Book Review: The Cranberry Hush – Ben Monopoli

via Goodreads

via Goodreads

I was pretty curious when I’ve read the synopsis of this book because it kinda reminds me of my situation back then [just a tiny bit] pertaining to college void / gap years. I think we all have that at some point in our life – any kind of void that is.

Vince Vandro, a bisexual who lives alone and is working at a comic bookshop is in love with his co-worker but can’t seem to find the courage to tell the guy. His carefully planned confession was halted when his old college roommate / best friend Griff showed up at his doorstep in the middle of a blizzard. This unexpected reunion stirred up a lot of memories and emotions for both men. With both of them struggling to find their place after college, they were confined into a limbo that is their friendship and love for each other. The thing is, Griff is a certified straight guy and Vince now wonders why the former showed up in the first place.

I really wanted to like this book because like what I’ve mentioned, I could somehow relate with their characters at some point in my life. The thing is, I find the characters of Vince and Griff charmless, uninspired and perhaps a bit pretentious. I honestly feel like reading the platonic love story of Frodo and Sam in another universe. The flashbacks weren’t helping at all. They are actually a tad bit confusing. Even I don’t buy the soulmate thingy that was supposed to be between the two MCs. Maybe it’s one of the reasons I find the story pretentious. It was just all over the place if I’m being totally blunt. In a more positive note, I thought Zane’s character [Vince’s co-worker] was incredibly charming!

In saying all these, it’s safe to say that this isn’t your regular MM romance story. It’s far more than the genre’s usual flare. I was not a fan of it but I think some folks would probably enjoy this better.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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