Title: Silence of the Stars
Author Kate McMurray
Characters: Sandy Sullivan and Everett Blake
Sub-Genre gay romance
Sandy Sullivan has gotten so good at covering up his emotions, he’s waiting for someone to hand him an Oscar. On the outside, he’s a cheerful, funny guy, but his good humor is the only thing keeping awful memories from his army tours in Afghanistan at bay. Worse, Sandy is now adrift after breaking up with the only man who ever understood him, but who also wanted to fix him the way Sandy’s been fixing up his new house in Brooklyn.
Everett Blake seems to have everything: good looks, money, and talent to spare. He parlayed a successful career as a violinist into a teaching job at Manhattan’s elite Olcott School and until four months ago, he even had the perfect boyfriend. Now he’s on his own, trying to give his new apartment some personality, even if it is unkempt compared to the perfect home he shared with his ex. When hiring a contractor to renovate his kitchen sends Sandy barreling into his life, Everett is only too happy to accept the chaos… until he realizes he’s in over his head.
Sandy is an ex-army guy, having been discharged medically after a bomb cost him his best friend and left him with many scars. Although he has been back for 6 years he is still plagued by the memories of that day. The nightmares and the flashbacks are the worst. Now he is working for a friend in the construction business and doing well for himself. He has finally come out of the closet and is trying to move on with his life. Everett seems to have it all. Good looks, money and a great career teaching music to kids. When his boyfriend ends there long term relationship he is forced to move out and move on. Not an easy task when your ex is on TV every night, but he is trying. When he calls Sandy’s company to help redo his kitchen he is immediately attracted to the handsome contractor that shows up. Both men have things in their past, both have issues with the future. The trick is to live for today and let the rest work itself out.
Reviewed By: Jerry