BLURB: Ben Jenkins is a down-to-earth cop leading a quiet life in a big, empty house. Visits to the gay bars scratch an itch, but they don’t really satisfy, and though he’s used to the quiet, he recognizes that the empty feeling plaguing him of late is loneliness. It takes a police cruiser and a ten-speed to bring him together with Reece Withers, a bike messenger and photographer who’s still waiting for his big break to arrive. Ben’s pretty sure what he’s feeling is love, but they both have old hurts that need to heal before they can live and live well… together.
Okay, so I finally read all the published works of L.A. Gilbert so far and I’m just really impressed with everything she has written. The Coil, Kieran and Drew, Ghost On My Couch and this one are just simply sublime! I loved her way of telling stories and this one just totally touched my sappy side.
I’m first to admit though, that I didn’t get the significance of the book’s title. The whole story was simply a narration of both men as they go through life and how they found love. There was really nothing extraordinary about it but somehow, it makes you feel so good after reading the whole thing. I was trying to think if the title pertains to the last part of the story when they went overseas or simply just about witnessing each other’s kindness and just love for life. I really want to understand the title but regardless of this, I just totally enjoyed reading it and I sure wished that Ms. Gilbert will write more of these stories in the future.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published April 30th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press