“Everyday for the rest of my life, it’ll remind me there’s only one way forward. I’m done being angry. I’m done feeling regrets and living on the sidelines. From now on, if life is a question, then this is the answer.”
During a trip to Denver with his bestfriend, Mark, Ian Parker buys an enchanted chocolate from a candy store and wakes up two decades younger. Feeling like he was gifted by the universe a second chance to right past mistakes, he poses as his nephew Ryan who then tried to pursue Bartley James, a regular customer at his La Tazza Magica cafe. Things though, didn’t go as planned as his Ryan persona’s expectations didn’t really bode well with the reality of things. Only what exactly is real and what is not?
You are forty, you have your own business and are successful enough but you are not happy – you are still searching for that one thing and still feel that past mistakes are holding you back in reaching that.
What if you’ve got a chance for a do-over? Ian was given that chance and as per Brad Boney’s tradition – magical realism was heavily used here. Yes will introduce you to the characters from the author’s past efforts entitled The Nothingness of Ben and The Return (you can include The Eskimo Slugger even). I’m certain that it is to be enjoyed more if you’ve read the first three books because these familiar characters were heavily featured here but I don’t think it’ll be much of a major problem if you just want to read this one regardless of the authors’ other books. What I can tell you is that, this is an intelligent book. The characters are decidedly relatable and the story was easy.
The whole Try 17 vibe was glaring at me onset of the story and the excessive information dump about porn stars was rather informative and I really do liked that part for some reason. It was like the pop culture lessons back in The Return.
Although there is one part which kind of irk me but I thought was intentional – the car sex scene between Ryan and Matthew – I was like, cmon’ man, do over right? Ever heard of protection? Obviously, that was a ploy to get a rise out of the readers. I know I took the bait.
In the scope of things, I think avid fans of Boney (like moi) will really get a kick out of this. I know I enjoyed this immensely and thought the author writing style is one of a kind in this genre. He’s just always on point and the voices of his characters (especially Ian) really speak to you.
Can I just also mention how happy I am to hear from Topher and the guys? Ugh. So. Very. Special. And the preamble on Sam and Jeremy’s story. I couldn’t wait!
Yes may not be the strongest amongst Brad Boney’s novels but it is a solid effort deserving of a five star-ratings like its first three predecessor.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Published March 16th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
About The Author
Brad Boney lives in Austin, Texas, the 7th gayest city in America. He grew up in the Midwest and went to school at NYU. He lived in Washington, DC and Houston before settling in Austin. He blames his background in the theater for his writing style, which he calls “dialogue and stage directions.” His first book was named a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He believes the greatest romantic comedy of all time is ’50 First Dates’. His favorite gay film of the last ten years is ‘Strapped’. And he has never met a boy band he didn’t like.