X Bar

Michele L. Montgomery
X Bar
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Dare Empire
Release Date
May 2012
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Reality-Based Romance (TM)

"Unless things have changed since the beginning of time, it's not even remotely possible for two guys to make a baby. A family of two, yes, but not three."

Being a straight, single man wanting to adopt in today's society is hard enough. Not being straight? Whole new level. Red tape, classes, interviews, not to mention the expense, drive so many away with shattered dreams.
Steven comes from money, has a degree in business management, even though he's chosen to work as a bar tender, he believes making a family can be done. He's determined to do it, with or without long time lover Jorge.

At thirty-four, it's time. Fate, of course, has other plans. His haunting past, and the brutal grind of daily life all have the power to destroy both the life he has with Jorge and the family he's trying to build. Determination might not be enough to keep his dream of a family alive.

XBar is about a man finding the truth in lies, lies in truths, and learning how to be stronger than he ever thought possible.

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Jan 07, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
131 people found the following review helpful
I was introduced to the concept behind X BAR while in Albequerque and hanging out with Michele. She knew this man who wanted to have a child. Pure and simple, that was his goal: to be a father. And from there, she designed the idea of telling true stories by adding a bit of a fiction element to the stories. Along with this amazing story concept, I got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with Michele and came to learn the extent of her bubbly nature.

In reading X BAR, I can see how Michele's personality shows up in her writing style. Her characters are vibrant. Their emotions on the surface for all to see and feel. The people are real, with a few totally over-the-top characters thrown in for good measure.

Ensconced in the pages of this book are the two main characters. Steven, a 35 year old man who has successfully exited from an abusive relationship, is fixated on his goal of adopting a child. Jorge, a twenty-three year old college student who wants a monogamous relationship from Steven, has to decide whether it's enough to have Steven, but only in an open-relationship. Thrown into the mix are a wonderful bunch of guys who love each other as the best of friends.

Through ups and downs, connections and understandings never quite line up at the right time, Steven and Jorge always slightly at odds. When Steven's ex comes back into the picture, it proves to be a wrench too big for Jorge to tolerate. As Steven's quest to become a father continues to drive him, he starts to lose everything, piece by piece, until he's at crossroads where he has to make some decisions about how to move forward.

Despite his poor choices, the fact he relives old experiences despite lessons learned, Steven's friends stick by his side. Through it all, Steven never forgets what truly matters and the journey of the book is how he allows his goals to keep him centered on who he really is.

Happy, frustrating, funny, and in the end touching and inspirational, X BAR is a wonderful read.
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