Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Nate Kingsley is a master at messing up. Out of jealousy, he outed his best friend in a public and embarrassing way. Now he’s doing his best to make up for his crimes, but it’s left him empty and frustrated, unfulfilled even by his career as an opera singer and creative director. He enters an unsatisfying relationship he keeps hidden from his closest friends. When that ends on a disappointing note, he seeks solace in his crush on one of the drag queens performing at his favorite club.
Izzy Kaplan is an EMT by day, a drag queen named TaTa Latke by night. He hasn’t been in a relationship since his divorce from his wife, despite the best efforts of his mothers and his work partner. He avoids their suggestions in favor of attending the opera alone to see the gorgeous baritone who’s caught his eye. He knows it’s just a fantasy, but it’s easier than starting over.
A charity performance to benefit a local youth shelter and clinic puts them in each other’s lives in an unexpected way. They begin to emerge from their relationship disasters, slowly building trust. But unknown to themselves or each other, they are facing separate health crises that might be enough to send them both running the opposite way. It will take drawing on the love and strength of their friends and families to bring them back together again.
This was an enjoyable yet frustrating story. Both characters seem to not want to admit what they want to others let alone to themselves while not seeking the support they both need. They seem so absorbed in their own issues they have trouble seeing past themselves.
Nate doesn’t know what to do now that he has alienated his best friend and while he wants to heal that relationship he continues to be jealous and confused over his friend’s life and relationships. Izzy has pretty much lived his life in limbo since his divorce and hasn’t moved forward which isn’t helped by his constant reminder from his mother and his ex-wife on how her life has moved on. Both of them have shocking news that could break their budding relationship if they aren’t willing to try.
We get to see both of these characters’ points of view, which helped to understand their actions and feelings even if they frustrated me. Nate keeps himself closed off from pretty much everyone; even his best friend doesn’t really know the real Nate. Izzy has just continued his life without seeking out any change and while his best friend can read him like a book he avoids talking or admitting the truth. I was happy that in the end they found what they were looking for even if there are some big bumps along the way. This book was presented as part of a series but able to be read as a stand-alone, I’m not sure that is completely accurate and felt that I was missing a bit for awhile and the characters from the first story are important in this one.
Cover art is wonderful and gives a good background to the story.
ebook, 205 pages
Published: May 1, 2017 by Supposed Crimes
Edition Language: English
Series: Notes From Boston #2