Title: The “L” Bomb
Author: Phoenix Emrys
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Gil Donigan, Devon Drake
Gil Donigan has made a career of treating the word “love” like something from an NFL playbook. Then he meets Devon Drake, and for the first time says “I love you” and really means it. Devon immediately bolts, and that was the last thing Gil expected. But maybe he had it coming; he got as good as he’d ever given. Karma’s a bitch, he thinks, but he’ll take the hit like a man. His new game plan? Shake off the heartbreak and move on, but Gil may need to rethink his recovery when Devon turns up on his doorstep with an enigmatic box, begging for a chance to explain.
This was written like a stream of consciousness. Very distracting at first. Like an overflow of emotional inner musings. The style was funny and creative though. Gil is the only one speaking to us. A player and a liar in the past, now he’s got a taste of his own medicine: He says I love you to Devon—who bolts like a bat out of hell. But everything can be sorted out, if one is patient and has faith. Because everyone has secrets and flaws and fears.
Basically, the story takes place during a single day when their relationship is in crisis. Gil lives inside his head, dealing with the worst case scenario, or karma getting back at him. There’s a simple story arc, and the plot matches that, though it could have been faster, with less thoughts. The conversation at the end was refreshing and a wonderful culmination of Gil and Devon’s relationship. There’s no sex, and the romance is only alluded to. In fact, this could be anyone’s relationship in trouble. A universal quality I liked, showing the promise and potential of an MM bond.
So, overall this is an intriguing insight into a relationship with secrets and awakening feelings.
Reviewed By: Susan