Young Forever (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Young Forever
Author: Nathan Bay
Publisher: Bay Cove Press
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Genre(s): Mystery / Suspense
Page Count: 219
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Cold-hearted murder and smoldering hot sex explode in this fluid-drenched gay erotic thriller about a blossoming new romance and a youth-obsessed serial killer.

Gay men are mysteriously disappearing from the city of Nashville. There are no bodies, no evidence of a crime, and police are turning a blind eye to the pattern. But this is the South, where juicy gossip and sordid rumors spread like wildfire. Is a murderer at large, stealthily slaughtering innocent victims? And if so, who is he, and how can he be stopped?

Meanwhile, Roger Willis just turned forty. He’s newly divorced and struggling to find his place in the gay dating scene. Instant access to sex is available through apps, and a careless stranger can reject him with a single swipe to the left. Cool, callous technology has replaced the warmth of getting to know someone through eye contact, a friendly handshake, and casual conversation. His dream of finding love again is beginning to feel hopeless.

Everything changes when a handsome young man named Ben Hudson comes along, and suddenly Roger’s world doesn’t seem so lonely. There’s relationship potential, but Roger has secrets. He didn’t survive four decades and a failed marriage without a few skeletons in his closet. What will happen when Ben flings the door open and the secrets come spilling out?

Lies will be told. Hearts will be broken. Fluids will be spilled. It’s going to be a bloodbath.


I was drawn into this story from the very first sentences:

It was a day so perfect, he just knew something bad was going to ruin it.
Isaiah could feel it in the pit of his stomach; that sick, prickly sense of dread that always came along just when things were going his way. He wondered if it was intuition or a self-fulfilling prophecy. Was he sabotaging his own happiness?

Against a backdrop of mysterious deaths of young gay men in Nashville, 40-year-old Roger reinvents himself as a sexy lumbersexual (after the end of a 20 year relationship with his ex-husband) and ventures into the world of dating. After meeting gorgeous 24-year-old Ben at a bar, the two men quick move into a relationship that is sweet (and very sexy). But when Ben learns that Roger has kept an important secret from him, that’s a deal-breaker.

I really enjoyed the first 65% of this story, but then things got … weird.

Spoiler
We learn that Ben has a secret of his own (porn and lying about his age), and it has brought him a sick, twisted stalker. Sabrina, Peter and Ernesto (main characters in Nathan Bay’s earlier book The Invisible Plan) are very quickly introduced and team up with Roger to save Ben from the stalker/killer.
The answer to the serial killer story seemed too fantastical with a lot revealed very quickly, and personally I needed a scene or two more (or an epilogue) to really bring the story to a satisfactory close.

I would give the first part of this book 4.5 stars, but the bizarre murder/mystery solution came out of nowhere and the ending felt too rushed. 3.5 stars overall, and I would definitely read more by Nathan Bay.

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Galley copy of Young Forever provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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1 comment

  • This sounds like a few other books I know that contain disappearing gay men and a newly divorced, former straight man as a main character. I’m not convinced, though I do like a good mystery.

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