Book Reviews

Counting Down by Kiernan Kelly at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 24-September-2012

Book Blurb

Jackson Lafayette’s life is nearly idyllic. He’s newly married to his husband, Alex, and they’re madly in love. They’ve just bought a house together, have two dogs, and are basically as happy as can be. The only fly in the ointment is Jackson’s boss, Mr. Simpson, whose homophobia is creating a hostile work environment for Jackson.

When conditions at work escalate, and Jackson begins to show physical symptoms of stress, Alex must help him understand that unless he stands up for himself, nothing will ever get better.

Part of the 2012 Torquere Charity Blitz, sponsored by Rainbow eBooks. All authors' royalties (matched by Torquere) will be donated to NO8H, whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.


Book Review

“There's a hero, If you look inside your heart, You don't have to be afraid of what you are...Then a hero comes along, With the strength to carry on, ...Then you'll finally see the truth that a hero lies in you.” ~ Mariah Carey

Jackson Lafayette's boss, in 'Counting Down' by Kiernan Kelly is a bully. The man takes sadistic pleasure in tormenting Jackson every chance he gets, knowing that Jackson won't do anything about it. Jackson just wants to be left alone so he can work in peace. Unfortunately, his boss is enjoying his discomfort too much and will never let that happen. The badgering he's being subjected to will continue until Jackson finds his inner hero and fights back.

Jackson and his husband, Alex are everything a couple should be—supportive, loving, passionate, and nurturing. Alex is an absolute doll. No one could do the 'for better or worse' thing better than he does. Instead of being angry when their plans are disrupted by Jackson's boss, Alex makes lemonade out of the lemons, always finding a way to smooth things over. Alex realizes that Jackson has to fight his own battles and tries to stay out of it. However, when it starts affecting his health, Alex draws the line and strongly encourages Jackson to stand up to his boss before something disastrous happens, and reassures Jackson that he has his full support no matter what. Jackson agrees to try and even if things don't turn out as hoped, he's still better off because he found the courage to try.

The characters are easy to like because of their loving and supportive relationship. I became emotionally involved with them right away and cheered them on as they fought off the bigotry of Jackson's boss, whom I just loved to hate. Besides presenting the ideal couple, Kiernan also dealt with the serious issue of harassment and the emotional and physical problems someone could have from being in such a toxic work environment. In addition, the story also promotes the idea that anyone can be a hero, that heroism does not have to be an earth shattering event. Sometimes being a hero simply means being true to yourself and doing something which will make the world a better place to live. Thanks, Kiernan, for this delightful tale.

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 29 Pages/6400 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2012
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