Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
It’s been eight years since Tony Porter and Marc Powell moved into the same house and joined their families when their single parents moved in together. When Tony’s mother Marie and Marc’s father Dennis decide to finally get married, it should be a reason to celebrate and make merry. But there’s an unknown problem. Tony and his feelings for his step brother Marc. Tony moved out of the house as soon as he recognized the feelings growing for Marc and now he is facing having to spend 2 weeks at home, in Marc’s constant presence, and he’s not sure how he is going to handle it.
Marc too is coming home from college and he has no idea that Tony has been in love with him since Marc was sixteen. Their parents are depending upon the boys to make this time a special family celebration, and need them to help make it the best time for all. But high emotions, secrets, and confusion have a way of coming out and two weeks is just long enough for that to happen. Weddings are a time for confetti, cake, and, just maybe a few confessions.
The description and cover for K.C. Well’s story Confetti, Cake, & Confessions give the impression this is a frothy, fun story of misunderstandings and romance but I’m not sure that’s the story the readers get. True, there are plenty of misunderstandings and romance here but the atmosphere is definitely not one of fun or froth!
Did I enjoy it? Definitely many elements of it. It’s very well written and the characters and their behavior are so fitting for young men of that age. I recognized the truth of K.C. Wells’ characters. The angst and confusion that occurs over some of the drama and “complications” that arise felt so familiar because I have had children just that age. Teens, or those just twenty, when all the emotions and feelings and obstacles loom so large, unmanageable, and occasionally forbidding. All that conveys beautifully within the story and yes, it does make Tony and Marc both understandably real and vulnerable. However, it also felt frustratingly long and overcomplicated. I know at points I just wanted to poke them and say “communication does wonders”. That frame of mind does not readily give into the romance that is supposed to be taking place. Realistic? Yes. Romantic? No. At least for me.
What did I think was so well done? The self examination and doubt that comes with the road to acceptance and understanding of a young man’s sexuality. That plays out beautifully here. At times, painful, confusing, a barrel of mixed up emotions that have to be figured out before any growth or movement can take place within the characters all felt absolutely believable.
There are other aspects of this story that other readers might have issue with. The first being that Tony and Marc are step brothers. This is not a case of incest as the young men are not related, not even by marriage until the end. But those readers who look at the most strict definition of family will be bothered by the close familial ties. That didn’t bother me. Marc and Tony had only lived together for eight years, not all of their lives and Marc’s dad is still alive. What else might bother some readers? The age of Marc and Tony. Again, while not quite Romeo and Juliet’s age, I found this aspect of the plot to be spot on. Remember when you first started having feelings for someone else? Fifteen and sixteen isn’t unusual to start thinking about sexuality and who you are attracted to. K.C. Wells does a wonderful job of treating this element with sensitivity and restraint.
I think it all came down to the ending that felt a little unrealistic for me. It felt rushed and perhaps too simple for all that went before to have it so easily resolved. Then again, others may be cheering and thinking that’s the best part of Confetti, Cake & Confessions. This story can go so many ways with so many different types of readers, depending upon their outlook on family and age, that it is hard to predict where its audience lies. Some readers will adore this story, others not so much. To those fans of K.C. Wells, I think you will enjoy this. For all other readers, think about the story content and decide for yourself.
Cover art by Meredith Russell, whose lovely design and models make you want to reach out and grab up this story.
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ebook, 180 pages
Published September 29th 2014 by Island Tales press