Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: Return to Sender by Roberta Blablanski

SUMMARY

42650423Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: November 17, 2018
Received From: Review copy from the author

College professor and website designer Drew Hampton has had only one great love in his life. A loner as a teen, he found solace in art, his self-styled mullet, and the television show ALF. Then a new boy moved in next door, and he discovered love.

Mechanic Wes Harrison was thrown into adult responsibility at a young age. He’s managed to build a good life through hard work and determination; however, he hasn’t been in a relationship since high school.

Drew and Wes were deeply in love thirty years ago, but then they were torn apart. Unlucky at relationships after their separation, both men treasured memories of their one true love.

Fate intervenes and gives them a second chance. Will they rekindle their once great love and find happiness, or has too much time gone by?

GENDER SEXUALITY PAIRINGS

GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: homosexual
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: homoromantic
PAIRING: M/M

TAGS TROPES WARNINGS

TROPES: childhood sweethearts, friends to lovers, long lost love
TAGS: young adult, adult, contemporary, romance, queer romance, queer characters
WARNINGS: poverty, bullying, AIDS mention, slurs, gendered slurs, cheating mention, binary language, vomiting mention, anti-queer family, child abandonment mention, cancer mention, parental illness mention, parental death mention, ableism

REVIEW

This book was really bittersweet, lovely to read the two main characters together all the while knowing that they will be separated by fate for years to come. But, even when they’re apart, there’s an underpinning of hope that one day they will come together again.

Both main characters were sweet if a bit flat. The novel is so short, and each chapter is only a couple pages long, so it acts as a series of small snapshots rather than an in depth dive into their lives. As a result, the reader doesn’t really get to know the characters outside of the surface aspects of their lives and relationships. But not only that, we don’t really get to see how the boys get to know each other and fall in love, or stay in love. There’s minimal character development on either side, which was no unexpected considering the length, but there was even less of it than I was expecting.

Also, almost the entire story is in the past where they’re teenagers and over the years of separation. There’s no real development of the current romance–it’s carried on the wings of the old romance from high school rather than getting to know each other again as adults.

However, while the story wasn’t developed in the best way to maximize its impact, it was cute and heartbreaking, and I think could be even better with a longer format and more detail.

RATING3 STARSABOUT THE AUTHOR

18590798Roberta Blablanski hails from The Big Easy: New Orleans, Louisiana. She draws inspiration from her colorful hometown and her former life as a college radio DJ. When she isn’t writing, she spends her days searching for the world’s best Bloody Mary and avoiding people she went to high school with. Her normal habitat is curled up in bed with a good book and a cup of coffee.

Roberta developed a love of books at an early age, spending her summers at the library. Years later, after watching the American version of the television show Queer as Folk, she began searching for books featuring queer characters finding love. Most recently, she began writing queer love stories of her own, drawing from her own personal experiences and creating characters and storylines as vibrant as her ever-changing hair color.

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review by nicky tyler

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