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Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Literature |

Review: The Only Gold

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Jonah Woolner’s life is wisely directed like the bank where he vigorously works. It’s a fantastic life until he’s neglected for promotion because of the new recruit that goes by the name of Reid Hylliard. Hasty and venturesome, Reid overwhelms everybody aside from Jonah, who’s persuaded Reid’s dynamic thoughts could be the bank’s ruin. At the point when Jonah starts to find there’s something else entirely to Reid than meets the eye, he dangers succumbing to Reid’s charms—however opening the way to the majority of Reid’s mysteries could bring him down a perilous way.

Losing his promotion and his heart, is the slightest of Jonah’s troubles. At the point when the vindictive child of a Union armed force vet plummets upon the bank to take an administration store of a large portion of a million dollars amid the deadliest tempest to ever clear New York, Jonah and Reid are caught, at odds and battling for their lives.

The book is composed from Jonah’s POV and right from the first sentence – “Jonah was late” – one can see that he’s a man who lives on his nerves. Exceptionally able, exact, composed, he takes after schedules by heart and is as fastidious in his way to deal with his dress, his conduct and his ethics as he is to representing the bank’s cash and accounts. That he is attracted to other men is something he has curbed just like an appalling variation. Life is continuing as arranged and his energies are limited to the renown of the bank and his place inside of it. He is all around enjoyed by his staff, however he is to some degree, not too sociable, and as associate clerk, he is plainly esteemed by the bank’s Board Members. He knows his place and is content with it yet now the clerk has resigned he is expected a stage up and is certain of accepting it. He is expecting advancement, yet this desire doesn’t appear to be happening, all thanks to the new comer Reid.

Beyond the story, I would like to comment on the cover of the book. I have a somewhat of a “thing” about spreads or covers so pardon me if I dwell on it in my review. It truly merits seeing in the pop out rendition on the grounds that I don’t think the craftsman, has overlooked anything. Spreads are so imperative as a hit on potential readers and frequently one doesn’t welcome the fine detail until well into the book. This one is warm and inviting with two great figures whose wonderful expressions yet uncontrollably varying positions and designs get over the amiable threat with which they at first view one another. Out of sight is the enormous romanesque building design that recommends that the bank’s financial establishments are likewise shake strong, then a window with driving snow past and a shadowy secret figure in outline that I can’t exactly make out.

The period subtle element of the dress of Reid and Jonah are taken straightforwardly from the depictions in the book and appear spot on to me. Unquestionably a cover that made me feel the need to read on.

You should all read on and find out what happens with this love-hate relationship they will spark.

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Literature |

Book Review: Whistling in The Dark

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Firstly, I’d like to express gratitude toward a special friend, for alarming me about Tamara Allen’s Whistling in The Dark. I may not appreciate it as much as she did, but I’m happy I get the opportunity to peruse this sweet gay sentiment. By “sweet”, I imply that sexual scenes are not graphic in details for this particular book.

Set in 1919, we see Sutton Albright, a previous soldier whose service term was rashly and prematurely ended after he was discovered taking part in an extramarital entanglements with his educator. He chooses to attempt his fortunes at New York, resolved to make it by one means or another in that huge city. At that point we have Jack Bailey, attempting to spare his late folks’ business, even when he presumably doesn’t have the cash or capacity to do as such. Encompassed by a cast of beautiful characters prepared to break out with pom-poms when needed, these two will participate in angst and become hopelessly enamored with each other.

The setting is astonishingly nitty gritty, from the depiction of spots to the combination of occasions of that time, (for example, seasonal influenza, the ascent of the radio, and the underground universe of the gays in the city). However, one thing that truly emerges when I read this story is the manner by which I discover its pace to be – very slow. Ms Allen has a tendency to spend words after words working over each and every little thing included in her characters to the point that it is as though she’s resolved to tell readers of everything that her characters experience, regardless of whether the scene being referred to does not even play any huge effect on the general story line. The story moves far too slowly for me – it’s similar to watching a five-hour long stretch show made by some film understudy with more yearning for significance and for showing-off than the capacity to self-edit.

But then again, that is how Ms. Allen writes. Because she wants readers to be focused on her characters, that are simply not your typical romantic characters. They are both males, and that is something society does not easily accept, therefore making Ms. Allen feel the need to make sure they are well drawn in the minds of the readers.

The setting is a rarely used one, and I really appreciate that about this book. However, despite the new setting, the “love” story in this particular setting is still almost typical and almost the same with  other “love” stories, which I understand, are harder to make unique because love stories are difficult to renew, especially because there are a lot of it out there already.

The front cover is stunning too, if I may add.

Overall, this book is not as great as other works by Ms. Allen but it is still her book and I really still find it worth the read, not just because she is one of my favorite writers, but because she is brave enough to focus on these kinds of stories.

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