Shawn Bailey
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Release Date
September 2013
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

Desi Warren has always liked and admired his best friend Charlie Mitchell. Charlie always looked out after Desi as kids when other children teased him about his girlish looks.

Dreaming of being rock stars, and becoming more popular than Desi's cousin Trinity Warren, a popstar, Desi and Charlie form the rock group Desire in high school.

Things start to unravel just as they were making a name for themselves when Charlie suddenly confesses to Desi that he is in love with him. Desi is so shocked by the admission that he has a nervous breakdown.

After spending two years in a mental facility, can Desi rejoin his friends in Desire and reach superstardom, or does he still have fears of being in a gay relationship with Charlie?

Book Review by Pat Henshaw (author,reviewer)
Jan 09, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
77 people found the following review helpful
Finding one's sexuality often isn't easy, but it should never be as difficult as it is for Desmond Warren at the hands of his best friend from childhood.

The book opens as Charlie Mitchell forces himself on Desi, first kissing him, then having sex with him even though Desi resists. As a result, Desi has a nervous breakdown and is institutionalized for two years. They're both nineteen years old at the time.

Two years later, Desi moves in with his superstar cousin, pop singer Trinity Warren and Trinity's husband, Brennan Demarcus, in order to "learn" how to be gay and decide if he really wants to be gay.

Since Charlie has just gotten his undergrad degree in computer science, he's been hired by Brennan to be a supervisor at Trinity and Brennan's recording company, Angel. Therefore, he and Desi will again be in close proximity to each other and working with Trinity and Brennan to get Charlie and Desi's old garage band in shape to be promoted by the Angel label.

Up until this point so many problems have reared their ugly heads: Charlie's rape of his best friend, the belief that being gay is a choice and that it can be learned, Desi's two-year stay at a mental facility, and Charlie's getting hired by a huge music company to be a supervisor after completing his undergrad degree are only a few of them.

But none of these is an insurmountable problem in the book. In fact, after Desi decides he's gay, he moves into a house with Charlie who still loves him. Trinity, who loves housekeeping and cooking, mentors Desi on how to be a good househusband for Charlie since Desi too seems to like decorating and cooking.

All of this is written in a happy tone, which blunts the rape and makes the choice of being gay or not sound like a wardrobe decision.

None of the characters ring true, which makes the story even less appealing. Charlie keeps apologizing and saying that he didn't mean to traumatize his best friend. But his apologies sound forced and his statements of love hollow. Neither he nor Desi respond as twenty-one-year-olds, but as young teens as Desi giggles and gushes while Charlie just keeps professing his love.

Trinity is even more problematic: instead of acting like someone in his late twenties who's toured as a singer since he was three, he joins Desi in giggling and gushing like they're in their early teens.

All in all, the book needs help on so many fronts that it's impossible to adore it.
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