Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: Infamous by Jenny Holiday

SUMMARY

35285733Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

All that up-and-coming musician Jesse Jamison has ever wanted is to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. When a gossip website nearly catches him kissing someone who isn’t his famous girlfriend—and also isn’t a girl—he considers the near miss a wake-up call. There’s a lot riding on his image as the super-straight rocker, and if he wants to realize his dreams, he’ll need to toe the line. Luckily, he’s into women too. Problem solved.

After a decade pretending to be his ex’s roommate, pediatrician Hunter Wyatt is done hiding. He might not know how to date in the Grindr world, how to make friends in a strange city, or whether his new job in Toronto is a mistake. But he does know that no one is worth the closet. Not even the world’s sexiest rock star.

As Jesse’s charity work at Hunter’s hospital brings the two closer together, a bromance develops. Soon, Hunter is all Jesse can think about. But when it comes down to a choice between Hunter and his career, he’s not sure he’s brave enough to follow his heart.

GENDER SEXUALITY PAIRINGS

GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: bisexual, homosexual
PAIRING: M/M

TAGS TROPES WARNINGS

TROPES: friends to lovers, out for you
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romance, queer romance, queer characters, coming out
WARNINGS: cheating, hospitalization, physical illness, homomisia, bimisia, abuse mention, ableism, cissexism, mental illness (PTSD)

REVIEW

This book could’ve easily been a 4 star read for me if it hadn’t been for the unexpected moment of bimisia in the first chapter, from one of the main characters as well as a secondary character. There was no tag for queermisia on Riptide’s website, so while I generally brace for it in books with queer characters, closeted ones especially, it was a tad surprising for me since Riptide is usually really good about tagging things like that. While I still wouldn’t have appreciated the scene, it possibly wouldn’t have been detrimental to the rating.

I say that because, in theory, this book has a lot of things I like. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and I liked that Hunter and Jesse met on the train when parts of their lives were falling apart and here they were, finding a new friend in unexpected places. I loved the scenes where Jesse, famous rock star, took a few days out of the week to visit the sick children at the hospital and form friendships with them. Seeing how much Hunter cared about all the children there was so touching. It was so great to watch Hunter and Jesse become essential to each other’s lives, in multiple different ways, before they developed their sexual relationship. The guys in Jesse’s band were great, and I loved Jesse’s sister and nephew, though they only appeared a few times.

All in all, this book was an enjoyable read, which makes it even more frustrating that the bimisic content was not forewarned. The big saving grace in that regard was that the big blow up over Jesse’s coming out that I expected was not nearly as dramatic as anticipated and most everyone was open and accepting when Jesse did share that he’s bisexual.

RATING3 STARSABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her aging-hippie teacher, between Pete Seeger songs, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. Today she is a USA Today bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She lives in London, Ontario.

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