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Commitment Issues: A Modern Romance (English Edition) Kindle-editie
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I finished this story and this deep melancholy settled in. While the main couple, the two men, Scott and Evan find their HEA. . . And I was happy with their story, their coming together was really cute and fun, the rest of their assorted friends and family did not. Especially Mel, the good friend that set them up. She was a really strong vibrant supporter of those she cared for, a real firecracker. From there she morphed into cheating on her husband, betraying her friends, and feeling left out when everyone is moving on. I felt deeply sorry for her.
I prefer my 'gay' stories to not have so much of the m/f relationships and this book has a bit too much of that. The choices and nit picking, always getting drunk as a way to relax... .Everything these straight couples did could be seen as typical for a college student. . . But no, these are thirty something year olds, solid in their careers. They were immature, especially Mel. Carl was portrayed as this beer drinking game loving at home snacking lump that lives in filth. It was deeply disturbing watching Mel deal with Carl and how Carl gave up on life. Then there is Sally and Tom and their own weird life and by the end of the book the two couples switch spouses. Carl and Sally are dating and Carl said he was always attracted to Sally and wanted to approach her years ago but Mel got in the way. WHAT? So you gave in and gave up and became this couch potato whimpy loser? And Carl is one part of a four part problem.
So Tom and Mel are left out in the cold, divorced and no one to console them, except for each other. I suspected, if this story continued, that Mel and Tom would end up on a drunk pity party and discover each other. And because these two straight couples had such disturbing lives, that is what I took away from the book more than Scott and Evan's story -- Which was really cute and strong. Maybe the author was trying to say something there about contrasts. Anyway, I picked this one up for free so it wasn't a big loss. Just a disappointing read and not what I was expecting. - Dan's Wife
Footnote: I see the story mentioning romcom. .. Well, I don't consider cheating on your husband as funny. None of this is funny, it's really sad and pathetic. I ended up skipping a lot of the story.
Scott and Evan meet on a blind date. Mid-way through, Evan breaks down and says he can't do it anymore; he is tired of dating. Scott responds in the most logical way possible - Evan should move in immediately and they'll get married. Mismatches - large and small -ensue. Scott has an inheritance including a large house from his previous relationship; Evan has massive debt. Scott wakes early and makes an elaborate breakfast; Evan sleeps late and only wants coffee. Evan desperately wants to redecorate Scott's house.
Along the way to the happy ending, there are some truly heart-breaking scenes. Once the fairy tale ends and the hard work starts, the characters meet the challenge well and realistically. The friends and family who were shocked and disapproving at the start become strong allies. Absent though is acknowledging that some cultures have had successful arranged marriages where the couple gets to know each other afterwards.
There are minor storylines of romance and coupledom among Scott and Evan's friends,both straight and gay. Well-written, they don't detract from or add to the story.
This was a terrific story of love and how it plays out not in a gay relationship but in the straight world too.
It's full of rich characters from Evan's sister Sally and her not so likeable other half Tom.
To their best friend Mel who's not so likeable at times she's definitely the definition of Bitch... ...to her poor husband Carl. One can not leave out Scott's Nan a wonderful character in her own right.
I absolutely loved this book it was so refreshing to a gay themed book that was all about the sex, but truly had a great story that involved all the characters and kept me guessing how things were going to end up.
A MUST READ !
You won't be disappointed.
Looking for a great gay story then this is your book.
It is not just a gay romance realistic take on what it means to decide to just propose to someone on the first date, to then move in with and plan to marry someone you practically don't know. No, what happens with those two guys affects their friends' relationships (including male-female, so not all male-male). I kept expecting to fall into a predictable ending for any one of them, but it didn't work out that way. Commitment issues, indeed.
Kudos for the author. Reader, beware not-so-light reading.