Title: Meow (Dreamboat Island #3)
Author: Steve Milton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Page Count: ~120
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Clair is a brilliant nineteen-year-old disowned for being gay… Clair’s father found his Chrome search history. Now Clair is homeless, living in his car and dreaming about making use of his Harvard acceptance letter, or ungaying himself to make his life easier. His only friend is his cat Linus. In an emergency, Clair has no choice but to take Linus to Blake Jorgensen, the rage-filled veterinarian everybody warned him about.
Blake is an ultra-successful veterinarian with a lonely heart and a dirty mouth… Everybody knows: Blake Jorgensen isn’t a nice guy. His clinic is called Pussy-Hound, and the building looks more like a strip club than a vet’s office. Blake rains profanities on clients who don’t take proper care of their animals, his office music is Marilyn Manson, and his assistant is a nervous handlebar-mustachioed dude named Catsmeat. But mostly, Blake is profoundly lonely. He knows that no man in Amelia Island will put up with a veterinarian who works fifteen-hour days and is singularly devoted to helping animals.
Their first meeting is a mess. Blake dresses down Clair, while Clair worries about what a guy named Catsmeat will do to Linus. But Blake is the only person willing to help not only Linus recover from tularemia, but Clair recover from his loneliness and uncertainty.
Clair can’t stop admiring Blake’s ripped body, his professional dedication, and his wacky humor — while Blake is in love with a lanky young man who’s smart, wise, caring, and handsome way beyond his nineteen years.
Blake offers Clair a room at his beachfront mansion, with absolutely no obligations. Clair assumes Blake expects a little something-something, but Blake pushes him away. If Clair can’t accept Blake’s secret, he and Blake might remain nothing more than housemates.
Meow is a gay romantic comedy with a feel-good HEA, copious breath mints, a profanity-activated feeder, lots of laughs, and a whiny cat named Paul Lynde. No cliffhanger, no cheating, and no sad kitties. (less)
This can be read as a stand alone.
Oh Fun! Fun! Fun!
Clair – nineteen, kicked out of the house, from an already very dysfunctional family. The reader gets the impression not only is his Dad controlling and abusive, but his Mother is just not a part of his life. He’s bouncing between living out of his car, the library, McDonalds and other restaurants and sneaking into the house to sleep and shower. Clair is trying to figure out where and what to do next. Despite being down on his luck, he’s generous and open hearted to a fault.
Dr. Blake – thirty-one”ish”. Angry veterinarian. Mostly angry at stupid people who aren’t taking care of their pets. Considers himself “old”, and this is where I struggled a bit with the story. Dr. Blake is waaaayyy to angry at thirty-one, nor could I in anyway reconcile thirty-one as being “old”. Even when I was that age – six years out of college and just starting to get the adult feet under me, I didn’t consider myself “old”.
Additionally, the schooling (DMV and PhD) didn’t match up with work longevity (Pfizer then opens own business) which didn’t match up with Range Rover and big house on the beach. Just sayin’…
The big “Oh shit” moment was one of the more unique one’s I’ve read, but given the build-up, when It happened, it felt more like a deflated balloon than ann “Oh Shit”. I’m being purposely obscure here – spoilers.
My last critique – this ended too soon. I really wanted to see the final scene play completely out for total closure.
Ultimately, I greatly enjoyed the cast of characters in this installment of the Dreamboat Series. Catsmeat the assistant and the whole history behind the name, Linus the cat, Paul the cat, the wake up alarm, all of it made for a fun and light read.