Title: Gideon (Finding Home, #3)
Author: Lily Morton
Release Date: May 12, 2019
Page Count: 280
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Gideon Ramsay is so far in the closet he should be a talking faun.
A talented, mercurial, and often selfish man, Gideon has everything he should want in life. Fame, money, acting awards – he has it all. Everything but honesty. At the advice of his agent, Gideon has concealed his sexuality for years. But it’s starting to get harder to hide, and his increasingly wild behaviour is threatening to destroy his career.
Then he’s laid low by a serious illness and into his life comes Eli Jones. Eli is everything that Gideon can’t understand. He’s sunny tempered, friendly, and optimistic. Even worse, he’s unaffected by grumpiness and sarcasm, which forms ninety percent of Gideon’s body weight. And now Gideon is trapped with him without any recourse to the drugs and alcohol that have previously eased his way through awkward situations.
However, as Gideon gets to know the other man, he finds himself wildly attracted to his lazy smiles and warm, scruffy charm that seem to fill a hole inside Gideon that’s been empty for a long time. Will he give in to this incomprehensible attraction when it could mean the end of everything that he’s worked for?
From the bestselling author of the Mixed Messages series comes a story about a man who needs to realise that being true to yourself is really just a form of finding home.
This is the third book in the Finding Home series but it can be read as a standalone.
I was worried about liking Gideon. He was such an absolute douche in Milo’s book that I feared I wouldn’t be able to invest in him. I’m glad I was wrong.
Gideon is a Hollywood actor who’s been brainwashed by his agent since he was a teenager. Being gay is not compatible with being famous. Gideon has been hiding himself for so long, that he’s been acting out in other ways. What’s a little coke and shared sex partners between friends?
After a very close call in the hospital, Milo steps in and puts his foot down. Between his brother and his agent, Gideon is well and truly “handled”, and he has to recover with his own personal nurse, aboard a cruise ship home, because his lungs can’t handle flying after his illness.
Part one of the story – the cruise: this was the gem of the book! A solid 5 stars! Lily Morton delivers her trademark snark and banter, and I couldn’t have smiled more. Eli doesn’t let Gideon wallow in self-pity, and Gideon doesn’t always appreciate Eli’s Ray-of-Sunshine demeanor. The two snipe at each other constantly, always in a good natured way, and it was glorious. This type of banter, where you can literally see the foreplay happening, just totally does it for me. The UST was very well done.
Part two of the story – after: this is where I’m waffling. I’ve noticed this pattern with Morton. As I said above, she NAILS the relationship buildup, the UST. Anytime there’s angst, she nails that too. But once her characters get together……..she loses me. They often turn super sugary sweet. And that kinda happened here too. It’s not that I don’t like this, in moderation. But if you cross a certain threshold, I just don’t like too much of it. She kept the angst going, with the storyline about the agent, but with all of the crew metaphorically linking arms and singing Kumbaya, it crossed that line for me. I was bored from the sugar rush.
Overall, I like this a lot. Part one of this book was 5 stars and the very reason I read this author. I just hope, personally, we get the sweetness dialed back a bit in the future.