Rainbow Blues

K. C. Burn
Rainbow Blues
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Publisher
Dreamspinner
Release Date
June 2014
ISBN
9781632160096
Genre
Contemporary Romance, GLBT

SUMMARY
Having come out late in life, forty-three-year-old Luke Jordan is at a loss about how to conduct himself as a gay man. As a construction manager, he's not interested in being out at work, but he'd like to find a boyfriend or at least some gay friends. Two years after his wife got all their friends in the divorce, he's no closer to the life he wants.

Zach, Luke's adult son, takes charge and signs him up for the Rainbow Blues, a social group for gay blue-collar workers. At an event, he not only finds friends but meets Jimmy Alexander, part-time stage actor and full-time high school biology teacher. Jimmy loves the stage but wishes potential boyfriends weren't so jealous of the time he devotes to it. When he meets Luke and finds him accepting of his many facets, he thinks it's a dream come true.

Their relationship quickly moves into serious territory, but their connection is tested to its breaking point by the offer of a juicy movie role that takes Jimmy to the opposite coast and into the path of a very sexy costar.

Book Review by Pat Henshaw (author,reviewer)
Aug 07, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
148 people found the following review helpful
Love between two mature men who are ready and willing to settle down isn't all fireworks and grand displays, but rather gentle like the purr of a cat. Or so implies K.C. Burn in this thoughtful romance that explores the attraction of two dissimilar, but intriguing men.

At 43, construction foreman Luke Jordan has been divorced two years, having been a faithful, hard-working, but closeted husband since his wife got pregnant in high school and he felt obligated to marry her. While he's had a few gay flings during his married years, Luke is a pretty laid-back homebody who doesn't make friends easily and doesn't know how to find a companion now that he's free.

For Christmas, his 24-year-old college senior son Zack gives Luke a membership to Rainbow Blues, a very loose organization of gay blue-collar workers, and urges his dad to go to their events. Luke agrees and goes to a play where he spies romantic lead Jimmy Alexander and is immediately attracted to him. When he shyly meets the 38-year-old amateur actor after the production and takes him out, he learns that Jimmy's day job is high school science teacher.

Through a series of dates, the even-keeled Luke and high-strung Jimmy realize they love each other and are perfect for one another. Sure, they have bumps in the road--Zack originally fears Jimmy's a gold-digger looking for a sugar daddy and warns his father, for example. But the primary ingredient in this enjoyable romance is the wisdom of maturity.

Readers will like both of the main characters--Luke because he is so reliable and trustworthy, and Jimmy because his occasional volatile personality brings spice to both their lives.

At the beginning of the book, Luke's doldrums are so real that readers will want to give him a hug and reassure him that if he puts himself out there at the Rainbow Blues get-togethers, he'll immediately find friends and potential lovers. He's everyone's ideal father, a man we all love and cherish.

With his enthusiasm both for the theater and for teaching, Jimmy too will resonate with readers. He knows himself well enough to be confident and fun enough to have friends who surround him and look after him. He's the science teacher all of us wish we'd had in high school.

Even the supporting characters are empathetic and recognizable. Zack is highly protective of his wonderful father, as he well should be. He's suspicious of Jimmy in a good way, not against the man per se but making sure Jimmy harbors no ill will. He's a chip off the old block.

K.C. Burn's matter-of-fact writing style grounds this story in everyday life without extraordinary complications or heroics. Readers of gay romance who want to share their joy of the genre with others will be well served by recommending this as a first read.
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