Title: Going Home
Author: Max Vos
Publisher: Max Vos
Length: 46,000 words
Characters: Carter Roberts, Carl Foltz and Matt Evans
Journalist Carter Roberts was required to interview Carl Foltz and Matt Evans for an article on their lives. It was not an assignment he relished: he just wanted to get there, get it done and get out. Thinking about the subject matter made his stomach churn.
The interview reveals as much about himself as about the two men, and for the first time, Carter learns what a real home feels like. He never would have expected that meeting the two men would change his way of thinking—and his life—forever.
I wasn’t sure about reading this book, considering the fact it’s about gay incest that’s not brotherly, and a contemporary, however, I’m glad I did. Mr Vos handled the subject matter extremely delicately and the interviews meant you got Carl & Matt’s points of view even though it was first person from Carter’s point of view. And it is made very clear that it wasn’t a matter of the father using his authority/parenthood to start a relationship the son was unsure of, which I find made the story content easier to accept.
I have read incest stories before and enjoyed them. Like ménage stories, to me it is very romantic that people would love so much that they are willing to withstand the pain caused by the societal taboo. I also find the process of making the decision to go ahead fascinating.
Getting back to Going Home, the sex does happen quite quickly, but Mr Vos does give a reason for this (it’s brought up later in the book and I have experienced it myself), and the amount of sex is quite high but being a ménage and about men, it doesn’t feel unrealistic. The loving relationship between Carl and Matt is amazingly clear without actually being said (in most cases).
The author has a very blunt, straight-forward way of writing that I found I enjoyed, although it might put some people off.
Mr Vos says at the start of the book, “If you have any reason to think that you cannot or will not tolerate any type of mature subject matter, please do not continue. If you have any issues with any type of taboo, or what you may consider taboo material, please do not read. If you have a closed mind about any sexual activities whatsoever, please put this book down or delete it now. If you truly believe that love is love, then by all means, continue.” I would add that if you think there’s any chance you might enjoy it, please read it. I really enjoyed it and found the subject matter fascinating. This story is staying on my ereader.
Reviewed By: Alison