Friday, July 4, 2014

Review: Loving Jay by Renae Kaye

Loving Jay
by Renae Kaye
Published April 18th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: mobi, epub, pdf, zip/html, Paperback

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he's not gay—after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James “Jay” Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay—from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, Liam believes drama queen Jay must have a screw loose. 
An accident as a teenager left Liam with a limp and a fear of driving. He can’t play football anymore either, and that makes him feel like less of a man. But that’s no reason to question his sexuality... unless the accident broke something else inside him. When being with Jay causes Liam’s protective instincts to emerge, Liam starts to believe all he knew in life had been a convenient excuse to stay hidden. From intolerance to confrontations, Liam must learn to overcome his fears—and his father—before he can accept his sexuality and truly love Jay.

Loving Jay. 

Oh I really fell in love with Jay. And Liam. 

This is a sweet and yet oh, so real romance of a boy, meeting a boy in a train station and they become friends and then better friends. They buy each other coffee. They tease each other silly. One saves the other. And all the rest of the drama of falling in love we expect. Yes, this is another one of those books where one is closeted and the other is out and proud and never hesitates to work it to the hilt, but I loved, loved, loved this!  

Jay is very out and proud because he has always been this exuberant young man whose grandmother, mother and sisters love silly. He is the stereotypical gay queen who just loves to be dramatic and over the top and many may find impossible to ignore. It is impossible to not love him. Verbal diarrhea and all. 

On the other we have Liam. One who comes from an overly macho family growing up with four other brothers. They are men, all macho and big and macho and big - unless they are around their mother and their machismo hides under her skirt or on the other side of the door when she starts being the mother she is. He never thought to fall for one like Jay, the complete opposite from what he is and his brothers and father. But fall he did. Hard.

The real drama is not Jay or his queerness. It is the need to be still accepted as part of a macho family once Liam finally tells them he is gay. The road to his getting out of that proverbial closet was slow but quick in the end and it changes everything.

What I loved about this is the love between Jay and Liam. It just pushed all the right romantic buttons I have been looking for. It is light, humorous and never dragging. Curiouls enough, it was never cheesy or sappy either. It was over the top at times and totally unexpected and sexy in others. Just that perfect read to take to bed. One that is sure to give the romantic dreams we wake up from smiling.

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