Title: Anything for You
Author: Ethan Day
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC
Characters: Jason Miller, Chad Wellington
POV: 1st person
Setting: Middleton. MO
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Rating: 5
Jason Miller is still in the closet. He’s never found a reason to kick the door open, walk into the light of day, and tell the world he’s gay. At least that’s what he keeps telling himself — along with a multitude of other solid arguments. As an ad man, he’s used to hawking a bill of goods, he just never imagined he’d fall victim to his own hype.
When ex-activist/coming out guru, Chad Wellington came along, he was the one thing Jason never saw coming. Like a moth to a flame these two opposites ignite leaving Jason to decide if he can handle the heat.
Jason Miller is an adman who has packaged, tagged, and quite convincingly sold himself as a straight guy to all but his gay friends. To put it bluntly, Jason is as deep in the closet as a man can get without falling out the back into a magical land on the other side.
Irony is the name of the game where Jason’s sexuality is concerned, considering his sister is an out and proud lesbian and their parents have fully accepted her sexuality—not that it appears as if it would matter, however, because she’d likely kick anyone’s arse who dared to cross her. So the question becomes why is Jason so terrified to let his rainbow flag fly? Perhaps it’s because he hasn’t yet found a flagpole from which he’d love to hoist his colors.
That motivation enters the picture in the form of Chad Wellington. Not only is Chad out, but he’s actively out, lobbying and working to convince others to openly embrace their own gay pride. The two men meet at a get-together with a group of friends, where their initial encounter is nothing less than priceless after Jason’s best friend’s partner slips Jason a mickey. His rainbow flag may not fly high and proud, but his snark flag sure does, with laugh-out-loud results.
As Jason’s feelings for Chad grow from mere physical attraction to the desire to become a permanent fixture in Chad’s life, Jason must find the strength to become the new and improved Jason—the new look, same great guy Jason who must find a new tagline with which to define himself, one that he can sell to the world for a little truth in advertising, one that Chad will help to inspire.
Anything for You is a short, sexy, sweet, and fun read—consummate Ethan Day. He has set the standard for romantic comedy and it seems with each new offering he continues to raise that bar to new levels of hilarity. His protagonists are loveably flawed, clever and quirky. Jason’s acerbic wit is a façade that masks his much deeper emotions and insecurities, and witnessing those emotions make their way to the surface was a true pleasure.
Reviewed By: Lisa