Just when I thought GYM DANDY was reviewed out, the prestigious NightOwl Romance Reviews gave it a terrific review. I missed being a "Top Pick" by a mere .25 of a point.
Here's what they had to say:
Score: 4.25 out of 5--defined as "A page turner"
Victor Brighton is a divorced bi-sexual gym rat reeling from his ex-wife's behavior. When he meets Douglas Newkirk, a hunk who doesn't know or act like the hunk he is, Victor is smitten.
Though Doug insists he's straight, he keeps sending Victor mixed messages. Amid sexual tension and growing desire, a fragile relationship blooms.
Meanwhile, Victor, at the request of his vindictive boss, is trying to uncover who is selling steroids to the gym's patrons.
As Doug's attraction gets stronger, so does his denial making his behavior erratic. Can Victor and Doug weather the storm of Doug's emotions and what is going on with those steroids anyway?
In Gym Dandy, the love story between Doug and Victor was realistic and poignant. The interplay between the two as Victor tried to guide his friend toward self-acceptance was interesting as was watching Doug grapple with his own sexuality.
While it sounds heavy, the subject matter was handled in a pleasing, humorous way with friendship at the core.
Both characters were likable and real and I felt the character development was strong.
Personally, I didn't like the plot twists at the end. I don't want to put a spoiler in so I won't say what bothered me. Suffice to say, the ending didn't match the tone of the rest of the story. Even so it was a good story the delivered some laughs and plenty of smiles.
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I considered snipping the part where she says she didn't like the plot twist (and probably will in the promo post). I get that. I choose to write "dramedy" rather than straight comedy. My stories deal with real life issues in a humourous context. If you look up "Dramedy" on Wikipedia, the prime example is MASH. Sure we loved the snarky dialogue and the ridiculous situations, but it was the issues around war, politics and human drama that set it apart from being just another sitcom. So I know my stories aren't everybody's cuppa, and I'm okay with that. I very much appreciate that Vee introduced the comment with the word "personally" rather than stating it as a fact. Lots of people like the contrast. I know I do. And I can only write what I like to read. ;-D
So thank you, Vee and NightOwl Romance Reviews, for a balanced and insightful review.