.

Stone is supposedly this highly recognizable rock star with a huge following, and suddenly he’s dating a crossdresser and aside from a few unruly fans no one has an issue with it?

Ooookay.

Grace Kilian Delaney is a writer I’d like to hear more from, but this one didn’t win me over. Seven minutes had awesome potential, but it was just an okay read for me.

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Galley copy of Seven Minutes provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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