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Gay as Mardi Gras

Gay as Mardi Gras - Lily Velden 4 Stars

This was a wonderful short story about Jesse discovering some things about himself. Following the break up with his girlfriend of six years, his Nan sends him on a month long cruise. He’s a bit shocked to find out he’s on a gay cruise but it’s a cruise and he’s going to enjoy it, damn it. He finds an ally in Daniel, his assigned roommate. Neither man is interested in finding love on the cruise which creates an easy companionship between the two. They decide to keep the other men on the cruise away from each other which keeps them in close proximity with each other and feelings develop.

I liked that Jesse didn’t just see Daniel and have instant lust for him. They became friends and realized how much they have in common. The sexual attraction kind of snuck up on Jesse. I think being on the cruise ended up being a blessing in that Jesse was able to explore that attraction without any outside negative influences. He never has to deal with disapproving looks or deal with prejudice from anybody. He feels some jealousy and the need to protect Daniel but that just helps things along in their relationship. Daniel didn’t push for more than what Jesse was comfortable with physically or emotionally. The love story had a really nice and believable progression. I love an instant lust story don’t get me wrong, but this seemed like a very real gay for you type story. In the end, he didn’t want just any man, he wanted Daniel.

I’m pretty happy I was given this book to review

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