By Posy Robert
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
William Harris is a reserved man, private and guarded. He has no one to go home to. He’s never found a man worth sticking around for. He’s never been in love. And he’s convinced he’s happy with his lone-wolf life.
Nate Kelly is William’s opposite, social and easy going. He comes into William’s life as the elegant geisha Momo. When William realizes Momo is a man in drag, he’s captivated.
From their first date, William’s world changes. Nate is nothing like his usual type. And William soon finds out being with this carefree man means always being on display and attracting attention, which makes him want to retreat. He tries to keep Nate at arm’s length, but it’s no use. Nate’s transformed his life in a matter of months and keeps drawing him back in.
If they stand a chance, William has to be comfortable standing next to someone so at home in the limelight. Their future together and William’s happiness depend on it. Is Nate the man finally worth giving up William’s solitary existence? Is he worth sticking around for?
*Extensively reworked from the short story, The Measure of a Man.
What an intriguing and enchanting story. My curiosity was captured and blossomed for me as soon as I read the “Author’s Note”, which referenced “The Measure of a Man”, the precursor to this book.
Writing style was fluid and engrossing, like a stroll along a flowered path in the spring; storytelling was compelling, and the various backdrops – ranging from the teahouse to the loctician’s shop, student theater, Nate’s apartment, and family interactions – were out of the ordinary and beguiling; and the characterization embodied elements of personal and intimate exploration and discovery unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before in a book. This was really the embodiment of a love story, a romance not built from the standard expectations and logical attraction dictated by society, and it was best conveyed in words – though each spoken with a different voice – by William’s loctician Yvonne and then his mother. William and Nate understood and were connected to each other at such a basic level – heart, body, and soul – and author Posy Robert did an expertly masterful job of carving this into their story.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy and provided a review.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on March 3, 2017.