Book Reviews

Valentino's Valentine by Jennifer Cierra at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-February-2013

Book Blurb

College sophomore William Pastor isn't too thrilled to hear his boyfriend of almost a year, Ethan, will have to work on Valentine's Day, dashing his plans of a day trip to the Hollywood sign and dooming him to spend Valentine's Day alone. Before Will can become too furious, however, he opens a letter from a local TV station and is shocked to learn he has been chosen as the winner of the Valentino's Valentine contest, granting him a date with TV and movie star Vincent Valentino on the Day of Love.

Despite Ethan's discomfort with the idea of his boyfriend going out with another man on Valentine's Day, Will is ecstatic. Once Valentino shows up, however, things start to feel strange. The date is everything he imagined, and yet, something is missing.

Is Will's happily-ever-after with the gorgeous, successful movie star flashing megawatt smiles his way and taking him to lunch at an expensive Italian restaurant? Or is it all the way across town, waiting tables at a local restaurant and silently hoping Will won't be swept away by the false promise of Hollywood charm?

Book Review

 Few of us ever get to meet any of them, but this is a story of one man getting the opportunity to have a date with a film star he has admired since he was 12. The one issue? Will has a boyfriend who is more than a little jealous that Will is going to spend Valentine's Day with a long-held crush.

Will is more than happy to have won a date with Vincent Valentino, and even though he loves his boyfriend, Ethan, he is half serious about running off into the sunset with Vince – should the opportunity present itself. I was actually quite annoyed by his readiness to abandon an obviously nice guy who clearly loves him very much - for what? But, I guess it is normal for some people to have to make sure the grass isn’t actually greener somewhere else, so to speak. I had to grin as the date developed, and it is in a direction that neither Will nor I really expected.

Ethan has to work on Valentine's Day, and I think he is remarkable relaxed about Will going off to have a romantic lunch with Vincent Valentino. He expresses his worry, but since they have an agreement, a list even, about the people they are each allowed to date or even kiss, should the opportunity present itself, he cannot really protest too much. Vincent is at the top of Will's list. Imagine Ethan's relief when not everything progresses as he fears and Will hopes…

If you like stories about "what might have been", if you enjoy reading about men who have a relationship but need some confirmation that they are with the right man, and if you're looking for a quick, fun read with a serious message about commitment and loving someone who is "real", you will probably like this short story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 7001 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-February-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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