Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Jeff Erno
Title: We Danced
Cover Artist: Justin James
Categories: Novels, Contemporary
Book Type: eBook
File Formats Available: .epub, .prc, .prc, html, pdf
Price: $ 6.99 (e-book) $ 14.99 (Paperback)
For six years, Rex Payton has focused on two things: keeping his late father’s small-town Kentucky bar afloat and raising his nephew, Tyler. After the tragic loss of his parents and sister, Rex has no interest in romance. He’s respected in his community and regarded as one of Carlisle’s most eligible bachelors, but he’s accepted that his life isn’t conducive to a romantic relationship, especially as a closeted gay man.
Enter Josh Billings, a veterinary student who’s serving an internship in town. Josh’s deepest passion is helping animals. Romance is the furthest thing from his mind… until the night he meets taciturn, handsome Rex Payton. Chance and an after-hours dance conspire to forge an intimate connection neither man looked for—one neither man can ignore after the dance leads to a kiss.
Suddenly romance isn’t so insignificant, but it’s also not without complications. For this relationship to work, Josh has to decide if he can cope with dating a single dad, Rex has to open his heart, and Ty has to learn to share his dad’s affection.
Romance, tragedy and family dram all mix to form a complete picture of two incredible men and a young boy who become a family. I’ve reviewed Jeff Erno’s work before to great pleasure and this was no exception. Erno captures all the heart and wonder of being a parent and a partner in the pages of his amazing new novel.
The heart of the book is Ty, the six year old nephew of Rex and the struggles that homophobia and hate bring out in people who don’t see gay men as suitable parents, or in some states, suitable human beings. When Rex meets Josh, things build quickly into an erotic, romantic, and sometimes sad and upsetting mix and won’t leave you without having touched your heart and, if you’re like me, brought a tear to your eye.
This is what being gay men and parents is all about. Outstanding work!