Book Reviews

The Book of Wisdom (Change 2.5) by JM Cartwright at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-September-2011

Book Blurb

Con Danvers is not jealous. Uh-uh. No way. The fact that his lover is helping a young college kid with life issues doesn't mean Con has to get all growly and snarky. Does it? Stephen Rydell wants Jesse James Callender to succeed in life -- and being gay in a small West Virginia town hasn't exactly given the kid a head start.

Catch up with the boys from A Change of Scenery five years on, as they host Stephen's protégé for the summer.

This story is part of the 2011 Charity Sip Blitz collection. More than thirty authors have written short fiction pieces and have agreed to donate all proceeds of the sales of these stories to the It Gets Better Project. Torquere Press Inc. will match the authors' donations completely.


Book Review

Warm and loving, just like its main characters, is the feeling this story left me with. Stephen and Con have been together for five years, and are quite clearly still very much in love. The little, and not so little, irritants of life are given no chance to come between them. They may grumble and mutter about some of the things each partner does, but on the whole, they have reached the stage in life where they can say 'it got better'.

While I didn't read the first book yet (A Change of Scenery), I didn't feel as if I had missed too much to enjoy this story. It has, however, made me curious about Stephen and Con's story and how they got together. Much of what must have happened to them comes through in the advice they give their younger friend, and I really liked that feeling of life experience being used to help someone else cope with the lack of acceptance of who they are.

If you like quiet stories with characters who are very much in love, the very hot sex that comes from knowing exactly what your partner wants, and want to read something that will lift your spirits, you will probably like this story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 33 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-September-2011
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