Life in Fusion
by Ethan Day
Publisher: MLR Press
Characters: Boone Daniels, Wade Walker
POV: 1st person
Setting: Summit City, CO. and Albuquerque, NM
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Aspiring author, Boone Daniels, always figured love would be as easy as he was. Fresh off the whirlwind winter-vacation romance with ski-god and would-be boyfriend, Wade Walker — Boone was certain that saying goodbye would be the hardest part.
He’d survived the unconventional way in which they came together, proven himself somewhat worthy to Wade’s hometown of Summit City, and felt certain the self-imposed, six month boy-buffer would prove one thing – their fate was to be forever entwined.
Once real life settles in, Boone suffers the realization that no one ever actually said love was easy and that even after you fall, you can still break. As their two worlds collide, he begins to understand that if he can navigate the landscape of life in fusion, he just might get that happily-ever-after — after all.
In Sno Ho, Boone Daniels quickly discovered he was going to have to contend with the bulk of the population of Summit City, CO. if he was going to have a relationship with local Olympic skiing hero Wade Walker. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it apparently also takes a city to engineer a love affair, as nearly everyone in the tiny ski town seems to consider Wade’s business as their own.
Life in Fusion picks up where that story left off, with Boone attempting to make his way back to Albuquerque and his self-imposed exile (getting hilariously sidetracked along the way), with the hope that he can decipher exactly what his week with Wade meant—was it merely a case of vacation lust, or could it possibly evolve into something more? When you’re Boone Daniels, one never knows, but one thing is certain: the journey of discovery is going to be a wild and wickedly comical one.
It staggers the imagination, the assembly of characters who reside within the confines of Ethan Day’s imagination, only to be trotted out, page by page, to become someone with whom, were they real, I would love to spend time—with the probable exception of Sandy, the crazy bird lady. Oh, and Phillip, the dastardly ex-boyfriend. But everyone else is fair game, especially Jackie, Wade’s put-upon sister, who I share a complete affinity with. She is, quite possibly, one of my favorite of Ethan’s many and varied characters and would win the “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Avoid ‘Em” award for mother of the year; although Dixie Daniels makes it a tight race with her “Oh No She Di-in’t!” entry. It is a talent that, with nothing more than a sentence or two, Ethan is able to reveal who his characters are and enables the reader to imagine precisely what makes them tick, perhaps because a few of them are people we’ve known at some point in our lives, and that is what makes them so endearing.
As Boone navigates his way through the maze of interlopers in his romance with Wade—from Gabe, his less than supportive best friend, to his aggressively supportive parents, to a town that is way over-invested in the outcome of their affair—he learns a few things about himself, about leaps of faith and about love itself. Perhaps the timing of love doesn’t always make sense, but it almost always leaves you senseless.
Reviewed By: Lisa