Chartreuse by T.E. Ridener
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
** I was provided a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review. **
Chartreuse is a good read that touches on a subject that is still taboo in today’s society: homosexuality. Kasen Reed was a shy nineteen year old living in a small town in Alabama trying to get from under his suffocating mother. He was employed as a late night DJ at the local radio station and had few friends. Rowen Kelly moved to the Alabama small town after being betrayed by his last lover. Rowen hoped to start anew. Upon meeting, both men were drawn to each other. Kasen was unsure of how to react; whereas, Rowen knew he needed to take things cautiously in order to win Kasen’s heart. The people in small town Chartreuse were not happy to have a homosexual couple amongst them. The citizens tried all they could to deter the couple including criminal acts. However, one of Kasen’s high school classmates took up for the couple even though it caused her husband to abuse her. Kasen and Rowen take her in as the citizens of the town begin to take sides.
If M/M is not really your thing, don’t worry, this book does not have hot and steamy sex scenes between the two. The few love scenes included are sweet and not detailed. This book is more about the tender side of relationships as well as the acceptance of what is perceived as different. All in all, this book is a good and tender read depicting a situation in today’s world in a realistic manner.
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