Title: Love Conventions
Author: Morgan James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Page Count: 256
Reviewed by: Kristin F
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5
A happy ending worthy of a TV fantasy… in real life?
Ashland Wells is an actor of sci-fi cult fame but with little direction for the future, when handsome grad student Remy Beaumont lands in his lap at a fan convention. Remy is everything Ash ever wanted and wished he could be—including out and proud. For twelve hours they’re the best of friends. But the convention ends, and saying goodbye to Remy might be the biggest mistake Ash has ever made.
A few months later, they’re reunited on a new production—Ash as an actor, Remy a writer—and though Ash doesn’t plan to let him go twice, being with Remy means going public about being gay. He’s not sure that’s a risk he—or his career—can handle, no matter how great the temptation.
If only they could write themselves the romantic happily ever after they both need.
I love scifi, I love going to scifi conventions (I’ve been to more than 30), so the premise of the book should have been a hands down winner for me. Unfortunately, I struggled with aspects of this book.
Remy has an outgoing, bubbly, vibrant personality and he and Ash make a connection at the convention in Toronto.
Ash is reserved, contemplative, and firmly in the closet after he saw a fellow actors carrer tank when he came out. Ash;s father died when he was young, his mother when he was in his 20’s, and he’s far from his home in Scotland. Remy brings some light and joy into Ash’s world.
So where did I struggle with this?
I’ll start with Etta. Part-time bodyguard and roomie, though from what I could tell, she was more of a roommate than a bodyguard. Her character seemed superfluous to the overall story. I found more character development with Ash’s co-actors than I did with Etta.
Ash’s accent. While I enjoy emphasis on a character’s trait, the accent came and went at odd times, which became a bit distracting. Yes, it made sense to have a thick accent when talking to the brother in Scotland, but then a “Scottish” word would pop up in the middle of Ash contemplating something and it would be a out of place because that trait wasn’t carried through consistently.
The Misunderstanding. It wasn’t even a Big Misunderstanding. But Remy’s reaction to the situation just seemed so overblown that it left me perplexed and annoyed rather than engaged in the outcome. Further, when we move toward resolution, I felt the wrong character was doing the profuse apologizing.
So, while I enjoyed the scifi and fantasy bits that tied into the conventions, and the emotional engagement between Remy and Ash was my pace, the concerns I listed above detracted from the over all story and left me feeling very middle of the road with this selection.