Title: Crossroads (States of Love)
Author: Logan Meredith
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 5, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 139
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Despite the best-laid plans, life sometimes has other ideas.
Ethan Yoder has toiled to escape his small-minded farming community, and he’s finally earned his degree and made it to Indianapolis—where he lands a job at a pharmaceutical company and meets handsome and successful Marcus. Marcus introduces Ethan to the fun-filled life of his dreams—fancy dinners, courtside seats at NBA games, even a trip to the Indianapolis 500. But Marcus’s happy-go-lucky veneer hides a man frustrated with a job he hates and his failure at romance due to factors he’s only beginning to understand. Ethan still has his eyes on the prize—a lucrative career—and he must figure out how to hold on to one opportunity without letting another slip away. If he and Marcus can come to a deeper understanding, their road might lead to a happily ever after.
You know how, when selling your house, they always say you need to define every area or space in your home so the buyer doesn’t have to guess a room’s purpose? Imagine this book as a room – one that has camping gear in the corner, a yoga mat by the door, auto parts on a desk, a blender sitting atop a sewing machine, and a bike hanging from hooks from the ceiling. Confusing, right?
This book, in Dreamspinner’s States of Love series, has a small-town boy finally moving to the “big city” of Indianapolis to explore his sexuality, a graysexual main character, a hint of gay bashing, an old flame now married to a woman, college friends and an epic miscommunication, a job crisis regarding the “LY1650 compound,” a crazy mother, a death in the family and MORE in just under 140 pages.
Ethan Yoder is offered a lucrative temp job at a pharmaceutical company in Indianapolis shortly after graduating from college. He meet flirty Marcus at work and they start dating and eventually sleep together, after which Marcus explains:
I don’t love sex. I mean, I do it willingly, so it’s not assault or anything like that. But normally it’s something I do when I like a guy—kind of an obligation.”
Marcus further explains that:
“For me, having sex is like eating a meal when I’m not hungry. The meal might taste good, and sometimes I may even order a piece of chocolate cake because I saw it at another table and it looked delicious. But no matter how long it’s been since the last time I ate, I’m never hungry like everyone else.”
I like the way in which the author frames the discussion of Marcus’ graysexuality, but it almost gets lost in the midst of the other crises and situations. I don’t intend to bash the author here, but there are just so many things going on in this story it’s difficult to concentrate. Any one or two of the plot points would have made a well-rounded story, but as it is, there isn’t enough space in the story to do any of them justice.
I would definitely read more by Logan Meredith, but Crossroads did not work for me for the reasons above. 3 stars.