Title: Mild to Wild in Massachusetts (States of Love)
Author: Paul Walkingsky
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, finding oneself, new beginnings, acceptance
Page Count: 74 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Brett has spent twenty-seven years trying to be perfect for the Mormon grandparents who raised him. Unfortunately, doing so has meant missing out on lots of life experiences—and denying a major part of who he is. Now that his grandparents are gone, Brett is ready to make up for lost time, break out of the sedate façade he’s always presented, and do something he would have never considered before: attend a gay men’s spiritual retreat in rural Massachusetts.
While trying to infuse some spice into his life with workshops like Erotic Massage, Body Painting, and Drag 101, Brett meets Boston nurse Karl, and it’s hard to deny the connection between them. But will Brett’s lack of experience and Karl’s insecurities end their romance before it can really begin?
It might be a spiritual retreat, but Brett must learn to embrace his physical reality if he’s going to grab on to his chance at love.
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I have to admit that book was a little confusing to me. I understood the gist of it but as far as whether the two main men went and if they decided to get together or not, well let’s just say it ended with me going “what the hell”?
Brett has lived pretty much a sheltered life when it comes to exploring his sexuality. He felt he had to hide who he is so he would not shame his Mormon grandparents but in the end I truly believe that most of that was in his own head.
If I had to describe who I think that Brett is, I would say that personality wise he is very uptight. I believe that he has set himself up with very strict rules that he believes he has to follow in order to make his grandparents proud of him. But I think that reality is that his grandparents would not really care because they have supported other members of his family that has no followed the Mormon way in the least. They never out and out told him that it was wrong to be who he is but I think that Brett is such a serious person and does not know how to let himself truly feel that he does what he has conceived as being the right thing by hiding who h is and never exploring his sexuality. I honestly believe that he thinks that he needs to make up for what he views as other family members past mistakes by trying to be perfect.
When Brett finally decides that it is ok to explore this side of him he tried to go out with a bang. He finds himself at a sexual retreat to be able to learn bout himself and things that he will or might like. There is where he meets. Man that he is attracted to Karl. But Brett keeps making mistake after mistake where Karl is concerned.
Can Brett and Karl figure out a way to make it work?
Like I said in the beginning of this review, I can honestly say that I m unsure of whether here two actually end up together or not. I feel like the book ended abruptly and left me wondering what happened. It may have just been me and the take away I got from this book and others may not share the same outcome that I did. Regardless it was an interesting read.